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Easy Weekend and Evening Part-Time Jobs that ANYONE Can Do
Are you looking for easy weekend and evening part-time jobs that anyone can do? Do you want to earn extra money on top of your day employment so that you can buy something special?
For one reason or another you may find that your day job pay may not be enough to afford the life you desire. So let's look at other possible ways to earn extra cash.
This article is intended for:
- students looking for part time employment
- stay at home moms
- people between jobs (perhaps even homeless), plus
- those intending to make some extra dollars on top of normal day job earnings
I’m going to reveal some easy part-time jobs for evening or weekends to help inspire you to make some extra cash.
Wash Windows for Extra Cash
You can make extra money by doing jobs others don't like doing, or never get around to, like washing windows.
Some people stand at traffic lights with a bucket and squeegee ready to quickly wash and wipe windscreens, hoping the driver will reward them. This doesn't make sense in a world where modern cars can clean their own windscreens with minimal effort.
If you want to make extra cash washing windows, I suggest you choose stores with glass windows in their shop front. Many businesses would like to have clean windows but simply don't find time to clean them.
You might need a step ladder, along with your bucket and cloths, but if you do a good job you might get regular bookings for cleaning the same windows every weekend or perhaps just once a month if you don't want regular work.
Sweep or Shovel Paths
There's lots of people who would happily pay for someone to sweep the piles of fallen leaves from their paths, or shovel the snow away.
Put a tidy sign up in your local supermarket or on your local noticeboard.
If you choose to sweep or shovel paths, you might need to use the broom or spade provided by your first customers. It would be a good idea, however, to spend some of the extra cash you earn on reliable tools for the job.
Good tools make the job easier for you, and make you look more professional. If you can complete the job a little faster because you have a wider broom, for instance, customers will feel like they are getting a very good deal.
Yes, you'll be charging for less time clearing their path, but they're likely to invite you back more often if they feel like the receive good value for money. Plus they'll recommend you to their friends, creating more customers for you!
Teach Music Part-Time
If you can play an instrument, you can be a music teacher. As long as you can play a few songs and have a basic idea of the notes you are playing, someone will be happy to learn from you.
You need to target the right kind of student. Put a nicely written ad in the window of your local music store, or even in your local supermarket. Use words and phrases like:
- patient teacher
- good with beginners
- music therapy
- introduction to playing piano/violin/guitar/other instrument.
If you are not an accomplished musician (and perhaps don't read music particularly well), you can still be a music teacher to the right kind of student. You might need to suggest students get a different teacher as they progress near (or past) your level of expertise, but there's lots of potential students you could help.
Skills for Teaching Music Part-Time
Don't take advantage of anyone. A part time job requires you to put in effort, and provide a service. But if you are friendly and patient and good with people with special needs, you probably don't have to be a highly skilled musician.
With the following types of students, it is better to be highly skilled at communicating with people so you can effectively help them learn the basics of playing an instrument.
- Young children
- Teenagers and adults with learning difficulties
- Adults with memory issues who can't retain things for long, but like the idea of learning an instrument. They need a patient teacher and companion.
I know a lady who is learning to play the violin, who already teaches young students. She believes that as long as she stays a few steps ahead of her students, she'll have something new to teach them. That's not something I would ever do because I don't have any background or skills in music at all and I'd be afraid my students would be more talented than me, but it works for her and it might work for you too.
Buy a few music books and study them yourself. Your student will pay for their own copy of the book you will be working through together.
If you choose to be a music teacher part-time but are not a professional teacher or professional musician, teach one student at a time. It will be much more difficult to teach a class of students.
Busking and Street Music
If you can actually play decent music, try busking. If you are any good and you pick the right location, you can make a surprising amount of extra cash. At the very least, you can enjoy making music for a while.
A good busker who makes the most money is generally someone who has talent and a nice personality. Don't just sit on the sidewalk hugging your guitar or looking down at your instrument as you play.
- Entertain your audience (even if there's nobody directly in front of you and people are just passing by).
- Have eye-contact with anyone who stops to watch you.
- Smile, perhaps nod, to show them you appreciate their attention.
- Don't wink at anyone though. That can be creepy.
- Make it easy for people to give you money. Put out a box or a hat or an open guitar case for donations.
Sometimes busking requires a license from local authorities. Check you won't be breaking the law. Part-time jobs are supposed to make money, not lose money paying fines.
Street music can be magical and welcome, or just plain annoying. Don't be the annoying busker.
Busking and street music needs to be heard, so make sure you sing and/or play loudly enough for people to hear you. But try not to deafen people, particularly in nearby stores. If you drown out conversations, local businesses will quickly shoo you away.
Part-Time Band Member
My final thought on music as a part-time job is to start looking for a band to join.
You won't become rich overnight of course. Lots of time will need to be devoted to rehearsals and developing your band's sound. But if you're not in a hurry to pay your rent or bills with the money you earn from your part-time venture, joining or starting a band could be a good idea for creating future income.
Join a band, then help the band get a good reputation and better paying jobs.
Become a Part Time Consultant
Consulting work can also make you some cash during your part time. Do you have knowledge, skills or capabilities that may be helpful to others?
If you do, look for ways to create a cash-generating part time job for yourself. You can do your consulting work part time in the evening or the weekend when you have some time to spare.
© 2011 Daniel Long