If you’re looking to increase your income and improve your financial situation, there’s no need to wait for your employer to give you a raise or a shot at a promotion. There are plenty of side hustles that allow you to make money outside of a job and on your own schedule. And there are even side hustles you can start this weekend!
10 Side Hustles You Can Start This Weekend
This post is from our blogger friend, Marc Andre – the genius behind VitalDollar.com. 🙂
While there are many different options, not every side hustle will allow you to get started and begin making money quickly. If you’re looking for quick results, you’ll want to choose a side hustle that makes this possible.
There’s no need to wait.
The 10 side hustles covered in this article could be started this weekend and you’ll be making money in no time.
Regardless of whether you just need a little bit of extra money in the short-term, whether you want to make an extra $1,000 per month to accelerate your savings or debt payoff, or whether you want something that has the potential to turn into a full-time income, you’ll have some options.
1) Mowing/Landscaping/Pressure Washing
Looking for the best side hustles you can start this weekend? A basic service-related side hustle is one of the absolute best ways to start making money quickly. As soon as you find your first client, you can begin making money.
Mowing and lawn care are services that are in high demand during the spring, summer, and fall, and finding your first client is pretty easy.
In addition to mowing, you can also offer other basic landscaping services like trimming plants or spreading mulch. If you have a pressure washer, this is another service that you can easily offer as many homeowners have patios, decks, sidewalks, or houses that need to be cleaned.
How to Get Started
If you want to begin working for your first client on the weekend, start looking for clients during the week.
All you need to do is talk to your…
- family members, and
…to tell them about the services that you’re offering. You’re pretty likely to find someone that has work for you just through your existing network.
Another great option is to post your services to Craigslist. Be sure to include details about the services that you offer and include all of the keywords that someone might use to search.
You can also post a flyer or strips of paper with your contact info that people can take home from local bulletin boards.
Once you have a client, check with their neighbors to see if they have any need for your services. Having multiple clients in the same neighborhood will save you time and money traveling to jobs.
2) Flipping Furniture
Flipping furniture for profit is one of the most underrated side hustles.
It uses skills that…
- can be easily earned,
- offers flexible work that can be done around your existing schedule, and
- provides very good income potential.
The idea is to find cheap or free furniture that you can improve and sell for a much higher price. Typically, this is real wood furniture or upholstered furniture.
- Wood furniture gives you the potential to sell for a high price once it has been improved, and
- Upholstered furniture will look completely different and new with some attention and work.
You can find cheap or free furniture by driving around and seeing what people have put out to be collected with the trash, by visiting yard sales, or by checking online at places like Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace.
Once You Find Your Pieces…
Once you’ve purchased or picked up an old piece of furniture, you’ll need to give it some new life in order to increase the value. Thankfully, with many pieces, this is a relatively easy and inexpensive process. Wood furniture can be painted and you may also want to replace the hardware or finishes, depending on their condition. You can learn how to prep and paint wood furniture by watching some free videos on YouTube.
After you’ve improved the piece, take some photos and list the item on the Facebook Marketplace. If this is something that you want to do long-term, you can also create a Facebook page and start to grow your own following so you can get increased exposure by posting it to your page.
How to Get Started
This weekend, head out to some yard sales to find low-priced furniture that you could flip. You want to avoid low-quality furniture made from fake wood because it won’t give you the same potential to sell for a high dollar amount.
It’s also possible that you already have an old piece that would be perfect for improving and selling. If so, your job is even easier.
Then whenever it fits into your schedule, work on painting or refinishing the furniture to get it ready to sell.
If you have a camera and some photography skills, this is one of those side hustles you can start this weekend. Seriously. You can take family portraits, photos of kids, senior photos, engagement photos, maternity photos, newborn photos, and more.
The easiest way to manage it is to provide your clients with the digital photos and allow them to print photos on their own. You can simply put their photos on a CD or deliver them digitally. You could sell prints if you want to, but most clients today prefer to have the digital files that they can print whenever they want.
