If you’re like me (and most other people), you could probably use some extra money hitting that bank account, especially around the holidays. There are plenty of options out there to make some extra money, but what really is the best way to earn extra money in your spare time?
Whether you’re setting money aside for that super expensive toy your kids have been asking for all year, a luxurious trip, extra credit card payments, or some other financial goal, a part-time job on the weekends can help get you there much faster.
Depending on what your schedule is like and how much time you have to spend, some of these jobs even have the potential to provide income full-time.
I’ve weeded through all of the schemes and low-paying part-time jobs so that you don’t have to. I hope that this carefully curated list helps you find the best part-time option for your personality and individual financial needs.
Take a look below to see which ones could work for you.
30 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money on the Weekend
1. Freelance writing
Despite what many people think, you don’t need an English degree or tons of writing experience in order to make money freelance writing. Sites like Upwork and iWriter allow you to sign up for free and apply to any jobs that pique your interest. Whether it’s creative story writing or resume re-building, you can make great part-time (or even full time if you’re dedicated) income on your couch with just a laptop and a healthy amount of patience, as it is competitive and may take a bit to get ramped up. But once you get there, it’s worth it.
Here’s another one you can use to make money without stepping out of your pajamas. I personally prefer REV, but there are plenty of other websites to test out, too. These sites get audio (and sometimes video) files from various professionals like teachers, focus group leaders, and researchers, among others. These professionals need the content from these files typed up so they can study it or distribute it. That’s where you come in! Throw in a pair of headphones, pick a file of the length and difficulty that you prefer, follow the guide provided to you to type it all up, and submit to be paid via PayPal each Monday (If you use REV. Payment methods will vary depending on the company).
In a similar thread to #1 on this list, proofreading is a great alternative part-time job if you’re not big on writing, but you love to read. There’s free proof-reading training all over the internet, and many other sites that will pay you to read through stories, books, and other documents to check for grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and flow. Let your inner grammar nerd shine.
Blogging has become an incredibly popular part-time job or “side hustle” in recent years. There are blogs for everything from unsolved mysteries to the quickest meals you can make in your crockpot. If you have any hobbies, interests, recipes, or special talents, chances are there are other people out there that have the same ones and would love to read what you have to say about them. Use this platform to teach people something, make them laugh, or ramble on, and get paid to do it.
5. Dog Walking
If you enjoy being outside and listening to the soft pant of an excited pup, this is a great option for you. You can find dog walking jobs in your area with the free app Rover. If you live in a highly populated city, an apartment building or condo, or near parks, it should be easy to find dog walking jobs whenever you’re ready to throw on your sneakers and take a hike. If you’re lucky enough to find one within walking distance of your home, you can take your dog along too, and get paid for something you would have had to do anyway.
6. Golf Caddying
This is another job that’ll get you outside. It is seasonal, but these positions generally pay pretty well, so it could ease some of the pressure to earn extra money in the colder months. Just Google search part-time golf caddy jobs and you’ll likely see ads for golf courses and country clubs in your area offering fun, part-time summer work.
When we were young, we all wanted to be babysitters, but as we get older and move into our careers, we tend to forget about this easy and lucrative part-time option. Websites like Care.com allow you to create free profiles where you can share some information about yourself, your experience with children, and relevant schooling and training and apply directly to jobs posted by families looking for someone reliable to care for their children. This option is particularly great for people who have kids of their own around the same age; you’re essentially getting paid for your kids’ playdate.
8. Online Bookkeeping
You don’t have to be CPA or have any kind of special training in order to be an online bookkeeper. You just need to have decent math and computer skills. If you have experience will Outlook and bookkeeping software, it’ll be easier to start, but these skills are also easy enough to learn as you go. Virtual bookkeepers get to make great money and help business owners problem-solve and organize along the way.
9. Uber/Lyft Driving
Depending on how much time you have to dedicate to your part-time job, Uber and Lyft drivers do really well on weekends and on holidays, too. The more populated an area you live in, the easier it’ll be to find driving jobs in your area, but most places now have a need for drivers so it shouldn’t be too hard either way. Everyone’s experience will be different, but my coworker recently made up about half of her weekly paycheck at her full-time job just by driving drunk college kids and harried businessmen around for a few hours on a Friday and Saturday night.
10. Food Delivery
Similar to driving for Uber or Lyft, a lot of people are looking to have their lunches and dinners delivered so they don’t have to venture out of the house. We’ve all been there, but some of us have learned to flip the script and monetize the experience. Companies like Uber Eats, Grubhub, and several others will pay you to pick up food from restaurants, Chinese take-out pop-ups, and fast food counters to deliver to hungry customers. As an added bonus, many of those hungry customers will tip you, too.
11. Virtual Assistant
The great thing about the age of technology that we’re living in is that we can get paid for so many different jobs online, without ever having to step foot in an office. Virtual assistants perform a wide variety of tasks, but most often they are responsible for managing events and calendars, digital marketing, answering phone calls and e-mails, and scheduling meetings. If you enjoy organizing and you have Wi-Fi, there’s nothing stopping you now.
