The workforce is changing, and in today’s gig economy, people are increasingly looking for jobs that pay under the table. “Under the table” is another term for getting paid “off the books”, meaning that your employer doesn’t keep extensive records or collect taxes from you.
Under the table jobs allow you to take home every cent that you earned through your hard work. Being able to keep your entire income yourself allows you to invest it and make even more money by the time tax season comes around.
Another benefit to jobs that pay under the table is that the vast majority of them don’t require any college level education.
While there are plenty of under the table jobs, not all of them pay enough to support someone on their income. Listed here are ten of the best under the table jobs to sustain an individual or a family.
If you know how to craft marketable items, you could easily put your maker skills to work for you. This can be one of the best jobs that pay cash under the table because it is common for handmade goods to be purchased directly.
You can list your crafted items for sale online, using an intermediary if necessary, or you can sell them in person at local events such as flea markets and antique shows.
Bottom Line: you may even find local retailers that are willing to pay cash for your product, which they can then sell in their stores at a markup.
Caring for Children or Elders
Providing in-home care for children or the elderly is a common example of a cash job that can pay daily. This type of work pays by the hour and by the number of people you would be caring for.
Because the hours are usually set in advance, this is one of the most reliable part time under the table jobs. To find work, you could post a local listing that advertises your availability and rates, or search for families that have written their own listings to seek care for their loved one.
Bottom Line: after establishing trustworthy care, it is common to be hired by your clients’ friends and family as they recommend you to others.
Most people already have the knowledge necessary to run their own cleaning business. The amount of money required to start a house cleaning service is low, as you most likely already have suitable cleaning equipment in your household.
This is another job that can pay daily and is also a job that would pay cash under the table. By establishing a weekly or bi-weekly schedule with your clients, you can reasonably establish a regular income for yourself.
Building and Construction
Joining a construction crew is a good choice if you are looking for a job that can pay weekly. Construction offers a lot of career growth opportunities. You might begin as an apprentice and learn a new trade skill.
If you already have experience in certain installation types, you could even work as a subcontractor and hire your own assistants.
A lot of jobs that pay cash under the table are solo jobs, but this one allows you to have a crew you can work and socialize with, so it is a good gig to get into if you want to work alongside others.
Yard work and landscaping is seasonal work, but it is in high demand during those seasons. Many offset the seasonal nature of this work by running snow shoveling services during the cold months of the year.
Another side gig you can do with the equipment and skills of landscaping is clearing out trees and debris from people’s yards after a storm.
Landscaping might consist of trimming hedges, mowing lawns, planting trees, or even maintaining flower or vegetable gardens. If you can provide advanced services such as terracing, you can charge even more for your work.
Handyman and Odd Jobs
If you consider yourself a handyman and are familiar with an assortment of tools, there are lots of odd jobs out there that need doing. For this job, you should have your own set of standard tools and a general knowledge of how to repair various appliances in a household.
Not all household labor is repair work, however. Some odd jobs you might be able to offer could involve moving furniture or acting as a courier.
Bottom Line: just browsing a local listing site will show you that the possibilities are endless for getting paid under the table doing these random tasks.
Graphic and Web Design
Because no manual labor is required, graphic or web design is a good option if you need an under the table job for a disabled person.
There is a high demand for skilled graphic artists and this kind of work can keep you paid comfortably. You could browse forums and social media to look for people who are looking to launch a new website or business.
Bottom Line: the best part about this job is that your clientele can come from anywhere in the world, so your growth potential is limitless.
Computer programming is another valid under the table job for disabled people. Night owls might especially enjoy being able to work from your own computer and set whatever hours you want. This is a great option for the technically inclined, though you do not need a formal education to do this.
The demand for software developers is only growing, and the types of projects you might work on can be quite interesting. You might develop software for an indie game studio or even choose to develop and sell your own software.
Turking is quite similar to doing odd jobs, but these are computer-based. Turking is performing small tasks that can’t be easily automated by computer.
These jobs are called human intelligence tasks (HITs) and an example of such a task is translating documents into foreign languages.
You can find HITs listed with set payment rates on sites dedicated to this kind of work, or you could even seek out work anywhere on the internet and bid on the job yourself.
Bottom Line: out of all the under the table jobs on this list, this one most benefits someone who is quick to snap up an opportunity.
Tutor or Personal Trainer
Maybe you know how to play an instrument or perhaps you are athletic and know the ins and outs of a particular sport. If you would like to pass on that knowledge and make money doing it, you might consider being a tutor or a personal trainer.
By far this is the best under the table job if you possess an enviable skill. Specialized knowledge can be offered at a premium price and most people are willing to pay you directly for it, as well. You can set your own hours and even require your clients to come to you.