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[2023] The 10 Best Weekend Jobs to Increase Your Income

Updated: Jul 18

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We all have financial goals, hopes, and dreams. For example, things like travel, retirement, and buying a home are among the most common financial goals out here.


The thing is, all of these things require money. When it comes to increasing your income, you have a number of different options:


  1. Work a side hustle

  2. Discover easy ways to make money

  3. Advance at work


The problem is, life oftentimes get in the way. If you don't have time to work 12 hours a day or spend your nights building out a side hustle, there is another path forward. These are the best weekend jobs to increase your income.



Good weekend jobs to make money


Now, there are so many weekend jobs that may opt to take on when your schedule allows. Here are my favorites.


1. Proofreading

5. Lawn maintenance/Snow removal

​2. Join the gig economy

​6. Tutor

​3. Become a blogger

​7. Petsitting

​4. Amazon FBA



1. Proofreading


Do you like to read in your free time? If so, you may actually be able to make money reading by proofreading on weekends. All types of written content need to be reviewed for grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, so if this type of work interests you, you may be able to make some good money on the side!


Plus - you may be able to earn up to $40 per hour - or more!



2. Join the gig economy


Just because it is the weekend doesn't mean that the gig economy doesn't function. In fact, it can actually be busier for those working food delivery or ridesharing. My favorite platforms in 2023 include Uber and Instacart.




Uber


Uber is probably the most famous gig economy job, and they have a presence nationwide. Drivers are considered independent contractors (meaning that they are not technically employees of Uber), and use an app to connect with ride requesters and bring them to their final destinations.


In my experience, you can do very well if you focus on drop-offs at airports, though finding your next ride at an airport can be difficult and very competitive.



Instacart


Instacart is a grocery delivery app that can be found across much of the country. Workers can opt for one of two roles - shopping only or shopping plus delivery - and are guaranteed minimum pay standards for each ride completed.


Those that handle shopping plus deliveries may be able to earn more in the long run, but you'll need to be comfortable making delivery drop-offs in your area.


I recommend Instacart to my readers because, in time, high performers will be able to complete multiple jobs at once, really increasing the amount of money that you can make.


 

I like these options in particular since you'll be able to keep 100% of your customer tips.


Depending on where and when you decide to work, you may earn between $15-$25 per hour. But you also may consider other good gig economy jobs with companies like DoorDash, Grubhub, and Shipt.



3. Become a blogger


Maybe your ideal weekend gig involves you and your laptop. If so, you ought to consider becoming a blogger like me. Starting a blog is easy and cheap. For instance, I purchase my domain via GoDaddy for less than $5, and host my website through Wix, which offers a litany of free tools for those just getting started.


My favorite part about owning my own blog is that I'm able to make money writing about topics that I am genuinely passionate about. And you can too!


There are blogs about all sorts of topics online, including fitness, travel, lifestyle, and so many other popular niches.


Monetizing your blog will take some time, but you'll be able to do through advertising, affiliate marketing, and offering courses, coaching, or other educational materials. And while my blog has yet to generate enough money to leave my day job, I can confidently say I love working on my blog and can't wait for it to be my full-time job soon.


Do keep in mind that this is a longer term process than driving for Uber of proofreading for freelancers. But, to me, the work is way more fun, and the profit potential is so much higher.


If you're nervous about getting started, rest assured knowing that you don't need any coding experience or other special skills to get started.



4. Join Amazon FBA


Dropshipping with Amazon has always been one of my favorite money making strategies outside of work. Here's how it works:


  • Register for an Amazon FBA account

  • You find/purchase items (online or in-store) that are on sale for well under prices listed on Amazon. Liquidation pallets can be your best friend here.

  • You send these packages directly to your Amazon FBA address

  • List the items for sale on Amazon


Once the items sell, Amazon will actually fulfill them, handling shipping, returns, and customer service on your behalf. You'll pay Amazon a fee for this, but once you pay it from your selling price, you'll keep the rest of the profits.


One word of advice here for those getting started.


Make sure that you know exactly what your fees will be when you list an item to assure that you turn a profit. There are two selling plans to choose from:


  1. Professional selling

  2. Individual selling



Professional selling


Amazon's professional selling plan is best for those that have already established their dropshipping business. It costs $39.99 per month, plus selling fees, which typically range from 8-15%. But for this cost, you'll get gift wrapping (on certain items), shipping, processing, and order fulfillment.


