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20 Easy Jobs People Can Get in Jackson County, MO

May 26, 2020

 Looking for work? There are tons of incredible opportunities available in the Jackson County area. See our list below for work opportunities that are always in high demand.

Consumer Directed Services (CDS)

 

Consumer Directed Services (CDS) is a Missouri-state funded program that is designed to help patients find in-home caregivers that suit their specific needs. CDS allows patients to choose their own caregivers based on the experience, knowledge, and qualifications of each caregiver. Different patients have different requirements for in-home care, and CDS makes it possible for patients to have control over their home care by allowing them more freedom to choose their own caregiver. Patients not only get to choose from a list of qualified, designated caretakers, but they are also able to request that a friend or family member be their caregiver. When a friend or family member becomes a part of the CDS caretaker network, they become eligible to receive payment for caretaking hours and services provided.

 

If you’re a caregiver in Jackson County, MIssouri joining the CDS caretaker network is a great way to support your local community and make a difference while also making money. Caregivers who join the CDS network must be age 18 or older and be physically and mentally capable of providing care. You must also be either a legal United States citizen or have the appropriate requirements met to work in the U.S.

Food Delivery

Doing food delivery is a job that is flexible and also in high demand. All you have to do find an open job (there are lots of them!) and be hired to be a driver for a food delivery company. There are a few different food delivery companies in Jackson County, including not only food delivery services offered by Uber, but also DoorDash Food Delivery and other similar companies. It’s also possible to get a job directly from a restaurant that offers food delivery services that is hiring food delivery drivers. Food delivery drivers are able to choose the times when they want to work and the area in which they’re willing to drive, so this is a job that can expand or contract according to your needs.

 

As a food delivery driver, you can expect to have certain times of the day (that you choose) where you will need to be available to pick up food from restaurants and deliver the food to the home or workplace of customers. When applying for food delivery positions, you will likely be required to submit proof that you are age 18 or older, that you have a vehicle (car, scooter, or bicycle), your driver’s license number, and your social security number. You may also be asked to submit to a background check, and you will need to participate in a driver orientation before starting your first job.

Ridesharing

Ridesharing has become exceptionally popular over the last few years, especially in cities and urban areas like Jackson County, Missouri. There are many ridesharing companies available to join in Jackson County, including Uber and Lyft, two of the most popular ride sharing businesses in the US and abroad. Like food delivery, ridesharing is a flexible job with a high earning potential. You choose your hours and the areas that you’re willing to work in at any given time, and then you can pick up people who need a ride, drive them to their destination, and get paid!

 

In order to qualify to be a driver as a part of a rideshare network, you must meet the appropriate qualifications. Most rideshare companies require that their drivers have a clean driving record, have 1-3 minimum years of driving experience, meet the minimum age requirement to drive in their state with a fully valid driver’s license (age 18 in Missouri), and that the driver has adequate auto insurance. Many companies also have specific vehicle requirements, and they may also ask for you to submit a background check before being accepted as a part of the network of drivers.

Babysitting/Nannying

Babysitting and nannying jobs are no longer just for teenagers and young people looking to get started working. In fact, more and more parents are looking for highly qualified nannies with years of experience working with children rather than hiring young people just starting out. If you have experience working with children or have worked as an au pair or nanny in the past, then advertising your nannying services or signing up as a part of a company that connects nannies and parents may be the perfect job for you. There are a few elite nannying companies in Jackson County, including Nannies of Kansas City and Nanny Nexus. You can also advertise your services independently.

 

If you decide to join a nannying company in Jackson County, you will have to meet the eligibility requirements before you can be accepted. For example, Nannies of Kansas City requires that their nannies be at least 20 years old, have a high school diploma (or equivalent), have 2+ years of professional child care experience, have a valid driver’s license, and that they be a legal citizen or permanent resident of the United States. A background check may also be required, along with a CPR certification (which is sometimes provided by the company).

Waiter

In Jackson County, there are always waiter jobs available to people who are looking for a job that’s easy to get. While being a waiter requires some skill and attention to detail, it’s a comparatively simple job to find and obtain. There are plenty of restaurants all around Kansas City and the rest of Jackson County that need more waiters and/or waitresses on a regular basis. Checking the classified ads in the newspaper or on Monster.com is a good place to start looking for a job waiting tables.

 

Depending on the restaurant that you apply to work at, there may be different requirements or preferred qualifications for waiters. For example, some restaurants that serve alcohol may require that their waiters be at least 18 or 21 years old. More high-end, luxury restaurants may require previous experience in the food industry. However, this is an incredibly high-demand job, so no matter what there’s sure to be multiple restaurants hiring that you can apply to work at.

