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What makes for a good part-time, weekend, or evening job?
If you’re searching for this type of work, it’s important to have a job that:
- Has a high income potential,
- is flexible with hours and location,
- requires no or very little credentials or costs to get started.
What are some good jobs to start with? Here’s 20 flexible, high-paying part-time weekend or evening jobs for making extra money.
20 High-Paying, Flexible Part-Time Weekend Jobs For Extra Income
# 1 – Proofreading
Proofreading is a great example of a job that needs no certification. A job where if you wanted to, you can land your first client today. With the explosion of web content, it’s also a job that’s highly in demand.
As a proofreader, you’ll be taking content others have written and reading it over with a fine-toothed comb. In other words, if you hate it when bloggers like myself use improper grammar, you’ll love this job. ( :
Interested? Caitlin Pyle, creator of Proofread Anywhere, who has earned over $40K a year proofreading, has a 7-Day Free eCourse.
# 2 – Bookkeeping / Tax Preparation
First proofreading, now bookeeping? Not exactly flashy professions.
The thing is both these fields are in short supply of quality freelancers. With just a bit of knowledge, you can land clients fast at a decent hourly wage. Just as important, you’ll be able to keep clients around, as businesses never stop needing proper accounting.
The growth of analytics and big data has been a resurgence for bookkeepers. Businesses are now looking for on demand reporting of how their business is operating.
Bookkeeping is one work from home opportunity that has a higher ceiling. Even beginners, with no certifications, can earn $60+ an hour.
A great resource for getting started is Ben Robinson’s Free Video Training: How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business & Earn $60+/hr in 10 Weeks Without Going Into Debt
# 3 – Survey Sites
One of the core philosophies of The Ways To Wealth is your ability to earn income is a skill. Like any skill, the more you practice the better you get.
With that in mind, maybe the easiest way to earn more money online is through completing surveys. While you will not get rich, the income can add up to a few hundred dollars a month.
Below are two examples of personal finance bloggers who when they were looking for ways to earn more, turned to surveys:
- Allan from The Practical Saver earned over $700 a month from one survey site (Vindale Research was that site)
- Michelle of Making Sense of Cents had multiple months where she earned over $100 from just one company
Making Sense of Cents and The Practical Saver are two of my favorite finance blogs. If you browse around the two sites, you’ll find that both publish their income. Today, each blog makes over five figures a month.
It’s crazy to think that only a few years ago they were hustling doing surveys. Now, they have a legit business (in Michelle’s case, she’s making over six-figures a month).
To me, this is not by accident.
With surveys you’re NOT going to get rich. But one reason why I like them is they’re a great entry point for building the skill of earning money.
So, today it might be surveys. But in a few months, you’re earning a good side income bookkeeping. In a few years maybe you’re supporting yourself off a blog or a business.
If it wasn’t for your skill building efforts, you would have not been open to these possibilities beforehand.
Taking this into account, here’s 5 legitimate survey sites to start earning more money.
- Swagbucks – A reader favorite at The Ways To Wealth. Swagbucks has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. They’ve paid out nearly $200,000,000 in rewards.
- Survey Junkie – SurveyJunkie is another one of the major players in the survey space, with over 5,000,000 members.
- My Points – MyPoints is another top cashback site, which is actually owned by the same company that owns Swagbucks. You’ll get a $5 bonus for your first 5 surveys.
- YouGov – YouGov is another legit survey site, which specializes in political surveys. You have to answer a few basic questions about yourself to see if you qualify, then get access.
- Vindale Research – This is the site Alan shared from his income reports that he used to make over $750 a month.
# 4 – Make Six-Figures From Garage Sales
Many websites allow you to earn money sharing your feedback on a website’s usability. This feedback is vital for web developers in order to improve their product. One website, UserTesting, allows you to earn $10 for test, which takes about 20 minutes to complete.
# 5 – Make Money Flipping
Do you love going to flea markets, garage sales, or browsing thrift stores? If so, you can make money flipping items you find for profit.
Think of this side hustle as buying an asset and selling it for a higher price. Your inventory can be anything you may find at a garage sale.
The goal is to have a superior information advantage. This means understanding the market of what you’re buying, better then the person selling the item.
Robert and Melissa Stephenson of Flea Market Flipper have a Free 5-Day Email Course on making money flipping items. They made over $130,000 last year, so their course is definitely worth checking out to see if flipping is right for you.
