19 Legit Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side in Less than 5 Hours a Week

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Looking to make a little extra money on the side?!

For as little as 5 hours a week or less, we’re sharing 20 different and easy ways to make some extra cash on the side! From testing plates of french fries for $60 to getting paid to shop, there’s something to suit everyone’s schedule and skill level.

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Here are 19 legit different ways to make extra money on the side –

1. Do some dog walking & sitting.

hand holding dog treat with golden lab dog

Give us all the fur babies! With apps like Wag, you can easily become a dog walker in no time and make a little side cash while spending some quality time with cute pups! Win, win…or should I say, Woof! Woof! 😉

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader had to say:

“I started dog walking recently and have 4 regular clients. I started by posting in our neighborhood Facebook group asking if anyone needed a dog walker or sitter and I got responses right away. I’m making $450 a month and working just 3 hours and 20 minutes a week! It’s easy money, I get exercise and plenty of dog love! The flexible schedule is great for me and I’m loving the extra money!”

– Sarah

2. Get crafty and sell your handmade goods.

using a sewing needle to hang witch hats

There’s a huge buyer’s market for handmade goods these days. Discover something you love to make and start selling it on Etsy. Some seasoned pros even shared how they got started and became successful.

As another idea, check to see when your next local craft show is and make a bunch of goods to set up and sell! You could do anything from some festive candles to crochet baby hats.

Here’s what some Hip2Save readers shared:

“I’ve been sewing scrunchies and also other items on my Cricut. I love making them and it’s great extra cash.”

– Becky 

“I started making Elf on the Shelf kits for Christmas. I create 30 ideas with supplies. People love them!”

– Jenifer 

Hip Tip: Want more ideas?! We have a whole page full of DIY ideas that you can check out. If anything, they could inspire you to get started on some gorgeous money-making projects.

3. Become a fitness instructor.

man lifting weights with trainer

While you may have to work your way up to become an instructor, Emily from our team has proven that it’s possible and not very difficult to do at all! If you haven’t got your feet wet with fitness yet and are looking to get involved, try this FREE 1-month ClassPass to get your healthy fitness journey started!

Here’s what Emily on our team had to say about her fitness instructor journey:

“I was going to a barre class for several months and was so in love with it, I asked the owner if she was hiring new instructors. After about a year, she asked me to join their team of instructors! Even though I had no formal fitness training prior, I completed an online course & video submission to become barre certified (an expense the owner paid for). I make anywhere from $300-$400 per month and I get to take other classes at the studio outside of my own for free, so I’m saving a ton on my fitness expenses and making a good chunk of change in the process!”

Hip Tip: Speaking of working out, did you know that there are tons of different ways that you can work out for free and even phone apps that will even pay you to workout?!

4. Tutor some students.

people doing homework together

Got some extra brains to share? Then being a private tutor might just be the perfect solution to sharing some of that knowledge. From math sessions to piano lessons, there’s a demand for all types of after school helpers. Either call your local schools or post on Facebook to get started!

Here’s what some Hip2Save readers shared:

“My husband teaches piano on the side. When we were getting out of debt, he also worked extra events as a teacher to make more.”

– Jenna 

“I tutor and offer ‘Homework Hour’ for busy parents at a local library. The hourly fee adds up nicely and takes up little of my day! Parents enjoy not having to fight over homework each evening as kids complete everything during the session.”

– Cindy 

5. Teach English for VIP Kid.

woman holding VIP Kid teacher sign smiling

If you have a bachelor’s degree, in any field, and one or more years working with children as a babysitter, tutor, camp counselor, church youth group, etc. you can work for VIP Kid! This totally legit, work from home job, allows you to stay home while teaching kids in China how to speak English! Read more about their fast-growing program here.

Here’s what some Hip2Save readers shared about their experiences:

“I teach kids in China how to speak English online. Three years in and I still love it! I get to make my own schedule which is perfect for our homeschool and farm life.” 

– Taren

“I teach for VIPKid! I make $20 an hour from home while my daughter is asleep.”

– Kelbie

6. Start driving for Uber.

man smiling in uber car

Drive your car and be your own boss! If you enjoy driving around or maybe you need to get to know your new city, then Uber could be a great part-time (or even full-time) gig for you! However, there are a few conditions to consider, such as owning a car that’s 10 years or newer, it must pass an Uber inspection, and among a few other things, you have to have a driver’s license in good standing.