Rent a Property or Room

Do you have a spare room in your house or even an entire property that you own that you never use or live in? Renting out a space is a great way to make money in Jackson County while maintaining control of your life and being able to work for yourself. Although renting out a space requires some thought, it’s an easy job to get because you’re working for yourself! There are plenty of places online, like Airbnb and VRBO that give property owners a place to rent their spaces to visiting tourists. Kansas City is a comparatively popular destination in the United States with up to 25 million visitors each year. That’s a lot of potential renters!

 

If you choose to rent out a space online to tourists, you will need to have a plan for cleaning, booking systems, and hospitality management. It’s important to create a space that’s comfortable and welcoming for guests, and to provide high quality service through good communication and pristine, clean accommodations that are well-equipped. Spaces that are high-quality with friendly hosts have a high earning potential, and work hours are very flexible. If you have a passion for hospitality or tourism and you’d enjoy working with travelers to Jackson County, then this could be a good job for you.

Lawn Care/Landscaping

Do you love to work outside with your hands? Then working in the lawncare and landscaping industry might be for you. While it’s possible to start your own business doing lawn care, this isn’t necessarily the simplest process, and for many people it’s easier to get a job as a part of a well-established landscaping company where they can get started working right away. In Jackson County, although there is a lot of urban space, there’s also a lot of natural space that needs care and attention. Thus, this is a great job opportunity for people who enjoy the outdoors and prefer to have a more active job.

 

There are a few lawn care/landscaping companies that operate in Jackson County, Missouri, including Aptera and RYAN Lawn and Tree. Different companies have different specifications and job opportunities that are available, but many offer employee benefits and even provide training opportunities to some employees who want to expand their skill set and learn more about landscaping work. It’s also possible to take a look through the newspaper or look in Facebook groups for odd jobs in lawncare and landscaping, or to start your own bona fide lawn care company in Jackson County as an entrepreneur.

Dog Walking

Being a dog walker is an easy job to get in Jackson County that’s in high demand and requires minimal qualifications. All across Kansas City and beyond are people young and old who hire dog walkers to take their dogs outside for some fresh air. Dog walkers may be helping people who love their animals, but who are unable to easily walk their pets, or they may be working with individuals who are simply too busy to walk their dogs and need some extra help. For people who love animals, especially dogs, dog walking can be a pleasant and easy job in the Jackson County area.

 

As a dog walker, you won’t be expected to take care of any other parts of pet care. You will only be expected to take the dog out for a walk and to bring him/her home safe and happy. Just like if you were walking your own dog, you have a responsibility to the city and/or neighborhood to clean up after the dog. You should be prepared when you go out to walk dogs to pick up and dispose of dog poop as needed. There are not many large dog walking companies in Kansas City or Jackson County, so you may have to look to see if there are smaller businesses that are hiring, or offer your own dog walking services independently.

Bartending

Bartending is another job that’s in high demand across Jackson County, and as a bonus, it’s a comparatively easy job to get. There are lots of bars and clubs across Kansas City that need extra hands-on staff where you can easily apply for and get a job. Bartenders are also needed for catered events such as weddings and birthday parties. This can be a good job for someone who enjoys being in a social environment and who is interested in meeting new people on a regular basis, or for someone who doesn’t drink much but who enjoys the nightlife nonetheless. If you’re looking to get a bartending job, check the classified ads or look online for potential job opportunities.

 

In Missouri, it’s particularly easy to get a bartending job because the state doesn’t require any certifications or licensures to be a bartender.  However, unlike in other states where the minimum age is 18, in Missouri you must be at least 21 years old to serve alcohol. When applying for a bartending job, it is also useful to have a driver’s license or passport available and to demonstrate excellent communication skills and a basic knowledge of different drink recipes. Bartending schools are available in Missouri and a certification is certainly helpful though not required by law.

Pet-Sitter/House-Sitter

Working as a pet-sitter or house-sitter can be an interesting type of work to pursue, and because a lot of people truly need house or pet sitting services, it’s an in-demand job in Jackson County. People may hire pet-sitters on a day-to-day basis to take care of their pets while they’re at work, or they may hire a pet-sitter to care for animals while they’re on a trip. Individuals who hire house-sitters are usually going out of town and want someone to stay in their house to keep an eye on personal property and to take care of basic home care related responsibilities.

 

There are many different online resources and Jackson County companies where it’s possible to find pet-sitting and house-sitting opportunities. For example, Cats at Home is a Jackson County company with a network of affectionate pet-sitters who care for cats and other small animals. Trusted Housesitters is a global company where people can apply for house sitting jobs that appeal to them. If you love animals and want to support your local Jackson County community, then this is a great job to pursue. As an extra bonus, pet-sitting and house-sitting jobs tend to be very flexible so it can be done as either a primary profession or as a side-gig to supplement your income.