# 6 – Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing is a great way to learn a valuable skill–online marketing.
This evening job, requires you to have an online presence, which can be a blog, static website, or even social media channel like YouTube. There are even people making over $50,000 per month, like Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of the above mentioned Making Sense of Cents blog. Michelle started her website in August of 2011 with no prior experience and grew it to over $50,000 a month.
Her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a step-by-step guide to creating and making money from affiliates.
# 7 – Graphic Designer
The Internet is becoming more visual. No longer does text dominate. Sites like Pinterest and Instagram have exploded for this reason. This leaves many local and online business owners in desperate need of quality graphic designers.
Becoming a graphic designer can mean anything from designing a brochure for a local dentistry, an eBook cover for an author, to a Pinterest Pin for an online influencer. If you’re interested, check out 99Designs, a marketplace that hosts design competitions where you can find your niche and develop your skills.
# 8 – Social Media Manager
If you find yourself on social media most of the day–why not try managing social media for local businesses? It’s an area many businesses need help in.
# 9 – Uber / Lyft Driver
You’ve probably had a chance to ride in a car driven by an Uber or Lyft. Why not try driving yourself? The pay will depend on the demand in your area and the type of car you drive. However, hours are extremely flexible.
Uber & Lyft often offer generous signup bonuses as well.
# 10 – Food Delivery
If driving people isn’t your thing, how about driving food to people? There’s a few new apps like Uber Eats that allow you to create your job as a delivery driver.
# 11 – Virtual Assistant
Many online business owners are in need of an assistant. As a virtual assistant, you could find yourself doing anything from managing social media to managing an email inbox. Check out Outsourcely and see if some of the part-time jobs sound of interest.
If you’re interested in learning more check out Gina Horkey’s list of 150 virtual assistant services you can offer.
# 12 – Freelance Writer
At various times throughout my life, I’ve taken on work as a freelance writer. I’ve had a range clients, including; working for a financial publisher, writing emails for local businesses, or blog content.
Once you pick a niche and earn a few clients, pay can be quite high. There are many freelance writers making over six-figures a year.
Not sure what to write about? Check out Gina Horkey’s list of 200+ Freelance Writing Niches.
# 13 – Rent Out A Room On AirBNB
Have an extra room in your home that doesn’t get used? Rent it out on AirBNB. You can easily earn a few hundred dollars a month on the side, for just a few nights.
# 14 – Rent Out Your Car
The average car goes unused for 95% of the time. Just as AirBNB makes it easy to rent out a spare bedroom, Turo makes it easy to rent out a car. Renting it out a few days a month can easily allow you to make the payment on it.
# 15 – Create an Online Course
If you have expertise others find valuable, you can create a course online and sell it. This used to be very hard, as you had to build your audience from scratch. But two websites, Udemy and Teachable, now have audience of people looking to learn. There’s all types of courses available, so it’s a great way to share your expertise.
# 16 – Fitness Instructor
Find yourself attending fitness classes a few times a week? Instead of being a participant, become an instructor. You’ll get your workout in, get paid, and with most gyms, get your membership for free.
# 17 – Become A Tour Guide
Passionate about your city? You can earn money giving tours. Sites like ToursByLocals.com gives you the chance to connect with tourists looking for guides.
# 18 – Search Engine Evaluator
While it’s mostly algorithms that determine what shows up on the first page of Google when you search for something, there’s actually a human element too.
That human element is called a search engine evaluator. This part-time job involves reviewing search results for accuracy and quality.
Pay does top out around $12 to $15 an hour. However, it’s pretty steady work.
# 19 – Start Your Own Amazon Business
As thousands of others are doing, start your own Amazon Business. There’s two primary business models:
- Sell your own product
- Sell others products
If money is tight, it’s best to start with selling others products. This could mean buying product from a store like Walgreens on a discount, then reselling on Amazon for a premium. There are many Amazon Sellers earning six-figures from this process.
If an Amazon business sounds like a fit, get the free email series: Everything You Need To Know In Order To Start Selling On Amazon.
# 20 – Create An Online Store
Another eCommerce opportunity is called drop shipping. With drop shipping, you don’t keep any inventory in stock. Instead, you work with a supplier or manufacturer to have inventory on demand.
Here’s how it works:
- Customer buys product through your website
- You collect the profits
- You ship out product through manufacturer or supplier
It’s a pretty simple model that is very popular.
Just as BlueHost has made it easy to launch a blog or website, Shopify has made it easy to launch an eCommerce website. With no technical experience, Shopify allows you to get a professional eCommerce store up and running fast.
They also offer a free 14-Day trial for new uses.