How people make the most money on weekends πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

How people make the most money on weekends 💰💰💰

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So lots of GREAT entries into our book giveaway last week!!!

Y’all made some good money on the weekends!!

Wanted to share a handful of my favorites today ‘cuz so many of them were so interesting and hopefully might spark some ideas over there for ya… Even though you might have to wait a while until the evil C passes to be able to do some of these, womp womp…

Zodiac Hustles only for now! Lol…

Before I forget though, let me announce our three lucky winners of Chris’ new book that he was so kind to offer up for us last week: The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune in Your Own Backyard

  1. Sara
  2. Kenya
  3. Nathan aka Millionaire Dojo

Congrats, guys!! I want an email after you make your first $1,000 off it! πŸ˜‰

Now onto some of the cool things y’all have done for money over the years…

The “movie extra” and “yacht” ones sound dope!


Music Gigs!

Just a few weeks before the virus forced us into a world-wide quarantine, I had my best weekend pull. Between tips, CD sales (yeah we still push those discs) and my standard gig rate I made $1,100. About 10 total performance hours Friday through Sunday which comes out to $110.00/hour.

Music’s been my weekend gig for the past 10 years. Normal weekend would bring in $150 to $300 dollars. A $450 weekend is usually considered ‘great’ in my world!

– Robert Feliciano,

Here’s one of his music videos – La Rumba…Was waiting for Antonio Banderas to step in! πŸ˜‰

“Our genre is fusion flamenco. If you like Gypsy Kings, Strunz and Farah, Jesse Cook, Paco De Lucia Et Al. or Spanish guitar music in general, you’ll like our stuff. We love lifting spirits with music!”

And then here’s a side hustle we’ve featured before on the blog that goes a little more into what it’s like playing in a band (and making money from it): Side Hustle #48: Playing in a Band


Sodding Neighbor’s Yard

I made $1,800 sodding a neighbors yard a few years back. My back hurt for the whole week but it helped get us out of a financial whole. Well worth the pain and all it took was asking neighbors if they had any work they needed done!

– JB,

That last line is key: “asking neighbors if they had any work they needed done!” Any of us could literally walk out our doors right now and do this if we wanted πŸ™‚ Standing 6 feet away, of course…


Renting out your backyard!

the most I ever made was $3,000. We rented out the backyard for parking during the State Fair held a few blocks away. We undercut the Fair parking price and were only a block further away! Literally I found a fortune in my back yard!


Flea Market Flipping!

The most I ever made over a weekend was $1,800.00. This was approximately 4 years ago when I started selling on the Amazon and eBay platforms.

I was at a flea market and found a weird looking video game made for a PC. I looked up the comps on Amazon and saw that it sold for $70.00. It only cost $8.00, so I asked if the gentleman had any more of these types of games. He said he had 26 more of the exact same one and he would sell them all for $5.00 each! Great score and they all sold within 3 months.

Here’s a great site around this if anyone wants to up their game: Rob’s been a professional flipper since 1996 (!!), and now’s got his whole family involved πŸ™‚ Super great guy and shares all his secrets/tips through his blog and courses…

And then here are similar hustles we’ve covered over the years as well, but more *product* specific


Corporate Workshops

I made $10,000 for a one day workshop on using Mind Maps for organizational brainstorming and communications. Mind Maps are used to gather, organize and communicate information visually which helps to retain it more. I never had and not since made that kind of money at one time.


High-end Waitressing

Serving food definitely led to the most money I’ve ever made in a weekend. Working at high end restaurants in Miami led to around $500 a night. It was fast-paced work, but man, did it ever pay.

One could choose to work at the clubs rather than the restaurants and easily bring in $7k in one night in tips, but that required wearing lingerie and putting up with misogynistic jerks for about 12 hours a night and I just couldn’t go there.


eBay selling

The most I ever made in a weekend was about $750. I was at a garage sale and these people said I could have this box of stuff if I wanted it. They were going to throw it away, so I threw it in my car not thinking much about it.

