If you’re looking to make a little extra cash to pay off debt, build savings, or have income while going to school, a weekend job can help. If you want to make a downpayment on a home, pay off credit card or college debt, or buy that new car, a weekend job can get you one step closer to your goal. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of weekend jobs, and 15 ways to earn some extra money this weekend.
Advantages of Weekend Jobs
The primary advantage of a weekend job is that you can make extra money and get ahead more quickly. It is an excellent way to pay off high-interest rate credit card debt, save for a downpayment on a house or build college savings.
Weekend jobs can also be a way to explore alternate careers or make money from your other interests. For sports enthusiasts, being a referee, even in little league games, can feel more like a social event than a job. Likewise, if you’ve always wanted to learn to cook but are in an administrative job, becoming a weekend sous-chef can be a way to explore your passion and gain skills.
Disadvantages of Weekend Jobs
The primary disadvantage of a weekend job is the loss of free time. If you’re working or going to school 40+ hours a week, and then working another 15+ hours on the weekend, lack of both social life and rest can be a serious problem.
Burnout is common with weekend jobs. Loneliness, inability to participate in social gatherings and difficulty scheduling are some struggles of people trying to work on weekends.
There’s one common concern that shouldn’t get in your way. Some people worry that their weekend earnings will bump them into a higher tax bracket and raise the tax bill on all of their income. That’s not a worry because taxes don’t work that way. If you move into a higher tax bracket, the higher rate will only be applied to the portion of your income that is above the cutoff point for that bracket. The rest of your income will still be taxed at the old rate. It’s good to know more about taxes before basing any decisions on tax considerations!
15 Weekend Job Ideas
Weekend jobs are often a great short-term solution but are rarely sustainable over the long term. With that said, if you need extra cash and you’re willing to spend some time working 7 days a week, here are 15 weekend job possibilities to get you started.
1. Dog Walker
Dog walking can be a daily after-work side hustle or weekend gig. Many owners like their dogs to get extra exercise at least a few times a week. You can signup for apps like Rover or Wag! that let you pick and choose jobs to fit your schedule. Especially in urban areas, there are significant job opportunities for dog walking on a regular basis.
💡 If you prefer staying home instead of going out to walk the dogs, you can provide dog sitting services on Rover. Read more about how dog sitting with Rover works and how much you can earn.
If you love children, becoming a babysitter or nanny is an increasingly lucrative weekend job. Hourly rates are typically above minimum wage, and you could expect to make $300 or more per weekend, depending on the area.
In addition to local listing sites, there are apps you can join to select jobs or reach out to potential families. SitterCity, Bambino, Helpr, and Care.com are just a few of the options to connect with local families and select jobs based on your availability.
3. Fitness Instructor
If you are passionate about exercise, it is relatively easy to become a fitness instructor. Yoga, pilates, barre, strength training, aerobics, swimming, kickboxing, and dance or Zumba are just a few of the options.
Consider also becoming a personal trainer to work one-on-one with clients. As a personal trainer, you can typically command a higher hourly price and also watch your client’s individual progress. Ask at the local gym about availability and requirements.
If you have some skill with a hammer or in other construction trades, you can pick up construction work. This is especially true in the summer months during prime building season. Many construction teams will offer on-the-job training, making this a weekend job you can start quickly. Due to the seasonality of this career, this is a better option during warm or dry months.
You can list your services or find local jobs on sites like Indeed, Monster, TotalJobs, and more.
5. Repair Service
You can also choose to go into business yourself as a handyman or woman. Startup costs are minimal, and you can set your own hours or respond to jobs as needed. Expand your services to offer lawn care or moving and yard work.
As a bonus, as most full-time repair services don’t work on the weekends, you can charge extra for weekend or after-hours service. Average hourly rates are about $60 per hour.
There are nearly unlimited tutoring opportunities on a per-hour or per-course basis. Consider tutoring local students of all ages or signing up to tutor through online platforms like VIPKid or Preply.
You don’t need an advanced degree to be a successful tutor. You just need to be able to explain the required concepts to students. Many tutoring opportunities are also available teaching English as a second language to students in China and around the world.
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7. Online Shop
If you want to have a virtual retail shop, there are a plethora of opportunities online. If you like crafting or have a unique skill, you can sell your products in an Etsy shop. Be sure to note that you only ship out items or respond on the weekend.
You can also sell clothes and household goods that you no longer need on Poshmark, eBay, or other online platforms. Another way to create an online shop is to purchase goods at a discount and sell nationwide online. For example, if you purchase a shirt from Jcrew for $10, but the retail value is $80, you could sell it online for $30-$40 and make a good profit.
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8. Delivery Driver
Since the beginning of the pandemic, demand for delivery drivers has skyrocketed. Consider working for a local company or using one of the many available delivery apps such as Instacart, AmazonFlex, or Ubereats. This is a good weekend job for someone with reliable transportation.
9. Rideshare Driver
Demand for rideshare drivers is recovering after last year. Uber and Lyft are just a few of the companies you can consider working for. While you will need to sign up for the app, if you already own a car, this can be a reliable weekend job to choose your own hours.
Clerk and shopkeeper jobs range from weekend hours at the local supermarket to local coffee shops or covering the register for a small business. Many small business owners are faced with the option of working 6-7 days per week as the owner/operator. Weekends are also often their busiest times, making extra employees essential. Approach small businesses you love and ask about working one or two days of the weekend or look for local online listings.
If you have a specific skill you want to advertise, Fiverr is a great way to get extra clients. Just state that you need a 7-day turnaround time to ensure you can work on the project over the weekend.
Potential listings include all forms of writing, photography, editing, woodwork, construction, app development, customer service, website creation, interior design, fashion advice, and more.
Many families prefer to have housekeepers come when they are home over the weekends. If you’re good at cleaning, that could open an opportunity. Create your own housekeeping service, or join a local company. Consider offering decluttering services, garage clean-outs, and deep cleaning as well as regular cleaning services.
13. Restaurant Cook (or Food Prep)
If you love cooking or want to learn more, becoming a restaurant cook or working in food prep is a realistic weekend job option. Many restaurants are busiest on the weekends and require extra staff for those times.
Check local listings, online listings, and approach local restaurants to find weekend cooking jobs. You can also set up a booth at farmer’s markets or food fairs to sell food or baked goods directly.
If you love sports, weekend refereeing could be your dream job. While refereeing at higher levels will require a training course or to pass a basic test, becoming a high school or little league referee requires only a few hours of training. Weekends are prime time for tournaments, making refereeing opportunities nearly endless during the season. If you really love referring, consider becoming a referee in several sports throughout the year.
If you have a talent for photography or videography, you can become a professional photographer or videographer. Weddings, corporate events, and graduate parties typically happen on the weekend. If you don’t have the skill to become a photographer, you can work as an assistant with a photographer and learn as you go.
You can also list your skills on Fiverr and look for gigs on job listing sites such as Indeed, Upwork, and Ziprecruiter.
All of these jobs can be done for as little as one weekend or can become a regular gig. Try out different weekend jobs to find what best fits your skills and income goals. Once you start looking, you’ll be amazed at how many ways there are to earn extra income on weekends.
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