Here’s what Anglea on our team had to say about her driving gig:

“I like that I can do some driving and get paid when I have extra time on the weekends. It’s not huge money but the flexibility is great and gives me some extra cash to pay for the extras my teenagers always seem to want or need. I do Uber and Lyft and flip back and forth depending on who has passengers available first. Plus, it’s always interesting, last week a man got in my car with fishing poles as long as my car and a bucket of live fish. LOL!”

7. Sell some yummy baked goods.

adding buttercream frosting and sprinkles to cupcakes

One thing many people love more than a yummy baked good is not having to make it in the first place! And with the holidays right around the corner, plenty of people are looking for last-minute gifts or homemade treats to take to their next party.

Here’s what some Hip2Save readers have to say about their experience:

“I sell my baked goods to family and friends – my pumpkin rolls are my top seller! I become especially busy during the holidays, which is great for gift funds.”

– Debbie

I learned to make custom sugar cookies and sell them. I started to practice by making them for my baby showers and kid’s birthdays. Over time, I’ve been slowly building up a little cash business!”

– Nichole

Hip Tip: Make sure to check out all of our hip-tested desserts to get started on baking up some money-making treats!

8. Take photos for people.

Stetson digital camera

With social media at its peak and families wanting photos or even bloggers needed some assistance, the options are endless – and people are paying! If you’re intrigued, but don’t know where to get started, invest in a new camera and ask some local photographers to let you shadow them or do a one on one session to learn your way around your new camera.

Here’s what I once did when I was a stay at home mom:

“When I first had kids, I became really passionate about photography. I wanted great photos of my kids as they grew, so I purchased a starter camera and talked to a local photographer that I became friends with. She shared her expertise with me and I practiced a ton with my own family! From posting my pictures on my own social media, people started asking me to take photos for them. I have photographed everything from a floral workshop to family sessions and before I knew it, I was making about $400 per session! It was great extra cash with the flexibility to work when I could and I was still able to still stay at home with my kids.”

9. Cook or meal prep for people.

lina standing in kitchen cooking on stove top

People are busy and sometimes the last thing they want to do is think about what food to make for dinner. Whether they’re on their own or have a whole family to feed, they may pay for their meals to be ready to make!

Here’s how one Hip2Save reader does it:

“I love prepping food! I do all the chopping, cutting, marinating, etc. and assemble people’s meals for the week or the special occasion that calls for a ‘home-cooked’ meal. I shop for ingredients while I do my own family’s grocery shopping. I prep for family, friends, work clients, and even some ‘one time orders’.


All of my meals can also be frozen and cooked when needed which I heavily market since these kinds of meals are ideal for all types of situations – new babies, unexpected passings, late-night sports practices, etc. Meal prepping is nothing too lucrative and it’s not making us millions, but I love cooking and it’s that stress reliever for me when things are crazy at work.”
– Nicole 

Hip Tip: As an idea, you could check out our meal planning ideas to save while grocery shopping and have the perfect game plan.

10. Use apps to your advantage.

hand holding a phone with on my way app on screen

With apps like OnMyWay, you can get paid to simply drive safe! For every mile you drive and don’t text or use your phone, you’ll get paid. It’s really that simple. And as a bonus, you’ll get $10 just for signing up! It took me just a few minutes to enter my information and scan my driver’s license so I could start earning.

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader had to say about her experience: 

“I just started to use the OnMyWay app that pays you to drive without texting and I’ve earned over $20 from using it less than a week!”

– Julie 

11. Donate your plasma.

Donate Blood to help Hurricane victims

There’s a high demand for donating blood, and if you’re a good candidate then you can earn cash to donate as much as they will allow. On average, the typical donor gets paid between $20-$50 all while helping save lives!

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader had to say:

 “I donate plasma twice a week. Each time takes just about an hour and I take home between $70-$90 a week.”

– Ashley 

12. Assist with some open houses.

front of home with for sale sign in lawn

Local realtors may need your help and an extra smiling face to nail down a sale at their next open house. You could consider reaching out to some nearby companies or small home builders to see if they need an extra person to be at an open house and greet guests as they come in. If you get really good and know your way around a house, chances are they may use you for future home sales!

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader had to say:

“I work open houses on Saturdays and Sundays for a local home builder. It’s only 3 hours per day but it’s super easy and fun!” 