When I got home and started looking up the contents of the box, I found that I had several pieces of rare, vintage cb radio equipment. I put it all up for auction on eBay and couldn’t believe how many people started bidding.

I hadn’t thought much about selling on eBay at that point, but after that experience I decided to start doing it as a side hustle and made about $10k last year.

– Nathan,

$10,000 a year since paying more attention to it – nice!


Movie Set “Extra!”

The most I ever made in a weekend was about ~$1,500 as an extra on the set of the movie “Collateral” (starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx).

I was in college at the time and it was over Thanksgiving weekend and I had not planned on going home. My friend had heard about this “open-call” for extras and we went to check it out! Well, as things sometimes go, they needed females, not males. So I suddenly found myself in a weird fake “club” scene that was built in a cold warehouse.

We filmed shot after shot after shot, which equaled to over 12 hours of work some days! Some major highlights were:

1) The hourly rate was like… $15, but doubled at 8 hours to double-time, then triple time by hour 14? I hope that math comes out right. πŸ™‚

2) I got to see Tom Cruise and meet Jamie Foxx! Jamie Foxx was much more sociable and came out to hang out with extras before and between shots. Tom Cruise did not, his body double would stand for hours and then he’d come in right before the shot.

Either way, super cool and more money than I had ever made in a weekend to date!

So cool πŸ™‚ And another hustle we’ve featured here on the bog recently – Side Hustle #78: Being a TV/Film “Extra”. I’d jump on this in a heartbeat if I didn’t have to keep some kids alive, haha… Super fun sounding, and from what I hear you can still do a lot of stuff on the down times while on set. Perfect for stacking hustles!


Making/Selling Jewelry

The most money I ever made over a weekend was $800. I make jewelry as a side hustle and sold that much at a local festival one weekend.

– Amy J.

Another hustle we’ve covered before, only this guy focuses on COIN jewelry πŸ™‚ Side Hustle #70: Making Rings and Jewelry From Coins!


Working on chartered yachts!

In my early 20’s I worked on charter yachts. My biggest weekend was a 3 day hire, base pay $500. Per day. Then came the tip- my portion was $2,100.00! Which of course I didn’t know any better and probably bought lots of drinks with!

– Caroline

(I asked if it was like that reality show, Below Deck, and apparently it is πŸ˜‰ “In ways, yes. A very small world of people who work in yachting – Who was sleeping with who – Which guests were horrible, etc. It was definitely a glimpse into a whole different world!”


And then perhaps that entry that made me smile most πŸ™‚

The most I have made on the weekends are: Long kayak trips, many family dinners, walks in the woods, wine parties with friends, and time spent with my aging parents. All priceless!

In the last 10 years, I have not made any money on the weekends. I believe in striving for Work/Life Balance and after joining the FIRE movement, I have conditioned myself to work hard on weekdays and have been able to work two jobs (one career and one side hustle) without having to work weekends.

I read somewhere once that no one requests to have this put on their gravestone, “I wish I worked more!”. I happen to agree.

– Suzy,

There’s def. a time for hustling, but also a time to soak up what all that hustling was done for: LIFE. And if you can manage to squeeze it in all during the *work week* regardless of your phase – even better!! Mad grinding, then mad relaxing! Can’t hate on that!

Here were a few other comments I enjoyed reading as well before we go:

  • “The most I ever made was $10k when I was in real estate…” (As a former realtor of all of 3 months, I can attest to how big those pay outs are! But would be a lot more fun if you weren’t at someone’s beck and call 24/7!)
  • “The most I ever made was $450 after taxes when I was in the National Guard” (Here’s a post around being a Reservist if anyone was ever curious about that: Side Hustle #27: Air Force Reservist)
  • “The most I ever made wasΒ $250 judging high school theatre competitions.” (That sounds fun :))
  • “The most I ever made was $800 from two modeling gigs!”
  • “I made $300 playing blackjack in Las Vegas. Partially made up for many less successful Vegas trips.”

Thanks to everyone who participated! Really enjoyed reading all your comments!

thanks gif


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