Here Are 20 Employers Offering Jobs That Pay For College

The chain of gas stations and truck stops will spend a lifetime maximum of ,000 on tuition for both full-time and part-time employees.

Many students are finding that less-expensive, two-year degree programs or certifications can offer a solid paycheck and more employment opportunities than many four-year college degrees. Community colleges and technical schools specialize in fast-track programs for high-demand fields.
If an assistance program reimburses employees, they have to have the money up front, which can be a challenge for many.

Jobs That Pay for College Tuition for a Four-Year Degree

Here’s a list of all the colleges and universities in the network. Go to each college’s site to see if they are hiring.

Waste Management

Having your employer essentially choose your college or degree might not be the best way for everybody to approach higher education, Baum noted.
Walmart is the largest employer in the country, with an estimated 1.6 million U.S. workers and it will pay for college. Through its Live Better U program, all of them are eligible for specific degrees at partner universities.
Full-time employees are eligible for ,250 and part-timers for ,500 to pay for courses at schools of their choice. Employees can also get full tuition covered each year at five schools that have partnered with T-Mobile to cap the costs of online degree programs. These schools include: Ashford University, Capella University, Colorado Technical University, Kaplan and University of Phoenix.

Target

“Some of them pay upfront, some of them reimburse you — that’s a big difference. Some of them say you have to go to the same institutions, some of them have more options,” Baum said. “There are lots of different possibilities, so compare the different characteristics.”
The company that offers the Discover Card also will also pay for college. It offers all of its employees unlimited financial assistance for an online degree at the University of Florida. Employees who don’t choose to attend UF can still get ,500 to ,000 a year to cover the cost of education programs elsewhere.
This benefit applies to all who work in the school, from faculty to janitors, housekeepers and groundskeepers.

Chipotle

College benefits include free associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in majors such as agricultural science, hospitality and supply chain. The company currently partners with the University of Arizona, Bellevue University, Brandman University, Southern New Hampshire University and Wilmington University, all of which have online degree program options.
Other Starbucks-owned companies eligible for the program include Ethos Water, Evolution Fresh, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tazo, Teavana and Torrefazione Italia Coffee.
It’s not an ironclad certainty you or your family will get the first choice of schools on your list, but you most likely will get full tuition at at least one or probably more schools in the network. And we’re talking free tuition every year at schools that cost up to ,000 to ,000 a year. Students should still apply for federal financial aid, though.
Regardless of the program, working students should take advantage of academic coaching directly from the university to discuss their unique academic needs once accepted.

Disney

Target will also pay up to ,000 a year for master’s programs within the network of schools.
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Verizon offers full-time employees ,250 a year in financial aid to earn a degree or certificate at Bellevue University, which has a strong online program. Part-time employees can get up to ,000 a year in tuition cost. Employees’ immediate family members may qualify for up to ,500 a year of tuition reimbursement.

Starbucks

Boeing’s education assistance program reimburses 100% of tuition on eligible science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses for a college degree or certificate program. It partners with about 300 schools across the country including Villanova University, the University of Washington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Learning online is difficult for students without strong academic backgrounds. Where possible, take advantage of on-campus classes and resources to stay motivated.
Talk about a tuition assistance program. Full time employees at more than 600 private colleges and universities across the country (and a few international locations) can get tuition and fees covered for themselves, their spouses and children at any institution within the reciprocal Tuition Exchange network. This goes for undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Not surprising, this other banking giant wants to one-up the competition. Bank of America’s Tuition Assistance Program will pay up to ,500 a year for employees’ tuition. Again, it’s not clear if this benefit has a lifetime cap or is available to part-time employees.
Employees who live near a partner university may attend in-person, but the vast majority choose to attend online, a Walmart spokesperson said.
The Disney Aspire program covers 100% of the tuition costs for hourly U.S. workers who want a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from one of Disney’s partner universities.

Boeing

Home Depot doesn’t just offer tuition assistance to people within the company. Employees’ immediate family members are eligible for ,500 a year.

Walmart and Sam’s Club

Before you go and quit your current gig to become a burrito roller or barista, know some particulars of each tuition assistance program.
Employees of Taco Bell corporate stores and some participating franchises can receive up to ,250 a year. The company pays the costs up front so employees don’t have any costs of their own that are later reimbursed.
Under the program, Walmart offers tuition coverage for the cost of higher education. For many years the retailer required that employees pay a day for their education, but it just announced it is now paying the full tuition. Degrees are offered through the University of Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University. These schools were selected for their focus on serving working adult learners.
Papa John’s Dough & Degrees is one of the tuition reimbursement programs that helps part-time employees, too. The pizza chain’s assistance program reimburses 100% of tuition for any employees at corporate-owned and some franchise stores working 20 or more hours a week. They can earn an online degree from Purdue University or the University of Maryland.

Papa John’s

<a href="https://hr.bpglobal.com/LifeBenefits/Sites/core/BP-Life-benefits/Policies-and-programs/Educational-assistance.aspx”>BP will pay for 90% of employees’ educational and vocational courses through its Educational Assistance Program. It also pays 90% of books and other fees. Employees must have courses approved before registering.

Discover

Most part-time and all regular full-time Chipotle workers have access to free college degrees and tuition reimbursement programs.

T-Mobile

Starbucks has been ahead of the pack, offering its U.S. employees access to Arizona State University’s online bachelor’s degrees through its education assistance program.

Verizon

Employees may also qualify for financial assistance for work-related courses outside of Intel as well.

Jobs that Offer Limited Tuition Reimbursement or Assistance

Full and part-time team members can now get tuition covered for more than 250 programs for certain undergraduate degrees and certifications at 40 schools online and in-person.
The banking giant covers education costs up to ,000 a year. It’s not clear on its website if this benefit has a lifetime cap or is available to part-time employees.
If you want to study outside of the colleges it partners with, Chipotle also offers tuition reimbursement benefits of up to ,250 per year.

