8 Side Hustles You Can Start This Weekend

8 Side Hustles You Can Start This Weekend

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As M$M has grown, I’ve genuinely started to believe in the side hustle for millennials. I completely understand that feeling of looking at lists of weird odd-jobs to do on the weekends and rolling my eyes.

Back when I was a band director working 60-80 hours per week, the last thing I wanted to do on the weekend was start working again.

But I have to say, my first real side hustle (this website) completely changed my life. I legitimately can work from wherever I want, and wake up every day excited about what I’m doing. That’s freaking powerful.

Here’s why side hustles are so useful

It would be absolutely irresponsible to suggest that your side hustle would turn into something like this site. I get it. But you’ll also never know if you don’t try something, right?

I’ve pounded this into people’s heads for almost two years now – but there are only two ways to beat debt and get ahead financially. You can either make more money, or spend less. If you do both, you’re a financial baller.

A lot of people can find the willpower to spend less money. The harder issue (in my mind) is making more, and asking for a raise/switching jobs for a higher salary isn’t always feasible or effective if you work the normal 9-5.

You can monetize your extra time

Nothing on the side hustle list below is truly easy and you will NOT master any extra gig over one Saturday and Sunday time period. I think anyone that tries to sell you that is full of $hit. But everything on the list is something you can start researching or at least take the first steps towards right now.

Here are 10 side hustles you can start this weekend:

1. Buy and Sell Items on eBay

I watch my mother-in-law do a form of this all the time, and I’m amazed how much money there is in finding old crap and selling it. Sorry if that sounds crass, but she just sold a freaking DOOR last night for $30 cash.

If you are looking for an easy side hustle, do some research (here is an awesome post to get you started from one of my guest posters that hustles on eBay) and hit some garage sales this weekend.

2. Start a blog

This one is near and dear to my heart! I sat down at my in-laws kitchen table one night after work two years ago and just started writing. I had just paid off my student loans, and for whatever reason I felt like I had enough passion towards it to write a message to all of my friends on Facebook about not being entitled with money.

After I shared it, the pretty massive response (for me at the time) that I received made me realize I had a good message and could convey the crap out of it. So I started this blog and haven’t looked back!

Now I make way more money than I ever thought I would at 28 years old. Blogs are really cheap to start ($60ish), and have a ton of potential if you have a good message!

You can use my free guide to set your site up in 15ish minutes, AND check out my latest income report to see how I make money online.

3. Become a Tutor

I would not do this side hustle because I hated schoolwork, but I know so many of you out there are smart AF in all the categories that other people suck at. Also, as a former teacher I can tell you that parents have a lot of need for someone that can help their kids if they are too busy!

4. Pet-Sitting

If you love animals and are a responsible human being, pet-sitting would be an awesome thing to try! There are even apps out there like Rover that will connect you to customers in your area.

Pro tip: Volunteer at your local animal shelter and build up a reputation as someone who truly cares about animals. The animal community is generally pretty tight-knit, and if you provide a lot of value, you can get in with local veterinarians that will recommend your services (which means a good stream of new customers for you)!

5. Start driving for Uber

I drive a $6,000 car, so I can’t do Uber unfortunately. But – I have used it several times and think it’s an AWESOME side hustle to try out.

6. Rent out your car via Turo

Turo is pretty interesting, because it’s basically in the same realm of Uber in terms of “ride sharing”. The difference is that you are literally renting out your car instead of driving someone else around! It’s the AirBNB of cars.

Don’t worry – Turo provides insurance for anyone who rents their car out to users.

7. Become a virtual assistant

Are you an organized person? Can you answer emails and do some light excel work? Maybe schedule out some social media posts? Being a virtual assistant might be a cool side hustle for you.

I can tell you from personal experience that a lot of online entrepreneurs need virtual assistants (I’m almost in the market honestly).

8. Social media management (for small businesses)

This is seriously no joke! A big part of the work I do online is providing marketing services for small businesses. If you have a big Instagram or Twitter following that you love managing, why not offer to provide that service for small businesses in your area?

You’d be surprised how many mom and pop shops want that aspect of their business taken care of but just don’t have the time to do it.

Just…do something.

Side hustles don’t have to be complex to make money. Sometimes just offering to do something  that other people don’t want to do can be lucrative. Also – please please please don’t say you “don’t have time” to try a side hustle (especially if you enjoy Netflix or video games every night).

If you want to make extra student loan payments or bring in some extra money, you can make the time. Trust me.

