16+ Awesome Weekend Jobs to Make Extra Money

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Ready to make some cash this weekend? Well look no further. We’re going to point out some of the most awesome weekend jobs you can do and have fun with!

Even if you don’t have a lot of free time on the weekend, many of these jobs can be done during the little free time you do have, whether that’s after putting the kids to bed or in between chores.

We’ve compiled a list of awesome weekend jobs that anyone can do in their spare time, along with some pros and cons that’ll help you sort out which one would work best for you.

Note that some of these jobs may require you to be a traditional employee, while others allow you to operate as an independent contractor, and are more flexible in that you control when and how often you work.

1. Delivery Driver

While this may not be the first job you think of when it comes to making extra money, picking up a shift or two at your local pizzeria or restaurant can be a great way to make some extra cash on the weekends.

This is mostly because delivering food is super easy and, if you include tips, you can actually average $15 to $20 per hour – sometimes even more!

I myself deliver once a week for a sub shop for just four hours per shift and I usually average between $60 and $100 per day. I’ve even walked away with more than $120 in cash for just four hours of work! All that extra cash in a month really adds up.

Pros of delivery driving:

  • Anyone can do it (though you will need a car and phone for GPS)
  • There are lots of different restaurants that need drivers
  • You can make money quickly
  • Good income potential

Cons of delivery driving:

  • Wear and tear on your car plus gas
  • Some days will be less busy than others

 

2. Cleaning Properties

If you like to clean and are detail oriented, cleaning properties can be a great weekend job as it requires little start up costs, is flexible, and usually pays pretty well.

It does require you to be detail oriented and thorough, so it’s not as easy as just bringing food to someone or driving someone somewhere, but it’s still a great way to make some extra cash.

One of the biggest advantages to starting a cleaning business is that it’s inexpensive, requiring only basic cleaning supplies, like cleaners, rags, paper towels, scrub brushes, etc. You can probably even ransack your own home for these items 😉

While pay for cleaners can vary, it’s typically a decent paying gig, with many cleaners starting at $15 an hour, and others charging as much as $30 to $40 per hour, depending on the work and your experience.

A great way to advertise your services is to use the website Care.com. It allows you to offer your cleaning services for view on the website, so people can contact you directly.

Pros of cleaning properties:

  • Low start-up costs
  • Good income potential
  • Flexible schedule

Cons of cleaning properties:

  • Must be thorough and detail-oriented
  • Have to use your own supplies
  • Work can be inconsistent

 

3. Freelance Writing

If you like to write and have specific knowledge about a subject, freelance writing could be a way for you to make some extra money on the weekends.

Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money on the weekends because it can be done from anywhere. As long as you have a computer or laptop, you can write from wherever you are, whether you’re at work or on vacation!

Another great feature of being a freelance writer is that it’s extremely flexible. While there are always going to be deadlines you must adhere to, it’s fully up to you to decide how much work you want to take on.

Starting pay can be lower depending on the job, but it’s not unusual for freelancers to get paid $20 to $40 per hour, or hundreds of dollars per article.

There are always people out there looking for writers, whether those are bloggers, websites, or individual companies.

Here are a few different job boards that could help you land a gig:

Pros of freelance writing:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Great income potential
  • Location independent

Cons of freelance writing:

  • Can be difficult to get your foot in the door
  • Work can be inconsistent
  • Some jobs don’t pay so much

 

4. Twitch Video Gamer

It’s hard to believe that you can make money playing video games in the comfort of your own home, but it’s 100% true.

The most popular streamers are making millions of dollars a year in ad revenue, subscriptions, partnerships, and donations.

While it’s not likely you’re going to be the next Twitch millionaire, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a little money doing it on the weekends. The average Twitch streamer can earn one cent per 1000 views, and for every subscriber you have, that’s at least $5 a month in revenue.

Donations also play a large part in making money, so if you can be funny, interesting, and are constantly making new content, it’s likely you’ll get some donations, which can definitely add up.

