Editor's Note: This post has was originally published in February 2014 and has been updated as of December 2019.
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I think that we can all agree that making more money is a great idea. Finding the time to fit in a second job? That's a lot harder.
Luckily though, there are a ton of random things you can do on the weekends to supplement your present income if you don't have the time to (and don't really want to) get a regular, more conventional second job. Get creative and think about how you can use skills you already have to make the most of any spare time you have. It can be easy to take your skills for granted. For example, you might be really organized. Well, you could use that skill to help someone manage their email inbox and charge for being a virtual assistant!
Here are 37 ways to make more money on the weekends (or evenings)…
1. Ask for Overtime
Ask your employer if there is any work that can be done over the weekend. Taking inventory, cleaning the office, or catching up on work tasks may be legitimate reasons for you to earn extra cash on your days off.
Couples that want to hit the town over the weekend will appreciate your ability to babysit. Let your friends and neighbors know you are available but be sure to mention the rate per hour you expect so no one misunderstands your offer.
3. Clean Out Your Basement
There may be a lot of useless stuff in your basement, attic, or closets that are actually treasures to someone else. Yard sale what you no longer want over the course of a weekend. Whatever is left, add to Craigslist.
4. Clean Out Someone Else’s Basement
Offer cleaning services for someone else. Advertise through word of mouth and be sure to check in with elderly neighbors that may not be able to get the work done themselves.
5. Tutor Students
If you have an aptitude for school work, offer to tutor your friend’s kids for an hourly rate.
6. Sell Your Yard Work Skills
Since summer will be here before we know it… If you have a lawn mower, take it for a walk around your neighborhood to see if anyone needs help. Landscaping skills also are marketable especially during the fall when the leaves are everywhere.
7. Doggie Sit
People that work weekends or those going away may need someone to care for the animals. You can charge for the different services you offer including feeding, walking, cleaning cages, or administering medications.
8. House Sit
People going away for an extended period of time may need some house sitting services including mail retrieval, watering plants, turning on/off lights, and maintaining the lawn.
9. Host a Garage Sale
Collect your unused items and sell them from your garage.
10. Become a Craft Vendor
If you have a talent for making creative things, sell your wares at festivals, fairs, farmer’s markets or on Etsy.
11. Become a Direct Sales Vendor
There are many companies that utilize direct sales personnel (think Avon) to sell their products. Sign up as a consultant and host weekend parties to earn extra income with flexible hours.
12. Do Data Entry
There are job opportunities that allow you to do data entry or transcription work from home in your spare time. Just make sure the company you sign up with is legit. Check with the Better Business Bureau first or look for company complaints online that warn of scams.
13. Care for the Elderly
Many families rely on outside help to care for elderly loved ones. Provided they don’t need medical assistance from a licensed nurse, you could provide services like cooking, cleaning, and errand-running.
14. Donate Plasma
I did this in high school for a few extra bucks. Turns out, there are organizations that pay money for your donations of plasma. Check with your local hospital if you're not sure where the locations are in your community. Other opportunities for biological donations are also available for consideration.
Grab a trash bag and collect cans and glass bottles for recycling. Clean out your own recyclables and then hit local parks and other public areas to add to your collection.
16. Blog for Others
There are job opportunities available through Craigslist and other sites where companies will pay for fresh content on their blogs.
17. Fix Stuff
If you have a knack and knowledge about handyman skills, find jobs you can work on over a weekend.
18. Be a Photographer
If you have a way with the camera, offer to take family pictures for friends and family. Word can spread until you get some regular weekend work. Charge a little less than the competition.
19. Get Your Money Back
If you come across clothing or other items that still have the tags on them, take them back to the store for a refund. Even if you get store credit, it’s better than nothing.
20. Deliver the Newspaper
Contact your local newspaper and ask about delivery positions for weekends only. Some locations may rely on extra help for delivery of Sunday’s larger edition.
21. Clear the Sidewalks
If you live in a climate where snow happens, get out your shovel and find out who needs help in your area. Charge a few bucks for clearing the snow and provide your contact number to your new customers for the next snow storm.
22. Sell Your Garden Wares
If you enjoy gardening but harvest more than you can eat, set up a stand on the side of the road or at the local farmer’s market to sell what you grow. Starter flowers are also a good choice.
23. Detail Cars
If you have a good vacuum and cleaning supplies, offer car cleaning services at your neighbor’s homes.
24. Become a Bookkeeper
If you are good with numbers, find small business owners that would like to outsource their bookkeeping tasks to someone else. Keep everything nice and organized for tax time.
25. Teach a Class
If you have a skill, talent, or education in an area, you can host a class at the local community center. Charge a few dollars for admission and teach crafts, knitting, scrapbooking, yoga, computer skills, or a foreign language.
26. Try Catering Opportunities
Many catering companies are busiest on the weekends and will accept temporary workers as wait staff and bartenders without the employment commitment.
27. Sing It
If you have vocal skills and musical abilities, book weekend gigs at bars, hotels, or anywhere that pays singers, piano players, and other entertainment for a few hours of work.
28. Be a Model
If you live by art schools, find out if they need models for their drawing and painting classes. Photographers may also need live models for weekend shoots. Don't worry about looking like Gisele to get work. Many photographers like everyday, real, people in their photographs. I know we do!
29. Capitalize on Events
If you live near large events that are scheduled on weekends, make your property a parking lot and sell spaces to drivers. When I went to Sturgis, South Dakota for the bike rally years ago they whole city was renting out portions of their yards for camping!
30. Rent Out Your House
If you live in a tourist area, consider leaving your home for the weekend and rent it out to someone else. Even if you don't live in a tourist area you can rent out your home. Check out Airbnb if you're interested in that.
31. Be a Clown
Rent yourself out to kids’ parties and maximize your silly side.
32. Fast Food
If you have a reliable vehicle, offer local mom-and-pop restaurants that don’t have delivery service to do weekend work. It can increase profits for both of you. Of course, you'd have to be sure that you charge the restaurant enough to make up for the gas usage and wear-and-tear on your car.
33. Quench Thirst
If you live near a popular place like a park, drag out your cooler and sell some drinks. Be sure to check with local laws in the area first so you don't get hit with fines. That would totally defeat the effort;)
34. Become a Mover
Weekends are a great time to earn money helping people move. If you have a truck or a van, you can also charge for hauling fees.
35. Weekend Junker
If you have a truck, offer hauling services of other people’s junk to the junk yard. Bonus points for taking scrap metals to the recycling center for even more cash.
36. Realtor’s Best Friend
Contact real estate companies or property management places about cleaning out apartments when tenants move. You can clean, repaint, or offer repair services for minor issues.
37. Farm Work
Live near a farm? During the different seasons, farmers will seek out temporary help for the harvest. There may also be weekend work available to care for farm animals.
What else? I would love to know what ideas you can think of for creating extra income for yourself, and will you be doing any of these side gigs this weekend?
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