Have some extra time on the weekends? Looking for ways you can earn a few extra dollars with a side hustle? Depending on your unique needs, available free time, resources and your skills, earning a respectable amount of cash, and doing it quickly, might be well within your reach.
Below are a few ideas you can consider starting for making some money quickly with little to effort and upfront capital, others may take a sizable investment of your time and energy. Either way, chose one that fits within your skill set (or brainstorm others) and ensure that you deliver a serious amount of value to your customers.
1. File Taxes For Small & Micro Sized Businesses
The new mandatory e-Filing of GCT that is being required by the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) presents a great opportunity for individuals with a degree in Accounting or Finance. Approximately 8,000 Small and Micro sized businesses will have to now file their monthly GCT Returns online. You can cash in on this by offering your services to one or more of the 8,000 SMBs to conveniently and accurately file their GCT Returns on a monthly basis for a fee. Additionally, you can target other business owners who are required to file monthly/quarterly or annual income tax returns with the TAJ.
2. Become A Social Media Manager
Many small businesses need a social media manager and simply don’t have the time nor the expertise to be constantly posting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Reach out to a few local businesses (especially supermarkets) and offer up your services for a contracted monthly fee – you can help them to create sales and giveaways over Facebook to increase foot traffic and drive sales. This is an easy way to make money no matter where you live.
3. Tutor Over Skype or WhatsApp Video
You can tutor people over Skype, if you have internet connection where you live, or on WhatsApp if you only have access to mobile data. This is great especially if you’re a digital nomad and you’re looking to earn more money than the local job market can potentially provide. Are you a teacher, are you great at a particular high school subject? Then tutor students who will be taking the GSAT or CSEC examinations. Find a local high school and hand out flyers to 5th form students and offer tutoring either on a per session basis or for a flat monthly fee.
4. Host CSEC/CAPE Weekend Classes
Have a large population of 5th and 6th form students living in your local area? This might be an opportunity for you to make some extra cash by hosting extra classes for them over the weekends. Parents usually want their kids to excel in CSEC or CAPE. Take it upon yourself to approach the parents and convince them of the value of sending their kids to extra lessons. You can run this operation out of your house, a local community center or church building.
5. Become A Local Tour Guide
Community tourism is becoming a big thing around the world. If you live in a vacation destination, consider becoming a local tour guide. Additionally, if you have a home with an extra room you could create a unique tour and offer accommodation as part of the package. You could also list your extra room on Airbnb to make some extra cash.
6. On-Demand Hairstylist
Many Jamaican women wear braids and wigs on a daily basis, however many cannot afford to go to a hairdresser regularly. Consider starting an on-demand hairstyle business in your community on the weekends. Women can either come to your home or you can go to theirs and offer your services. You can also purchase braids in bulk and sell to these women who utilize your services. This will help to reduce their cost to travel into the town to a salon and put money in your pocket.
7. Babysit Or Become A Nanny
Maybe your friend or neighbor is not as lucky as you to have the weekend off. If you need to make some quick cash, you could always take up a babysitting gig or even become a part-time nanny.
8. Start A Small Farm
Probably not the most sexy part-time job but very lucrative. Consider planting “fast crops” if you need some money quick and sell them to your friends and co-workers. In fact, you might be able to make a ton of money by taking pre-orders and out pricing the competition. By targeting friends and co-workers you illuminate the need to go to the market and the extra transportation costs.
9. Give Music Lessons
If you play the piano, guitar or another instrument, consider teaching others in your local area. Advertise online through social media or through your personal or professional networks. You can also offer your services to churches, local school functions, etc.,
10. Offer Ride-Sharing Services (daily)
While Uber or Lyft might not be in Jamaica, you can adopt the model (legally) if you own a vehicle and offer rides to co-workers or other people who are heading in the same direction or live in the same geographical area as you. Simply propose that they pay and ride with you instead of the public transportation vehicles. This can help to offset the cost of gas and lunch.
The Jamaican economy is tough but with a little effort and some dedication you can earn some extra income to help you reach your financial goals. Have any other easy weekend side gig ideas? Leave them in the comments below. Remember to follow us for the latest happening at home and across the diaspora.