If you’ve got an engaging personality and love videogames, streaming on Twitch could be a great way to make some extra weekend money!

Pros of being a twitch video gamer:

  • Work from home
  • Play video games for work
  • Can be lucrative

Cons of being a twitch video gamer:

  • Can take a long time to make money
  • Need start-up equipment like computer, microphone, etc.
  • You have to be active
  • You need to be interesting

 

5. Blogging

While blogging used to be seen as a niche activity, it seems like it’s finally getting some recognition as a great way to make money.

And it’s no wonder – some of the most popular bloggers make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Even if you don’t get that popular, blogging can easily bring in a few hundred dollars of income a month through ad revenue, affiliate marketing and sponsored posts.

Even better, you can use the weekend to write articles for the following weeks, keeping your blog a mostly weekend activity.

If you like to write, can create good content and work consistently, blogging is a great weekend activity to help you make some extra money.

Pros of being a blogger:

  • Work from home or wherever you are
  • Create content you like
  • Can be extremely lucrative

Cons of being a blogger:

  • Takes six to twelve months to start making money
  • You have to be active
  • Content has to be unique

 

6. Pet Sitting/Dog Walking

Using dog walking/pet sitting apps like Rover connects you with people needing someone to either walk their dogs or watch their animals while they’re away.

Pet sitters can make a decent bit of income depending on rates in your area. Pet sitters typically charge between $20 and $60 a night, and $15 to $25 per dog walk, for which Rover takes 15%. That’s not too bad of an hourly rate for getting outside for a quick walk.

If you love pets, pet sitting and walking dogs can be a super fun way to get outside, make some new friends and make extra cash on the side.

Pros of pet sitting/dog walking:

  • Work from home or around the neighborhood
  • Play with new animals
  • Fair income potential

Cons of pet sitting/dog walking:

  • Clean up after pets
  • Animals can be difficult

 

7. Postmates/DoorDash

The Ubers of food delivery, Postmates and DoorDash are a way to make some extra money delivering food to hungry customers.

If you’d rather not work for a restaurant and operate independently, Postmates and DoorDash are perfect for you, because you’re free to choose the jobs you want, when you want, while still making decent money as a delivery driver.

DoorDash pays an average of $14 an hour, though this is completely location dependent. The busier and denser the area, the more orders you’ll get.

If you’re looking for a weekend job, delivering for Postmates or DoorDash might be a good fit.

Pros of Postmates/DoorDash:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Fair income potential

Cons of Postmates/DoorDash

  • Wear and tear on your car plus gas
  • Some days will be less busy than other

 

8. Pick up Trash

Another way you can make some extra money on the weekends is by picking up trash in the parking lots of local businesses.

There are businesses located all over that have problems with litter and trash because people, unfortunately, litter frequently. While this isn’t good for the planet, it does mean consistent work for you. And because businesses hire you directly, you can choose who you want to work with.

Litter cleaners can charge a high hourly rate ($20 to $50), and for just a few hours of work, you could make an extra $100 to $200 a weekend.

Trash picking isn’t for everyone, but it can be an easy way to make a decent buck, especially on the weekends.

Pros of picking up trash:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Great income potential
  • Help the Earth

Cons of picking up trash:

  • Wear and tear on your car plus gas
  • Some days will be less busy than others

 

9. Selling Items on eBay, Etsy and Amazon

Selling stuff online – whether you’re selling old junk or doing retail arbitrage – is a fantastic way to make extra money.

At the turn of the new year, I cleaned out my closets and sold anything I didn’t use or need and made over $500 my first month on eBay.

If you can find items for cheap in store or at garage/estate sales and turn around and sell them online for more, you can actually make some decent change. There are people who actually just flip items for a living!

Start with items around the house or stuffed in closets and see how it goes. You may be surprised how much you can make selling items online.

Pros of selling online:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Fair to great income potential
  • Anyone can do it

Cons of selling online:

  • Constantly need new inventory
  • Inventory can take up room

 

10. Selling Items on Consignment

If you’d rather not deal with the hassle of selling stuff online, you can always sell items in person at consignment stores.

