Recent findings by MIT showed that after factoring in costs like car insurance, gas, and wear and tear while on the job, the average driver in a ride-sharing program like Uber or Lyft makes just $3.37 per hour.

And that’s not the only reason why you might want to consider an alternative to this typical side hustle staple—those working as contractors for companies like Uber, Lyft, and Postmates have to deal with customers without a lot of support. If they’re angry about a ride or order, or have dangerous tendencies, you’re on your own when it comes to finding a resolution within that interaction.

Plus, there’s the fact that working as an independent contractor can get downright lonely sometimes. Although it’s empowering to set your own hours, you definitely miss out on the friendly banter and the team feel that comes with a slightly more organized work structure.

What if we told you that you could design a side hustle around your schedule, while providing the support (and camaraderie) of a team, with the promise of up to $16/hour plus tips?

Catering as a Side Hustle: Is it For You?

Whether you have a current gig or not, working in catering is great for earning in the hours outside of the typical 9 to 5 job.

The most opportunities to fit in shifts occur during the summer, where graduation parties and other outside celebrations run rampant. With this in mind, many of our part-timers are teachers—looking to earn a bit more during their downtime, perhaps to make money for a downpayment on a house or new car.

Like many other positions currently available in the gig economy, you don’t need a lot of experience to apply to the roles currently open at Catering by Michaels!

Here are the basic traits we look for in new employees:

  • Responsible
  • Reliable
  • Passionate
  • Good presentation
  • Available to work in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs OR Independence Grove in Libertyville
  • Good English speaking skills or (preferably) bilingual English/Spanish
  • Have a car—we often work outside of public transportation accessible areas

If you embody these traits and fit these requirements, we have an opportunity for almost any type of interest.

Currently Open Catering Positions

In terms of flexible, part-time roles, we’re currently looking for:

  • Waiters/Waitresses
  • Bartenders
  • Cooks

We’re also hiring for several full-time roles if you’re interesting in making catering your full-time gig.

Currently available positions:

  • Delivery drivers
  • Prep cooks
  • Pastry chefs
  • Function directors

For many of our open part-time positions, you can work as much as you want. We’ll work with your schedule to get you working as many hours as you’d like!

Check our Jobs page for a complete, up-to-date list of the roles we’re hiring for.

Our application process can seem a little overwhelming: it takes 15-20 minutes to complete. If you want to start it and finish it later, our system allows you to save and come back. If you experience any difficulties with our online application system, email for assistance.

Why Work for Catering by Michaels

When people come to us after working for other catering companies, it’s not uncommon to hear that we take better care of our team.

We strive to create a positive team environment—where the work we do is effective enough to leave a smile on our clients’ faces. We recognize the importance of every role and how it contributes to this outcome. You’re helping people celebrate special times in their lives. Even if you’re not at an event as a guest, the atmosphere is a lot of fun!

To make sure everyone’s at the top of their game while on assignment, we provide a free meal during your shift—the same delicious food our customers order for their guests!

We recognize the importance of money in enabling you to do everything that’s important in your life. That’s why our side hustle opportunities and full-time positions pay a fair living wage. Whenever a customer pays gratuities, we share that with everyone on-staff at the event in question.

Most of our part-time positions start at $14/hour and go up to $16/hour plus tips. That’s more than you’d make over several hours with Uber or Lyft, if we are to believe the aforementioned study by MIT!

Ready to Start Your Catering Side-Hustle?

Head on over to our Jobs page and check out our open positions. There’s something for just about everyone!