- When I moved to NYC at 23, my full-time job barely covered my expenses. So I took on weekend work.
- I made money working events, giving tours, and babysitting, and I still think they’re great side gigs.
- You can make money selling other people’s stuff — just do the legwork and take a cut of the profit.
When I moved to New York City at the age of 23, I took an entry-level job that barely covered my expenses. In order to avoid credit card debt, I started taking on different side hustles so I could bring in enough cash to pay my bills, and try to save for the future.
I realized that I could not only capitalize on my skills (such as writing, public speaking, and marketing) to take on side work as a freelancer, consultant, and workshop teacher but that I could use my free time on the weekends to make money, too.
I decided to start a business in the wedding industry as a bridesmaid for hire so that it wouldn’t interfere with my full-time job during the week and brought in additional income through that stream. I also created profiles on babysitting websites like Care.com and helped friends sell their clothes and furniture when they moved using platforms like the Letgo app, and took a fee from sales that were made.
After shifting how I spent my weekends, from using the time to relax and socialize to finding ways to make money, I was able to earn a few thousand dollars extra every month through various side hustles.
This came in handy when I got laid off from my full-time job in 2015. When I lost that steady paycheck, I decided to build my wedding business up and lean into some of the other side hustles to bring in more money than I was making from just the full-time job.
If you’re looking to make extra cash on the weekend, here are five side hustles you can try that may help you make more money every month.
1. Work events
If you’re looking for steady work, grab a job in the event industry, since the weekends are when many people throw parties, celebrations, and weddings.
First, identify what skills you have that could be of value in the event industry. Use websites like Gigsalad or Thumbtack to browse common vendors that people hire for parties and see what passions you have that could be listed for hire on those types of websites.
For example, if you’re someone with a passion or hobby, turn that into an offered service (floral design, DJ, …….