Amazon

Other companies offer assistance programs that reimburses or cover a lower, capped annual amount that likely could pay for degrees at a community college, technical school or a few courses at a pricier four-year college.

BP

These universities include the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. All hourly cast members, regardless of location, can enroll in UF’s online programs. The UCF tuition assistance is limited to Florida residents.

Home Depot

Intel Employees get 100 percent tuition reimbursement for courses at the technology company’s in-house Intel University, which offers more than 7,000 courses. They can enhance employees’ education and allow them to move up and earn more within the company or elsewhere.
Some colleges in the program: Pepperdine University, Eckerd College, Bard College, University of San Diego, Syracuse University, Gonzaga University, Tulane University, George Washington University, and Franklin University in Switzerland

Taco Bell

All of Disney’s hourly workers are eligible for the Aspire program after their first 90 days of employment. Disney also covers the cost of textbooks and high school diploma programs. Disney pays the schools directly, so this may be more of a perk than tuition reimbursement programs. Employees don’t have to have to come up with the money on their own and wait to get reimbursed.

KFC

For Sandy Baum, a college affordability expert and a fellow at the Urban Institute, it’s hard to be critical of the idea of free college. But she says to pay careful attention to the fine print of these tuition reimbursement programs and other types of financial aid.

Intel University

KFC Employees can receive up to ,000 to help them attend a two-year or four-year college, trade or vocational school, or graduate degree programs. All employees at participating KFC restaurants are eligible to apply.
Education partners include eCornell, Pathstream, Paul Quinn College, Purdue University Global, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Arizona and others.

Pilot and Flying J

How about some financial aid to go with that caramel Frappuccino?

Wells Fargo

Even limited tuition aid or tuition reimbursement from an employer could cover all or most of the cost of certifications and two-year degrees that will help you move up the career ladder and make more money. And it sure beats taking on a student loan.

Bank of America

The red-shirted retailer also is one of the most recent employers adding college tuition to its benefits package for all U.S. employees.

Tuition Assistance for College Employees’ Families

According to the fine print of the SCAP program, employees are considered eligible after “the first day of the second month after receiving a minimum of 240 total hours over three full, consecutive months.”
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“It really depends on who you are, what things you want to learn and how the program is designed, [to know] whether or not a program is going to work out for you.”

And this isn’t only for a bachelor’s degree. Additional perks through Live Better U include discounted master’s degrees and free foreign language classes. Eligible employees can also pass on these benefits to family members.
The home improvement retailer offers three levels of tuition reimbursement. Full-time employees are eligible for ,000 a year while part-time employees can receive ,000 a year.

Tuition Assistance Sounds Great! Is There a Catch?

Expect to see more companies pay for employees’ college as competition remains high for workers to fill vacant jobs. Companies that offer full tuition coverage are going to stand out to motivated job seekers.
Baum said a lot of these programs are great in theory, but prospective students should keep in mind their own individual needs in the process.
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Arizona State University offers more than 100 different degrees online, and Starbucks will cover 100% of the tuition costs after scholarships and financial aid kick in. ASU first gives SCAP students a 42% scholarship, then the students get additional aid by filling out the FAFSA as part of the program. Starbucks covers the remaining tuition costs.
Numerous employers offer ,500 to ,000 a year in tuition assistance programs. That could be enough to pay for courses at a four-year college if you don’t live on campus or cover the cost of classes online.

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Waste Management will offer 36,000 full-time employees in the U.S. access to more than 170 fully-funded programs, including a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree, short-form technology and business certificate programs, and high school completion. Later this year it will expand the program and offer to pay for college for around 34,000 children and spouses who can start enrolling in education programs in 2022.

Amazon’s tuition assistance program will pay 95 percent of tuition, fees and books, up to ,000 a year for four years. It steers employees toward degree programs that are in demand such as machine tool technologies, aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, nursing, medical lab technicians and other positions in healthcare.
Employees of Walmart and Disney can consult education-benefits advisers through Guild Education, the company that manages both Disney Aspire and Live Better U. These advisers can help manage work-school-life balance and help employees navigate the nuances of choosing and enrolling at a university and the different types of degree programs.
The landmark Starbucks College Achievement Plan (SCAP) launched in 2015 and is available to all eligible employees across the country.
Waste Management has raised the stakes by recently announcing it will pay for employees and their children to earn a college degree.
To qualify for college benefits, you’ll need to work at Chipotle for at least 120 days and average 15 or more hours per week, according to Chipotle’s education benefits portal.
Jobs that actually cover the costs of college tuition… finally! Just recognize the strings that are attached.

Rideshare vs delivery jobs: The Pros and Cons

“When doing deliveries, you’ll often have shorter driving distances,” says Harry Campbell, former rideshare driver and founder of The Rideshare Guy, a media platform for all things rideshare. “Delivery companies actually don’t want you going very far because then the food gets cold!”
If you’re the type who tends to get lonely without anyone to talk to, then the social aspect of rideshare driving is definitely a gig to consider.
“Your expenses will usually be lower in food delivery, since you don’t need a specific or recent car,” says Patricola. “You also don’t need to go through expensive vehicle inspections.”
You also aren’t required to drive late at night if you don’t want to.

Driver Salaries, in General

While the term flexibility is relative, there’s undoubtedly a bit more wiggle room regarding formalities with delivery driving. For starters, you don’t have to make deliveries alone. “For delivery driving, a major pro is being able to ‘pair deliver,’ i.e. deliver with someone else,” says Campbell. “This is great for people who have to bring kids along.”
“In my market of St. Louis, a typical airport trip will earn on average ,” says expert driver and gig-tuber Pedro Santiago. “It would take roughly two to three deliveries to earn the same.”
The pandemic might have temporarily disabled rideshare driving, but the experts we spoke to assured us the market is back in full swing. These hacks can even help you make more money as an Uber driver.
“There will typically be less demand from customers late at night or very early in the morning, but also less competition — so you’ll typically get longer and more rewarding rides.”
Like anything, the more time you spend as a driver the better your earning potential. Nearly every driver we spoke to mentioned that as you get to know your local restaurants, or your city— you’ll find little things you can do to improve your tips and your hourly earnings. But it takes time, patience— and above all (and like anything) a customer-first attitude.
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Pros & Cons of Delivery Driving

Probably the biggest plus when it comes to rideshare driving is the money. And although it’s a relatively small difference in pay between delivery and rideshare driving, most experts thought it worth mentioning all the same.

