Part Time and Temporary Work Options


Babysitting is a great way to balance work and school since you can be flexible with your schedule. UrbanSitter is a reputable way to find babysitting jobs in the city.


Craigslist has a plethora of part-time jobs listed with descriptions ranging from salesperson to dance instructor to nanny. Look for the “part-time” link at the bottom of the “Jobs” section.

Coffee Bars

Coffee bars offer flexible work schedules and, because San Francisco has at least one on every block, are generally close to home. Try Peets or Starbucks.

Focus Groups

The companies listed below organize focus groups for all different types of organizations. They are always looking for people to participate and pay rather well for it. Try signing up with Tragon, Nichols Research, Fleischman Field Research, or Focus Pointe Global.

Mystery Shopping

Mystery shoppers are paid to act like regular customers of banks, retail stores, restaurants, or even government offices, but are really there to report on cleanliness, food quality and customer service. These are some firms that hire mystery shoppers: Jancyn, Mystery Shopping Providers Association, Feedback Plus, Inc., Bestmark, Intellishop, Sentry Marketing Group.

Commercial and Extra Work

These local casting agencies are constantly looking for extras to use for commercials and movies. Get on their email lists to get regular casting calls; note that not all extra work is paid, so be sure to ask. Try Nancy Hayes Casting (415-567-0108) or Beau Bonneau Casting (415-346-CAST).