8 Jobs That Pay You for Just Being There

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 20 million young people are unemployed. Many would like to continue their education but are concerned with adding to their already high student loan burden. One answer is to find a job that requires your physical presence, but doesn’t need your full attention.

A job that allows you to study for classes or run an internet business at the same time. Let’s see what some of those jobs look like.

Elderly Companion. More and more people are living into their 80s and 90s. New ‘companion’ services are springing up to serve them. Generally a pleasant job and we all know how much the elderly like their naps. That’s when you break out the study materials. No snoozing for you!

Self-Storage Manager. You’ll be required to show prospective customers around and handle the paperwork for new customers. But, outside of that, you can study or run an internet business.

Hotel Clerk. Night shift. We’ve all seen the movies where the cops wake up the clerk in the middle of the night. That could be you. Only instead of sleeping you’d be studying for tomorrow’s exam.

Security Guard. You know the drill. Sit at a desk or in a booth for most of the night. Occasionally walk the premises. Report anything suspicious. Between tours you can study or write up your next blog post.

Night Shift at a Radio Station. A lot of radio stations don’t have overnight DJ’s. But they do need someone to switch between the satellite feed and local commercials and announcements. The time between changes is all your’s. Use the time to build out your website.

Receptionist at an Office Park. Office parks are all the rage. Budding entreprenuers rent an office in the building. Along with it they have the use of conference rooms and a receptionist to answer phones and greet visitors. As the receptionist you’ll have plenty of time to work on your own project. It could even be a business that will require you to occupy one of the offices in the future.

Overnight Babysitting. Working parents sometimes find themselves traveling overnight and taking their kids along isn’t an option. What’s the solution? An overnight babysitter. Get paid while you sleep or study in the still of the night.

Clerk in a Slow Store. Some stores (like pet shops) have some pretty slow times. Still they need to stay open for the few customers that do show up. That’s where you come in. And, stay in until your shift is over. But, while you’re waiting for that next customer you’re taking practice exams to boost your GPA.

These are just a few of the jobs that will typically allow you to read, study or work on an outside project while you’re on the payroll. Just check with your employer before you begin doing other tasks on their dime. You wouldn’t want them to think that you’re not taking your job seriously!

Gary Foreman is a former financial planner who currently edits The Dollar Stretcher website. You can follow Gary on Twitter. For more on Being There Jobs.