Customer Service Representative

For people who are friendly and easy to talk to, getting a job as a customer service representative will be simple. There are companies all across Jackson County and the United States that need high quality employees who can handle calls and emails from customers who have questions, complaints, or comments. Work as a customer service representative can be done either online or in-person at a call center and, depending on your situation, it can be either a full-time or part-time job. In Jackson County, there are often classified ads posted in newspapers for customer service representative positions at different Missouri-based companies.

 

Some people prefer to work online doing customer service work. Because of the nature of most customer service jobs, it’s becoming more and more common for big companies like Amazon and Walmart to hire customer service representatives who work at home. Working as a customer service rep, you will be expected to handle the calls and emails of customers who have questions or problems regarding a product or service, and you will need to be able to answer their questions in a calm and friendly way. Frequently, if you’re hired by a specific company, you will be required to participate in a training program that will introduce you to all aspects of the company’s products or services so that you can answer questions accurately.

 

Besides finding customer service jobs in the classified ad section of the newspaper, you can also find many customer service representative positions on websites like Upwork.com. This website is primarily for freelancers who work independently, but it’s also a good place to find a job as a part of an established company or agency.

Clean Homes and/or Apartments

Cleaning services are always in high demand. If you have an eye for detail and you enjoy beautifying people’s homes, cleaning either homes or apartments might be a good job to consider. There are a number of cleaning services already in business in Jackson County, but you may also wish to work solo and create your own business cleaning homes in your neighborhood. These jobs pay between $10-$15 per hour depending on your experience and the responsibilities level you’ve been given.

 

Work as a Freelancer

Online freelance work is suitable for people with a wide range of different skills from computer programming and writing to project management and virtual assistant skills. To work as a freelancer, you must be willing to become a contract worker and take care of your own health insurance and taxes, but often freelancing pays better than the same jobs that would be done in-person as an employee of a company so contractors can afford to pay for insurance and other needs.

 

Companies like Upwork.com act as a medium for both freelancers as well as businesses in search of high-quality workers. Fiverr.com is another popular freelancing tool that encompasses an ever wider range of skill sets for freelancers in different disciplines. While Upwork focuses almost exclusively on freelance work that takes place online, Fiverr has extended the freelance focus into certain types of in-person work such as hanging flyers or providing tours in certain areas of the country. Anyone who is looking for work they can do on their own time and with a flexible schedule should research these companies and learn more about the possibilities in terms of freelance work.

 

Freelancers make anywhere between $5 and $300 per hour depending on the type of work they do, their experience, and education.

Translation

If you speak more than one language fluently, translation may be a viable job for you. Translators are always in high demand and these days, many of them work at home through online portals like Bonjax. However, as a translator, you might be hired to work in your community to provide in-person, real-time translations for people in various settings such as hospitals or courthouses. Translators provide an important service not only in their communities but throughout the world by assisting people with clear communication.

 

If you haven’t already taken tests to prove that you are fluent in two languages, this would be your first step. Many organizations require that their translators are certified and that they’ve proven their ability to speak at a high level in both languages that they’ll be translating. If both of your languages are widely spoken in your area, there will probably be a high demand for your services if you let people know that you’re doing translation. Hang flyers and contact relevant businesses and organizations in your area to get a foot in the door.

 

Tutoring/Teaching In-Person or Online

If you’re looking for work in Jackson County, Missouri and you enjoy teaching or tutoring, there are a ton of opportunities available to you both in-person and online! As more and more parents take up homeschooling and worldschooling to educate their children, a new market has been created in the education industry to teach children online. Platforms like Outschool.com bring high-quality teachers to students who are being educated at home so that everyone benefits.

 

If you speak two languages, or if you have a special certification that qualifies you to teach English, you may be able to get a job working for a company like VIPkid or Verbling. These companies offer instruction online in a variety of different languages. These language educators make between $6 and $40 per hour.

 

Perhaps you have special skills in math or science and you enjoy helping other people understand material that’s difficult for them. If this describes you, consider creating a class or signing up as a tutor at a local company to work with students in-person. Putting out a flyer at the university might also generate customers. Tutoring is a job that takes a lot of passion, but it also offers a lot of significant rewards. Most tutors make between $10 -$20 per hour, though some command up to $40 per hour depending on their experience and education and what they’re teaching. 

Newspaper Delivery

 

There is always a need for newspaper delivery people in Jackson County, Missouri! To do this job, you must have a reliable vehicle and you must generally be willing to work at night (though there are a few daytime newspaper delivery jobs). There are a variety of newspapers that need delivery drivers to throw newspapers on specific routes throughout the county. As a newspaper delivery driver, you may be responsible for rolling the papers as well as throwing them. Some delivery drivers are able to do more than one route per night to make more money. Often, newspaper delivery pays per unit rather than per hour.

