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Getting started on a side hustle doesn’t always have to be consuming. Before I started making extra money outside of my day job, I always thought starting a side hustle was something that either took a lot of time. It doesn’t always have to be. There are several side hustles you can start this weekend.
First off, though, let’s talk about why having a side hustle of any sort is important. In the early dark ages of my personal finance journey, I focused way too much on cutting back as much as possible. It seemed like the more optimal thing to do since nearly every personal finance site listed it as step one of getting control of your money.
However, I reached that point a lot of people make when cutting back expenses. You’ve reached a line where you’ve cut back all you can and you’re just sitting there like “Uhhh, what now? I need to save more”.
That’s where a side hustle comes in. There are a number of side hustles you can start this weekend to be able to start making money relatively fast. Not get rich quick scheme by any means but the ability to make extra money nonetheless.
8 side hustles you can start this weekend
Sell a service on Fiverr
Fiverr is an online marketplace where people can look for and advertise freelance services. Prices usually start around $5 (hence the name Fiverr). It’s the place where lean and bootstrap entrepreneurs usually go to get services done by a freelancer.
Fiverr’s service categories include graphic design, writing and editing, digital marketing, video and animation, music and audio, programming and tech, advertising, business, and fun and lifestyle.
Since Fiverr is known for being the place of the $5 gig, usually people have more success selling a product or review of rather than their direct time. It can be a good way to get started with offering freelance services. One guy was able to make $7,490 in 14 months from doing part-time work on Fiverr. Read through some beginner tips before getting started.
Teach a course on Udemy or Skillshare
Udemy and Skillshare are online learning platforms where you can take on-demand classes at your own pace. Developing and selling a course on Udemy or Skillshare can be a great way to not only make money but also let you deep dive into full understanding something you enjoy doing. If you enjoy card reading, knitting, or bookbinding, why not teach others how to do it and be able to make some extra money?
I’m a little biased toward going with Skillshare because I LOVE Skillshare so much. I’ve had a membership there for several years and taken many courses. Teachers teach courses in design, marketing, writing, business, lifestyle and more.
Some of the unique classes I’ve found include: Designing a Modern Logo in 15 Minutes, Writing for Online Engagement: Fiction in a Digital World, Photoshop For Lunch, and Creating a Perfect Morning Routine.
Be a Brand Ambassador
Do you remember those people you see passing out t-shirts, stickers, and products at events. Those are brand ambassadors and it’s a fun way to make extra money.
I did some brand ambassador work back when I was in university. I worked booths for apartment complexes and drink companies passing out free t-shirts, cups, pens, and any other branded stuff. It was a fun way to make extra money. Usually I found these gigs from Facebook or a posters advertising it.
To find Brand Ambassador work, search Facebook (ex. “Brand Ambassadors of ___”) for groups in your city. Searching Craigslist gigs for event work is another option, although you should make sure to apply quickly within a few hours of the gig posting.
TaskRabbit is a service that connects people who need help with jobs like house cleaning, deliveries, running errands, and minor repair work. Crafting a good profile and honing in on what type of work you and don’t want to do can help you get started on a good foot. Making extra money via TaskRabbit is relatively simple since you can do do gigs whenever you have free time.
Taking Online Surveys
Taking online surveys is a good easy side hustle you can start this weekend. Companies like to know what people think and they will pay you for it. Taking online surveys isn’t a big money maker but it is a way to make some extra cash. People can make around $50-100 a month from taking online surveys, depending on the survey site and amount.
For online survey sites, it’s there are legit ones and there are spammy ones. Stay away from any that ask for upfront fees or just look shady. Some of the best online survey sites include: Ebates, Harris Poll, Opinion Outpost, and Pinecone research.
Make Money using your car
Everyone knows driving for Uber or Lyft is a good way to make money with your car, but there are other ways. You can make money delivering food with services like Postmates and Door Dash.
You don’t have to just post fliers around town to babysit. Sign up for Care and make a profile to start looking for babysitting jobs. My brother actually did this during a summer while he was in university.
Photography can be a fun thing to learn. There are always people looking to get photos taken. It doesn’t have to involve a wedding photographer like many think. You can take senior portrait, headshot, and lifestyle photos for people.
Beginner photography classes on Skillshare and Adobe Lightroom presets can help you get started and better yourself.
Most of all, when you’re trying to figure out a side hustle to start this weekend, think about people’s pain point. What type of service can you offer to make their lives easier and better? There’s a reason people hire house cleaners, dog walkers, and such a lot. Figure out what people really need.