One of the things I look for in a good side hustle is how quickly you can get it up and running. There is a big difference in a side hustle you can start this weekend versus one that will take you months of training to start working on.
The thing I like so much about quick starting side hustles is that you can immediately work them into your financial plans, like…
- You’ve gotten so fired up about destroying your debt that you are ready to find a way to earn an extra $500-$1,500 per month to put towards it.
- You want to save up for a vacation that’s just a few months away.
- You’ve crunched the numbers for retirement and have realized the impact of adding a few hundred dollars more each month to your retirement fund.
Whatever your needs are for earning extra income, I’ve got 12 side hustles you can start this weekend:
1. Become a tour guide
If you love your city and know a ton about it, then becoming a tour guide with a company like Tours By Locals or Vayable is an awesome side hustle to start this weekend. Most local guides make up to $60 per hour.
I could see this one being a lot of fun, especially if you were showing people things that you really love about your city or area. These could be things like:
- Touring local wineries
- Doing a restaurant tour
- Visiting historic buildings
- Going on hikes
- Visiting distilleries
2. Start flipping furniture
We’ve all seen furniture just sitting on the curb around our neighborhoods. The thing is, a lot of it is in pretty decent shape and really just needs a fresh coat of paint or some new hardware. Seriously, the stuff people put on the curb is usually in decent shape structurally, but they probably just don’t want to deal with taking the time to donate or sell it.
Once you’ve found pieces and refreshed them, you can sell your flips on Facebook Marketplace or online neighborhood forums. I’ve seen several people who have become expert furniture flippers start their own online store or blogs.
Other places to source your inventory include Goodwill, thrift stores, Craigslist, and garage sales. The point is to keep your costs low so that you can maximize your earnings.
3. Run Facebook ads for small businesses
After I quit my job as a high school band director to go full-time blogger and needed to find a way to supplement my income, I started running Facebook ads for small business in my area. One client turned into another, turned into another, and pretty soon I was out earning what I did as a teacher.
Running Facebooks ads for small business is simply digital marketing through Facebook, which continues to be one of the best online platforms for small businesses to increase their traffic and visibility. And, you can make around $1,000-$1,500 per month/per client, and that’s for just 2-3 hours of work per week.
The job itself requires that you are able to find and acquire clients, test and post high-quality ads, and maintain your client relationships. It’s relatively easy with the right training, and because I love this side hustle so much, I created the Facebook Side Hustle Course to help others learn the ins and outs of digital marketing.
I know what you’re thinking… You said, “Side hustles you can start this weekend.”
You’re 100% right, and I added this one because I’ve had a few students land clients the day after they’ve purchased the course. If you want to learn more and hear from some happy students, click over to the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
4. Sell things on eBay
I have a reader who made nearly $85,000 in one year from selling things on eBay. Now, there are no guarantees on the amount you’ll make, but this side hustle is so incredibly easy to start because you can literally start selling what’s sitting around your house.
Here are a few more tips to get this side hustle up and running this weekend:
- Start small by selling items for around $10 or less. You’ll keep your costs down and bank some good reviews.
- Invest on a postage scale.
- Watch what you spend on packing material.
- Sell what you know, which helps you market and list things correctly.
- Learn more through online reseller communities, like blogs, YouTube channels, and social media.
5. Walk dogs or pet sit
You can find dog walking or pet sitting gigs through sites like Rover, and pay varies depending on where you live. You’ll be paid more if you live in an urban area, which can be around $25 per walk or $70 for an overnight stay.
Rover can help you find clients, but word of mouth and listing your services on social media are also good ways to find clients.
6. Teach English online with VIPKid
VIPKid is a website that connects its teachers with young Chinese and Korean students with the goal of helping them learn English. The hours are flexible, you work when you want, and you can earn up to $22 per hour with VIPKid.
