Having a sideline can help your finances improve in many ways. If you make money on the side, you can increase your savings balance, reduce debts, or better manage your current bills.
If you’re on a hectic schedule during the week, squeezing into a side gig after work can be a challenge. If this is the case and you only need to work on the side on weekends, here are a few options that might be right for you.
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1. Baby sitting
Finding childcare at weekends can be difficult. But sometimes parents need a break and want a night without their kids in tow. If you’re ready to give up Friday or Saturday nights, you could make pretty good money babysitting. Sites like Care.com allow you to create a profile so local families can find you. Just prepare to provide references.
2. Grooming of pets
Sometimes people go away for the weekend or have commitments that keep them away from home for long hours. You may get the chance to attend some local pet sitting gigs. When you sign up for a website like Rover, people near you should be able to easily find you if they need help with things like walking dogs, feeding their pets, or even providing the occasional full-time care on the weekend.
3. Working in retail
Many companies these days are struggling to hire new employees, so you may find it easy to pick up weekend shifts at a local store near you. You can especially focus on applying for shifts at a grocery store or hardware store, as both of them are busy on the weekend.
4. Driving for a driving service
The great thing about driving passengers for money is that you can do so when it’s convenient for you. If your weekly schedule doesn’t allow you to work at night, take some time on the weekends to get passengers to and from the nearest airport or wherever they need to go. Also, depending on where you live, you may be more lucky to get fares on Friday or Saturday nights when people want to go out and get home safer after drinking.
5. Any gig that only requires a laptop and an internet connection
There are many sideline activities that you can do from the comfort of your home that only require a computer and internet access. This includes writing, editing, data entry, web design, and marketing work. If you’re willing to invest some time on the weekends, you can do so at your own pace (assuming you meet your clients’ deadlines).
When you work full-time, it is difficult to schedule hours for a sideline job. But if your only opportunity to take on a side gig is over the weekend, don’t be scared. As you can see, there are many ways to make extra money and that extra money could help your finances improve significantly.