How Much Money I Make In A Week With Side Hustles

Written by: Alexis Schroeder

Publish Date: April 5, 2024

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I’ve been making money from side hustles for ten years and have tried almost every side hustle under the sun.

With that comes learning what side hustles make money and what side hustles are a waste of time.

In this post you’ll learn:

  • How much money I make in one week with side hustles
  • What side hustles I recommend (and which side hustles are a waste of time)
  • How to get started right away 

For full transparency, I only spend around 10 hours a week on these side hustles. This doesn’t include the time I spend on my blog (Fitnancials).

Here’s how much money I make in a week with side hustles, along with other ideas you can try!

1. Graphic design using Canva

Two hours a week I create content for a Pinterest business profile. Canva is amazing for side hustlers because not only is the free version amazing but there are tons of templates you can use.

Canva lets you create anything, including:

  • Social media graphics
  • Infographics
  • Presentations
  • Flyers/posters
  • Business cards
  • Logos and branding materials
  • Banners and headers

Let’s say you’re someone with NO experience in graphic design. Spend a couple of weeks exploring and playing around with Canva. Canva is seriously AWESOME because they even have a free Design School.

How to make money doing this: Start playing around with Canva (they have tons of templates). Create a portfolio of different graphics and make a profile on Upwork. Upload examples of the work you can do.

Weekly earnings: $75/week or $300/month

2. Writing blog posts

Once a week, I write a blog post for a website. This includes research for the post, SEO, and creating high-quality, original content. Websites are always looking for content creators and I’m always finding a ton of work on Upwork for short-term and long-term jobs.

How to make money doing this: Build a portfolio of writing pieces, even if they aren’t published on a website. Keep your original pieces in a Google Doc which will be your portfolio. Look for jobs on sites like Upwork. In Upwork’s search bar, search for keywords like “content writer”, “blog writer”, etc. 

Weekly earnings: $120/week or $480/month

3. Social media management

If you love social media, this side hustle is a great idea because you’re managing profiles for Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and more.

As a social media manager, I’m in charge of:

  • Strategy development
  • Content creation
  • Interacting with followers
  • Monitoring analytics and seeing what is and isn’t working 

This can also include tasks like creating graphics and writing copy for social media. 

How to make money doing this: Create a portfolio of different social media graphics (using Canva!) and show off your skills along with descriptions for each social media platform. 

Weekly earnings: $150/week or $600/month

4. Amazon Affiliate marketing

While I don’t make a ton of money with Amazon affiliate marketing, I never have to do anything either. A few years ago I implemented a few Amazon links into posts on my website and they still make money today.

How to make money doing this: With your social media platforms or website, become an Amazon affiliate and make money when people purchase products through your Amazon link. This works best if you have a following (even 1,000+ followers can work). For example, if you have an Instagram about watercolor art, you could link to your favorite watercolor products.

Weekly earnings: $15/week or $60/month

5. Advertising on website

I make money through advertising on my website. While this money is mostly passive income now, it required creating a lot of blog posts in the beginning. The topics I write about are what readers need help with and are talking about on social media sites like TikTok and Instagram.

This side hustle is for someone in it for the long haul as it’s not easy to publish 50+ blog posts. This takes a lot of time and effort.

How to make money doing this: Create a website in a niche that isn’t oversaturated and is in high demand. I recommend Niche Site Academy to find which topics these include. The course also tells you everything you need to know to make money blogging.

Weekly earnings: $350/week or $1,400/month

6. Admin work

As a Virtual Assistant, I do admin work to help take the load off of the head of the company.

Admin work includes tasks like:

  • Email management
  • Responding to customers
  • Calendar management

I find open jobs like this on Upwork all the time and find that they typically pay between $15-$45 an hour. Many jobs for this are full-time, which is a great option for people who want to work remotely and full-time.

