If you're looking to pay off debt, pile up savings or just need a little extra cash each month, a second job can help you achieve your goal. But not just any second job will do.
Luckily though, there are a ton of random things you can do on the weekends to supplement your present income if you don’t have the time to (and don’t really want to) get a regular, more conventional second job. Get creative and think about how you can use skills you already have to make the most of any spare time you have.
Become a home tutor
Whatever your skills - be it speaking a second language, playing a musical instrument or an advanced knowledge of calculus - you can get paid for teaching in your spare time. Families will pay good money to tutors prepared to coach their kids through key exams. If you have an aptitude for school work, for starters offer to tutor your friend’s kids for an hourly rate.
Couples that want to hit the town over the weekend will appreciate your ability to babysit. Let your friends and neighbors know you are available but be sure to mention the rate per hour you expect so no one misunderstands your offer.
You might have made a few dollars mowing lawns as a kid, and the opportunity to make some cash taking care of greenery may be even better as an adult. Common tasks for those in the field include mowing, planting, raking and edging. If you're cooped up in an office for most of your working life, spending some time outside while banking some money can be the perfect antidote.
You won't need any special training to pick up a leaf blower or a shovel, and you'll have the satisfaction of seeing the results of your work over time.
Serving and Bartending
If you have experience in the service industry or think waiting tables or bartending would be fun for you; then finding part-time work in the evenings or on weekends at a local restaurant might be a good fit. The great thing about these side job ideas is the fact that the schedule is often flexible, and you can request others to pick up shifts when you need to. Not to mention, at a steady restaurant, servers can easily make $15 an hour plus on average, and bartenders tend to make even more. I’ve held this type of job in the past and made good money while having fun doing it.
Writing, graphic design, video editing, photography, web design, coding, and internet marketing are just some of the areas where freelancers are making some nice part-time, and often full-time, income. It can take some time to understand the process and build a portfolio, but with time, these can be lucrative opportunities. You can also do an online search for training resources to help you start a freelance business. You can also search for jobs on your local newspaper job posting boards.
Start a Blog or YouTube Channel
Starting a blog, by itself, is not a good way to make money. You don't just start typing and watch the money roll in. However, the keys to a successful blog have been the same for years: write in your own voice, cover things you're passionate about, use the right tool for the job, and get the word out by engaging the greater community. It'll take time, but as you find your niche and stick to your guns, an audience will find you.
Whatever you choose, make sure you pick something that matches up with the amount of time and energy you have to offer, and maybe even lines up with your passions.