Weddings are a major expense, and in the United States, the price has risen from $27,000 to over $40,000 per wedding in a single year. Couples are entering their lives together with a pile of debt. Gifts don’t always cover these expenses, so if you want to be responsible, you may want to take on a side job to help pay for your wedding.
Here are a few ways that people are making extra money for their weddings, aside from the one-off yard sale:
1. Delivery Jobs Can Net $14 – $25 an Hour
I know – no one wants to commit to another job to pay for their wedding. But you don’t have to make a serious commitment with the likes of Doordash. You can apply to Doordash, and you’ll find delivery jobs in all 50 states.
The service is available in almost 1,800 locations.
You need to be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and have a relatively clean driving record. You’ll also need to pass a background check to ensure that you’re not a criminal. Drivers can earn $25 an hour in busy cities, but the average driver earns $14 – $20 an hour.
As an independent contractor, you’ll be able to turn on the company’s app, and start picking up and dropping off food to customers.
Some cities, where drivers are in dire need, will pay up to a $1,500 bonus as long as you meet certain criteria.
2. Start Pet Sitting
If you’re not a dog-lover, you’ll want to skip over this section (cats are also available to pet sit), but everyone else will absolutely love Rover.com. Join a network of dog sitters and walkers, and people will actually pay you to care for their animals.
There are a variety of options to choose from:
- House sitting
- Dog walking
- Drop-in visits
- Dog boarding
- Doggy daycare
What’s great is that you’ll be able to send pet parents updates on their animal’s care. If you care for the dog day and night, you can charge $50 – $100 a night. If you treat Rover like a full-time job, you can watch dogs for four weeks a month and earn as much as $3,300 for taking care of 2-3 dogs per month.
3. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Uber and Lyft are great ways to make some extra money, but you will need to account for expenses to make sure that it’s worth your time. Ridesharing is very popular, and every city has a different rate of pay for drivers.
You’ll want to check forums and the respective company’s site to see how much you can earn.
After paying all of your expenses, you’ll earn something like $8 – $12 per hour. Full-time drivers average $36,000 a year, but it really depends on where you live and how much you’re really driving.
Take advantage of local events and surge pricing, and you’ll make more money overall. It’s a lot of work, but if you’re a people person, you might find that driving for one of these rideshare companies is a perfect fit for you.