8 Awesome Ways Ukulele Players Can Make Extra Money

Do you know you can make some extra cash playing the ukulele? There are people who are not playing the instrument for money though, but if you want to make some extra cash as a ukulele player that my friend is very possible.

Not everyone can play the ukulele but it is an instrument everyone would like to listen to.

I am going to share with you some great ideas and ways to make some money playing this tiny string instrument called the “ukulele.” Just read on!

1. Many Restaurants Need Your Service

Many ukulele players do not know that playing for restaurants is another great way to make some money. Though most of these restaurants have nice musical setup, with a live band to entertain guests that do not mean your service will not be needed.

As a matter of fact, they are looking for more ways to entertain their guests.

Important things to know before playing for restaurants

Dressing properly will earn you some points and make the guests to respect you even more. You should look like a professional who is ready to entertain and not beg the audience for financial assistance.

Alcohol consumption is another thing you need to avoid. Many players have lost prestige and opportunities because they got nasty after getting drunk while performing.

Even if the restaurant you are playing for does not give you something to drink be sure that some of the guests will.

However, if they offer you alcohol, state it clear but politely to them that you don’t take alcohol. Ask for soft drinks instead.

In addition, observe the environment before you start playing. You need to know if playing too loud will be the best option or that you need to play a bit lower.

Also, learn new songs and keep list of songs you have plans to perform. You can use a tip jar while playing in a restaurant.

2. Wedding Parties

A very great opportunity to earn cash playing the ukulele is to play in weddings. Many weddings take place every year in the same city or state you are living.

Though some celebrants or organizers may not originally nurture the idea of inviting a ukulele player to perform, you can approach the organizers or celebrants before the main event and let them know how you can spice up their wedding party.

However, you need to practice well if you are planning to perform at any wedding celebration. You need to win the heart of the celebrant and guests over with a brilliant performance.

In fact, you can get more deals if you perform well, because other people watching you play may also want to hire you some day. You should also be able to play the Bridal March and other popular wedding songs in different styles.

If the couple loves country music, or contemporary Christian songs, you should also know how to play them as well.

Sometimes, playing songs from popular romance movies can help to set the stage for the love birds.

How to get wedding gigs

The opportunity may not come to you when you sit down at home. You need to search for it, approach any wedding organizer you are familiar with.

Craigslist is also a good place to start your search. You can also pitch your idea to local pastors in your area. It is also okay to visit the celebrants personally.

Tell them how you can spice up their wedding and why they should hire you. One last thing, remember to dress properly even though your duty is just to play the ukulele.

Invest in some nice dress so you can appear as a true professional.

3. Parties

There are many private parties looking for something special to spice up the day. Most people don’t see playing for parties as a great opportunity but if you are interested in making money, playing for private parties is also an ideal way.

In addition to the payment, you might also get some free food for the day. Playing for private parties is also a great way to showcase your skills as a musician.

You never know who is watching or might be interested in offering you a deal at the end of the day. You can place your ad on craigslist and wait for response.

Practice properly and add some party songs to your repertoire. Be prepared to perform at any level or play any song you are requested to play.

4. Religious centers

Churches and other religious worship centers sometimes hire professional musicians for some of their events. You can approach them politely and let them know what you can offer.

Be sure you can deliver as you said and take your instrument along to prove you are a true professional and you love what you do.

Most of these religious leaders are moved by what they see and they also want to be sure you will not mislead their guests by playing songs contrary to what they permit.

Practice a lot of songs that are nice to play for such religious events. You can ask around to have other people’s opinion about what should do and what you shouldn’t do.

5.Nursing Homes

Another great place to make some cool cash is nursing homes. In fact, many retirement homes will love to have you around to provide some entertainment for the residents.

Consistent practice is also one of the most important things you should not joke with if you plan to play for money. And if you are planning to play for old people’s homes, you have to practice some of the country songs that existed during their generation.

They will flow well with you and also get excited as memories of when they were younger crosses their minds. But one thing you shouldn’t bring with you to a retirement home is a tip jar. Instead just enjoy the music and the smile you are bringing to their faces.

6.Become A Ukulele Teacher

A great way to earn money as a ukulele player is to become a teacher. You can become a teacher if you are good enough or have played the ukulele for quite a long time and feel you have something new to offer to new players. Many people are ready to pay just to learn any instrument.

However, you don’t need to wait for them to find you, create the awareness and you’ll discover that there are a lot of people in your area who are looking for someone to teach them.

7.Display Your Talent On The Street

If you think you are good enough, then know that you can earn some money on daily basis playing on the street. Most people earn more than $300 on a daily basis but this could vary, depending on the day.

The good thing is, you are not being taxed and last time I checked, you don’t need registration for street performance. Just be orderly and have some tip jar around.


Most professionals are earning big playing for clubs. Though clubs also have their own musical settings you can provide extra entertainment and something unique.

Find out the age group of people around and know the type of songs they would appreciate most. You also need to practice really hard in order to thrill your guests.

Final Word

Playing the ukulele offers tons of fun but there are great opportunities to make money as a ukulele player. I have listed 8 great ways to earn extra cash and I hope to hear more suggestions from you or share your experience with us in the comment section below.

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