12. Office Assistant
For those who love organizing, paperwork, scheduling, and performing various other administrative tasks but prefer to do that in an office with other people, you can find law firms, financial advising offices, small factories, and many other businesses that need an office assistant in-house. This job may be more extensive than the virtual assistant, and will likely include things like running errands and scanning or copying that you wouldn’t have had to do otherwise.
13. eBay Product Flipping
This is one of the most unique and interesting part-time jobs on the list, in my opinion. In recent years, it’s become incredibly easy for people to buy things for $1, $5, or $15 and then post them on eBay for $20, $50, or $100. Of course, you have to be patient enough to scour through tag sale junk, Goodwill racks, and flea markets bins in order to find things that are worth flipping, but when you find them, the profit is worth the little bit of work.
Tutoring is a job that is always in high demand, and this is one that can also be done in person or online, depending on your preference. It’s also easy to get into, as you don’t need a degree to get started, just a high school diploma or a GED. So, if you’re great at Math, English, Biology, or any number of other subjects, help someone else get up to speed, and earn some extra cash at the same time.
Dust off that fancy camera in your closet, unpack the lenses and get ready to make some extra money. As long as you can point and shoot, work some good angles, and you’re savvy with Google and social media searches, you can find tons of people who are in need of a reasonably priced photographer. This can be particularly effective during the wedding season, graduation season, and the holidays, but there’s a steady need for the rest of the year, too.
16. Restaurant Employee
This one is great because it requires minimal training, typically doesn’t require a degree, and just about everyone lives within a reasonable distance from at least a few restaurants. The base pay may be low, but the tips can certainly add up during the weekend shifts, depending on how busy they are and what shifts you’re working.
17. Retail Employee
Similar to working at a restaurant, working at a retail store is an easy part-time job to get into. Stores like Target, Walmart, and other large chain stores are frequently hiring new cashiers and floor workers, especially around the holidays.
18. Rent Out Your Stuff
You can rent out just about anything that you own, like your car, home, storage space, sports equipment, and clothes. There are different platforms for each one of these categories, and most of them are free, easy to use, and help bring in extra money.
19. Deliver for Amazon
With the rapid growth in popularity of Amazon Prime, Amazon needs delivery drivers every day of the week. Lucky for part-time job seekers, this gig pays well, and there are centers in most major cities where they store the goods that they need drivers to pick up and deliver to customers. This is another one that is particularly useful around the holidays.
20. Freelance on Fiverr
Fiverr is a fantastic platform for anyone with multiple skills and interests. You can sign up for Fiverr and apply for freelance jobs in countless categories. Some of the most popular are graphic design, marketing, and writing.
21. Participate in Research Studies
You can sign up for research studies on just about anything from new product testing to outpatient sleep observation studies. Check newspapers, local hospitals, clinics, and websites like Respondent for more information.
22. Grocery Shopper
Elderly or otherwise disabled neighbors and busy working parents everywhere are looking for someone to take this particularly loathsome chore off of their to-do list. Websites like Instacart will pay you to go to the grocery store, check items off their customers’ list, and bring it to their home. It’s easy enough, and you can plan to take jobs on days that you were going to go grocery shopping anyway, just be careful to keep their items separate from yours.
23. Clean Houses
This isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve got an abundance of cleaning supplies, some gloves, and you don’t mind getting a little dirty, you can provide cleaning services on the weekends. If you live in an area with a lot of Airbnbs, this job gets a lot easier to find.
24. Work as a Handyman
This is a versatile category and can include anything from helping people move to painting to putting together furniture. If you can do this work on the weekends, then the renters or homeowners hiring you won’t have to take any time off of work during the week, which is a huge selling point for this part-time weekend job. You can find customers in need of handy work on websites like TaskRabbit.
25. Run an Amazon store
Amazon’s FBA program is great for anyone with good searching and shopping skills. You can find products at a great discount at local brick and mortar stores or outsource and order heavily discounted products online, and then resell them on Amazon at a higher price and pocket the profits (after Amazon’s fee).
26. Social Media or Search Engine Evaluating
This combination job is fun and flexible. All you have to do is rate search engine results and social media ads based on their relevancy. This is something that most of us think about automatically as we search through Google and social media platforms on the weekends anyway, so why not get some extra money for it?
27. App Tester
Developers of apps and websites need to gather feedback so that they can provide a better experience to their customers. All you have to do is visit their website or use their app and then tell them about your experience. Demographic information may play a role in determining which jobs are available to you, but there’s bound to be something for everyone.
28. Ticket Taker
Event centers, museums, bars, plays, concerts, movie theaters, and other locations frequently need ticket takers to check information and keep lines in order. It may not be the most thrilling part-time job, but it’s easy to get into and as an added bonus, you typically get into the event for free. You can contact venues directly or check job boards.
If you speak more than one language, freelance translators are in high demand. Typically, you can work from anywhere and create your own schedule.
30. Take Surveys
Taking surveys may not be the most lucrative part-time job on this list, but it requires very little effort and if you can complete them fast enough, the money can really add up. Some will pay via PayPal or a check, others let you cash out in gift cards. You can sign up for multiple survey sites for free to see which one works the best for you.
Regardless of your situation, everyone would like some extra money whether you're saving for a specific goal or just want some extra cash to spend. Hopefully, at least one of these works for you and you can start to grow your income. Who knows, maybe you could even completely replace your main income someday.