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.

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