With Memorial Day right around the corner, people are getting ready for a weekend of travel, hosting visitors, shopping, and parties. But for many side hustlers, Memorial Day is the perfect weekend to make some money.
Whether you’re just looking to make a few extra bucks, or you’re hoping to give yourself a serious financial boost, here are a few easy ways to make money this Memorial Day weekend.
1. Host a garage sale
With an extra day tacked on to the weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity to hold a garage sale. Spring clean your home and take stock of all the items you no longer want or need. Once you have an inventory, start advertising on Facebook or Craigslist to drum up your sale.
If a garage sale isn’t your thing, you can always sell used items on Craigslist, Facebook, or eBay, or use apps like LetGo and OfferUp. These apps allow you to easily post for-sale items and provide a safe way to collect payment. (See also: 12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes)
2. Rent out your home
Since Memorial Day is a travel-heavy holiday, many people will be looking for affordable accommodations in their planned destination. If you’re planning on leaving your home empty to do some travel of your own, you may as well have it earn money while you’re away.
Even if you have an extra bedroom or couch to spare, you can rent out your space on Airbnb to earn some quick cash. Just be sure you can provide a clean, safe environment and be available to answer any questions your guests may have. (See also: 5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb)
3. Do yard work
As the unofficial kickoff to summer, Memorial Day weekend is the time when many people take a look around their yard and realize it’s in need of quite a bit of TLC. Offer your assistance to folks who don’t want to — or are unable to — do all that work themselves. You could mow lawns, weed-whack, prune hedges, rake leaves, and power wash decks and siding.
Yard work gigs aren’t hard to find, as you can likely spot a few neighbors whose lawn could use a refresh. Ask around your neighborhood and you will be sure to find business.
4. Pet sit
Do you have any friends who might be out of town for the long weekend? Do those friends have dogs or cats at home? Offer to pet sit for them and earn a few extra dollars.
You can also use a site like Rover.com to sign up as a pet sitter. You can choose to watch the pet in your own home or in the owner’s house. Many pet sitters earn $20 to $40 per night, per pet, making it a pretty well-paying side hustle. Plus, if you enjoy animals, you get the added benefit of spending time with some furry friends. (See also: How to Make $400+ a Week as a Pet Sitter)
5. Work in retail
Memorial Day brings the masses to the stores to shop sales and stock up on summer necessities. As such, some retailers are in need of additional part-time or seasonal help. If you have the time and can provide exceptional customer service, there is likely a seasonal job for you. Ask around your local area to see who is hiring.
6. House sit
Since many people are traveling for Memorial Day weekend, you can take advantage and offer to house sit for your friends or family. Most of the time, all you have to do as a housesitter is check the mail, water the plants, and make sure everything is secure and in order. What could be easier than getting paid to hang out in someone else’s home?
7. Event staff
Your town may be hosting public celebrations over Memorial Day weekend, such as block parties, bonfires, or concerts. These events need staff. Check out event venues as well as your local Chamber of Commerce to see if any jobs are available.