Question for you:

  1. Have you tried any of these things before?

  2. What worked and what didn’t?

Live differently. Your bank accounts will thank me later. ~M$M

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21 comments… add one
  • Mrs. Picky Pincher Nov 18, 2016, 8:48 am

    I’ve done a few side hustles, and they actually do work when you apply effort and do them continuously. I used to do freelance marketing work on the side, but had to stop due to non-competes, unfortunately. But I was able to rake in $200 before that doing things I already like doing, so that was awesome. 🙂

    • Millennial Money Man Nov 18, 2016, 9:09 am

      That’s interesting on the non-competes! I kinda understand actually – it’s pretty cut-throat for companies/people trying to steal your customers.

  • Financial Panther Nov 18, 2016, 10:33 am

    The great thing about side hustling today is how flexible they are. It used to be that if you wanted to side hustle, you needed to really spend some money and time getting started. And if you wanted to pick up a second job…well, then you had to work a set schedule in the evenings or weekends.

    But today, you can do almost all of these side hustles whenever you want. I do a lot of bike messenger deliveries myself and it’s great. If I’m bored, all I have to do is turn it on and make a few deliveries on my own time. It’s easy cash in my pocket and I get some exercise too! Just think of a few years ago. We didn’t even have the technology to make this possible. Today, though, you can literally work whenever you want, for as long as you want. And if you find out a side hustle you started isn’t for you, you don’t really lose anything except for some time.

    • Millennial Money Man Nov 18, 2016, 10:41 am

      Yeah that’s the amazing thing about the time that we are fortunate to live in – there is so much opportunity to make extra cash! Love the tip on the bike messenger gig!

  • Nicolas Bolt Nov 18, 2016, 10:51 am

    I’ve been doing the buy and sell on eBay for a few months now. It’s amazing the amount of money people will pay for things on eBay that you can pick up at a thrift store for a couple dollars.

    Since I’m in college and have a bunch of roommates my monthly expenses are already pretty low but it is still nice to be able to cover those costs without needing a part time job while I go to school.

  • Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog Nov 18, 2016, 2:34 pm

    I’ve sold items on eBay. But only personal items, not flipping items. It’s a good way to declutter your home while making some money as well.

  • Christa Szabo Nov 18, 2016, 3:21 pm

    I did both Lyft and Uber when I was in San Francisco, but I didn’t have he same drive then thatI do now. I look back at how much I was making and I just think “how on earth was I still in debt and broke?!” Oh well, live and learn. I’m in an area of the country where, unless you do the blog side hustle or tutoring, there really aren’t too many (not in the winter anyway, we’re a seasonal area). But I have a job and a living situation where I make more than enough and don’t need a second job or side hustle!

    Oh! And today, I paid off a credit card!!! It’s my 1st stage of becoming financially free and I feel like a weight has lifted off my shoulders! I can’t wait for my next paycheck to do it again! Especially since it’s to a credit card that’s been closed so I can’t even use it (in the long wrong, probably for the better lol). Thanks for listening and for the great articles! They really help!

    • Millennial Money Man Nov 18, 2016, 3:59 pm

      Yeah!!!!!! Congrats Christa! So glad to see that. I’ve talked to some Uber drivers that really enjoyed it and make good money doing it on the side. Pretty cool.

  • Centsai Nov 18, 2016, 4:32 pm

    We are huge advocates for side hustling to make a little extra money! Side hustles can be so easy to do! We loved all the options you mentioned, thanks for sharing!

  • .l.z Nov 23, 2016, 7:17 am

    For my side hustle, I took a job living on site somewhere as an overnight property manager. Was a harder gig to land, but I keep my day job too and save about $12,000 a year in my area not paying rent or utilities. I’ve been able to put money away in the bank and pay off a brand new car in less than two years.

  • Morgan Nov 26, 2016, 9:40 am

    We started building painted signs and wedding decor last September with about $50 in materials and about $600 tools (which I wanted even if the failed). That’s turned into a business that’s making $1500-$2700/month and allowed my wife wife to quit her job.

    It’s definitely active income, but it’s opened doors for us. We’re also building passive income in the side through rentals.

    • Millennial Money Man Nov 26, 2016, 3:14 pm

      Awesome!!!!! So glad to hear that. It’s pretty crazy what a little side hustle can turn into if you work at it.

  • Albert C.E. Nov 27, 2016, 12:43 am

    Just recently found your website and enjoy it. I currently have a little side hustle going on(more like pocket change hustle right now) hopefully it starts making more money soon!

  • Sara Slaughter Dec 4, 2016, 1:23 pm

    As a very busy 16 year old girl, I’ve found that a great way to make money without even leaving my house is to take surveys online. I made around $30 in one month on cashcrate.com, and I’ve earned $11 in gift cards on swagbucks.com, and I know that if I put in even more time and effort, I’d be rolling in the money.

  • Josh Dec 15, 2016, 11:57 pm

    These are all really great ideas! The hardest part for most people is just starting something. Cut out some distractions in your life, stop making excuses for yourself, and go get your money! Contrary to popular belief, there is plenty of it to be made.

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