Pros of Delivery

Although you may not have any passengers to deal with, that doesn’t mean delivery driving is without its challenges — like trying to find a place to park your car while you make deliveries on a busy street during rush hour.

Personal Safety

Unlike delivery driving, rideshare driving involves transporting people (rather than food or things) from one place to another.
According to Hughes, Roadie drivers typically earn per hour on local food deliveries, while Campbell describes a typical Uber hourly wage as closer to – per hour.

Avoid Vehicle Wear & Tear

“One pro of rideshare driving is meeting new people,” says Campbell. “It’s a great opportunity for extroverts or someone who wants to promote their own business.”
Just like we mentioned above, rideshare driving typically involves more vehicle wear and tear. This is because rideshare drivers tend to drive farther and longer distances, which often ends up costing them more money.

More Flexibility

“If you plan to deliver food in large cities, parking might become your worst nightmare,” says Patricola.
Beyond the risk of getting sick, there’s also general safety matters to consider. For example, you may feel safer driving at night if you were making deliveries, rather than having a stranger in your car.
Just because you’re transporting food instead of people doesn’t mean the job is easy (or perfect). Here are some of the biggest cons associated with delivery driving.

Cons of Delivery

Privacy Policy

Time Pressure

If you prefer driving alone without passengers, then you might just like delivery driving. This includes delivering grocery and takeout orders, as well as other types of deliveries from point A to B.
The drivers we spoke to agreed that you tend to earn less as a delivery driver than a rideshare driver.
“For the most part, the busiest times for delivery drivers are during lunch and dinner hours,” says Campbell.
But delivery drivers aren’t just responsible for delivering hot food in a timely manner. They also get all sorts of pressure from restaurants to pick up food quickly.

Delivery Can be Less Lucrative

Another aspect of delivery that’s worth considering is that it involves significantly less wear and tear on your vehicle. The reasoning behind this is two-fold: While you don’t have people making a mess in your car, you’re also less likely to drive long distances. This can save you money on gas, routine inspections, and more.
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Whether you’re brand new to rideshare and delivery driving, trying to make the switch from one the other, or just hoping to max out your earnings— we’ve crafted this list of pros and cons just for you. Here’s everything you need to know to up your game as a delivery or rideshare driver.
As you can imagine, rideshare driving can be an erratic and sometimes stressful gig. Here are the biggest downsides to consider.

Parking

Because of the hours that are generally the busiest for rideshare drivers (expert driver Santiago says the hours of 5 to 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. as some of the best), rideshare driving is a perfect side gig for those who are busy during the day.
One of the most obvious pros when it comes to making deliveries rather than rideshare driving is safety. “Even as the COVID vaccines roll out, many gig drivers still feel safer carrying packages than people,” says Heather Hughes of crowdsourced delivery platform Roadie.

Pros & Cons of Rideshare Driving

Something to keep in mind is that variables such as where you drive, when you drive, and even what’s happening in the economy (like a global pandemic), all have a part to play in how much drivers make.
Sure, there are stories of people raking it in, like this Uber driver who documented on TikTok how he made ,000 a month. How much you make depends on where you live (state plus big city or little city) and how much and what hours you work.
Many of the cons of rideshare driving tend to align with the pros of delivery — and safety is no exception. Although rideshare driving is generally very safe, things can happen. If you feel concerned about your personal safety, or the health risks involved in rideshare driving, rideshare driving is likely not for you.

Pros of Rideshare

While to per hour is a good average, Campbell says that demand is especially high in major cities and tourist destinations, and the supply of drivers is relatively low — a combination which spells higher earnings. “I would say drivers are earning well over to per hour right now.”

More Money, Maybe

There are two sides to every story and while working with people might sound appealing, it can also be lousy. You might pick up someone who’s having a bad day, someone who’s had too much to drink, or a passenger who’s incredibly rude.
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With such a limited amount of available info, and a huge variability between different cities and marketplaces, we thought it was time to call in the experts to talk about rideshare vs. delivery jobs.

Great for Meeting People

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According to indeed.com, a DoorDash delivery driver in Florida makes about ,000 a year, which is 6% lower than the national average. Comparatively, the job listing site says that the national average for Uber drivers is about ,000 a year. But as you will see from this story, some drivers experience just the opposite: rideshare drivers make more than delivery drivers.

Works Well as a Side Gig

With increasingly high demand, and not enough drivers to meet it, many drivers are even earning higher fares than they did before the pandemic. Here are some pros and cons to consider before you dive in as a rideshare driver.
“We have lots of examples of rude rideshare customers,” says Campbell. “A driver in Phoenix said his passenger got mad at him because he couldn’t ‘dim the sun,’ and I’ve also had passengers who get argumentative when they want to stuff five people into a car with three passenger seats. It’s usually cheap passengers trying to avoid taking an XL vehicle which is more expensive, but it’s dangerous and unfair to drivers.”
There are a number of pros and cons to consider when it comes to groceries or food delivery gigs. Here are the main ones, as highlighted by our experts.

Cons of Rideshare

Traffic happens, and while living, breathing passengers might understand this — those receiving cold food may not. There’s a definite correlation between the condition food arrives in and how happy your customers are, even if the food being bad or cold isn’t your fault.

