20 Weekend Jobs To Make Some Extra Income
Is your job simply not paying enough? We get it. It can be very difficult to find a well-paying job. And if the holidays are coming up or you’ve recently had a very expensive emergency, a low-paying job may no longer be an option for you.
Luckily, weekend jobs can be a great solution to this problem. Weekend jobs are great because they only take up two days out of your week and can supplement your income enough to get you in a better financial spot.
We’re going to cover everything you need to know about weekend jobs, from popular jobs to consider to what you need to consider before applying for one.
What to consider before applying for a weekend job
A side job or gig is a great option to consider for extra income, but it is important to consider a few factors before diving into an application:
- How will you feel after a weekend shift? A weekend job that is particularly laborious can actually be a bad idea when it comes to your main job. If you wrap up your Sunday shift exhausted and sore, when Monday comes around, you may not be able to perform as well at your main job. Think about how many hours total you’ll be working per week at both jobs and really try to work out if it is even doable.
- Should you actually get a second job? If your financial situation isn’t really an emergency, it may be wise to drop the idea of a weekend job. If you’re working massive hours, you may suffer emotionally, physically, and socially. If you feel like this could happen to you, consider looking for a better-paying day job with doable hours.
- Will the position suit you? If the weekend job you’re considering is out of your comfort zone, it may not be worth applying for. Ask yourself: Do I have experience in this particular position? Will it add more stress than I need? Am I willing to learn what is required of me?
- Will your current employer have an issue with your weekend job? If your day job includes the option for weekend work, it may simply be better for you to commit to more shifts from the job you already have, rather than a completely new job. Your employer may not be happy if you’re tied up on weekends with a second job when they need employees to work on weekends periodically.
- Can you balance both jobs easily? This is extremely important to consider. If you can’t balance both jobs or summon the energy to work many hours a week, you’ll end up suffering more than you need to.
Now that you’re armed with knowledge, let’s look into some popular weekend jobs you could look into.
The 20 best weekend jobs for extra cash
These jobs are all great options for you when financial hardship hits.
1. Freelance Writer
Freelance writing is great because it can usually be done remotely from the comfort of your own home. In many cases, you can negotiate your rate by pricing your articles by the word. Just keep in mind that you may have to take a typing test or provide samples of your previous writing work for many clients.
You can find freelance writing positions by searching through job and gig boards.
2. Rideshare Driver
Many full-time workers are opting to use their free time on the weekends to drive for companies like Lyft or Uber. This is a great option if you already own a car and don’t mind having to interact with strangers. This line of work is also particularly freeing because it is freelance work involving your own property-- if a passenger is aggressive, you can kick them out with a low chance of repercussions from the parent company. Depending on what city you will drive in, you can make as much as $30 or even more per hour.
Just keep in mind that this work is untaxed, meaning that you will have to pay more money in taxes at the end of the year.
3. Food Delivery Driver
Companies like Postmates or Doordash are not so different from working in the rideshare industry. You’ll be using your car to pick up food orders made through the respective apps and delivering them to customers. Doordash, in particular, is great because they promise to match your state’s minimum wage by the hour. If you only have one delivery for an hour and make a tiny amount from that delivery, Doordash will compensate you.
Like rideshare work, app-based food delivery is not taxed and you will have to pay more in taxes at the end of the year.
Being a handywoman or handyman is a great side gig because most people prefer to have maintenance and repairs done on the weekend. If you have experience in plumbing, tile repair, painting, or fixture installation, you’re a prime candidate for the job. Expect to earn up to $60 an hour.
Being a disc jockey or wedding musician is perfect for weekend work because parties, weddings, and other social gatherings usually take place on the weekends. If you’re a musician with a band that could be preferable for weddings and has a diverse range of musical styles, you could charge pretty hefty fees. If you have experience with electronic music, working as a DJ could also make quite a bit of money. Just be ready to work very late nights.
