37 Easy Ideas To Make Money On The Weekend

Editor’s Note: This post has was originally published in February 2014 and has been updated as of December 2019.

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37 Ways To Make Money On the WeekendI think that we can all agree that making more money is a great idea. Finding the time to fit in a second job? That’s a lot harder.

Luckily though, there are a ton of random things you can do on the weekends to supplement your present income if you don’t have the time to (and don’t really want to) get a regular, more conventional second job. Get creative and think about how you can use skills you already have to make the most of any spare time you have. It can be easy to take your skills for granted. For example, you might be really organized. Well, you could use that skill to help someone manage their email inbox and charge for being a virtual assistant!

Here are 37 ways to make more money on the weekends (or evenings)…

1. Ask for Overtime

Ask your employer if there is any work that can be done over the weekend. Taking inventory, cleaning the office, or catching up on work tasks may be legitimate reasons for you to earn extra cash on your days off.

2. Babysit

Couples that want to hit the town over the weekend will appreciate your ability to babysit. Let your friends and neighbors know you are available but be sure to mention the rate per hour you expect so no one misunderstands your offer.

3. Clean Out Your Basement

There may be a lot of useless stuff in your basement, attic, or closets that are actually treasures to someone else. Yard sale what you no longer want over the course of a weekend. Whatever is left, add to Craigslist.

4. Clean Out Someone Else’s Basement

Offer cleaning services for someone else. Advertise through word of mouth and be sure to check in with elderly neighbors that may not be able to get the work done themselves.

5. Tutor Students

If you have an aptitude for school work, offer to tutor your friend’s kids for an hourly rate.

6. Sell Your Yard Work Skills

Since summer will be here before we know it… If you have a lawn mower, take it for a walk around your neighborhood to see if anyone needs help. Landscaping skills also are marketable especially during the fall when the leaves are everywhere.

7. Doggie Sit

People that work weekends or those going away may need someone to care for the animals. You can charge for the different services you offer including feeding, walking, cleaning cages, or administering medications.

8. House Sit

People going away for an extended period of time may need some house sitting services including mail retrieval, watering plants, turning on/off lights, and maintaining the lawn.

9. Host a Garage Sale

Collect your unused items and sell them from your garage.

10. Become a Craft Vendor

If you have a talent for making creative things, sell your wares at festivals, fairs, farmer’s markets or on Etsy.

11. Become a Direct Sales Vendor

There are many companies that utilize direct sales personnel (think Avon) to sell their products. Sign up as a consultant and host weekend parties to earn extra income with flexible hours.

12. Do Data Entry

There are job opportunities that allow you to do data entry or transcription work from home in your spare time. Just make sure the company you sign up with is legit. Check with the Better Business Bureau first or look for company complaints online that warn of scams.

13. Care for the Elderly

Many families rely on outside help to care for elderly loved ones. Provided they don’t need medical assistance from a licensed nurse, you could provide services like cooking, cleaning, and errand-running.

14. Donate Plasma

I did this in high school for a few extra bucks. Turns out, there are organizations that pay money for your donations of plasma. Check with your local hospital if you’re not sure where the locations are in your community. Other opportunities for biological donations are also available for consideration.

15. Recycle

Grab a trash bag and collect cans and glass bottles for recycling. Clean out your own recyclables and then hit local parks and other public areas to add to your collection.

16. Blog for Others

There are job opportunities available through Craigslist and other sites where companies will pay for fresh content on their blogs.

17. Fix Stuff

If you have a knack and knowledge about handyman skills, find jobs you can work on over a weekend.

18. Be a Photographer

If you have a way with the camera, offer to take family pictures for friends and family. Word can spread until you get some regular weekend work. Charge a little less than the competition.

19. Get Your Money Back

If you come across clothing or other items that still have the tags on them, take them back to the store for a refund. Even if you get store credit, it’s better than nothing.

20. Deliver the Newspaper

Contact your local newspaper and ask about delivery positions for weekends only. Some locations may rely on extra help for delivery of Sunday’s larger edition.

21. Clear the Sidewalks

If you live in a climate where snow happens, get out your shovel and find out who needs help in your area. Charge a few bucks for clearing the snow and provide your contact number to your new customers for the next snow storm.