How to Get Started
Weekends are a good time to offer your photography services because many of your clients will be available for sessions on the weekend. During the week you can find a good location for sessions (like a local park) that you can hold on Saturday or Sunday. Check the regulations to be sure that you’re allowed to take commercial photos there before scheduling anything.
Set aside time for sessions and create the details of a package that you’ll offer. For example, you might offer…
- a 30-minute photo session,
- that will come with a disc or flash drive of at least 20 photos,
- for a price of $100.
Post the details of your offer (including location) as well as the blocks of time that are available on Facebook and try to get a few of your friends to share the post. Include a few sample photos that you’ve taken in the past to showcase your work (as you get more clients, you’ll have more samples that you can use). Allow people to leave a comment on the post or contact you to book a time slot for their own session.
If you have four hours on a Saturday, you could get as many as 4 one-hour sessions or eight 30-minute sessions all back-to-back.
After the sessions, go home and process the photos. When they’re done, provide them to the client. You can also post some of the best photos to Facebook and tag the client so their friends and family can see the photos. In that post, you can also mention your availability for upcoming sessions so you can land more clients.
4) Sell on Etsy
If you’re crafty, creating an Etsy shop could be a great way to make some extra money, and you’ll probably enjoy the work as well. There are all kinds of different handmade and vintage items that you could create.
In addition to handmade items, Etsy is also an ideal platform for selling downloadable files like printables.
How to Get Started
Go to Etsy and open your shop. Creating a shop is fairly quick and easy. Once you have your shop set up, you can begin listing items that you want to sell. It’s possible that you have some handmade or vintage items already that you’d like to sell, but most likely, you’ll need to create products to sell.
Since creating your shop doesn’t take very long, you’ll have most of the weekend to work on creating the initial items to sell in your shop. Regardless of whether you’ll be selling handmade goods or digital downloads, you can probably get your first product created and listed over the weekend.
Working as a transcriptionist is a great side hustle if you have some typing skills. It’s extremely flexible work that you can do whenever it suits your schedule and you can work as much or as little as you want. It definitely qualifies as one of the top side hustles you can start this weekend…
There are many companies and websites that are hiring transcriptionists, and in most cases, you can sign up and start working very quickly. Typically, you’ll need to pass a typing test before you begin working, but it’s usually just a matter of days (or less) from the time you sign up until you can start taking paid jobs.
While the requirements will vary, in general, you should be able to type about 70 words per minute if you want to work as a transcriptionist. But keep in mind, typing speed and accuracy can be easily improved with a little bit of practice.
If you want to learn more about the opportunity, please see How to Become a Transcriptionist.
How to Get Started
Sign up at a site like TranscribeMe or SpeakWrite. Each site will have its own requirements and process for getting started, but you may need to take a sample test in order to prove your ability to do the job. Once you’ve passed the test, you’ll be able to see the available gigs and claim any that interest you.
If you want to start working on the weekend, I suggest signing up and taking the practice test during the week. That will give you a few days to get approved and hopefully you’ll be able to start with paid jobs over the weekend.
6) Sell eBooks on Amazon
Writing and selling eBooks on Amazon can be an excellent way to make money, and there is plenty of potential for it to grow into a full-time business if that’s something that interests you.
Amazon obviously has a huge audience and there are people buying books of all kinds and on all topics. You can benefit from Amazon’s massive reach by becoming an author and writing your own eBooks.
You can write fiction or non-fiction, about any topic that you know well, or something that interests you.
Actually, it’s not just eBooks that you can sell. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing allows you to sell eBooks and paperbacks. You won’t need to buy any inventory or have books printed in bulk. Amazon will handle the printing on-demand as the books are purchased.
How to Get Started
There are two different parts to getting started:
- setting up your Amazon account, and
- writing your first book/eBook.
You can create your Amazon account here, and Amazon provides plenty of resources that can help you to create and sell your book.
Writing a book sounds like a huge task, but many eBooks that are sold on Amazon are relatively short. Of course, the length varies, but you don’t need to write a 300-page book that will take you a year. Instead, you could start with a more narrow topic that you might be able to cover in a much smaller page count. You may not want to sell it as a paperback if it’s very short, but getting started with a short eBook will allow you to make some momentum sooner.
