- One quiet weekend at home, I started thinking about earning extra cash and began researching side gigs.
- I found four that I liked, and calculated that some could earn me an extra $1,000 per weekend.
- I’m going to try out dog sitting, renting my space, working events, and freelancing on Upwork.
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In January, I found myself spending a few weekends sitting at home doing nothing. I didn’t have any plans, and the snowy weather made me want to lounge around. That’s when I wondered to myself if I could turn those boring weekends into money-making opportunities.
The answer was yes — it was just a matter of what side hustles I wanted to say yes to. I decided to hunt for a mix of potential gigs, and ultimately found four side hustles that I want to try out. I calculated that some of them could potentially net me an extra $1,000 during just one weekend.
1. Renting out my space and my stuff
After hearing about how people rent out their space and their stuff to make extra cash, I’ve been finding myself eyeing my apartment and seeing dollar signs.
While I live in a one-bedroom apartment, I can rent it out to people who are looking to stay for the weekend by listing it on AirBnB for $300 a night, which seems to be the going rate for an apartment my size and in my location. If someone rents it out for 4 nights, I’d earn over $1,000.
There are other options too. I can rent out my space to be used for photoshoots or small events on Peerspace and charge $200 an hour with a five-hour minimum.
I can even put a chunk of my space on Neighbor, which lets you rent out your space for people to use as storage. Depending on how long people want to store their boxes or items, I think I can earn a couple of hundred dollars a month.
2. Watching pets
I recently needed to hire a pet sitter for my dog and found myself paying $100 for the day. That got me thinking that a good weekend side hustle could be a pet sitting on the weekend.
If I watched a dog for three days, at the rate of $100, I’d make $300. With the help of my partner, we could even watch three or four dogs a weekend to make $1,000 in extra cash.
To get started, I plan to put up a profile on Rover, a dog walking and watching app, and Pet Sitter, a website to find someone to watch your pet.