6. Golf Caddy
If you know how to perform the duties of a golf caddy, working as one could be ideal. Weekends are high-traffic time for golf courses, especially if you live in a mild climate. Just be sure you know how to handle equipment and approach different holes. This gig could get you up to $30 an hour, and golfers tend to be good tippers.
People love going out on the weekends, so that is the prime time for bartenders to make some serious cash. You’ll need to have a broad knowledge of drink types and how to mix, and you may also need a license to bartend professionally. This may not be the job for you if you are introverted.
8. Ski Instructor
Even if you haven't skied professionally, you can still become a weekend ski instructor with some background in the sport. Resorts typically have the most traffic on weekends, so working part-time as a ski instructor can be quite lucrative. Pay for ski instruction varies depending on your level of expertise.
Tutoring can be a great choice for weekend workers who would prefer to work from home. It’s an extremely popular side gig and is always in demand. You can tutor students online for just about everything from a language to math to other specialized subjects. You will have to prove your expertise in the field you choose.
Registered nurses are always in demand, especially for supplemental work to aid regular staff in different hospitals. Nursing is also expected to grow even faster over the next decade. If you’re already a registered nurse, consider looking into hospital job boards for clients who need a “substitute” nurse on the weekends.
11. Online Researcher
Freelance researching works fairly similarly to freelance writing. You can find clients via job boards or freelance forums.
An online researcher typically researches different subjects in great detail and provides thorough answers to questions asked by clients. If you have excellent research and writing skills, being an online researcher could be good money and quite stimulating for your brain.
12. Website Designer
Do you have knowledge of coding and web design? Doing freelance work for businesses and individuals on the weekend could prove fruitful. Web designers are expected to have a strong knowledge of web authoring tools, writing, and graphic design. If you fit the bill, you could make up to $45 an hour designing someone’s website from home.
13. Graphic Designer
Graphic designers are responsible for creating brochures, websites, logos, and everything in between. A lot of the time a degree is not required, but a potential client may request a portfolio of your previous work.
14. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are simply remote assistants for individuals or businesses. You’ll need to do administrative work, manage emails, set appointments, and do other schedule-based things for your client. If you’re looking for an at-home gig, virtual assistant work is worth looking into.
15. Tax Preparer
Are you good with paperwork? Tax prep may be a great solution to your financial issues.
Nobody likes doing their taxes. It’s tedious for many and the risk of improperly filling your taxes is daunting. This is why tax preparers often have little issue with finding weekend work. Customers also tend to seek out tax preparers on the weekends when they aren’t working.
Because of the nature of tax season, keep in mind that this isn’t much of a year-round job.
16. Pet Sitter
Pet sitting is easy, fun, and can be pretty good money. If you love animals and know how to care for cats and dogs, it could be the right position for you. Pet sitting almost always takes place on the weekends when pet owners go on a vacation or trip, so clients will definitely be abundant.
17. Nanny or Babysitter
If you love kids, babysitting could be an excellent side hustle. Companies like Sittercity and Care are always looking for sitters, and clients are always looking for babysitters for the weekend. Just keep in mind that you’ll probably have to submit a lot of references for safety purposes.
18. Tour Guide
If you know the ins and outs of your city like the back of your hand, you should consider being a tour guide. As a tour guide, you should have excellent speaking skills and know everything about your city’s nightlife, history, cuisine, and landscapes.
19. Customer Service Representative
If you’ve worked in retail or customer service before, that experience will likely be all you need for a CSR position. Keep in mind that a lot of businesses prefer to hire full-time CSRs, so you’ll need to actively search for seasonal weekend positions.
A moderator is simply a person who surveys forums, websites, chat rooms, and social media pages to ban users or delete inappropriate posts. Artificial intelligence can only do so much, so many major companies and websites will solicit people to act as forum hall monitors.
This is a great job that’s easy and can be done from your own home.
What do you think about these awesome side gigs? Tell us your weekend work success story in the comments below.
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