Selling items at consignment stores is a great way to make money because you just bring the item in, the store will list it, and when it sells you get a portion of the proceeds, typically 50% to 60% of the selling price (sometimes lower depending on the store).

If you can find free items or get them from garage or estate sales for cheap, you can easily flip nice pieces of furniture or decor for profit with very little work!

I’ve made thousands of dollars over the years flipping furniture, home goods and accessories at the consignment store I manage. If you know what sells and can get high-quality, good conditioned items for cheap or free, you can make a killing.

Check your city’s Yelp page for help finding local consignment stores.

Pros of selling on consignment:

  • Relatively passive
  • Great income potential
  • Hunting for items is fun

Cons of selling on consignment:

  • May take a while to get paid
  • You aren’t in control of the price

 

11. Uber/Lyft

While driving for Uber/Lyft is a bit of a side hustle cliche at this point, depending on where you live, driving on the weekends can still be a huge moneymaker.

That’s because the weekend is typically the most active time for driving, as people need rides all over the city.

If you’re in an especially dense area, you can easily make a few hundred dollars in a weekend driving.

The average Uber/Lyft driver makes about $15 an hour, which isn’t incredible but is far better than minimum wage. If you’ve got some extra time on the weekends and live in an especially dense, busy city, you can make even more than that.

Driving for Uber/Lyft is perfect for the weekends because there are always people out and about that need transportation.

Pros of driving for Uber/Lyft:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Fair to good income potential

Cons of driving for Uber/Lyft:

  • Wear and tear on your car plus gas
  • Some days will be less busy than others

 

12. Facebook Marketer

Becoming a Facebook marketer for local businesses can be a surprisingly good job, as it’s completely flexible, done mostly online, takes only a few hours a day and pays pretty well too.

One of the best benefits of becoming a Facebook marketer is that everything is done completely through Facebook, so start-up costs are very low.

The average Facebook marketer makes $500 a month providing marketing for one local business – if you can help multiple businesses at the same time, you can easily replace a decent chunk of the income from your day job. In fact, there are many marketers who do this as a day job!

If you like messing around on Facebook and want to help local businesses make more money, then this job should be right up your alley.

Pros of being a Facebook marketer:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Location independent
  • Good to great income potential
  • Low start-up costs

Cons of being a Facebook marketer:

  • Need training on how best to use Facebook ads
  • Can take time to find clients

 

13. Tutoring

Tutoring is a wonderful weekend job. Most kids are free on weekends, meaning they’ll be free for lessons, and if you’re a good teacher, you can actually make a good income.

Most tutors charge an hourly rate, with the average starting pay of $15 to $20 per hour, though many charge more. If you’re an accredited teacher, you can usually charge upwards of $60 to $80 an hour, and if you have specific knowledge of a subject, like SAT prep, you can charge even more for your services.

Pros of tutoring:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Good to great income potential

Cons of tutoring:

  • Can be difficult to get your foot in the door
  • Work can be inconsistent
  • Not everyone likes kids

 

14. Pinterest Virtual Assistant

It sounds crazy, but you can actually get paid to use Pinterest.

There are thousands of bloggers, website designers and content makers that need someone to create pins, schedule them, do keyword research and review analytics.

Not only will they pay you a great fee to do this (starting at $15 per hour, though many make much more), this job is totally location independent, requiring just a laptop and internet connection.

Pros of being a Pinterest assistant:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Good to great income potential
  • Location independent

Cons of being a Pinterest assistant:

  • Can be difficult to get your foot in the door
  • Requires knowledge and interest in Pinterest
  • You’re responsible for getting clients

 

15. Event Staff

There are always events going on on the weekend, whether those are concerts, plays, or sporting events, meaning there are usually event staff jobs that need to be filled.

They pay hourly and last just a few hours, making them the perfect weekend job for people that don’t have a lot of free time.

