The nitty-gritty: If you tackle this as a self-employed fix-it-up service, figure on a smorgasbord of odd jobs that range from tightening loose door handles to repairing running toilets. It can be a toss-up of woodworking, plumbing, electrical and even painting projects. There are more structured opportunities in this arena with building owners who hire part-time workers to perform basic maintenance. This is one job, even on a part-time basis, that requires a certain level of fitness and stamina.
The hours: If it's your own business, you can call the shots, even working weekends-only. Part-time schedules for building maintenance will depend on the owners' needs. Some might prefer to have a handyman on call for emergencies, while others might like to have you on-site and available to residents during specific hours.
Pay range: $10 to $20 an hour, and up to $50 for certain custom work.
Qualification: Be competent in various aspects of home improvement, have your own tools, be self-motivated and have good customer-service skills. Be on a first-name basis with the manager of your local hardware store.