Regardless of your reason for seeking a part-time job, it can pay handsome dividends if you choose wisely, and give it your all. In addition to providing a paycheck, part-time jobs can be fantastic for networking and resume building. Here are five that are worth a second look.

Personal Trainer

Do you love to work out? Are you a good teacher? If so, consider a part-time job in personal training. You are guaranteed to make amazing contacts, as most people who can afford private training tend to be well-connected and established in their careers. You will also build skills that look great on a resume, such as leadership, sales, and marketing.

Real Estate Agent

This job can be done on evenings and weekends to start, and if you do well, you can easily parlay it into a lucrative full-time career. It is perfect for those who despise sitting behind a desk all day. You’ll be out and about, showing a variety of homes to people from all walks of life. The networking opportunities in real estate are endless, and while the pay isn’t always steady or predictable, the income potential is strong.

Telemarketer

I know, I know. The word alone is anathema to most people. But if you’re one of those people who sound great on the phone, have the gift of gab, and can close a deal, there are few better ways to earn full-time money, in part-time hours than phone sales. Once you prove you can close, you’ll have plenty of upward mobility beyond the boiler room.

Freelance Writer

Most companies could use a few people with good writing skills. Freelancing part time is a great way to hone those skills, and to build a portfolio you can show off with your resume. The hours are usually flexible, and you can make as much money as you want depending on how much time you want to devote.

Handyman

If you’re good with your hands and at fixing things, a handyman job is naturally worth looking into. The professionals in Indianapolis gutters installation companies alone have said their part-time work has really paid off. Places like D&B Continuous Guttering LLC would be great if you love working outside, helping customers improve their homes, and working with your hands. You will build skills which are always in demand, and you’ll make great contacts across a variety of industries.

A part-time job is always good for a paycheck, but it can also be good for so much more. Find something you love, never stop getting better at it, and impress everyone you meet with your work ethic and dedication. You will go places, I promise.

Brooke Chaplan is a writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys blogging about a variety of topics and doing anything outdoors with fitness.