How to make money doing this: Look up keywords like  “admin work”, “virtual assistant”, and “executive assistant” in Upwork’s, Indeed’s, or FlexJob’s search bar. 

Weekly earnings: $40/week or $160/month

 

Other way to make money in one week

Pinterest Virtual Assistant

While I’m not a Pinterest Virtual Assistant, I know of a few people doing this in my circle who are successful.

A Pinterest Virtual Assistant is in charge of tasks like:

  • Pin creation and scheduling
  • Keyword research and SEO
  • Identify popular search terms and trends on Pinterest 
  • Monitor Pinterest Analytics to track metrics like clicks, saves, etc.
  • Promoted pins and advertising

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, click here for a free training on how to get started as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant.

Printable maker

Tap into your creative side by becoming a printable maker on Etsy. There are many successful sellers out there monetizing digital designs like printables for profit.

As a printable maker, you can make and sell things like:

  • Party decorations
  • Wall art
  • Planner inserts
  • Organizational tools
  • Educational resources
  • Business and marketing materials
  • Gift tags and labels
  • Scrapbooking supplies

I have two friends in the printable space and they earn around $1,500 a month with this (mostly) passive side hustle. Here’s a free printables course that teaches you what’s a popular sell on Etsy, how to start your Etsy shop, and how to make sales. 

Dog walker 

While I’m not a professional dog walker anymore (I have four dogs of my own now), it was one of my FAVORITE ways to make money because it didn’t even feel like working.

Tips to become a successful dog walker: 

  • Create a compelling profile that highlights your experience, qualifications, and love for dogs
  • Share any special skills you have (Experience with giving meds to dogs, special ends dogs, etc.)
  • Offer additional services beyond dog walking (pet sitting, dog boarding, daycare, grooming, training)
  • Build a positive reputation and encourage clients to leave reviews on your profile

Find dog walking jobs here.

Bake and sell dog treats

You can start your very own dog bakery business and it’s not nearly as hard as you think. This is the side hustle if you love dogs and baking!

Tasks will include things like:

  • Developing recipes and experimenting with different ingredients 
  • Testing dog treats with dogs
  • Selling products online and in-person at places like farmers markets, craft fairs, and local pet stores

Get a free training here and learn the most popular dog treats to sell, where to sell your dog treats, what to price them at, and more.

Flipping stuff 

Flipping, also known as reselling, is buying stuff at a low price in hopes of selling the item for a profit.

Here’s how to make money by flipping stuff.

  • Clean and repair items to increase their resale value
  • Take high-quality photos of the item from multiple angles and write detailed descriptions
  • Provide excellent customer service to increase ratings and good reviews

The most popular resell items include things like electronics, clothing, collectibles, sporting goods, kitchen appliances, jewelry, and craft supplies. 

My friends over at Flea Market Flipper are seriously pros at this. They even have a free course that will help you grow your flipping profits and get you started with this side hustle.

House cleaning

Making money as a home cleaner is a great option for someone who loves cleaning. Word of mouth is huge when it comes to getting more clients, so make sure to do your work well.

You can also provide add-on services like deep cleaning, move-in/move-out cleaning, organizing, laundry, or pet cleaning.

My very first job was as a housekeeper and it was hard work. However, a lot of companies now hire house cleaners who get paid not only an hourly wage but also tips! Try to find a small business that is hiring and has great reviews online.

Proofreader 

If you’re passionate about words and reading, proofreading may be a great side hustle for you. With the potential to become a full-time gig, proofreaders are responsible for identifying and correcting errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting. 

Here’s a free workshop that teaches you how to get started as a proofreader.

One of my family members is a proofreader and makes money doing this working fully remote. As you build up your clients, you can start charging more or working full-time hours.

Key takeaways:

  • There are many side hustles to choose from
  • You can start many side hustles with NO experience
  • Build your portfolio even if you’ve never “published” anything
  • Tons of free resources available online to take advantage of 

Which side hustle are you interested in starting?

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