Rude Customers

The second is that longer rideshare drives can sometimes yield more profit than shorter trips— whether they be for rideshare or delivery driving.
“When a delivery offer is accepted by the driver, they need to pick it up in a timely manner, otherwise they’ll receive an alert asking if they still want to make the delivery,” says Santiago. “All of this time they spend getting to the restaurant is monitored by gps movement.”

Vehicle Wear & Tear

“Rideshare demand is rebounding, and the incentives are higher than ever,” says Los Angeles driver Harry Campbell. “I think you make more with rideshare than delivery — people will pay more for a ride for themselves than they will for their burrito.”
“If you’re an early bird or want to work at night, ridesharing will usually be a more rewarding option,” says Patricola. This especially makes sense when you consider that most people use rideshare services during commute hours, and for going out at night.

Safety

“If you only look at pure hourly earnings paid by platforms, you would typically earn more ridesharing than delivering food or groceries,” says Eleonora Patricola of Best Referral Driver.

Experience Counts

That’s why we chose to focus on the pros and cons of each driving gig separately. Depending on where you live and how you like to work, these tips from experienced drivers should help inform your own work decisions and maximize your earning potential. These numbers are different from what Indeed.com lists and that speaks to the many variables (location and hours worked) in pay. <!–

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While downloading the DoorDash or Uber app is simple enough, there aren’t many clear resources for gig workers when it comes to figuring out earning potential.

How to Survive the Rent When Your Roommate Moves Out

You don’t have to be married to face some of the drama that comes with a messy divorce. Whether you have a roommate who’s been casually dropping hints that you should be looking for a new roommate or they’re downright spelling it out, the prospect of that person leaving can feel like you’re about to lose everything the two of you worked so hard to maintain.

Even if you intend to stay, your landlord could annul the lease entirely if your roommate decides to unceremoniously break the lease. However, a good landlord will likely let you attempt to survive paying the lease on your own or give you time to secure rental assistance.

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Check out these tips for giving yourself a fighting chance of surviving a lease when a roommate gets cold feet and abandons the lease.

1. Find Someone New

Like dating, finding someone new can do wonders for getting you back on your feet after a roommate breaks the lease. You’d probably still have a bit of a rough patch during the transition, but looking for a roommate to sublet the apartment from your previous roommate can completely resolve the problem.

Remember: Sharing a space with a roommate isn’t about being best friends, though it’s nice when your best friend happens to be a great person to split living costs with. It’s more important to live with someone you can coexist with and rely on. If you’ve just learned this the hard way, we apologize for any salt that accidentally dusted that wound.

Be sure to ask some critical questions. Can they reliably pay the rent? Do they smoke or drink? How do they feel about guests? Make sure you’ll be compatible as roommates.

2. Get a Side Hustle Earning up to $69/Hour

It’s that feeling of not knowing where the other half of your rent will come from that makes it unnerving just to hear your roommate hint at leaving early. It’s a puzzle you’ll have to solve quickly to avoid giving your landlord a good reason to evict you and still charge you the balance of your remaining rent.

Along with looking for a roommate, make things easier on yourself by searching for a side hustle before your roommate makes their departure official. Even if you manage to convince them to stay, whatever factors urging them to bail in the first place could suddenly re-emerge — embarrassment could inspire them to slip away without warning.

If you’re looking for a flexible side hustle that could turn into your primary source of income, look into bookkeeping. It’s the No. 1 most profitable business, according to an article in Inc. And you can earn up to $69 an hour, reports Intuit, the creator of QuickBooks.

You don’t have to be an accountant or good at calculus to start your own bookkeeping business, either. As long as you’re motivated, a company called Bookkeepers.com will teach you everything you need to know. It’s one of the leading training courses in the field, and it’ll even give you the first three classes for free.

3. Stop Paying Your Credit Card Company

Without a roommate and the rent savings that person provided, you might lose interest in paying anything more than the monthly minimum on your credit cards. But if those credit cards bear gaudy interest rates, you might not be making the best use of your dollars.

A free website called AmOne wants to help. AmOne will match you with a low-interest loan you can use to pay off every single one of your balances.

The benefit? You’ll be left with one bill to pay each month. And because personal loans have lower interest rates (AmOne rates start at 3.49% APR), you’ll get out of debt that much faster. Plus: No credit card payment this month.

AmOne keeps your information confidential and secure, which is probably why after 20 years in business, it still has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

It takes two minutes to see if you qualify for up to $50,000 online.

4. Have a Safety Net

While consolidating your debt can help free up room in your budget, you may not want to cut up your cards afterward — especially if your emergency savings are in critical condition. That credit line could protect you from those first few late fees, which could cascade into a stream of other fees and penalties if they hit you at the wrong time.

Even if your credit score needs work first, there’s no better time than the present to start improving your score. And you’ll find that the measures you take to improve your credit are good for your finances in general.

Your credit score is like your financial fingerprint. Everyone’s is different — and for different reasons. That means everyone’s strategy to improve their credit score will look different… but how in the world are you supposed to know where to start?

Thankfully, a free website called Credit Sesame will take a look at your credit report and let you know exactly what you need to do to improve your score.

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McCormick’s Director of Taco Relations is a Dream Job for Taco Lovers

There’s a new job out there paying $100,000 to taste tacos, research tacos, film tacos, celebrate tacos, Tweet tacos and talk tacos. And not just on Taco Tuesday. Every day for four months.

Yeah, this sounds like a classic Homer Simpson dream bubble, but it’s actually legit. McCormick, the spice company, is hiring its first Director of Taco Relations. The gig pays $25,000 a month for up to 20 hours of work a week during September, October, November and December. That figures out to $312.50 an hour. (Picture the dollar signs in Homer’s glazed eyes.)

No previous taco experience required, but you must be passionate about that fabulous folded food group. Expertise in producing social media content is also a plus. You must apply by 11:59 p.m. July 20 and submit a video no more than two minutes long.

