Whether you're underemployed, or just need a little extra scratch to make it through the month, a part-time job can be the difference between making it and striking out. Not all part-time jobs are equal, but good paying jobs at less than 30 hours a week do exist. Here are the top picks for those with a little less time on their hands.

Wait Staff Positions
Servers at restaurants have some of the most flexible hours in the part-time job market. If you're willing to work split shifts, late hours and up to six days a week, the potential to earn a more-than-average hourly wage is there. Demand for servers (no longer referred to as "waiters" or "waitresses") is highest during the summer months, states Nathan Laurie, President of Canada's "Jobpostings Magazine." "With tips, you can make anywhere from $150 to $300 a night, depending on where you work." Given the current job market, fast cash is definitely a significant perk for this part-time job.

House Painters
Laurie also suggests painting homes as a viable option for those seeking seasonal work. While the hours are long, the earning potential is significant; "There are students who graduate debt-free just by working summers as a house painter," he remarks. The average annual salary for a full-time painter is $31,000, making it an attractive source of income for even part-time, entry level applicants.

Landscapers
If you don't mind being outdoors for extended periods of time, are good with your hands and enjoy a challenge, landscaping may be a good fit. Laurie emphasizes that it is an ideal job for those who want to make their own schedule. You don't have to go to work for a boss in this field. He adds that many landscapers are self-employed and "end up making more money than if they worked for someone else." It's important to note that landscaping isn't limited to seasons or geographic area, either; customers in cold areas of the country will benefit from a landscaper that can do double-duty with a snow blower or scoop shovel.

Bookkeepers
Don't underestimate the role of the bookkeeper, reminds Jennifer Folsom of Momentum Resources. "Every company needs this, and much of the work can be done part-time, remotely and around flexible hours." She emphasizes the importance of special skills that could set you apart from others in the competitive industry, however, including certification in software suites such as QuickBooks. Bookkeepers have a high earning potential, as much as $37,900 for a full-time annual salary; performing even 15 to 20 hours a week entitles part-time earners a significant chunk of that revenue.

Social Media Support
With corporate Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media pages clamoring for attention among wired consumers, company budgets are allowing for the addition of at least one part-time expert to stay on staff – even in this tumultuous economy. While it will take a bit more than an active Google+ profile to earn you the title of "social media strategist," a solid background, understanding of new technologies and a willingness to adapt can bring about opportunity. Social media jobs range from the lowest paid intern position all the way up to director status. Part time social media professionals can expect to charge $20 and up for a staff position or $50 or more for freelance and independent contractor positions.

Bottom Line
Things are looking up for anyone who isn't committed to the idea of working 40 or more hours a week for an exciting benefit package. As companies look to cut costs and benefits, the part-time worker can fill the gap that companies struggle to fill - earning even more than they hoped.

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