14 Weekend Side Jobs That Make You Money (And are Actually Fun)

Why not make money doing something you enjoy on the weekends?
6 minute read | 6/21/19June 21, 2019
Girl with dogs doing weekend side job

Sometimes, even a full-time job doesn’t provide enough income to reach your financial goals. Whether you’re saving for a large purchase, aiming to put money aside for emergencies, or just trying to make ends meet, securing additional income is a great way to avoid financial hardship.

That said, working 40 hours a week can wipe you out, and we’re firm believers that weekends (or other days off) should be spent enjoying life. But what if you could make extra money on the weekends doing something you love?

There are a variety of weekend jobs for side hustlers that might align with your interests and talents, so you could choose something that is meaningful to you (and even enjoyable). And when you enjoy a task, it’s easy to put in the hours and reap the monetary rewards.

Without further ado, here are some weekend side jobs that can be both easy and fun.

Hang out with dogs

If you’re an animal lover (the kind that stops to pet strangers’ dogs on the street), you might find that spending your weekends walking dogs or pet sitting will put a smile on your face while you earn some extra cash.

Try connecting with dog owners using one of these services:

Hang out with kids

If playing with kids all weekend sounds like a good time to you, consider becoming a weekend nanny. You’ll be able to play games, run around, act goofy, and help out a parent in desperate need of some time away.

While there aren’t any requirements for becoming a nanny, you’ll be able to charge more if you have a degree, CPR and first aid certifications, and experience with kids. Your potential employer may also want to conduct a background check.

You can connect with parents in need of childcare on these sites:

Hang out in an empty house

Travelers often hire house sitters to ensure the plants get watered and the mail gets brought in. Often, house sitters also take care of pets in the household. It’s easy to make a little extra cash house-sitting without putting forth much effort.

These websites can help you get started:

Teach English

If you love kids but would prefer to work from home, you can teach English online to children in China and earn up to $22 an hour via VIPKid. You don’t need to speak Chinese, and you’ll be able to help students gain confidence in another language. The curriculum will be provided for you, and you’ll work one on one to make sure each child gets the educational attention they deserve.

Teach a fitness class

If you’re an exercise addict who wants to inspire others to take on healthy habits, consider becoming a group fitness instructor or personal trainer. Employment in the industry is increasing, and jobs in the field can be both fun and rewarding.

For most opportunities, you’ll need to become certified, and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is the largest certifier in the nation. The level of effort and time required will depend on the certification you choose. However, you’ll be able to study for the certification exam on your own time and at your own pace.

Pour wine or beer

Fans of top-notch alcohol may enjoy serving wine or beer at a restaurant, brewery, or winery. You may need a certification or license to get started, so be sure to research the requirements in your area. If you love the job and want to get more involved, you might even consider getting an alcohol permit and launching a mobile bartending business.

Be a budtender

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, becoming a budtender could be a rewarding way to help people get treatment for all kinds of ailments. In most states, you’ll need to get a basic license, and there may be a small upfront cost. Just be careful to choose a legitimate budtender certification program. If you’re not ready to budtend, becoming a cashier at a dispensary could be a great way to break into the industry.

Be a brand ambassador

If you enjoy discovering new brands and sharing them with your friends, you might like working with companies to spread the word about their products. In many cities, brands post ads on Craigslist looking for people to pass out samples at grocery stores, liquor stores, pop-up events, or other venues.

Sometimes these opportunities can overlap with your other interests. For example, we found ads looking for people to pour wine samples at a tasting and ads seeking people who love kids to promote toys at a family-friendly event. You can usually find these ads in the “gigs” section of your local Craigslist site.

Become a freelance tailor

Not everyone has sewing skills, and there’s a demand for affordable alterations. If you have a sewing machine and are also skilled at hand-sewing, you’re already positioned to start a freelance business. Give your information to vintage stores and local boutiques to pass on to customers.

If you don’t have sewing skills but love helping people find the perfect fit, look into becoming an outfitter with Trumaker. You’ll find clients, take their measurements, and earn a commission from every custom-made item of clothing you sell.

Become a reseller

Treasure hunters might enjoy scouring garage and estate sales for particularly high-quality items that can be resold online on sites like eBay. You can also resell any used clothing you no longer wear or vintage clothing you find at thrift stores on apps like Poshmark.

Become a mystery shopper

Some companies want to gather data about customers’ experiences, so they’ll pay you a fee for providing feedback about your shopping experience in various stores. Typically, you’ll be asked to make a purchase, and then you’ll be reimbursed. Market Force and IntelliShop are two free platforms you can use to get started.

Help set up events

If you’ve got some experience in the hospitality industry and enjoy getting ready for a party, look for event set-up gigs. Weddings, festivals, and farmers markets all need staff to help set up and tear down. You may be able to find some gigs on TaskRabbit.

Help with home staging

Home staging is the process of decorating and furnishing a home in a way that will be appealing to as many buyers as possible. Start by networking with local real estate agents. You may need to work for free to start, but once you have a portfolio of homes you’ve staged, you can make some extra cash from your interior decorating skills.

Be a tour guide

If you’re passionate about your city and love getting to know people from all over the world, becoming a tour guide might be the perfect weekend side hustle for you. You’ll be able to show travelers your favorite sights, eats, and activities, and you don’t even need to be a professional.

Check out how you can get paid by using the following sites:

So, which weekend side job is the one for you?

Whether you enjoy art and design, kiddos and doggos, shopping, or just exploring your city, there’s likely a weekend side job in your area that won’t feel like work. Many allow you to create your own schedule or even set your own price, so you can take control over your financial goals. Have fun hustling!

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