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Are you looking for a part time IT job? Though initially, the IT field was more about managing data information, it seems like there are a lot of things now qualifying as IT. And, there are many areas where work can be found.
You might be looking for some of the more traditional IT positions like: IT Help Desk Support, Office Administrator, IT Administrator, IT Consultant, Information Technology Specialist, IT Support Technician, Help Desk/ Network Engineer, Desktop Support Technician, and the list goes on and on.
But if you are willing to think outside the box a little, I got a suggestion for you that would qualify as a part time IT job, or rather a part time IT business. Something that you build on the side for yourself, combining and interest of yours with your IT knowledge.
Part Time IT Job “Think Outside the Box” Suggestion
Computers are obviously not foreign to you, this will come in very handy and be of great advantage to you if you would take me up on my suggestion. Let me ask you this, what if you could have your own little business on the side would that be a good alternative to a part time job? A business that possibly could generate a lot more money than a part time position down the road. what about starting a website or blog on a topic you enjoy.
What I’m talking about is setting up your own website or blog on a topic you enjoy. What’s your passion? That passion combined with your IT knowledge could turn into a profitable website, with a little extra training.
How can a website on football, cars, gardening, BBQ grilling or parenting turn into a money making site? There are many different ways but a couple of common ways is to display ads or recommend products as an affiliate, also called affiliate marketing.
Say that your interest is gardening, you might become an affiliate with Amazon, recommend some gardening products that you use and if somebody clicks through from your website to Amazon and makes a purchase you will get paid.
You can read all about how I got started myself doing affiliate marketing. It truly is a great way to make a side income even a full-time income. It will take some time to get things going but down the road, it could be worth it!
A good question for you to answer is:
Do you want to go work part time for somebody else or do you want to build something for yourself on your own terms, that long term could be highly beneficial?
If You Still Want a Traditional IT Job Read On
Because there are so many possibilities in the IT field, it would probably be better to do a general search when looking for part time jobs. Reading the job description, instead of just looking at the ‘job title’ will indicate more of what the employer or customer is looking for will help you determine if you can provide the type of support needed. Many times, you’ll find that having a degree won’t be necessary. The IT industry changes quickly and the skill set needed to perform some jobs might be very basic.
Today, we’re talking part time IT jobs. Part Time positions are a great way to enter into a new field of work. It is also a great way of gaining a variety of work experience. IT jobs can be in many categories including technician, help desk support, support specialist, systems analyst and engineer.
Many part-time jobs come without benefits. So, it’s imperative that you make the position work best for you. Flexibility, pay, and scheduling should all be check (in your favor). If they aren’t then considering looking for another position. You should also consider the distance you’ll need to travel in order to get to the part-time IT position. It would be ideal if you could ‘work from home’ or at least partially telecommute. Otherwise, you might find yourself putting more of your paycheck in your gas tank than you wanted to. In which case, you need to consider what the purpose and intent of working part time were for.
As far as training goes, just because a position might be an internship, don’t assume all training will be provided. Many times, an internship will only provide you with the training of how that particular organization or company expects a task to be completed as it pertains to their needs. Training about how to perform the task might be considered as part of the experience you bring into a position.
For the remainder of this article, let’s talk about thinking outside of the box. If you’re only interested in working for a company part time, then there must be some reason behind that desire. Maybe, in this particular type of job market, you are looking to create multiple streams of income to fit your lifestyle and schedule rather than be dependent upon one company for your income.
Maybe you are considering being semi-retired. Or maybe, you just want to work part time. For whatever your reason, maintain your power and control so that your part time gig won’t mission creep into a full-time ball and chain. One way of doing that is to establish yourself (even if it is only in your own mind) as an independent contractor.
See yourself as being a provider of a service instead of being an employee—regardless of what the paperwork says. In doing so, your approach to each opportunity will afford you creative opportunities to engage with the individual or company you are working with.