4. Make $1,000+ per month – Doing jobs for family and friends
You can ask a monthly fee for doing jobs for family or friends. This includes doing errand jobs.
Here are examples:
- You can ask $200 per month to your parents, grandparents to go shopping for them once a week with a shopping list (saves them money)
- You can ask $200 per month to do the laundry or housekeeping for your relatives (you pickup their laundry and deliver it back ironed)
- You can ask $200 per month to do daily cooking for your parents or grandparents
- You can ask $200 per month to do gardening for your parents or grandparents
- You can ask $200 per month to clean the house or appartment of your relatives twice per month
- You can ask $200 per month to drive your (grand)parents around during the weekend, or $400 per month to drive your parents to work and back during the workweek with your car (saves them on car maintenance, fuel costs and car insurance and they have a personal driver)
- You can ask $400 per month to babysit at your place
- You can ask $200 per month to do daily dog walking for your relatives or do pet sitting
Combined, you could make over $1,000 per month doing jobs for family and friends.
Pet sitting for $1,000 per month: Similar to babysitting, pet sitting is a great idea because lots of people have pets and they want to know they are being watched by someone reputable when they leave town. My neighbor just paid $40 per day for someone to stop by twice a day to walk & feed their dog and check on the cat. It probably only took an hour or two max per day, so that’s conservatively a $20 per hour rate. Watch one household of pets per day for thirteen days per month, and you’ll have an extra $520 in your pocket! If you can line up several clients in the same area to maximize your time, you’ll earn that extra cash with even fewer hours worked.
Personal trainer for $1,000 per month: If you have a passion for fitness and exercise, then you might consider moonlighting as a personal trainer outside of your regular job. In doing so, you’ll not only keep yourself more active, but empower other people to get in shape. Best of all, you might do pretty well financially. Personal trainers earn an average of $50 per hour, but some can easily charge up to $100. To become a certified trainer, you’ll need to go through a course which will not only require some of your time, but also, your money. But if you’re willing to make the investment, it could pay off in the long run.
Mow lawns for a side hustle for $1,000 per month: Mowing lawns can actually be a quite profitable business. I know of a few people who constantly have mowing jobs. They make somewhere around $30 to $50 per lawn and do around 20 to 30 lawns a week.
If you're already doing lawns, then there may be other services that you may be able to add as well. You could also clean gutters, do Spring or Fall yard cleanups, garden, and more.
There is one drawback though. Depending on where you live, there may not be grass all year-long, which means that there might be a period of around 6 months where you don't have any work. Usually during this time though, many lawn companies switch to being snow-related companies – such as shoveling snow or plowing snow.
Become a house cleaner for $1,000 per month: In my area, I find that reasonably-priced house cleaners are hard to come by. Using a maid service is not an affordable option for many people, especially stay-at-home-moms with limited incomes. So if you can set a rate below a standard cleaning crew rate (I was quoted $85 per hour for a two-person cleaning crew) and do a good job, you will have plenty of work.
Babysitting for $1,000 per month: If you love kids, then babysitting on nights and weekends is a good way to beef up your bank account. Depending on where you live and the job in question, you might earn up to $20 an hour watching other people’s children. Granted, you’ll need to be willing to give up a decent chunk of your personal downtime to hit the $1,000 mark on a monthly basis, but think about it this way: Babysitting often means sitting on somebody else’s couch while children are asleep. And really, that’s not so hard. Just be aware that some families will want you to become CRP-certified before hiring you. If so, you’ll need to complete a brief course, but a non-expensive one at that.