McCormick suggests including some of the following info in your video:

  • Your go-to and out-of-the-box taco recipes, taco tips and tricks, and insights gleaned as a taco connoisseur
  • Your favorite taco-themed trivia and fun facts
  • Are you team hard shell or team soft shell and why?
  • Your applicable taco experiences, qualifications and skill sets
  • Your feelings on the perfect taco toppings
  • Most importantly, you should be able to answer the question: Why is being McCormick’s Director of Taco Relations your dream gig?

The Tasks of Director of Taco Relations

If your typical day includes eating a taco with one hand while trolling TikTok with the other, then you’ve already been training for this dream job. Spotting taco trends and posting content other taco devotees will appreciate are key tasks. Other duties include:

  • Working with the McCormick kitchens team to develop innovative taco recipes
  • Sharing easy taco recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Helping taco fans and followers execute these recipes at home
  • Collaborating with McCormick’s creative and social teams for celebrating National Taco Day, National Margarita Day and Taco Tuesday
  • Making taco lovers aware of ways to use McCormick’s taco seasoning beyond the traditional taco
  • Minimal travel to McCormick’s headquarters in Hunt Valley, Md., and other taco travel required

Click here for more specifics on the job and video format.

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Catering Side Gigs May Be the Best Hustle of 2021

The 2021 wedding season is projected to be among the busiest in a decade with an estimated 2.77 million weddings, which is over half a million more than usual.

This is great news for catering companies, whose income evaporated during 2020, and it can be great news for your wallet if you explore this lucrative yet under-appreciated side hustle.

I first discovered catering in graduate school, when a friend who worked for a catering staffing company offered me a job. I had an hour-long training from the staffing company. On my first shift, a wedding at a historic estate with ocean views, I dropped a tray of champagne flutes.

Despite my non-illustrious start, I stuck with catering. The money is consistent and the perks, if you work for the right caterer, add up. As I write this, I’ve been eating catering leftovers all week.

Find out how to get started in catering, how much money you can make catering, plus what skills caterers need right now.

How to Find Local Catering Jobs

Event caterers are everywhere: big cities, college towns, and rural areas cashing in on the rustic wedding trend. Wherever you go, you’ll find a local catering company. If you find yourself in between jobs, catering income can give you a buffer until you land something else.

Plus, the jobs are often on Friday nights or weekends anytime, a bonus for a Monday-through-Friday worker looking to bring in more money.

Given the part-time, seasonal nature of the industry, workers tend to come and go. As a result, catering companies are often hiring. Many caterers love working with college students who are home for the summer or teachers looking for extra money on their summers off.

During the wedding season, the best catering companies will have two to three weddings on the same day and you’ll be able to work every weekend if you want. 

In many markets, the catering season extends beyond summer weddings. University towns have receptions, graduations, and college reunions. Individuals have private parties for milestone events.

Companies host holiday parties, summer picnics, and other employee engagement events, although Jackie Spigener, who owns Silver Sycamore Events Resort, a wedding and event venue in Pasadena, Texas, says corporate events haven’t yet returned fully.

There will always be more opportunities if you live in a bigger city, simply because catering will serve multiple markets, but even in my part of upstate New York, I could get a shift every single weekend from May to October if I wanted.

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Jobs in Catering

Catering jobs include bartender, server, and cook. Bartender and cook jobs tend to go to people with previous experience in that role.

A typical catering shift lasts anywhere from 7 to 10 hours and you may need to travel to the location (I’ve gone as far as two hours, but been paid for travel time). The work is physical, the hours are long, and you’ll be on your feet the entire time.

There are perks. You’ll be a fly on the wall at events held in beautiful locations. If you’re the sort who gets bored easily, you’ll appreciate having different work environments, since  many caterers travel to several event venues in the region.

“Catering is an extremely fun job as every event is different, and you can see a lot of really cool venues and be a part of some amazing events,” says Daniel Wolfe, owner of Wolfe and Wine Catering in Houston.

Eating on the Job

You’ll be fed on your shift; this might be the same food guests are eating or a separate, simple meal. Food that was not served to the guests and would otherwise be wasted is typically up for grabs at the end of the night. I’ve also taken home wedding decor, bouquets, and opened bottles of wine.

While it helps if you have previous experience, this is absolutely not necessary.

“All of the catering/food serving skills can be trained if the work ethic and personality for customer/guest service is there,” says Spigener.

Catering Side Gig Jobs

Depending on how big the event is, the caterer could need dozens of people. Some will need high-level culinary skills but that’s not what you will probably be doing. Think of your as the muscle and if you’re dealing with guests, a server with a good attitude.

There are positions for people of all skill levels. For example:

Jobs for New Hires

  • Refill water glasses
  • Clean up during cocktail hour
  • Clean up after event

Jobs for Experienced Workers

  • Pass appetizers
  • Tend the bar
  • Serve people sitting at head table

While I started with a catering staffing company, I wouldn’t recommend doing this. I was basically a temp sent to bolster catering agency staff, who earned more than I did.

The agency agreement prohibited temps from being hired on by any caterer we’d temped for, which kept us corralled in lower-wage, disposable work.

Approaching companies directly is the better option. While catering companies are typically looking to hire in spring, this year’s labor shortage means that many are understaffed. You can find local caterers who are looking to hire on Craigslist or by searching for event venues and catering companies in your market and reaching out directly.

If you know someone who works for a restaurant or hotel that has a banquet facility, they may be able to refer you.

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How Much Money Can You Make Catering?

Restaurant workers in most American markets receive a well-below-minimum-wage shift payment and make most of their money in tips. Catering workers tend to be paid competitive hourly wages, plus tips.

Thanks to the hospitality industry labor shortage, it’s a worker’s market. Employers all need to staff up at the same time, so companies have to compete on wages. Reach out to several companies at the same time, then take your pick of one or more that pay the most.

