Are you unemployed or underemployed? If so, here is some exciting news: American Express is currently hiring work-from-home travel consultants! Yep, work-from-home positions. So if you are a busy parent or you are looking to earn some extra cash outside of your regular gig, this job could be right for you.
According to the posting on the American Express site, the company is looking for people who have strong interpersonal skills. As a virtual travel agent, you will not only be in charge of booking hotels, flights and other travel arrangements for American Express customers, but you will also have the very important job of helping to de-escalate tense situations with stressed-out travelers.
Traveling can be very anxiety-inducing, especially when inevitable problems like delayed flights or missed connections occur, so as an American Express virtual travel agent, it will be your job to help stay in control of the situation and keep customers calm.
There are many schedule options available, so chances are, if this job is of interest to you, you will probably be able to find a shift that complements your busy life. You will be trained for 11 weeks before officially beginning work, so you don’t have to worry that you won’t be prepared for this position.
American Express is looking for candidates who are well-traveled and enjoy seeing the world, and those with a recent history of national or international travel will definitely stand out.
In addition, the company is seeking people who have a grasp of travel reservation systems, especially those who have previous experience working with global distribution systems (GDS). Sales experience is also a big bonus, as American Express is looking for virtual travel agents who can cross-sell any relevant purchases or experiences to the customers.
If you are interested in applying, please visit their website and fill out an application. Good luck!
Looking For Extra Cash? Here Are Driving Jobs That Aren’t Uber Or Lyft
Although driving for Uber or Lyft seems like a great idea in theory, for some people, the reality of picking up and dropping off random strangers can be stressful. Luckily, for those who would rather not worry about drunk passengers or dealing with sexual harassment in their own cars, there are other types of driving gigs that require minimal interaction with people you don’t know.
In fact, thanks to Amazon and other online retailers who offer fast shipping, there is a boom in part-time jobs for delivering packages and other goods.
From dropping off online orders to delivering flowers and take-out food, these flexible side hustles allow you to set your own schedule and don’t require you to make small talk with complete strangers.
Please note that many of these jobs require you to be over 18, pass a background check and have a newer model car and phone. Be sure to check out the jobs pages of these companies for complete details and requirements.
1. Amazon Flex
Amazon is known for its fast delivery — all thanks to its team of delivery drivers! As an Amazon Flex driver, you can expect to make $18-$25 per hour delivering packages. Find out where the company is hiring on their Amazon Flex jobs page, or sign up to be notified when a position opens up near you.
If you’re a foodie, you may appreciate discovering new restaurants as a courier for Postmates, a delivery service that specializes in food, beverages and take-out meals. Postmates claims that drivers can make up to $25 per hour, but the pay seems to vary depending on the market where you’re delivering. Check out the breakdown on Postmates’ website.
3. Uber Eats
Just because you don’t want to be a taxi driver doesn’t mean you can’t work for Uber. As an Uber Eats driver, you are responsible for delivering restaurant food curbside or to a customer’s door. Delivery drivers reportedly earn between $8-$12 an hour after expenses. Find out more on the Uber Eats driver application site.
As a company, GrubHub has been around since 2004, so it’s safe to say that they’ve figured out an efficient system for getting restaurant take-out orders to their customers. If you want to become a GrubHub delivery driver, you can expect to make up to $20 per hour. Check out the GrubHub driver website for more details.
When you work for DoorDash, you don’t just deliver, you “dash.” That typically means picking up delivery orders from restaurants in one of the company’s 300 markets and quickly delivering them to hungry customers. Dashers reportedly earn an average of $18 an hour. Learn more at DoorDash’s website.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys shopping for groceries and knows where everything is located inside your local grocery store, then becoming an Instacart shopper might be the best side job for you! You can choose from two options: an in-store shopper who only bags groceries or a full-service shopper who both bags groceries and then delivers them to their recipients. Shoppers reportedly make between $10-$25 per hour. Apply on Instacart’s website.
7. Panera Bread
In 2017, Panera Bread expanded its delivery service and went on a hiring spree. Even now, it seems the company is still in need of delivery drivers for many of its markets. Check out the company’s job page for more details.
Learn about more driving non-Uber or Lyft driving opportunities.