 

Though this is not a high-paying job, there is room for upward mobility. Some delivery drivers advance to supervisor or management positions where they oversee the routes of other drivers. If you tend to enjoy working at night rather than during the day, this job may be a good option for you. But, there are some newspaper delivery routes that have a daytime schedule too.

 

Newspaper delivery drivers can expect to make about $1500 per month, but sometimes these jobs are contract labor, so the contractor is responsible for paying the cost of gas and other expenses.

Tour Guide

In Jackson County, Missouri, there are plenty of tourist destinations for travelers in search of interesting and fun things to see and do. As a tour guide in the Jackson County area, you would need to know a bit about history, politics, geography, and anything that would pique the interest of tourists. If you’re an expert on Jackson County already, becoming a tour guide will be as easy as advertising your services through the right channels.

 

Of course, there are a lot of regular tours available in this area of the world already, but if you can set yourself apart as a tour guide and offer something unique to travelers, you might be able to create a niche doing something you really enjoy. You could advertise through AirBnB as someone who is providing “Experiences”, but in order to be accepted on this platform, you must come up with a new take on tours that’s creative and captivating. For example, you could do a singing tour or a storytelling tour. Be creative! As a tour guide, offering tourists a unique experience through this platform is required. Be sure to advertise your tour through local tourist organizations and post flyers in restaurants and other locations that are typically frequented by tourists.

 

Tour guides need to be good with people and they should be able to entertain others as well. As a tour guide, you’ll be working in hospitality so you’ll need to be ready and willing to take care of your customers while they’re with you on a tour.

Grocery Shopping and Delivery

These days, people want their groceries delivered right to their door. If you’re an extremely detail-oriented and organized person and you have a large vehicle that you can use to transport groceries directly to a customer’s home, this might be a worthy job for you. There are several companies that offer grocery shopping and delivery already in Missouri and you could work directly for these companies or start your own business doing grocery deliveries by putting out flyers in your neighborhood and simply telling people that you’re offering this service. People always need food and getting it delivered directly to your door has definitely become the fashionable thing to do.

 

Though it might be hard for a small start-up grocery shopping and delivery business to compete with bigger companies with an established web presence, there are many locations that do not currently have grocery delivery services available. And some people may prefer to work with a small business rather than a website or a mobile app delivery service. As grocery delivery becomes more popular, there will be plenty of jobs opening for shoppers who don’t want to go an entrepreneurial route.

 

As a grocery shopper for other people, precision is important. You’ll need to find the exact item that your customer ordered. Timeliness is also essential. In order to succeed at this job, you’ll need to work at a reasonable pace and deliver groceries within the specified period of time. The company Instacart operates in Kansas City, Missouri and they have jobs not only for shoppers, but also shift leads, and managers.

Janitor

Janitors act as the caretaker of buildings such as schools, residential homes, hospitals, offices, and more. Their primary responsibility is to keep the interior and sometimes the exterior of the building clean and maintained. Some janitors are also responsible for making sure the property is safe and secure. To do this job, you must be physically healthy and able to do manual labor.

 

As a janitor, you will be expected to perform heavy cleaning tasks such as washing the windows, cleaning the floors, shampooing rugs, and removing garbage. Additionally, the janitor must also maintain the furnace and fix whatever breaks in the building (or notify the appropriate repair-person to do the job). A lot of janitors must also clean snow off sidewalks and do some very general maintenance on the exterior of the building as well.

 

Janitors are always in high demand because nearly every large business is in need of someone to maintain the property where the business resides. Office spaces, truck stops, hospitals, courthouses and other government buildings, apartment complexes, and just about any business that operates in a large building will need a reliable janitor to do caretaking. Experienced janitors can make between $12 and $18 per hour in Jackson, Missouri if they have prior experience with property maintenance.

Warehouse Associate

Distribution centers are always in need of extra help. Depending on your previous work experience, you could make between $11 and $14 per hour as a warehouse associate in Jackson County, Missouri. This type of position requires organizational abilities and a willingness to be trained.

 

One of the most important characteristics of a warehouse associate is reliability. If you show up to work regularly and you have good eyesight (either regular or corrected) and you’re physically able to bend, reach, stoop, walk, stand, and sometimes climb a ladder, this may be the right job for you. Warehouse work sometimes requires the ability to adapt to seasonal changes in temperature, so your health should be good enough to endure the warm and cool seasons in Missouri.

 

Most warehouse associates have a high school diploma or GED, though there are some exceptions to this rule. If you have experience driving a forklift, there are a number of warehouses that would be willing to consider you for a position. Good forklift drivers are always in high demand for daily handling and execution of customer’s orders and shipments. For those who do not have experience driving a forklift, there are still plenty of positions in many warehouse facilities that require merely two able hands and a willingness to work.

 

Syndeo is a Jackson County company that is always searching for new warehouse associates.