The Hourly Wage

Wolfe currently pays $12-$15 per hour for servers and $15 per hour for cooks. Bartenders earn $10 per hour with a tip jar visible or $25 per hour with no tip jar. Wolfe says he pays based on the cost of living and would probably pay 20 to 30 percent more if he were located in a market like California or New York.

Private party shifts tend to be shorter — a skeleton crew will be working in (or outside) someone’s home for a dinner service or cocktail party — but the odds of a direct cash tip at the end of the night increase significantly.

Spigener says she currently starts catering staff at $10 per hour.

LaSonya Holmes-Boulware, who owns My Girls Catering and Food Truck in Greensboro, North Carolina, starts catering servers at $10 per hour and cooks at $15 per hour. Experienced workers can be paid more for working elite events.

What the Bosses are looking For

When hiring, Spigener looks for personality (“courteous and mannered well”) and a willingness to pitch in. Wolfe values punctuality (because “an upset client is a lost client”) and flexibility, since it’s difficult to predict when shifts will end.

Attention to detail, a good work ethic, and a positive attitude are his top desired skills. Holmes-Boulware seeks out people who are willing to work flexible schedules, like Wolfe, and prefers those who have prior experience with events.

I’ve worked in restaurants and for caterers. Catering has always paid me more per hour, in every market I’ve worked. The seasonal nature of the job makes it an ideal side gig. If you can get in with a top-notch caterer now, when the need is high, you can secure a lucrative side hustle for as long as you need or want one.

The Penny Hoarder contributor Lindsey Danis is a Hudson Valley-based writer who specializes in food, freelancing advice, and personal finance. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, NextAdvisor, Greatist, and more. 

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5 Being a ‘Failure’ Could Push You Toward Your Full Potential

About 43% of newlyweds added a virtual option to their wedding last year, according to the 2021 WeddingWire Newlywed Report.
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‘Failure’ No. 1: Not Having a Picture-Perfect Wedding

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If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it’s that just about any event can be conducted completely online. Adding a virtual component to your wedding festivities could help you afford to include everyone on your guest list, if you just don’t have the budget for a blockbuster wedding.

‘Failure’ No. 2: Not Buying a Brand New Car

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Debt isn’t always a bad thing, especially when there’s not a lot of interest attached to it and it gives you the flexibility to address other financial issues. Yet, you might feel like you’re failing if you can’t seem to make any meaningful dents in your debt.
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You might feel like you’re failing or falling short of your full potential if you just can’t ever get a hold of that promotion your job has been dangling on a stick in front of you.
Trust us — you’re not a failure if you lack the resources to pour into pulling off a picture-perfect wedding.
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Along with scaling back the ceremony and accommodating virtual guests, you could also earn a little extra cash on the side to help offset costs. If you don’t have the time or energy for another job, we found a more effortless way to earn some extra cash.

‘Failure’ No. 3. Not Buying a House Before a Certain Age 

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Wringing ringless fingers? Expecting to be expectant? Working hard to finally work for yourself?

‘Failure’ No. 4: Not  Being Out of Debt Yet 

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7 Tips for Buying and Selling Used Furniture

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Berube agrees that staging is incredibly important. She likes to put versatile pieces — like an oversized dresser — in an innovative spot, perhaps as an entry piece or as a buffet.
She focuses on particular styles that she knows are en vogue and will sell. Think rattan or something boho.

7 Tips for Reselling Furniture

The hardest color for her to sell right now is green — something she says is odd, because it’s a trendy color at the moment. Maybe it’s the shade of green that matters most, more moss than Kermit.
But Berube also says that it’s okay to experiment. In fact, she’s been rewarded for that before. She once painted a dresser orange and sold it within 30 minutes. She’s also painted pieces white and seen them sit for a few weeks.
“The biggest moneymaker is how you style and take a good picture,” Jarrett says. She’s not alone in thinking that  — we’ve previously rounded up the best tips from online resellers in photo taking.

1. Find Treasures Online

If you’ve found a piece online that has potential but needs some work, Jarrett and Berube suggest first starting small.
Nightstands are a “hot commodity,” according to Berube. She knows that if she finds a matching pair of nightstands in good condition, it’s a no-brainer. They’ll sell.
Dressers are also incredibly in demand in the world of secondhand furniture. Knowing what people tend to buy and use gets a reseller one step closer to success.
For many local furniture resellers and refurbishers, the market has never been better.
When it comes time to paint the furniture, both Jarrett and Berube know what easily sells — neutrals, particularly white, warm gray, navy and black.
All good, but someone has to sell it to them. Why not you?

This photo shows two pieces of furniture (a side table and dresser) that has been restored.
Leslie Jarrett recommends finding furniture that needs minimal work done to it. She’s also discovered certain pieces of furniture, such as dressers, sell quickly. Photo courtesy of Leslie Jarrett

2. Keep Used Furniture Rehab to a Minimum

There are easy and quick ways to make a piece pop without expending a lot of energy and spending a lot of money. Jarrett is a fan of peel-and-stick wallpaper strips, which can line the drawers of a nightstand or dresser and add a fun touch.
Jarrett also finds that certain kinds of furniture — like dressers — sell easily. Know what your market is looking for and you can turn a profit simply with that expertise.
“Sometimes, you’ll get a piece and you’ll know exactly what it should be,” she said. “Sometimes you’ll get a piece and you’ll have to think about it for a while.”

3. Make Little Changes

“My followers don’t jump on it,” she says. “Whenever I paint a piece green, it will sit for a little bit, but it’s probably one of my favorite colors to paint.”
If the item has interesting antique hardware, Berube tries not to change it. But, as she says, “hardware makes or breaks the piece.” So sometimes, it has to go.
But you have to know where to start gathering your inventory.
Writer Elizabeth Djinis is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder, often writing about selling goods online through social platforms. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Smithsonian Magazine and the Tampa Bay Times.

