The highest-paying side jobs in metro Atlanta

If you already have a full-time job, you may be looking for something more. A side job offers the opportunity to earn extra money and new skills.

The following are some of the highest-paying side jobs and where you can get one in Atlanta right now:

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Since games and matches are often held in the evenings or on the weekends, you can likely work around a full-time job that has a daytime weekday schedule. You'll need knowledge of a specific sport as well as some additional training to become a referee. Job opportunities include refereeing for high schools, local colleges and recreational leagues. The Georgia High School Association hosts camps that help officials of various sports further their knowledge, and you can find job opportunities by contacting associations.

Pay rates for games sanctioned by the Georgia High School Association are listed on the organization's website. You could earn, for example, $96 for refereeing a football game.


You can work for another company or find clients on your own if you have knowledge in a specific subject and can explain it and relate well to students. College students and teachers are ideally suited to be tutors, and in some cases, you can even do this side job online.

Companies hiring tutors recently in Atlanta include The Knowledge Roundtable, Vision Tutoring and Dogwood Tutoring.

Focus group/research study/product testing participants

The work won't necessarily be steady, but companies looking for focus group, research study or product testing participants are willing to pay for your time and opinions if you fit the right demographic for their studies. You'll also be able to pick and choose the jobs that fit your schedule.

Recent opportunities include a health and beauty focus group in need of women age 35-65 ($150) and a product test for razors for men age 18-65 ($50).

Uber or Lyft drivers

If you have a vehicle and the patience to navigate Atlanta's traffic, you can make some extra money as a driver for Uber or Lyft. You'll get to meet a wide variety of people, taking them to or from destinations such doctor's appointments, bars or restaurants and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Uber drivers in Atlanta make an average of $16 per hour, according to Glassdoor. Sign up as a driver for Uber or Lyft – or both. Uber's process is automated, and Lyft requires you to meet with a company representative for an interview and to have your vehicle inspected.