Contrary to most belief, weekends aren’t always slow and easy for some people. Since many activities take place during the weekend, there are always new job opportunities as a result of that. According to statistics, 35% of Americans work on the weekends* and the number is actually rising.
Who would need a weekend job? Well, consider these individuals;
- College students who need to support their education.
- Part-timers who can’t get a full-time employment.
- Single parents who struggle with household finance.
- Professionals whose skills are always needed, especially during weekends.
- Employees who aren’t satisfied with the income from their primary jobs.
- People who are always on-the-go and can’t stand the idleness of weekends (like me :)).
That is almost everyone around us, isn’t it? So, if you are shouting out loud “I need a weekend job”, then here are 3 categories of work that you can choose from.
Find a Job That Pays
Ideally, you should go for a job where the crowd gathers during weekends because that will give the work more value. Where there’s a demand, the job will likely pay more than the minimum wages. Here are some examples;
- Work as sales promoters in events and exhibition. Although the working hours are long, these places are great to interact with new people.
- Work on seasonal jobs such as delivery services, holiday destinations and retail outlets. They don’t require you to be superbly skillful and often pay very well during the peak season.
- Work for the crowd that needs someone to care for their family or home while they are away during the weekends such as pet-sitting, babysitting or even house-sitting. These jobs might seem a bit isolated, but they offer a lot of flexibility in terms of working hours.
Find a Job with Skills
Say you want to learn more about something instead of just earning the pocket money, then you should look for jobs that involve a certain set of skills. The good news is, even if you aren’t really good at it, you are still very much sought after during weekends.
- Commit to a short-term internship in fields related to your expertise. Consider this a good way to grow your portfolio and to learn from some experienced people in your industry.
- Work in areas that you are highly interested in (apart from your core skills) that you know could use some extra hand, such as;
- Assistant photographer.
- Assistant make-up and hair stylist.
- Assistant nurse at clinics and therapeutic centers.
- Vet assistant at pet clinics and veterinary hospitals.
- Barista at coffeehouses.
- Part-timer at pet grooming centers.
- Part-time masseur at spa centers.
- If you are really good at certain skills, you can offer to do classes over the weekends as a;
- Language tutor.
- Fitness instructor.
- Art and craft teacher.
- Motivational coach.
And the list goes on.
Find a Business Opportunity
We all know that building a successful business takes time and effort. Therefore, if you want to have more control over your financial situation, you should experiment with setting up a business during the weekends.
It’s always recommended to start with something that you are passionate about (if you don’t have one, it’s time to think about it) and explore the opportunities all you can. Here are some examples;
- Join a common group and see if you guys can come up with a business idea together.
- Sell your products or services in flea markets or create an online store.
- Offer your services and skills through freelancing business.
- Teach your skills and knowledge by conducting weekend classes, create online courses or make money with YouTube videos.
- Promote other people’s business through affiliate marketing.
The beauty about incorporating business ideas on the web is that your marketing effort will reach a wider audience instead of just targeting locally. It also doesn’t require a lot of start-up cost because you don’t really have to invest in a premise rental or logistics.
In fact, if you know how to create a business website, your business operation is no longer restricted to just weekends. When the web business starts to generate some income, it is something that you can consider doing full-time, working from the comfort of your own home.
Make Your Weekend Rock!
I get asked a lot “Why do you work on weekends?” and my short answer is pretty straightforward “Because that’s where the money is.” Besides, the weekend crowd is far more interesting, so it’s a really good learning experience.
However, if you want an insightful answer, this would be it. Working on weekends have given me more than just a paycheck, it has taught me the value of my time and what I should really do about it.
If I make good use of my weekends to explore all opportunities out there, I might generate a stable income at some point and stop working full-time for someone else. Then, I can spend my weekends, for the rest of my life, doing the things that really matters to me.
Would you not agree with me on that? 🙂
No matter what you choose to do, just remember one thing. Having extra money can buy you lots of (temporary) things, but constant learning on the other hand, can give you a lifetime recipe for success and possibly, financial freedom.
If you still can’t figure out what to do, check out this awesome online training to learn skills and knowledge that can transform your weekend for the better.
Do you have any thoughts or questions about starting a weekend job? Please leave your comments below and I’ll get back to you.