22. Sell Your Garden Wares

If you enjoy gardening but harvest more than you can eat, set up a stand on the side of the road or at the local farmer’s market to sell what you grow. Starter flowers are also a good choice.

23. Detail Cars

If you have a good vacuum and cleaning supplies, offer car cleaning services at your neighbor’s homes.

24. Become a Bookkeeper

If you are good with numbers, find small business owners that would like to outsource their bookkeeping tasks to someone else. Keep everything nice and organized for tax time.

25. Teach a Class

If you have a skill, talent, or education in an area, you can host a class at the local community center. Charge a few dollars for admission and teach crafts, knitting, scrapbooking, yoga, computer skills, or a foreign language.

26. Try Catering Opportunities

Many catering companies are busiest on the weekends and will accept temporary workers as wait staff and bartenders without the employment commitment.

27. Sing It

If you have vocal skills and musical abilities, book weekend gigs at bars, hotels, or anywhere that pays singers, piano players, and other entertainment for a few hours of work.

28. Be a Model

If you live by art schools, find out if they need models for their drawing and painting classes. Photographers may also need live models for weekend shoots. Don’t worry about looking like Gisele to get work. Many photographers like everyday, real, people in their photographs. I know we do!

29. Capitalize on Events

If you live near large events that are scheduled on weekends, make your property a parking lot and sell spaces to drivers. When I went to Sturgis, South Dakota for the bike rally years ago they whole city was renting out portions of their yards for camping!

30. Rent Out Your House

If you live in a tourist area, consider leaving your home for the weekend and rent it out to someone else. Even if you don’t live in a tourist area you can rent out your home. Check out Airbnb if you’re interested in that.

31. Be a Clown

Rent yourself out to kids’ parties and maximize your silly side.

32. Fast Food

If you have a reliable vehicle, offer local mom-and-pop restaurants that don’t have delivery service to do weekend work. It can increase profits for both of you. Of course, you’d have to be sure that you charge the restaurant enough to make up for the gas usage and wear-and-tear on your car.

33. Quench Thirst

If you live near a popular place like a park, drag out your cooler and sell some drinks. Be sure to check with local laws in the area first so you don’t get hit with fines. That would totally defeat the effort;)

34. Become a Mover

Weekends are a great time to earn money helping people move. If you have a truck or a van, you can also charge for hauling fees.

35. Weekend Junker

If you have a truck, offer hauling services of other people’s junk to the junk yard. Bonus points for taking scrap metals to the recycling center for even more cash.

36. Realtor’s Best Friend

Contact real estate companies or property management places about cleaning out apartments when tenants move. You can clean, repaint, or offer repair services for minor issues.

37. Farm Work

Live near a farm? During the different seasons, farmers will seek out temporary help for the harvest. There may also be weekend work available to care for farm animals.

What else? I would love to know what ideas you can think of for creating extra income for yourself, and will you be doing any of these side gigs this weekend?

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51 thoughts on “37 Easy Ideas To Make Money On The Weekend

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  1. Dani

    Love this!
    I’ve taken on a little design freelance for the weekends, as well as cleaning out my closet (and donating for a tax break or selling at consignment!)… lots of small magazines and websites can buy stock photos from you too, if you’re a hobby photographer… Really trying to make the most of my weekends! Thanks for all of the great tips! This blog has helped me get my finances back on track so much!!!

    <3 dani

  2. Crystal

    My husband is a sports official for peewee football and softball on Saturdays. That brings in $100-$200 for the day. I am pet sitting again (do it on and off as a side hustle) and make $30-$40 a day/night.

    Good luck to everyone!

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Hey Crystal, Wow, I had no idea peewee officials made so much! That’s awesome! Maybe I need to become a peewee official;) And I love that you’re pet-sitting. How did you get into that? Did you advertise on Craigslist or tell your friends? I know others would be interested too:)

  3. Anne Rayla

    Awesome list, now you’re giving me more ideas Anna. We make sandwiches and sell cold drinks during weekends with my friends. I love it! it’s fun!

  4. Clos

    Lots of great ideas here to make a little money on the side. Our family friend rents out their place almost every time they go out of town themselves. We are too chicken to try.

  5. Ben

    I’m a big fan of the side hustle! There’s a local craft brewery in town that I bar tend at. People come through for tours and tastings and I fill them up! I’m able to make $40-$60 for about 3 hours of work. Pretty sweet gig!

