Are you looking for side hustles that you could easily do on the weekends? According to LinkedIn, 44% of Americans have a side hustle – with people making on average of close to $6,000 a year with their side gig. Does that sound interesting? I know I wouldn’t turn down an extra $6k!
Maybe you’ve thought about bartending, dog walking, or doing some freelance work. Well here’s everything you need to know about 10 side hustle ideas you could do over the weekend to supplement your income.
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#1 – Rent out your car
Do you have an extra car that doesn’t get much use? Maybe you have a van that is only used for road trips or a convertible that you like to take out for a ride occasionally. Websites like Turo, HyreCar, and Getaround let you rent your car out to people by the hour/day or even for an extended period of time. Think of it as an Airbnb for your car!
This is an easy way to make some cash using something that is depreciating in value every day. If you have a luxury vehicle, Jeep, or other outdoorsy car – you can rest assured that you will have interested renters regularly. So now you can make money by renting out your extra car on the weekends or whenever it’s convenient for you. Maybe even rent out your primary vehicle when you go on vacation!
#2 – Bartending
Do you enjoy socializing and crafting fun or specialty cocktails? If you’re the mixologist in your group of friends and don’t mind a busy work environment, why not look into bartending? Bartenders are needed at restaurants, bars, casinos, and nightclubs so there are plenty of opportunities for work.
You can choose your own schedule and even bartend for special events like weddings or corporate parties. This could be a fun and flexible way to earn some extra cash on the weekends or even weeknights!
#3 – Uber/Lyft driver
Is driving your thing? Do you look forward to getting in your car and just driving around? Lucky you because you can make some serious dough driving people to the airport, dinner, and just about anywhere else. Apps like Uber and Lyft connect drivers with people looking for rides anywhere in the U.S. and make it easy and safe for everyone involved.
There will be some requirements depending on the platform, like no commercial branding on the vehicle and no vehicles older than 16 years old. Your car will also need to pass an inspection and there will be some cosmetic guidelines to ensure passenger safety and comfort. Then you can be on your way to earning money just by driving. You would be your own boss and choose the schedule that fits your needs. Don’t forget, you can get tips too! So make the ride as enjoyable as possible and get that money.
#4 – Be a contractor
Are you the person your friends and family call when they need help assembling furniture or installing a ceiling fan or new lighting fixture? If you have experience with baby proofing, smart home device installation, or electrical work – you could be making a nice side income by taking these types of tasks off of people’s hands.
Websites like Taskrabbit, Thumbtack and Handy let people in need of services search for qualified individuals like you in their area to help them with special home projects. The great thing is it’s not limited to carpentry, plumbing, or fence repair. There are also people looking for services ranging from help with spring cleaning, junk removal, moving, or even just waiting in line!
So that opens things up to a lot more of us since we can’t all be electricians and heavy lifters.
#5 – Food/grocery delivery
Would you prefer to drive food around, instead of people? I know I would…lol
By signing up with DoorDash, InstaCart or Uber Eats you can get paid to pick up food or groceries for people and deliver it to their home or workplace. This is a service that is highly utilized by people with busy schedules, health conditions or even people without reliable transportation.
You would be providing a service to people who could really use the help or are just willing to pay after a long day on the job. Regardless, some of these apps pay $20+ per hour! With a flexible schedule to fit your needs on nights or weekends, why not make a little extra delivering food?
#6 – Renting your home for events
Do you own a nice home or maybe have a large backyard that could be used to host parties or weddings? Consider renting your home or a designed space on your property for events! According to Brides.com, wedding venues can cost between $10,000 – $15,000 on average, depending on the time of year. This will vary greatly by area of course, but that’s a lot of money to rent out your backyard or home for about 6 hours. And that’s assuming that the bridal party has the wedding ceremony and reception at your home.
Wedding venues are always in high demand and if you’re in a particularly desirable area or have beautiful landscaping or a gazebo, you can definitely charge a premium. With that much money earned, you can easily afford to take a nice weekend trip whenever you book an event! So start making some cash by renting out your space.
#7 – Be a dog walker or pet sitter
Any pet lovers out there?? I know I’m one! If you want to combine your love for dogs and physical activity, why not consider being a dog walker? Apps like Rover and WagWalking connect pet owners with people just like you who can walk their dogs or drop in to check on their pets. Many people have hectic work schedules or long work hours and need help caring for babies so you can fill up your hours in no time.
What to take it a bit further? Pet owners are frequently in need of someone to watch their dog/cat for a night or even a 2-week vacation – you can choose to house sit or offer boarding for some furry friends. This is a great way for you to work a side gig with a very flexible schedule. So whether you have a whole weekend or just a few hours each day, you can supplement your income by hanging out with some cute pets.
#8 – Do freelance work
Are you skilled in content or copywriting, proofreading, or graphic design? Put those skills to use and become a freelance worker! Create a profile on websites like Fiverr, Freelancer, or Upwork and brag about your special skills to get customers interested in hiring you. There are a number of opportunities on these platforms that could be perfect for you.
Make sure you do your research on how much other freelancers are charging for similar work so that you’re not pricing yourself too low or high. Over time you can start building a reputation for yourself and getting more clients – eventually, you’ll be so good you can bump up your rate!
#9 – Teach fitness classes/Personal training
Have you ever been to a fitness class and thought, hey I could do that?! Well, you can! If you are an energetic and friendly person, teaching a fitness class could be a fun side hustle for you.
Whether you’re interested in yoga, cycling, or pilates, there are numerous fitness classes going on each weekend in a city near you.
Depending on the studio or gyms you may need to complete coursework or have special training to start teaching classes. You can also look into being a personal trainer which could have very different requirements from gym to gym. Whatever you choose to do, being a fitness guru and helping others achieve their goals can be a rewarding and lucrative way to make a side income.
#10 – Rent out your home
Are you spending a lot of weekends traveling or at a girlfriend or boyfriend’s place? If you have a spot that is not being used on the weekends or for an extended period of time, you can rent it out on Airbnb or Vrbo. Just create a listing with great pics of the space and see what other homes in your area are renting for. You can charge a lot more if you have special decor or features like a pool or hot tub.
I’ve stayed at places where the host locks the primary suite or garage so no need to worry about your personal items being rummaged through!
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Now that you have 10 ideas for side hustles that you can conveniently squeeze into your weekend. Think about how your interests might align with some of these ideas – so if fitness is a big part of your life, you can try teaching a group fitness class or personal training. Or maybe you’d be more excited about installing a home theater or setting up for a backyard party.
Wherever your interests lie, there are some creative and fun ways to make money on the weekend. So take a shot and try something new and get paid! Some of these side hustles require little to no experience meaning you can jump right in. Whether it’s delivering groceries, standing in line, or pet sitting – there is something on this list that you could be doing to increase your income.
You never know what you might end up enjoying and maybe this new side hustle can turn into a fun hobby that also makes you money!