Looking for a way to make some extra cash without a lot of hassle? Good news: The gig economy is thriving, and you can get a piece of the pie without leaving the house thanks to these evening work from home jobs. Freedom, flexibility, and convenience are just a few of the perks that work-from-home side gigs can offer. No matter what your background is, there’s a way to earn money in the evenings without giving up your day job. Or, if there’s a gap in your resume or you’re trying to figure out your next career move, side gigs are a great way to ease back into the workforce and explore your options.
“The beauty of most side hustles is that they do not require set hours, so you can plan to work before or after working hours,” says Stefan Campbell, owner of The Small Business Blog. “A quick search on Indeed reveals just how prevalent part-time jobs and side hustles are. There are writing, data entry and customer service gigs aplenty. And that’s only scratching the surface!” (Click through to see more ways to make money working from home.)
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Ready to find the right side hustle for you? Here are some ideas to earn money with evening work from home jobs:
1. Rent items or space to your neighbors
A great way to earn money from home? Profit off of unused items that you already own. You truly can list almost anything for rent these days on apps like Turo for cars, SpinLister for bikes and ski/surfing gear, SpotHero for your parking spot and Fat Llama for a wide variety of items, from sewing machines to musical instruments.
Another great option is Neighbor, which connects you with people in your area who need to store RVs, cars, boats, trailers and other household items. It’s free and easy to list your space, and it’s up to you to control who to rent to, what items are allowed and when they can access the space. Instead of keeping a percentage of your earnings, Neighbor charges renters a fee (although there is still a small processing fee for hosts).
“As a single mom, I used to put in more than 50-hour weeks just to make ends meet. But by renting out just three parking spots on Neighbor.com, I’ve not only increased my income but also reclaimed precious time. This has allowed me to reduce my work hours, giving me more quality time with my son and even the financial freedom to treat him to vacations. All of this, and I manage it in the evenings from the comfort of my home,” says Monica Miranda, a Neighbor host who lives in Los Angeles. “The convenience, flexibility, and minimal time commitment offer a unique advantage, especially for women juggling multiple responsibilities.”
BabyQuip is another gem that allows you to rent baby gear to traveling families. All you have to do is sign up on the website, then complete training materials to learn how the platform works and how to safely store and clean baby gear. Then, you can list the baby gear you have available and choose when you want to share it.
Success story: “I earn $600 per month renting baby gear on BabyQuip!”
Back in 2011, now 47-year-old Nicole Kitzman rented baby gear for a trip to Oahu with her young twins. She thought it was a great concept, and when she heard about BabyQuip in 2016, she knew she wanted to sign up to rent her own baby gear to traveling families.
“Within days, my rental shop with BabyQuip was up and running,” she says. “I spend about five hours a week on this side gig. The bulk of my time is spent communicating with customers, cleaning baby gear, loading and unloading gear from my car, and driving to deliver/pick up the gear.”
“I earn about $600 a month, which helps with regular household expenses. I have been hooked on this side gig because it solves a real problem for traveling families, and families claim it saved their vacation. My most memorable customer interactions are always with the grandparents who rent because they have grandbabies coming to visit. Usually, the grandparents haven’t bought or used baby gear in decades, and they are so relieved and appreciative when you show up with the baby gear their grandkids need to have a safe and fun visit and show them how to use it!”
2. Evening work-from-home jobs: create an Etsy shop
Etsy is an online platform for independent creatives of all types — and the perfect way for you to earn extra money from home, on your own schedule. By signing up to sell on Etsy, you gain access to millions of customers all over the world.
There’s a market for almost anything creative on Etsy: jewelry, accessories, home decor, crafts, clothing and so much more. But you don’t have to necessarily have to be “artsy” to create a thriving side business on Etsy. There’s a demand for things like vintage clothes and goods, supplies (from crafting to baking), printables and all kinds of online shops. And you can do everything during the evening!
Success story: “I make $3,000 per year selling printable organizational sheets on Etsy!”
57-year-old Jonda Arbogast has always had a passion for planning. As an administrative professional, she loves creating organizational sheets to keep things in order. After a family member suggested that she sell her printable sheets, she launched an Etsy store and now rakes in nearly $3,000 per year with this side gig.
“Getting started was easy, since I already had a laptop and a printer (to make sure the documents print correctly). To create the sheets, I made a free account on a graphic design website called Canva, and then started experimenting with all kinds of designs to help busy moms and professionals,” she says. “I create medication trackers, password sheets, goal pages, address books, faith planners, and so much more.”
“It’s a dream to combine my two passions of creating and helping people. In fact, my best-seller is the medical binder, and it makes me proud to contribute in a small way to empowering people to maintain their health. It’s a great feeling to lose track of time while working on this side gig, because it’s something I truly love!”
3. Evening work-from-home jobs: Help for your neighbors
Want to help your neighbors with simple tasks? It’s as easy as signing up for TaskRabbit, an online marketplace that connects you to people in your area who are ready to pay for help for all sorts of gigs — many of them need doing in the evening.
With 50+ categories, the chances are high that someone is looking for exactly what you can offer. Plus, there are tons of “remote” tasks up for grabs, so you can start earning as a “Tasker” without leaving your couch! This includes virtual assistant tasks, data entry, tech support and more. All you need is an Internet connection to make a profile on the TaskRabbit website. Then, download the app, set your rates, and share your skills on your own schedule!
Another great option is Upwork, a platform where you can find freelance work of all kinds, from virtual administrative tasks to design gigs. It’s free to create a profile on Upwork, and according to their website, over one-third of their freelancers earn $50 per hour. Thumbtack and Fiverr are also popular platforms to make money taking on freelance projects in the evenings.
