There are plenty of good articles that highlight ways to make money or part time jobs to earn extra cash. But what about side jobs you can do while you’re still employed full time? Over the last few years, I’ve done a few side jobs that actually pay well and allow me to work a full time job each week. This list is different than most lists because I’ve actually worked these jobs while putting in 40 hours at a regular job – so I’m confident that it can be done!
Side Jobs You Can Do While Employed Full Time
1. Clean a Local Church
I was able to clean our church in the morning from 6:00-7:30 AM weekdays and from 2:00-6:00 PM on Sundays (after the service). Averaging 10-12 hours each week at $8.00 an hour, it added up to about $350 each month in extra income!
2. Detail Cars and Boats
With a little elbow grease, you can make anywhere from $50-$100 cleaning vehicles. I made an ad on Craigslist and was able to average about one vehicle each weekend a few summers ago. You’ll need to spend $50-$100 for supplies, but you’ll be surprised how many people want their vehicles detailed.
3. Yard Work / Mowing
If you’re brave, make some flyers, go to a nice neighborhood and let them know you can provide yard work or mowing services. I rounded up a few jobs doing this both from strangers and from a few people I knew. A full day of yard work usually meant $50-$100 – not a bad sum of cash for a weekend of work. Mowing had a set price of $25 for a small yard, which usually took about an hour.
4. Give Music Lessons
This is something I still do on the side. Every week I give a music lesson for a half an hour and make $20! This $80 a month was one of the ways we paid for Christmas with side jobs this year.
5. Help Someone Move
I’ve had my share of helping people move for free, but there are ways you can put a price on your moving service. Be proactive and make a sign that can be hung around town or at your church. If people know that you can be hired for $50-$100, they might hire you to help. You don’t need to own a pick-up truck, but if you do, that’s an extra selling point to get you the job.
Do you have an idea for a website or blog? You don’t need to quit your day job to run a blog. In fact, while you’re growing your site, you can make a few extra dollars by writing blogs articles for other sites. It may take some time to build credibility with a few bloggers, but writing articles for other sites can be a great side job that brings in anywhere from $25 to $250 or more each month. It all depends on how much you write!
7. Consulting Services
If you are talented in marketing, technology, design, or just about anything specialized, you can make extra money with side jobs as a consultant. After finishing my MBA, I approached a few small local businesses to offer assistance with their marketing efforts. We worked together to create a website, print material, and refined other areas of their marketing plan. My rate was about $25 an hour and brought in an extra $400 per month while working with them.
I’m not sharing this to boast about an extra few hundred dollars I’ve made each month while doing these side jobs. The point is to show you that there are side jobs that can be done while you’re working a 40-hour per week job. You just need to get creative!
What are some things you’ve done to make money on the side?
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