10 Side Hustles For People With Less Than 5 Hours A Week

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Are you short on time but still want to make extra money with a side hustle?

Back when I was in college, I needed to make extra money and I’d pick up side hustles that only took a few hours a week. I made enough money to pay for my bills while attending college and growing this blog.

Today’s post is going over:

  • 10 side hustles for people with less than 5 hours a week
  • Exactly how to get started
  • Free resources to help you start your new side hustle

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Let’s get started!

1. Selling printables on Etsy

Selling printables is a great side hustle because 1) You can do it at home 2) Put as little or as much time in as you want to 3) Make a printable once and sell it again and again. 

Printables include things like wall art, planners, budgets, gift tags, cards, calendars, wrapping paper, and so much more. Printables are such a hot selling piece because as a business owner, you don’t have to print and package anything. The customer gets to print the item in the comfort of their home and get access to the printable immediately.

This is a great side hustle for someone who wants to make passive income (earning money in your sleep – make a few printables, list them on Etsy, and earn money over time). The E-Printables Side Hustle Course is a great course that teaches you absolutely everything you need to know to make money selling printables. 

My friend Julie earns $1,000 a month selling printables on Etsy and says it’s a great way to make extra money. She recently became a mom, so this side hustle is a great way to earn money even on maternity leave. 

Here’s an example of someone earning a couple thousand a month by selling printables on Etsy. This side hustler learned how to sell printables through the E-Printables course.

2. Sell digital stickers on Etsy

Besides selling printables on Etsy, you can also sell digital planners and stickers. A great example of this is my friend Michelle. Michelle sells digital planners and stickers on her Etsy shop. She personally uses digital planners and stickers, so she decided to create and sell them herself.

She made over $700 her first month in profit. In her second month, she made over $1,000 in profit. 

Michelle even created an affordable course teaching others how to do the same, which you can see here. You don’t need to have any prior skills, nor do you need a background in drawing, and no special software required. This is a great side hustle for people looking to make some extra money every month who are also short on time.

I love side hustles like this because you put in a few hours of work, upload your digital products to Etsy, and then earn extra money for months to come. You can check out the Digital Stickers Course here.

3. Writing for both small & large publications

If you have a knack for writing or think it’s something that you’d enjoy, becoming a freelance writer is a great idea. I was a freelance writer in college and found it to be a great way to earn money.

This isn’t the easiest side hustle to start making money from and you most likely need some help getting started. But once you start getting clients and article offers, you can make a good income doing this. My friend Holly earns $200,000 a year with her freelance writing career. After her years of success, she even created a course called Earn More Writing to teach others how to start their freealance writing career.

Earn More Writing is a great course that teaches you everything you need to know to become a successful freelance writer. There is also a free workshop I recommend signing up for called How To Build A Six-Figure Writing Career (just scroll down a little and you will find the free workshop).

If you’re interested in learning more about making money as a freelance writer, I also have two helpful articles from women who freelance write full-time. 

4. Flipping items for profit

If you think you may find joy buying items and reselling them for a profit, I highly recommend this side hustle.

Did you know you can make money by buying items and reselling them? You can earn even more money by fixing up an item and restoring it to a higher quality item. 

If you want to learn how to buy and resell items for profit, Flipper University is an affordable way to learn how to create a profitable selling business in less than 14 days. The creators of Flipper University made $42,000 their first year of flipping and now make them over $133,00 a year.

Here are a few examples of people buying items and reselling them for a profit. You can learn exactly how to do this with Flipper University.

I even have friends who do this and restore furniture and sell it for a profit. I love this side hustle because instead of all of these things going into a landfill, they’re being repurposed or used by a new person. 

Check out Flipper University to learn more about this side hustle.

5. Answering surveys

I always recommend answering surveys as a side hustle because anyone can get started doing it today. 

Surveys are not a lucrative way to make money, but they do provide cash when you need more money to buy groceries or household supplies. You typically get paid via PayPal or through gift cards at places like Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc. 

To make money with surveys, all you do is fill out a quick profile sharing a little about you and then you can start answering questions and giving your opinions. You can also sign up for several survey websites to see which survey site you like best and to see which one can earn you the most cash. 

