If you’re looking to make some extra money on top of a full-time job or a busy schedule, a weekend job may be the perfect solution. Here you’ll find details on the best weekend jobs that will help you to make extra money without interfering with your existing responsibilities.
Some of the options listed here are more typical jobs where you would be working as an employee. Others would involve freelancing, providing some type of service, or starting a business.
Most of these options will allow you to start making money pretty quickly, but there are a few that might take a little while before you’ll be able to start making money. Each opportunity has some pros and cons listed to help you to be able to choose the right opportunity based on your own situation.
Best Weekend Jobs
Here are the options that you should consider if you want to earn some extra money on the weekend.
Blogging can be a great way to make money online, full-time or part-time. If you have a busy schedule already, working on your blog on the weekends is a possibility.
There is no need to publish new blog posts every day, so if you have a good bit of time available on the weekends, you may be able to do all of the writing for the week on Saturdays and Sundays.
Blogging has been my full-time income since 2008, and prior to that, it started as a part-time thing (although I did work weeknights as well as weekends).
If you want to make blogging work as a weekend job, my recommendation is to avoid the most popular and competitive niches or take a very specific approach with a popular niche. For example, instead of starting a personal finance blog, start a blog that focuses exclusively on one particular aspect of finance, like cashback and rewards programs.
Taking a niche approach and targeting a very specific topic will make it easier for you to stand out and brand yourself, which is really important if you’re working with a limited amount of available time.
If you’d like to make money as a blogger, see my article How To Start a Blog, which will help you to get your blog set up in a matter of minutes.
Get FREE access to my course Blog Launch Breakthrough, which includes 14 video lessons that help you to start your blog on a solid foundation. The course will help you to choose the right niche, pick a blog name, get your blog set up, create a unique blog that will stand out, and much more.
Pros of Blogging:
- Write about topics that you enjoy.
- Unlimited income potential (could become a full-time income).
- A blog can be monetized in several different ways.
Cons of Blogging:
- You probably won’t make much money during the first 6-12 months.
- Blogging in a popular or competitive industry will be very difficult if you’re only using weekend hours, unless you take a niche approach.
2. Niche Website Creator
A niche website is a site/blog that you create around a very specific topic. For example, instead of having a website that covers outdoorsy topics, you could create a site specifically about camping. Most niche websites make money through ad revenue and/or affiliate programs (you promote someone else’s product, and you earn a commission whenever a visitor that you referred makes a purchase).
Many niche websites promote products from Amazon.com, so content on these sites will often include product reviews and “best of” lists. For a camping site, you might create articles like “Top 10 Four-Person Tents” and “Top 5 Sub-Zero Sleeping Bags Under $100”.
Most niche websites, especially the quality ones, will also include other types of informational or entertaining articles to give the site some balance. For example, you could write an article “Top 10 National Parks for Camping” and “How to Pack for a Family Camping Trip” so not all of your posts are product-focused.
One of the great things about starting a niche website is the fact that you can work on it whenever you have the time, with as much or as little time as you have.
If you’re interested in this opportunity, the course Create and Automate Profitable Niche Websites at Skillshare is a great resource. Right now, Skillshare is offering two months of free access if you use this link.
Pros of Creating Niche Websites:
- Create a website on a topic that you enjoy, so your work is more fun.
- Great long-term income potential.
- A lot of the work (like writing the articles) can be outsourced if you prefer.
- Completely flexible.
Cons of Creating Niche Websites:
- It usually takes 6 months or longer to start making any significant money.
3. Freelance Writer
If you like the idea of blogging, but you don’t want to wait 6-12 months to start making money, working as a freelance writer could be a great fit for you. There are plenty of opportunities available for freelance writers (including freelance writing jobs for beginners), and many of them involve writing content for websites and blogs.
In my opinion, working as a freelance writer is one of the best and most realistic ways to make money online without a job.
One of the best things about being a freelance writer for blogs is that it will usually involve ongoing or recurring work. For example, you may be assigned to write one article per week or a few articles per month. If you have a few ongoing gigs, you can spend the majority of your time doing the writing and you won’t need to constantly look for work.
The pay for freelance writers can vary significantly. There are plenty of gigs that offer low pay, but there are also many gigs that pay very well. Some freelance writers are able to earn six figures.
If you’re working only on the weekends, you could find a few ongoing assignments writing for blogs and write a few articles (or just one) each weekend. With some decent gigs, you can easily make a nice chunk of change with your weekend hours.
Most freelance gigs are very flexible. You’ll probably have deadlines, but you can do the work around your schedule. If you work ahead of your deadlines, you could definitely do the job just on weekends.
If you want to learn more, please see Freelance Writing 101: Build a Successful Writing Career on Skillshare. Right now, you can get two months of free access to this course and all other courses at Skillshare with this link.
Pros of Freelance Writing:
- Plenty of opportunities.
- Good income potential.
- Start making money quickly.
Cons of Freelance Writing:
- Income potential may be lower than running your own blog.
- Not all jobs will pay well.
Transcription work is available through a number of different websites/companies and allows you to work a very flexible schedule. Most websites that offer transcription work allow you full control over the hours that you work, although some do require you to work at least a certain number of hours to stay active.
If you have some typing skills, this can be an excellent part-time opportunity. If you only have time available on the weekends, you can accept work only during those times when you’re available and you can make extra money with your spare time.
Some transcription jobs pay well and some do not, so if you are just getting started, please refer to our list of best transcription jobs. We also have an article that covers the basic transcription equipment you’ll need to get started.
If this sounds like a good fit for you, please see How to Become a Transcriptionist for details.