Side jobs for movers, trainers, coaches, construction workers

Do you have muscles? Some of the highest paying spring and summer hustles are good matches for the strong, fit or athletic mind. These jobs include helping people with relocation, coaching, personal training, or construction work.

Here’s a rundown of sites that offer these types of gigs.


Spring and summer are peak seasons to move, with moving platforms seeking adults who can lift 50 to 100 pounds. You make more money if you have a truck, but you don’t need one to participate.

GoShare, Truxx, Dolly, Laborjack and TaskRabbit all offer jobs for movers with or without a truck. If you don’t have a truck, sign up as “helper / courier” on GoShare and you earn $ 33 to $ 47 an hour. With Truxx, helpers earn $ 30 an hour.

Dolly pays $ 15 an hour for ‘hands’. Labjack pays $ 15 to $ 20 an hour.

With TaskRabbityou determine your own rates and conditions. You can advertise your packing and organizing services or hire yourself out as a muscle.

If you have a truck, you have more options. GoShare pays up to $ 66 an hour for movers driving their own vehicle. Truxx pays $ 42 to $ 49 an hour.

In addition, Citizen Dispatcher and UShip let people with trucks and trailers set their own prices and book multiple “on the go” jobs. Both are go-to sites for longer-distance travel.


It wasn’t just you. A recent survey suggests that more than 2 in 5 Americans gained unwanted weight during the pandemic. With summer approaching, people looking to shed those pounds are returning to gyms and seeking help from online trainers.

If you are a personal trainer looking for new clients, you can sign up Fiverr’s Categories “fitness classes” and “health, nutrition and fitness”. The site encourages you to create service packs that can include personalized training sessions, recorded lessons, or written advice. Trainers already on the site advertise fitness services for $ 15 to over $ 100 per pack. You create and price your own service and pay a 20% fee to the site to market and collect it for you.


Children’s sports are also reviving, and that increases the need for coaching. CoachUp connects athletes with trainers and coaches of virtually any sport. To list services on the site, you must be 18 or older and have some coaching experience. Coaches typically earn $ 40 to $ 75 an hour.

Another option for sports fans to consider: Register as a referee. Referees can earn $ 50 to $ 100 per game, and many run multiple games per weekend.


Perhaps sitting at home made homeowners look for faults in their environment. Or maybe the home office trend necessitated extra space for home offices. Whatever the reason, the building and construction become gangbusters, creating a demand for all types of construction work.

There are many sites where you can find construction-oriented jobs – from simple things like assembling Ikea furniture to complex professions like plumbing, electrical, and framing. Some of the better options:

Tool belt connects contractors and dealers with customers and contractors who need help. The site offers both a free plan and a pro plan. The free plan offers no less than two leads per week. Those who want more can pay $ 99 a month for the pro plan.

TaskRabbit has an extensive list of construction-oriented services that you can offer on the site, from hanging up televisions to doing plumbing. You determine your rates and indicate what is included in your price.

Jiffy finds clients for contractors who provide a wide variety of services, from yard work to plumbing, at pay rates that range from about $ 40 to $ 85 an hour. The rates are set by the site, which charges a commission on every sale. Jiffy is available in only a few cities: Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Ottawa.

And last but not least, Next-door is a neighborhood social media site used for everything from searching for your lost dog to reporting local crimes. It has become a great place for local contractors to post their availability for work and receive referrals from satisfied clients. There’s no downside to introducing yourself here and letting your neighbors know you’re the local framer, joiner, plumber, or electrician – or, say, you have muscles and, for a price, are willing to help people moving away.

Kristof is the editor of, an independent site that reviews hundreds of money-making opportunities in the gig economy.

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