  6. Chelsea Pearl

    I’ve been obsessed with posts like these lately, and I love this one! Totally hear you on babysitting and selling old stuff, garage sale style, but I’m now doing it all online to save time. My fave places to sell are eBay, Craigslist, and Poshmark! I also freelance blogging gigs on Fiverr, which helps me afford a few extra lattes a month.

  7. Suzan

    Great ideas to make money easily. Mostly I like the few ideas which is of my interest like #24, #16, #32 and I get best ideas for this weekend. Thanks

  8. Melanie

    I absolutely love this post, I stubled upon the website when I was having a coffee on my lunch break and it is amazing. I’ve been doing some things like this but recently I’ve been earning a little by being a ClickWorker, simple online tasks that take a few minutes at a time. They pay via paypal and its really easy. If you wanna give it a shot you should! :)


  9. Paula

    I Love your list and ideas…I was glad to see Direct Sales on your list for I AM A AVON Rep. and thought about data entry before but didn’t think it was legit enough…Never thought about checking the companies out with the Better Business Bureau… Thank you again now its time for me to get busy, lol…

  10. Malea

    It doesn’t pay a ton, but I make a little extra each month doing online data entry through Virtual Bee (I think it’s VirtualBee.com — not on my home PC so not sure…). It does require a test to sign up and took a month before I was approved, but if you type fast and with great accuracy, it can help with the bills. It also does NOT require working set hours – sometimes I use it late at night, sometimes only on the weekends, etc. It’s super flexible.

  11. Juliette Rossi

    I do online surveys to earn points towards gift cards that I can use for Amazon or M&S etc. They also do PayPal but you can get more money for choosing a giftcard. It’s something I can do in the evening when the kids are asleep and doesn’t take very long. Some are actually interesting and help develop new products.

      1. Christine

        Hey Mary- I don’t know if you’ll see this or not, but pinecone research is a great survey site. It does have a slight registration process and sometimes it has a waiting list but you can make an easy $20/mo.

  12. Denise Hendershot

    Great list…I have been a consultant with as direct sales company for four years..it is a great way to get some extra “fun” money.. your rewards are effort based,, so if you want more..simply work more..


    farm work is good and tutor also good one and cleaning of homes n painting .. direct sale business also good one

  14. Patricia Emerson

    Juliette what are the best online survey’s are there? I would rather receive the Amazon gift cards. Thank you

  15. Barbara Wink

    I am OCD when it come to cleanliness. So I love to detail cars. I give the inside lots of extra time. Ironing is another passion of mine. Doing laundry. My friends think I am crazy. But I like to be busy so why not make money doing it! LOL

  16. Igor

    Great List!
    But, some opportunities require some talents or assets. Opportunities which do not require special skills, talents, conditions, assets, for example “refer a friend”, “income sharing programs”, arbitrage deals, etc. would be helpful.

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Hi Igor! Thank you for sharing that idea, I agree it would make a great new article for this year.
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      Happy New Year!

  17. Brittany

    #21 Clear the sidewalks – It’s been snowing here in the Pacific Northwest and I think it’s smart to see teenagers in our neighborhood advertising to shovel sidewalks and driveways for others! I would have hired if the snow didn’t melt quickly!

  18. Marry Walker

    When we are working on five days, we almost find a way of make money on the weekend. But we have no idea what should we have to do. how can we earn? I was finding the idea and i got your blog. I read the whole blog and i appreciate your all ideas. These ideas are amazing for all of us. I will share this great information with my friends. Thank you!

  19. Robin

    Many companies and entrepreneurs believe that direct selling is all about building and maintaining relationship in order to ensure survival in the market. Yes, it holds true but apart from this, it takes few more traits to become a leader in direct selling.

  20. Anna DB

    Thanks for sharing these amazing tips to earn money on weekends. Really, it will be beneficial for a struggler like me. Thanks for sharing, Keep sharing.

  21. Zohaib Butt

    “Success depends on three things: who says it, what he says, how he says it; of these three things, what he says is the least important.”

  22. Ask Sawal

    Thanks for online income article. Hey Author, Thanks for the valuable information. I have been looking for this since long time. Found this article link in the social media and read it once. Became addict of your website. Keep blogging. Thanks.


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