The hours: Part-time and full-time positions are typically available in all shifts, Weekends and school spring breaks are peak periods, when extra hands are needed.
Median pay: The pay scale is $8 to $15 an hour, plus tips, but varies widely by type of establishment, size and location.
Qualifications: Communicate with people in a pleasant way, basic computer knowledge, and seamless phone manners are top of the list. In general, these are hospitality positions, so restaurant or service is a plus. The tourist metro areas around cities such as Sarasota, Orlando and Naples in Florida, or Tucson, Ariz., and Taos, N.M., in the Southwest are likely to have the most openings. First stop on your job hunt: Large hotel chains such as Marriott, the Ritz-Carlton and Westin Hotels and Resorts. Your catchphrase: Welcome to paradise. What can I do for you?
The hours: Long hours can be a drawback — 12 or 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, typically for a period of six months.
Median pay range: Tipping personnel like bartenders and wait staff, can earn $1,500 up to $4,000 per month (including the tips), according to CruiselineJobs.com. The non-tipping personnel earn from $350 to $500 per week. You get free accommodation and food and book some great gratis travel to boot.
Qualifications: Experience in the hospitality industry is essential for many of these openings. If you have an expertise in a particular area, say personal finance and investing, or are an author, journalist or college professor, you might be able to land a gig as a lecturer. Most employees will be required to pass a course on work safety and first aid. However, the most important job qualification is good language skills — you must speak English effortlessly; if you’re multi-lingual, even better. Your passport must be current. When applying, it’s best to target a specific job. Check out the cruise lines web site career sections for more details; apply directly to the cruise line by following the instructions on the web-site for the specific position being offered to avoid scams. Bon Voyage.
The hours: If it’s your own business, you can call the shots, but it will depend on your client’s needs. Part-time schedules for condo, townhouse or retirement community maintenance vary. Some employers might prefer to have a handyman on call for emergencies, while others might like to have you on-site and available to residents during specific hours.
Median pay range: $10 to $20 an hour mostly, but can be $60+, depending on the area.
Qualifications: Be knowledgeable in home repair, have your own tools, be self-motivated and have good customer-service skills. To build this business will take some salesmanship on your part. Word-of-mouth will be your best means to drum up customers. This is a referral business, after all. You might start with pitching your services to your neighbors in your winter haven, or market to northern connections who have second homes. Some real estate management firms, retirement communities and time-share communities hire part-time workers to take on this advance prep and handle routine maintenance during the winter months. You will probably need to be bonded and have liability insurance. Some clients who don’t know you personally may require a background check. Laws vary by state. Clients who vouch for your dependability are the keys to opening doors.Next: Can you cut hair like nobody’s business? >>4. Hairdresser
The nitty-gritty: Who doesn’t dread leaving their hairdresser for months at a time? Why not go south with your clients? If you can nab some referrals in the area, maybe you start a seasonal business. The essence of the job is shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling. Ready for a new look?”
The hours: Variable. Evenings and weekends are part of the mix
Median pay range: $7.76 an hour to $19.97 and up, plus tips. A typical cut and color can easily top $120 per appointment.
Qualifications: All states require hairdressers to be licensed. Qualifications for a license vary by state, but generally a person must have a high school diploma or GED, and have graduated from a State-licensed barber or cosmetology school. Some states have reciprocity agreements that allow you to transfer a valid cosmetology license. State licensing board requirements and a list of licensed training schools for cosmetologists may be obtained from National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. Background checks are the norm. Good listening skills and stylish flair are your calling cards. Word-of-mouth marketing makes or breaks your success as a hairdresser. You may work out of your own home space. You may also find part-time work in a salon or a spa, hotel or resort. Many communities have full-service salons that rent chairs for a fee by the week or the month to freelancers. Employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists will increase by about 20 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than average occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Why? Baby boomers are hip to hair coloring and other sophisticated hair treatments, spurring the demand, according to BLS. Can you say, cut and color?
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The hours: If you’re willing to work evenings and weekends, you might find more opportunities to flesh-out schedules with year-round staffers.
Median pay range: Pay can range from median hourly wages, including commissions, of less than $7.37 to more than $19.14 an hour. Upscale shopping areas will usually pay top dollar.
Qualifications: Previous sales experience helps. If you’re new to the game and eager, on-the-job training is standard fare. Each store operator has their own way of selling and running things from security procedures to customer service peccadilloes, so even old hands have a learning curve. It helps if you have a passion or familiarity with the goods you are selling. Enthusiasm is infectious and opens wallets. Top-notch people skills are the underlying ingredient to making this a good fit for both you and the employer. Employers might run a background or credit score check on you, to make sure you’re trustworthy. Practice saying: “Did you find everything you were looking for?”