Take the weekend to:
- choose the topic that you want to cover,
- outline the book, and
- start the writing process.
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to finish the book in one weekend, but you can pick up where you left off whenever you’re able to work on it again.
Of all the side hustles you can start this weekend, baby sitting might be the easiest to jump into. Parents almost always need help with their kids – whether it’s out of necessity or because they just want to paint the town one night, you’re sure to find someone that’s in need of a babysitter.
This isn’t something that you’re going to turn into a full-time business (most likely), but if you’re just looking for a way to quickly start making some extra money on the weekends, it can be the perfect solution.
How to Get Started
Most people prefer to hire a babysitter that they know, so start by checking with your friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone else in your social circles. If you know a number of people with kids, there’s a good chance that someone will need a babysitter on the weekend, so finding your first client may not be very difficult at all.
Parents love to talk about their kids, so if you do a good job for your clients they are very likely to mention you to other parents, and hopefully, that will lead to more clients.
8) Be a Friend
One of the more surprising ways to make extra money is to rent yourself out as a friend. RentAFriend.com is a website that allows you to create a free profile so other people can find you when they’re looking for a friend.
Don’t worry, there is nothing illegal or sexual about it. It sounds sketchy at first, but when you think about it, there are a lot of situations when it might make sense to rent a friend.
- Have you ever wanted to go to a concert or sporting event but had no friends who shared your interest?
- Have you moved to a new city or spent a week in a different city while you were traveling for work?
- How about that wedding or party that you didn’t want to attend alone?
All of those could be potential scenarios where renting a friend would make sense…
How to Get Started
Creating a profile on RentAFriend.com is free and you’ll keep all of the money that you charge (you’re able to determine your own rates). They make money by charging a fee to people who are looking for friends.
New profiles are typically reviewed and live on the site in 24-48 hours. In your profile, be sure to list all the activities that you enjoy as it may lead to more requests when people are looking for a friend to hire.
Important: RentAFriend.com does not do background checks on people who may be interested in renting you, so it’s up to you to take the necessary safety precautions. That involves meeting people in public places and avoiding any situation that doesn’t feel safe.
9) Clean Houses
Several of the side hustles on this list involve offering services in your local area. One of the reasons is because you can start making money as soon as you find your first client (and with most services you can also earn a nice hourly wage).
Another service that you can offer is house cleaning. This could be a great option because it doesn’t require a lot of skills, and most of us already have some experience cleaning our own house, so there’s not a lot that you need to learn.
How to Get Started
Check with everyone you know in your local area to see if anyone is in need of your services. You can also create a profile at sites like Care.com, post to Craigslist, and advertise on local bulletin boards.
10) Micro Task
The last side hustle that we’ll cover does not have the highest earning potential, but it does offer a great deal of flexibility. You won’t need any specific skills or experience and just about anyone can do it. And best of all, you can do it around your existing schedule and you can get started quickly.
- taking surveys,
- identifying objects in photos,
- verifying business phone numbers,
- categorizing data,
- testing apps, and more.
You’ll be paid a small amount for each task that you do, and you can do as little or as much work as you want. Most task workers earn a relatively low hourly wage, but if flexibility is what you’re after, this may be a side hustle that you want to consider.
How to Get Started
Getting started is easy. All you need to do is sign up for a free account at sites like MTurk, Clickworker, and Microworkers. If you want to start working on the weekend, I’d recommend creating your accounts as soon as possible to you’re set up and ready to start working when the weekend comes.
Side Hustles You Can Start This Weekend – Are You In??
Now is the absolute best time to get a side hustle. The extra income could allow you to:
- pay off debt,
- build up your emergency fund in the event of job loss, or
- put a ton more money into your investments (while everything is on sale!!)
If you’ve ever thought about starting a side hustle, why not start this weekend?
Of the above side hustles you can start this weekend, which will you choose? Did you already start?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.