A few popular survey sites are:

Here’s an example of a question I received when I recently completed a survey. The questions are easy and straightforward. 

Once I’m done completing a few surveys, I rack up points and can redeem them for gift cards (as seen below). 

6. Amazon FBA

If you’re interested in reselling things, Amazon is also a great place to sell on. An Amazon FBA is basically where you store your products in Amazon’s fulfillment center, and Amazon does all the heavy work by packing, shipping, and providing customer service for these products. 

My friends over at The Selling Family earn a six-figure income reselling items via Amazon FBA and find that it’s the easiest and best place to resell items.

They even have a free Amazon FBA starter course to help if you decide if selling on Amazon is right for you.

The course goes over:

  • Why Amazon is the best marketplace for resellers
  • How using FBA gets you more sales (and saves you hours each day)
  • The exact steps to follow to set up your Amazon Seller account
  • Two easy, affordable ways to find inventory (including the simple method that allowed us to earn $100,000+ profit our first year in business)
  • How to choose profitable inventory that customers actually want to buy
  • Why you need to treat Amazon like a business (this is the stuff most people won’t tell you about)

7. Teaching English online to children

Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your own schedule. VIPKID connects children in China with teachers from countries like the United States. VIPKID makes education accessible by bringing together young learners with educators through one-on-one online classes.

VIPKID is also rated as one of the top 10 places to work from GlassDoor and has tons of amazing perks!

Benefits of being a VIPKID Teacher:

  • Set your own schedule
  • Work when you want, where you want
  • No commitment, no minimum hours
  • Teach one-on-one with no lesson planning
  • Earn $14-$22 per hour with VIPKID
  • Payments directly to your bank account 
  • Community perks from companies like Amazon, TurboTax, ClassPass, and more

You can learn more about requirements for VIPKID here.

8. Make and sell crafts

If you enjoy making crafts, you can make money selling them. Crafts that make money include soaps, candles, bath bombs, jewelry, crochet/knit patterns, macrame hangings, hair accessories, furniture, and so much more. 

If you’re stuck on what craft to make, I recommend playing around on Pinterest and looking up DIY crafts you can sell. You can fall into a rabbit hole of craft ideas on Pinterest. There is so much inspiration there. 

Places to sell your crafts:

  • Etsy
  • Farmers markets
  • Facebook marketplace
  • Craigslist 

Here are a couple posts to give you craft ideas to make money.

9. Freelance services

Many of us already have skills that we can use to make money from. You may even have a natural talent for a skill like graphic design. If so, you can post these services online and get hired to do these jobs.

You can post freelance services such as:

  • Graphic design
  • Voice over
  • Website design
  • Translation
  • Video & animation
  • Finance consulting
  • and a lot more

To get an idea of what freelance services you can provide, check out Fiverr. Fiverr is a freelance service marketplace that you can host your services on and hire freelancers yourself. 

If you have a service you can provide to people online, host your services and tell people what you can do for them. Build your portfolio and gain experience so it gets easier to get clientele. 

Related: How To Monetize The Create Skills You Didn’t Know You Had

10. Sell items you no longer use

A great side hustle that may not come to mind starts with the simple step of cleaning and organizing your home.

When I clean my house, I often find things I don’t use anymore. I start a sell or donate pile and list these items online. You can even check out what other people are listing similar items for and list it for the same price.

Create a high-quality listing by sharing details of the item, good pictures, and stating you only want serious inquiries. 

We’ve personally sold furniture, bike parts, scooters, and other random items we stopped using this year. We found the most success on Facebook marketplace.

You can sell items on:

  • Craigslist
  • Facebook marketplace
  • Ebay
  • LetGo
  • Poshmark
  • Etsy

Final Thoughts

If you’ve been wanting to start a side hustle, now is the perfect time!

Side hustles can help you 1) Learn new skills 2) Make more money 3) Start a new career path and 4) Network and find new opportunities. 

There are so many side hustles out there that you are guaranteed to find something you enjoy.

Which side hustle do you want to start? Do you have a side hustle? Share in the comments below!

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