Part Time

10 Jobs Where You Can Work Overnight

Written by Peter Jones

Some people just aren’t morning people, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have meaningful and successful careers. If you’re a night owl and just can’t seem to get to a desk at 8 or 9 a.m., don’t fear. Here are a few graveyard shift jobs that might be just right for you.

1. Freelance Writer

This is really a self-owned business, and one that requires a lot of hustle to get clients and prove your talent. But once you get started you can set your own writing hours—provided you meet your deadlines, it’s totally fine to burn the midnight oil.

2. Air Traffic Controller

Planes come in and fly out at all hours. If you want a really highly paid night shift, this might be the gig for you. You might not even need a college degree. One drawback: you might have to alternate your night shifts with a few days, which can take a lot out of you and leave you groggy.

3. Dealer

Of cards. Work in a casino dealing blackjack or other card games. There are always shifts available after midnight—it’s a bit slower, but also more relaxed. And most places pool tips and add to paychecks as an hourly rate, so the slow shifts aren’t always bad for the bank account.

4. Bartender

All you need is speed and skill and you can make a ton of money if you find yourself in the right place. And evening shifts are the most lucrative—especially weekends. Get used to a Monday being your new night out. You could also try being a chef (much more stress) or a waiter.

5. Firefighter

Okay, so it’s super dangerous. But many firefighters report for duty at 11 p.m. Granted, they usually have to work 24 hour shifts with 48 hours off in-between, so the schedule can be a bit demanding.

6. Security Guard

Guard the gates of the company or store—19% of security professionals report for work beginning at 3a.m. Try office buildings or casinos for opportunities.

7. Taxi Driver or Uber Driver

Just you and the city streets in the middle of the night. People always need rides and the traffic is much slower!

8. Babysitting

Now not just for teenagers! Turn this into your own independent contracting business. Work while parents are out on the town, or even off working their own night shifts!

9. Mail Sorter

Try a temporary position at the post office to get you through the door. Start at 11 p.m. and finish between 5 and 7 a.m. It’s a great way to earn extra cash—though you’ll not get benefits.

10. Pizza Delivery Person

It’s 2 a.m and the only place still delivering is the pizza place. Take advantage of the late-night cravings of college students and other night owls and rake in the tips. You won’t make a huge amount, but you can scratch out some extra cash.

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Peter Jones