Nothing like getting your weekend back and making money for it.



Individual selling


Beginners may opt for the individual selling plan, which will cost $0.99 per item you sell.



5. Start a lawn maintenance or snow removal business


Lawns nationwide need to be mowed for the majority of the year, and many home and business owners hate doing the work. Starting a lawn maintenance business isn't impossible to do and the startup costs are relatively low.


Plus, you can make hundreds of dollars per week off just a handful of jobs that you can complete across your Saturday and Sunday. If you're only looking to take on a job or two, you can further increase your profit by offering ancillary services such as:


  • Hedge trimming

  • Fertilizing

  • Lawn aeration

  • Weeding

  • Mulching


You may also consider building full-year relationships, where you'll mow in the summer and clear snow in the winter. But if you're truly limited to weekends only, it may be best for you to stick to lawn maintenance due to the more predictable schedule.


Either way, I think it is the perfect weekend side job. Not only will you to enjoy the great outdoors, but you'll also earn some money for doing so.



6. Tutor students


One of the the best weekend side jobs is to tutor students, either online or in-person. If you're looking for an easy way to tutor for money, you may apply to join a number of online sites, such as Tutor.com, and BookNook.



Tutor.com


Tutor.com is the tutoring platform that I am most familiar with. My sister worked on the platform for a couple of years, and workers are paid hourly wages based on the subject(s) that they teach. More advanced topics such as calculus tend to pay higher than non STEM related subjects, and workers must pass an exam before being credentialed to teach a subject.


Hourly pay rates average $11-$20 per hour.



BookNook


BookNook also employs a bunch of tutors in an online forum. To be eligible for the platform, you'll need to have been a teacher for at least one year, have a Bachelor's degree, pass a background check, and be able to demonstrate effectiveness in teaching difficult concepts.


If you don't have a Bachelor's degree, you may still qualify in the event that you've worked as a teacher for at least 3 years.


Tutors are generally better paid than the Tutor.com platform and average over $18 per hour.


 

You may opt to start your own tutoring business, though it will take much longer to turn a profit, particularly if you've only got part of your weekend to dedicate.



7. Petsitting


People love their pets. There is no denying that.


And when those with pets travel or otherwise leave town, they like to make sure that their pets are well taken care of.


You may perform tasks like feeding them, refilling their water bowls, and providing them with medication if necessary.


And thanks to companies like Rover, you can now make money checking on others pets. In fact, depending on the going rates in your area, you may be able to earn $75 - or more - per day that you work.



Easy weekend jobs


Maybe you've browsed my list above and realized that you're looking for the easiest ways to make money on the weekend. In this instance, I have a whole other list of strategies to help you make money starting this weekend!


You may opt for any or all of these strategies:




Pick the right weekend gig for you


No matter the approach that you take, if you're going to give up part of your weekend to work, you'll want to make sure that you pick the right gig(s) for you. To do so, I recommend that you ask yourself the following questions:


  1. How many hours are you willing to work?

  2. Are you interested in entrepreneurship?

  3. What interests me?



1. How many hours will you work?


This is the first question you'll need to answer is how much work you're willing to put in. There is no right or wrong answer here, but you'll just want to set expectations. For example, if you're willing to work on Saturday mornings from 7:30am to noon, you're likely not going to want to build your own blog.


That side hustle, for instance, will require more of a time commitment in order to be successful.



2. Are you interested in entrepreneurship?


Your next step should be to ask yourself whether you're looking for a second job, a side hustle, or an entrepreneurial type of venture. I've given examples of all three within this post, but you'll want to be sure as to what you're looking for.


Entrepreneurial ventures will take more time than side hustles, for example, and will be more demanding mentally.



3. What interests you?


You've agreed to spend part of your weekend working, and that is not a decision to take lightly. But this is also an opportunity for you to make money doing something that interests you.


Unfortunately, most of us don't get to follow our passions with our day jobs, but your weekend gig can and should be a different story!


So, go get started today!



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About Nathan Zarcaro

Nathan Zarcaro is the founder of The Student Debt Destroyer and is passionate about personal finance related causes.  A 2018 graduate of Providence College's Liberal Arts Honors Program, Nathan studied Finance, and worked for one of the world's largest asset management firms before starting his own consulting practice.  In his free time, Nathan enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife Brigid.

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