4. Don’t Force a Style

Still, her audience doesn’t bite.
Both Jarrett and Berube succeed because they know their audience.
And when Jarrett is looking at furniture online, she has a target price range in mind — -60 for most pieces, although she won’t go higher than for small side tables. When you know the maximum an item will sell for, it’s easier to know how much money to spend.
Leslie Jarrett is a Denver, Colorado furniture painter and reseller. She started painting furniture as a hobby in college. Her mother found a discarded dresser by the dumpster and Jarrett knew she could update it with a little work.

5. Paint Furniture in Neutral Colors

When Jarrett is searching, she always looks for used furniture that doesn’t need to be fixed up too much. Your time is valuable and the more you put into a project, the more you will want to charge. It’s unlikely your handiwork will be valued by people looking for a bargain.
“I can totally appreciate a modern piece on somebody else’s feed,” she says. “I love it, because they would just do it way better than I would.”
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Summer Berube runs whimsical Pinewood Charm from her Hampstead, New Hampshire, home. When she browses items to buy, she focuses on pieces that are simple and have a little bit of detail, “not over the top.”
Now, Jarrett is an expert in the art of finding one person’s trash and turning it into treasure. She spends her days scanning Facebook Marketplace for secondhand furniture. She finds the selection is far broader than a thrift store. But she doesn’t recommend searching for specific items — that will affect the ads Facebook serves you and limits you from seeing the full scope of items available.

6. Be Smart and You’ll Trade Used Furniture for Cash

Berube is a strong believer in honoring the piece in front of her and letting it speak to her.
“You want to make people think outside of the box,” she said. “You want them to think, ‘I could put this in my living room. It doesn’t have to be in my bedroom.’”
It’s not hard to begin selling furniture online and you’ll find buyers on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor and even Instagram.

This photo is a side by side photo of a furniture flipper and a dresser she flipped.
Summer Berube believes staging is important when photographing pieces to sell. Photos courtesy of Summer Berube

7. Take a Photo for Success

Jarrett has a few basic tips: use natural lighting, sit on the floor to take the picture and keep the staging simple. For example, don’t leave your McDonald’s cup in the frame.
Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it. By the time you’re through, you’ll probably be ready to take a paintbrush and some new hardware to your old dresser and frumpy nightstands.
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The nature of an Instagram feed, if that’s where you are selling or promoting, is that it shows all of your pieces at once, not just your most recent piece. You want your furniture to fit into a particular aesthetic. Berube appreciates modern furniture, but it’s not her passion.
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“I always recommend just the scroll,” Jarrett says.

Pet Transporter Side Gig Can Pay Good Money

Can you really make $10,000 a month driving animals from here to there?

The answer is yes if you’ve got the time, the dependable wheels and a good marketing plan, which may be nothing more than an online profile on a site that matches drivers with jobs. Experience helps, too.

Independent pet transporting is a growing side gig as people buy pets, mostly dogs, in other cities and need them brought to their fur-ever home. Some pet transporters are hired to deliver pets to owners who have moved because air travel won’t work.

Pet transporters are needed to transport animals from shelters, stores or breeders to foster homes, too. They are especially needed when an animal is coming from a kill-shelter, because it is a race against a clock to have the animal re-homed before the time comes to put them down.

Pet transporting is different from working at a kennel or daycare, because your only co-workers are your four-legged passenger.

The Money You’ll Make

The income you can make from pet transporting depends on a few things. Because independent transporters set their own hours, obviously you will earn more if you are constantly offering your services to clients to build your experience, and are willing to travel farther.

Those with a more relaxed approach earn more modestly. Other factors include the animal breed, any special needs, and your level of experience and number of positive reviews.

An average active independent pet transporter who completes 15 to 20 jobs per month, can make somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000 a month. If they can keep that pace throughout the year, then they could earn above $100,000. The higher rates tend to come from metro areas in California and the Northeast.

Though an independent pet transporter can call their own shots on what jobs to take and when, it’s important to remember that the upkeep on the car, gas, pens or carriers to hold the animals and other expenses might be all up to you.

Pro Tip

Set aside money from transporting gigs in a separate account to pay for expenses. 

The rates are quite a bit more for an independent transporter than for a driver who works for a shelter, groomer or vet clinic. Pay for those gigs is between $12 and $20 an hour and you will likely still have to use your own car but you might be reimbursed for gas and other expenses.

How to get Started

1. Set Up Your Online Profile

There are websites that cater to people needing their pet delivered.

Similar to a dating website, clients will look through the profiles and based on the information you put (price, location, experience, etc.), they will then contact you about the details. Make sure everything is professional, with no typos and include good pictures — bonus points if there are animals in them.

Websites to get started include:

2. Get Certified

Consider making your profile more appealing by getting some certifications. This is not required, but makes you stand out from other beginners. The American Red Cross offers a certification course in pet first aid for $25 which only takes 35 minutes. Another highly desirable certification is the Animal Care License from the USDA.

3. Be Patient but Stick With It

Don’t be discouraged if you are not getting that many bookings immediately. The quality that dog owners and breeders most commonly look for in a driver is experience.

But according to CitizenShipper, after just a few successful jobs and five-star reviews, things tend to pick up quickly. Within a couple of months, formerly struggling drivers find the clients much more receptive.

In the meantime, charge slightly lower than you will in the future to make up for lack of experience.

Qualities of a Pet Transporter

Although pet transporting does not require a particular degree or fancy equipment beyond a car, there is a little more to it than just being an Uber for animals.

For anyone looking to get into the pet transportation business, CitizenShipper — the online marketplace which connects customers to couriers and transport providers — recommends these three qualities:

Good People Skills

This one may come as a shock, since the job title alone implies you will be working mostly with animals. While that is true, the situation is similar to my teacher friends saying that the easiest part of the job is the kids — the parents are who more often bring stress.

