I know a lot of busy professionals who would give anything to start a business by the side, but don’t have the time to do so. Is that your story? What if I told you that there are profitable businesses you can do just during weekends and still thrive?
Having worked in the bank for a while, I know what it is to be busy. Though I wanted to run my own business by the side, my daily schedule did not give me any breathing space. Unfortunately, I never did start any business until I finally quit my job.
Professionally speaking, it is always better to start and grow a business while still working. That way, you can test your new product or service and get feedback. You will equally validate the business idea, and start generating income before you quit.
Thankfully, your case can be different and better than mine. Sure! If you play your cards right, you can start your business and grow it to a reasonable extent before you quit your job.
Are you a bank executive, a lecturer, a doctor, a dentist, a lawyer, a research consultant or an engineer? Do you want to start your own business but have always thought it was an impossible feat because of your busy schedule?
Not to worry, below are 12 weekend business ideas that every busy professional can explore:
- Catering Service
I have a friend who though a doctor, runs a catering business by the side. And since her husband is into event management, together they run their business as a couple.
From the little I know, she makes a lot of money from it. And it does not affect her medical practice because most of the catering contracts she gets are usually to be executed during weekends when she is not on duty.
So if you have a knack for cooking and serving wonderful meals, you should not let your job stop you from pursuing your passion.
2. Freelance Proofreading and Editing
Do you love reading? Then you should check out some of these business ideas for people who love books. One of such ideas is proofreading and editing.
This job needs you to pay great attention to details, and it also require much of your time. But the good news is that you can actually do it during weekends when the stress of your daytime job isn’t there.
Freelance editing and proofreading not only pays a decent hourly wage, it also gives you the chance to read about potentially interesting topics too.
What’s more, freelance writing & editing can afford you a lifestyle that let’s you travel the world as a digital nomad. You can find lots of job postings from companies and individuals in need of writing, proofreading, and editing services on Upwork or Fiverr.
3. Copywriting for Websites.
Every website owner, blogger or book writer hires copywriters to write content from time to time for things like ‘about’ pages, FAQ’s, or blog posts. Hourly wages for novice copywriters are not very high. But with experience and a great portfolio, you can even start charging more than you make at your normal job.
Moreover, since you are in charge of your time, you can still keep this for the weekends when you have time.
4. Event Management
The need to host events is universal. And unless there is a serious epidemic or war, events will always be a regular thing. Most of these events usually take place between Fridays and Sundays. So if you love organizing things or you have a knack for planning occasions, you should embrace this too.
5. Hair Making
Don’t get me wrong, most of these weekend businesses are full time businesses that you can run all through the week. But for starters, you can let your prospective customers know that you can only be available to service them during weekends.
Hair making involves a lot of things including braiding, styling, washing, fixing weaves, shaving of beards, and giving haircuts etc. This business will work well both for ladies and gents.
And to top it off, you can charge more money when you offer home services. So even if you don’t get to service a lot of customers, a couple of home services can cover up for most of the businesses lost within the week.
6. Start a YouTube Channel
Can you navigate your way around the internet? Do you have an active social media page? Can you create value-driven or entertaining video content? Can you possibly grow your subscriber base to a few thousand subscribers?
If your answer to most of these questions is yes, then you are in a for another great business.
You can display ads on your videos, and for anyone that clicks on your Ad embedded video, you will get paid for every click the video gets. Can you beat that?
Many YouTube users make millions each year.
7. Music Instructor
Do you play a musical instrument well enough to teach it to others? Private music instructors charge upwards of $20-100 per hour. And you don’t necessarily have to do them in person, either. You can engage the services of another trusted music Instructor and share profit.
8. Make-up Artist
I have a friend who is into the make-up artist business. She is a full time student of Philosophy and goes for her lectures almost every day. But most weekends, she gets make-up contracts which keeps her busy and also gives her some money.
As a make-up artist, you will never be out of jobs. There are brides and brides maids who would need to be made up every Saturday. There are countless ladies (and men too) who need extra touches before going for their weekend functions. And of course there are professional models to consider too.
The beauty of this job as well is that you can actually get the client to give you the job while you outsource the job if you are too busy to get involved. Profit sharing would work here as well.
If you’re talented at researching and creating great content within a certain subject domain, you can quickly build a roster of high-paying clientele. Writers like Jeff Haden have created very lucrative careers for themselves by writing for business executives and CEOs.
While some experts have already turned baking into their sole “bread and butter,” you don’t need to leave your day job just yet. Demand will always be higher during weekends. So you can run the baking business during weekends and still retain your main job.
Depending on your experience, you can start by doing something simple on the side like cookies and pastries before heading on to other time demanding offers.
11. House Cleaning
House cleaning services cover carpets, floors, lawns, garages, windows, walls, and roofs. And it requires a whole range of cleaning tools. You can hire maids and janitors to do the actual cleaning while you handle administrative and customer service tasks.
Or, you can start small by actually getting your hands dirty as a contractor, learning on the job before launching your own cleaning operations.
You can always take this up as a weekend job so that it doesn’t interfere with your daily work routine.
If you want to broaden your services and earn more, you can add industrial cleaning services and fumigation to it.
If you’ve got the right attitude, required body structure, and good face, nothing should stop you from being a model. There is always a company out there looking for the right model to promote their brand. You can sign up with a large agency, find a freelance agent, or look for your own modelling gigs as an independent talent.
Depending on your preference, you can specialize in a single media format such as video or still images, to build a compelling portfolio.
And to crown it all, you can work on weekends and do just fine.
Being busy is no longer an excuse not to start your business. The traits you need are determination and doggedness. If you can give it all it takes, these weekend business ideas will work greatly for you.
What do you think? Are there other businesses you can run comfortably on weekends alone? Share your ideas in the comment section below, and please share this post.