Whether you work as a bouncer, ticket taker, food vendor or janitor, there’s likely a job out there for you. Contact your local sporting venue, university or arena for details on upcoming events and how you can help out.

One of the downsides to being event staff is you have to get hired directly by the venue, so it’s not quite as flexible as the other jobs on this list. Still, it can be a great way to get out, participate in an event and make some extra money.

Pros of being an event staff:

  • Get to participate in events
  • Plenty of opportunities
  • Fair income potential

Cons of being an event staff:

  • You have to get hired
  • Some jobs may be seasonal
  • Pays less than many jobs on this list

 

16. Taking Surveys

This is definitely one of the lowest-paying gigs on this list, but if you just want to make a little extra money and you don’t have much free time, taking surveys may be the perfect weekend job for you.

Using websites like Swagbucks, MyPoints or Pinecone Research, you can take surveys, play games and share your opinion, garnering you points or credits that you can then turn into cashback.

While you’re definitely not going to get rich, spending a few minutes each day taking surveys or playing games while waiting for the bus or in between class can really add up.

Check out our review of MyPoints to see if you should use this app to make extra money.

Pros of taking surveys:

  • Start making money right away
  • Anyone can do it
  • Location independent
  • Plenty of opportunities

Cons of taking surveys:

  • Poor to fair income potential
  • Can take a long time to get paid

 

17. Washing Cars

A throwback to your younger days, washing cars can still be a great way to make some extra money on the weekend.

It’s super easy to get started as you only need a few basic supplies, such as a bucket, a sponge, access to water and shampoo.

The average wash pays $8 to $10, and as much as $50 to $75 for a full vacuum, wash, polish and wax treatment.

Washing cars can easily fit into any person’s busy schedule as a side hustle.

Pros of washing cars:

  • Start making money right away
  • Anyone can do it
  • Low start-up costs

Cons of washing cars:

  • May be seasonal depending on where you live
  • Pays less than many jobs on this list

 

18. Mowing Lawns

Mowing lawns is a classic side hustle that can still be a moneymaker today.

One of the best parts of mowing lawns is that it’s super flexible and anyone can do it, plus it requires just one piece of equipment (can you guess?).

While pay will vary depending on your location, the neighborhood, and the size of the lawns, it’s not unreasonable to get paid $20 to $50 per lawn. If you can cut a few lawns in a weekend, you can easily bring in a few hundred extra bucks a month.

Pros of mowing lawns:

  • Start making money right away
  • Anyone can do it (provided you have a mower)
  • Low start-up costs
  • Fair income potential

Cons of mowing lawns:

  • May be seasonal depending on where you live
  • Pays less than many jobs on this list

 

Where to Find Weekend Jobs Near Me

If you want to work on the weekend but are looking for traditional work, look no further than the sites below.

These sites could hook you up with a killer weekend job that pays well and fits into your life.

Some additional places to look for part time work on the weekends would be:

  • Local library
  • College campus
  • Mall
  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Craigslist

Especially if the holidays are coming up, there are always stores looking for a helping hand.

Final Thoughts

It’s never been easier to make some extra money working part-time on the weekends – hopefully, this list has provided you with a few ideas.

But, if you need even more ideas for making money this weekend, check out this previous post from Financially Alert on where to find part-time jobs that’ll pay you right now. Or, check out Todd’s list of under the table jobs.

These ideas are sure to help you put your idle time to good use so you can get that money!

Good luck out there!

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2 Comments on “16+ Awesome Weekend Jobs to Make Extra Money”

  1. it’s nice to be able to make some fast cash by doing the above during the weekend.

    Over time, the extra income earned can accumulate and grow to a substantial amount when invested properly. Just be careful not to burn yourself too much when working over the weekend in addition to your normal weekday job.

    1. Good point, Rich! Everything in balance.

      Also, when you’re young, you tend to have more time and less money. This is a great time to hustle and then invest so that when you’re older you’ve got the $$. Then the hustle becomes optional. 😉

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