To start teaching through VIPKid, you can start the application and interview process this weekend (it’s pretty short and painless). Also, you don’t need to be a certified teacher to teach through VIPKid – you just need experience working with children, which can include:
- Raising your own children
- Working at a daycare
- Basically, anything that constitutes as working with children
Check out this VIPKid Review to learn more from someone who teaches for VIPKid.
7. Become a rideshare driver
Using ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft and give customers a comparable or even less expensive option to cabs. They also feel very millennial-friendly… easy to use apps, interacting with fellow side hustlers, and rides within minutes.
Rideshare drivers get to set their own hours, and I’ve met a lot of drivers who genuinely love meeting new people and being able to side hustle whenever they want.
The only real downside to driving for a ridesharing company is that the pay isn’t as a great compared to some of the other side hustles you can start this weekend – Uber and Lyft both take around 25% of each fare you collect, with Uber’s average per ride fare being $15.97 and $11.48 with Lyft. You’ll need to drive during peak hours (early mornings, weekends, and holidays) if you want to make the most money.
Freelancing means you’re self-employed and taking jobs from any number of clients, and there are so many freelancing options right now, like:
- Sound design
- Graphic design
- Film editing
- Web development
- Virtual assistance
A lot of freelance work can be done online, which makes this flexible work that you can fit in with the rest of your life. And, you can start this weekend by looking for jobs on platforms like Upwork and Fiverr.
9. Rent your car
If you like the idea of Airbnb, renting out your house to make some extra income, Turo is like Airbnb for cars. It’s an online platform where you can list your car, the dates it’s available, and then rent it out to prescreened customers. Don’t worry, Turo also offers up to $1 million in liability insurance and coverage in the event of theft or physical damage.
10. Side hustle as a tutor
If there is a subject that you know well and can teach to others, tutoring is definitely a side hustle you can start this weekend. If I learned one thing from working in a high school, it’s that parents are always looking for tutors for math, science, writing, foreign language, history, etc.
The great thing is that tutoring pays pretty well hourly, around $30-$60 per hour depending on where you live. If you can do SAT or ACT prep, you can earn $45-$100 per hour. You can find tutoring jobs by connecting with local schools, advertising your services on social media, or through an online tutoring platform like Wyzant.
11. Start a blog
Just want to put this out there: blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It might literally take you several months to earn your first nickel. However, when you do it right, learning about traffic and monetization and any number of other important things, your blogging income can grow exponentially.
Really the best part about blogging, to me and most other bloggers I know personally, is that you get to help people and share things you love to talk about.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, a WordPress blog hosted through Bluehost ($2.95 per month) is the way to go for new bloggers, and if you’re feeling like the setup and installation is a little too overwhelming, check out Launch That Blog. It’s completely free when you go with Bluehost.
12. Become a Pinterest virtual assistant
You’re probably already familiar with Pinterest – it’s a great place to find recipes, workouts, DIYs, etc. But, did you know that online business owners and bloggers have a high need for Pinterest virtual assistants?
Pinterest VAs make an average of $500 per month/per client, and do everything from optimizing images, to creating a Pinning schedule, to doing keyword research for clients. Want to learn more?
The Pinterest Virtual Assistant Course by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey is full of in-depth Pinterest info, as well as help for landing your first client.
Even though this is another course, I wanted to list it because it’s something that some people will be able to move through quickly to land their first client.
For more side hustle ideas, read Best Side Hustles to Make an Extra $1,000-$2,000 Per Month.
Final word on side hustles you can start this weekend
The two main things that I get questions about are paying off debt and/or retiring early. While there is no magic pill for either of those, there is one thing that can help you achieve either – increasing your income with a side hustle.
But, the problem is often balancing a side job with whatever else you already have going on in your life. That’s why I like the side hustles on this list so much. You work them around your schedule, and they help you make the most money possible in the extra time you have (why online surveys aren’t on this list).
You can try as many as you want, but the goal is the same – by hustling for that extra cash, you’re making your goals happen.