4. Create a blog sharing your passions
Whatever your unique passion is, blogging offers the opportunity to share it with others and gain an additional income stream. It’s the perfect way to take your passion to the next level while working from home during the evenings.
Even better, you don’t have to be a tech wizard to get started. Platforms like WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly make it relatively simple to set up, although you can always take an online course or workshop to feel more comfortable. Once you have content, it’s time to promote it — social media can be a big help in finding and creating your ‘community.’
While there are various ways to monetize your blog, advertising is the most common. One option is to use Google Adsense, which does the work of finding advertisers for you. You can also sell affiliate products, meaning you advertise products on your blog and earn a commission each time a reader clicks on the link and purchases the product.
Success story: “I make $150,000 per year with my recipe blog!”
60-year-old Michele Feureborn was inspired to start a blog when she realized how many family recipes were gone when her mom passed away. With the desire to capture those cherished recipes for her other relatives, she launched FlavorMosaic.com.
“I didn’t have any experience in web design or in starting a blog, so my sister-in-law helped me set it up,” she says. “As I started to meet other food bloggers in Facebook groups, I learned that I could earn money with advertising, so I decided to include ads on my blog.”
“Over time, the blog traffic grew as I spent about 20 hours a week adding recipes and working on marketing. Readers find my blog through Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Today, my ad revenue brings in roughly $150,000 per year! This blog was a side gig for years, but it was a lifesaver when I was laid off from my full-time job. Starting Flavor
Mosaic has allowed me to ‘retire’ early and care for my husband, who had medical issues last year. It’s wonderful to hear from women who enjoy making my recipes for their own families.”
5. Evening work-from-home jobs: Perform simple microtasks
Most of us are all too familiar with spending money on Amazon. But you can also make extra money working from home for Amazon! It’s all thanks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) program, which pays remote workers to do “human intelligence tasks” (known as HITs).
You can earn anywhere from 8 cents to $5 and up per minute to complete microtasks, such as data entry and surveys. Because they’re all relatively simple, it’s a great option for evenings after work when you’re mentally and/or physically tapped out, but still want to make quick cash. Best of all, anyone can sign up.
To get started, visit Mturk.com, set up a free worker account, and click on “Find Hits Now” to check out thousands of available tasks.
6. Sell your stuff
Selling the gently used items you no longer use is the ultimate “no-cost” hustle idea: It helps declutter your home and brings in quick cash! And you can do it in the evenings with ease.
There are plenty of platforms that allow you to set your own prices and reach potential customers without leaving the house. Facebook Marketplace, which is free to use, allows you to list pretty much anything to sell to people in your area. For clothing, Poshmark or Swap.com are both great options. Or, if you have electronics to get rid of, check out Decluttr, where you can trade in tech gadgets for extra money. It’s super simple to use: All you have to do is search your item on the website or enter the barcode for a free instant valuation. Decluttr pays you the day after your items arrive.
Remember, no matter what you’re trying to sell, a good photograph and detailed description of the item goes a long way. Make sure to include specific keywords to reach the people who are looking for what you’re offering.
7. Evening work-from-home jobs: Help people with their laundry
If you enjoy doing laundry, you’ll love the concept of Poplin (formerly known as Sudshare), a nationwide laundry service and app. The app connects you to people who need help with their laundry, and gives you total control over the jobs you accept. While you technically do have to leave your home to drop off the finished laundry, you can still do all of the “legwork” from home in your PJs on the weekends!
To become a “laundry pro,” all you have to do is fill out the online application and pass a background check. The requirements include access to a washer and dryer, a car, a basic bathroom scale (to weigh the clothing) and plastic bags. Once you’re approved, you can find local jobs on the app to make extra money on the weekends.
At the end of each job, laundry pros weigh the clothes and earn .75 cents per pound of laundry, plus tips. If you’re providing same-day service, that fee rises to $1.50 per pound. This adds up to about $15 to $20 per hour (FYI: If the load is under 20 pounds, the client is charged the minimum rate of $20 and you’ll receive $15, regardless of the weight).
Success story: “I make up to $1,600 a month doing laundry!”
During the pandemic, LisaKay Foyle, 61, retired and was looking for something to do from home that would keep her busy and active and brighten her mood. “A friend posted on Facebook that she was looking for someone to do her laundry and asked if anyone knew about SudShare (SudShare.com), an app-based laundry service. “
“I have loved doing laundry since I was a kid, so I looked into it and learned that they work with independent contractors, or ‘Sudsters.’ I knew it would be the perfect way for me to stay active and make moneym” she says.
“Getting started was easy. I filled out my profile, provided my driver’s license and bank account information, then waited for requests to come in. SudShare assigns laundry requests by rank, so in the beginning I was only able to take on one client, but as I gained more points—based on customer satisfaction scores — I was able to take on more. Now I am at the executive level, the highest rank.”
“When an order comes in, I accept it and pick up my client’s clothes. I then wash, dry, fold and return the clothes to them. I provide detergent and bags. Some of my clients provide their own detergent and some ask for their items to be air-dried. Most of my clients are busy professionals or parents, and I usually turn around their orders within 24 hours.”
“I love this work because it’s flexible and keeps me moving — I’ve even lost 25 pounds! SudShare charges $1 per pound and keeps 25% of the profit. Some clients also tip. I make up to $1,600 a month, money that pays my health insurance and allows me to spoil my children and grandchildren.” — as told to Julie Revelant
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