Many people are looking for ways to make money on weekends. Maybe you’re looking for something you can take on full-time at some point in the future, or maybe you want to earn a little extra cash for a vacation or down payment. Whatever your inspiration, I have some great side hustle ideas to share today.
Become an Uber driver
Rideshare Guy shared with us that Uber drivers can make a great side income by shuttling people around. That’s not too shabby for a gig you can work on your own terms. He tells us that weekends are the best time of the week to pick up work. Friday and Saturday nights are especially busy as party-goers look for a designated driver. Click here to start your application. (Lyft is also a great rideshare opportunity to consider. My husband went through the application process with ease.)
Becoming a reseller is another opportunity with maximum flexibility. Cynthia Stine has built a full-time income working just 10 hours per week on her Amazon FBA business. And the weekends are a great time to pick up things to resell because that’s when many flea markets and garage sales are going on.
Make your purchases. Please list your items. Drop everything off to send to Amazon on the way to work Monday morning. Your small side business can run itself while you’re at your 9-to-5. You can’t ask for a better deal.
Tutoring is something that is done outside of normal school hours which makes it perfect for those looking for a weekend side gig. Many tutors working locally can charge around $20 an hour for basics like English and math while specialized subjects can warrant up to $50 an hour. If you decide to pursue an online opportunity, that rate can quickly drop from $8 to $15 per hour.
Become a photographer
There was a time that only professional photographers were able to make a good living by capturing snapshots of life. That is no longer the case. If you have access to great equipment and can Learn basic photography skillsYou can earn some great cash taking photos of everything from birthday parties to senior photos.
And don’t overlook the passive income potential of selling photos online. Focus on your specialty which is flat lace or nature photography. List those images for sale online. They can sell over and over and you can only work once.
Offer freelance services
While some freelance service providers are limited to working specific hours or a specific schedule, there are many opportunities within the industry that can be done anytime and anywhere. Freelance writingFor one, it’s a great side business idea for those working a traditional 9-to-5 job.
To an extent, social media management and virtual assisting can go hand in hand even though you may need to check-in or interact with your clients sometime between Monday and Friday.
Become an event staff
If you look on Craigslist under the event gigs section or download the Shiftgig app, you’ll likely find a little jackpot of one-off opportunities on weekends and evenings. These gigs can be event staff or brand ambassador titles. Companies are looking for someone to hand out samples or help people find their seats at a concert. Not only are they a great way to make some great extra money, but you might be able to catch a sporting event or concert for free.
Be a bookkeeper
You don’t need an accounting degree to perform some basic bookkeeping duties. Many businesses are still not operating completely online or paper-free like many of us. This means receipts and invoices still need to be entered into software like QuickBooks I often see remote bookkeeper job listings on FlexJobs that only list researched telecommuting positions.
Start a blog
Blogging can take some time to make a profit, but it offers a lot of flexibility. Posts and social media updates can be scheduled in advance, allowing you to write on the weekend and focus on your day job during the week. Emails and comments can be answered in bulk once per day. This isn’t a great option if you’re looking for quick cash, but it’s something you should consider working into your long-term passive income plan.
I recommend the framework for new bloggers looking to set up their blog and create content, and Elite Blog Academy for those who already have a blog. EBA has helped me generate a healthy full-time income from my site.
to be a direct sales Mentoring can be a great way to make money on the weekends. If you prefer, you can host in-home parties and trunk shows not only on Saturdays and Sundays, but also on weeknights.
Most companies pay their consultants around 25% commission on personal sales. The product lines available are endless. Whether you like luxury bath products or food containers, there is bound to be a product you are passionate about.
And, even better news, startup costs are minimal. You don’t need to carry inventory in most cases, so you only need to purchase your starter kit, which usually includes product samples, catalogs, and order forms to get you started. And training! A great benefit of joining a replicated business model is that they provide you with mentorship and marketing training. You can climb up that learning curve as you start your own boutique. Most companies today also offer consulting websites so that you can easily sell your products online as well.
Selling handmade items
Handmade doesn’t just mean mittens and gloves. If you take a look around on Etsy today, you’ll find everything from handmade wreaths to Christmas ornaments and beyond to hand-painted wall hangings. If you already have a hobby, think about how you can turn it into a business.
Start a YouTube channel
Do you enjoy being creative and sharing with others? Consider starting a YouTube channel! Video is all the rage these days, with more than a third of the internet-using public using YouTube You can create videos on virtually anything, from subscription box reviews to make-up application how-tos to sharing your thoughts on the book you just finished reading. And besides the satisfaction of creating something and sharing it with the world, you have the opportunity to monetize your videos
It’s one of those slow ways of income: you create content, build a viewership, and then earn from ads after you hit 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. It took me about four months of serious promotion. In between, you can earn from referral links and direct sponsorships. Especially if you have a related blog. If you’re serious about using YouTube to provide a form of income, check out “9 Things I Learned as a YouTube Beginner.”
Microtask days away
Maybe you don’t want to work too hard on your weekends, but still want to earn a little cash. Consider microtasking! All the small tasks launched on microtasking sites require human attention, but they don’t require your undivided attention or huge time investment. You can easily enter data or identify items in a photo or transcribe image text while listening to an audiobook or watching your latest shows.
Currently the biggest site for microtasks is mTurk (or Amazon Mechanical Turk) and it’s easy to get started. You can even convert your earnings directly into Amazon gift cards. If you want to learn more about mTurk, check out “9 Ways to Increase Your mTurk Earnings”. Or if you want to explore other microtask sites, I’ve got a post for that too.
Make a furry friend
Any day you meet a friendly new dog is a great day – so why not make it a point of the weekend? Let your friends and neighbors know that you’re up for pet-sitting any weekend, and that you’re willing to take an afternoon (or anytime) walk. You can sign up to work the rover – They offer pet services such as dog boarding, drop-in visits, doggy day care, and dog walking. As a freelancer with Rover, you can set your own availability and pricing, choose what services you offer, and even set sizes and other preferences for your clients’ dogs. Rover will protect your services and provide vet support if needed. And your earnings are available to withdraw to your account after two days!
run the job
While running your own errands or buzzing around town on the weekend, why not help someone else with their small tasks as well? There are people out there who need someone local to pick up milk from the grocery store or a handyman to finish light fixtures for them. You can easily help with any of these tasks using an app (that you are qualified to do). taskrabbit or Gigwalker. Both these platforms show you nearby gigs, let you pick your favorites and pay via Paypal Multitask whenever you’re out and about and get your tasks done for you!
Bake for fun or profit
Do you love baking? If so, this is a hobby you can indulge in and make some money along the way! Freshly baked goods are addictively popular, even if they’re delivered straight to your door. Your friends and family – even your neighbors! – Know you bake and take orders, then spend your weekends making cookies and cakes and pies for profit. Just make sure you do it safely and correctly – follow all food safety guidelines (and get permission from the health department if necessary) and find out if you need a permit for this home-based business. You can take orders only through referrals or set up a website to display your goods and take orders online. Either way, it’s a pretty sweet deal!