If you have a pet yourself, then you can relate to someone being particular about who will be alone with them. In order to book jobs, you will need to be extremely amiable, forthright and confident. Having the credentials to back your confidence up is important too. (See No. 2 above)

Ability to Organize and Plan in Advance

One of the perks of the job is that you don’t need to go at it alone. If you’re closer to a Type Z Personality than an A, team up with a friend who writes lists for fun and is always 15 minutes early. You can join forces on the business.

Come up with a cute name: The Furmobile or maybe Dr. Dolittle Animal Mover. Allied Pet Lines? You get the idea.

Pet transporting requires meticulous scheduling and direction following. We all know how frustrating it is when our food delivery is late or dropped off at the wrong place. Now imagine if that was your furry best friend! Planning is also important when choosing routes to minimize fuel expenditures and increase net gain.

Unconditional Love for Animals

If you’ve gotten this far, you most likely already have this. Just keep in mind, though, that this job involves more than just cuddling at pit stops and taking Brutus on walks.

If an animal has never been in a car, or has and hated it, they may throw up or get nervous diarrhea. They may even take out their fear on you and get snappy, especially if you don’t have a pet of your own and aren’t used to these kinds of things, things could get messy.

Still, the possibility of $10,000 a month could make a little mess worth it.

Olivia Smith is a writer based in Washington, D.C., who has experience in public and political advocacy work. She is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.

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Make Money on Instagram with These 7 Tips

You’ve likely heard it before, but branding and follower count do matter on Instagram. While you can’t build a personal brand or a business profile overnight, you can use your aesthetic and the topics you typically post about to boost the products you’re trying to sell.
There’s nothing on Instagram that absolutely won’t sell, but there are categories of items that tend to do better than others. Objects in the fashion and beauty realm — think slightly used clothes and jewelry — tend to do better than used home tools or appliances, which might fare better on more practical sites like Facebook Marketplace or Nextdoor.
Once you’ve taken your audience through the entire affair, you can save the story as a highlight on your Instagram page for future viewers to refer to in perpetuity.

7 Ways to Become an Instagram Entrepreneur

People want to buy items from someone they consider an expert. Build up a following based on that persona first and then sell your items accordingly. In essence, you want to become an expert in Instagram marketing.
And if you want to hit your target audience, there are ways to do that, like through an appeal or a promo code. Offering promo codes through your posts encourages Instagram users and your followers to buy your products. A promo code — which prompts users to input a certain word at online checkout and receive a discount — can encourage on-the-fence users to become a customer.
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If you already have a business account, you may be eligible for accessing Instagram Shopping, an e-commerce option through the social media platform that makes it easy to advertise and sell merchandise through your Instagram account. 

1.   Build Your Brand

Find your niche. Do you find yourself often posting about your outfits or your home décor? Consider selling items that coincide with those interests. Are you outdoorsy and always posting shots from your latest hiking trail or kayaking trip? Try selling your old outdoor equipment on Instagram.
On social media, visuals are more important than any words you could write. If you’re trying to sell items that need a little work, take well-lit and well-staged photos. And take these tips from two experts. If you’re selling an article of clothing, don’t crowd the photo with other accessories or objects. Ideally, put yourself or the article of clothing against a plain white or colorful background.
Maybe they knit in their spare time, so they’ve turned to the platform as a way to share and market their work. Or maybe you know an influencer whose day job is using their 10,000 followers to make money on Instagram.

2.   Know Your Audience

Instagram Shopping accounts can set up a curated shop that allows users to browse and buy items directly through the app’s checkout feature rather than directing users offline to a separate website.
You might incentivize people by asking them to follow your Instagram account or like your Instagram posts for a promo code. They might even think you’re a social media expert.
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3.   Take Good Photos

Once you have the shopping side set up, you can tag individual products within your posts and easily direct people to buy the item. Instagram allows vendors to tag up to five objects in one post and up to 20 products in a multi-image post.
If you’re selling items to customers all over the country or a heavier piece where shipping can add up, be honest with buyers. Shipping entities like the United States Postal Service, UPS and FedEx all have shipping calculators on their sites. Some sellers put shipping immediately in the post.

 4.   Explain Your Process

And remember — when it comes to social media, don’t be afraid to give the product some personality.
Knowing how to market your products on Instagram comes from understanding your audience. If you tend to interact on Instagram in a highly personal voice, then sell your items that way. Try sharing plenty of photos of you in stories using the item that you are now trying to sell. Talk realistically and passionately about the product. Did your daughter love her prom dress and now you want it to have a second home? Sharing that story and harnessing those relationships might make someone more willing to make the dress their own.

 5.   Tag Products on Instagram Shopping

 If you’re selling a hand-crafted product on Instagram, this is your chance to shine! People love personality and they want to understand the creative process that went into the item they’re considering buying. Instagram even suggests using your stories to document each step — from concept to creation.
In fact, every scroll generally yields at least one friend or neighbor who has started using their followers to sell something. Maybe it’s time for a little spring cleaning, so they’ve decided to sell their old sweaters and boots through their Instagram stories.
The same concept goes for objects. If you’re trying to sell your old chest or a cat tree, photograph the object from multiple angles against a plain background. Be honest about any flaws, but no need to draw extra attention to them.

6.  Know the Shipping Cost

Post regularly and engage with people that you follow. Leaving it up to chance will leave you and what you’re trying to sell in the dust. It’s a bit of a game and you have to play it.
With the amount of time we spend scrolling through social media platforms, we might as well make money on Instagram, right?

 7.   Some Things Sell Better Than Others

In general, if your item has a good aesthetic and a good story, you might as well give Instagram a try.
And if you’re adding any cost to the shipping, let buyers know why. Perhaps you are charging for the time to package and ship the product? Or perhaps you have other business expenses? People are more willing to shell out for shipping when they understand why. 
Ready to sell and start another revenue stream? Read on for how.
It doesn’t take being an avid crafter or Instagram marketer to make money on Instagram. The key is having a good engagement rate, understanding your audience, writing multiple posts and knowing what works and what doesn’t.