– Shanna 

13. Get a babysitting gig.

woman wearing pink skirt playing with pool float and two kids at pool

Twenty years ago, I thought I was making bank – coming home on a Saturday night with $20 in my pocket from babysitting. Now, with apps like Care.com, babysitting is totally booming and according to a national study, they’re making an average of over $16 an hour for one child! While you could do it for just a few hours a week, that’s a price that some could quit their day job for.

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader shared:

“I babysit and sell crocheted items. People pay way more for babysitting than the hours I spend making something, so I love the time with kids and the extra spending money.”

– Shawna 

14. Shop for Shipt.

woman wearing green Shipt shirt inside store with cart

If you meet all the requirements to become a paid grocery shopper, you can score a job paying you between $15-$25 per hour with Shipt! You can work part-time or full-time or any time you want since you get to set your own hours. Plus, you’ll get paid every week in addition to earning customer tips!

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader had to say:

“I shopped and delivered groceries for Shipt while I was waiting for my teaching license to transfer states. Great job and you really learn your way around a new town!”

– Keisha 

Hip Tip: Wonder what it’s really like working for shipt? We’ve got the lowdown from a shipt shopper!

15. Participate in a research study.

Pinecone Research for Males

If you have a local teaching hospital or university, check and see if they offer the ability to participate with a paid research study. While some may take more time than 5 hours, the payoff can definitely be worth the time invested! As a tip, you could also sign up for ResearchMatch.org to see what’s available to you as a volunteer.

Here’s what two Hip2Save readers had to say:

“I love being a research study participant. It generally pays at least $25 per visit of each study. I even once made $1,000 for completing a long term one!”

– Keila 

“I participate in research studies whenever I can! I’ve made as much as $3,500 on them over the course of 2-3 months before!”

– Rebecca 

16. Taste test some food.

plate of french fries with ketchup

Yes, you can even get paid by the hour to eat some food. Another blogger shared how she once got paid $60 to try a few plates of fries for an hour’s work, $75 for tasting iced coffee (yes, please!), and her daughter made $25 for trying some yogurt! To find out where you can taste test food, google “food tasting in my area” or check out these 15 places The Wealthy Turtle recommended.

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader shared:

“I taste test new food products! I get called for about 3-6 jobs per month usually. I get paid between $30-$50 each time and I am usually done in about 15-20 minutes. The longer jobs pay a little more but take up to 30-40 minutes. It’s fun and very flexible so I can do it only when I want to!


Just some tips, once you register, make sure to fill out the screeners to see if you qualify. If they email you a screener, fill it out fast because the groups fill up quickly! If you have an account, log into your profile often to see what new groups are available. Be honest with your answers. (However, if you’re really picky and say that you don’t eat cheese or seafood or 28 other foods, chances are you won’t ever qualify!) They will then schedule you for a specific day and time if you do qualify.


I see retirees, moms, business professionals, all kinds of people there, when I am there. Sometimes kids are allowed to test too if they are over age 13. It’s really easy and fun and it’s a great way to make some fun money for the holidays or vacations, etc.”

– Karen 

17. Sign your name as a witness.

man signing packet of papers

Know any local lawyers or law firms? You can consider giving them a call and offering your presence whenever they need a witness for some documents. While not all firms are likely to just use anyone, it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask!

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader shared:

“I work with a local lawyer who does estate planning. I go in for 30 minutes and sign my name a bunch of times as a witness and get 25 bucks. I do this about once a week, sometimes twice!”

– Ashley 

18. Do some house cleaning.

hand cleaning stainless steel fridge with blue towel

People are busy and many are looking for help cleaning their homes. Whether they’re elderly, have busy schedules with kids, or work all the time, ask some friends and family if you can clean their home for them. After a couple of visits, chances are they’ll be telling their friends about your services!

Not sure where to get started? Check out our recommendations for the best cleaning products to use on hardwoods, the best steam mops to buy and our lineup of different eco-friendly cleaning products everyone will want their house cleaned with!

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader shared:

“I like to clean houses for people I know. I usually just do one house per week for some extra cash and it’s good, easy money!”

– Bridget 

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19. Score some freelancing gigs.

Person on Computer

Have some experience in marketing? You can consider freelancing. This is a contract based service you can offer to others by utilizing your talents like design, copywriting, project managing etc. and find it’s pretty simple to find clients through Facebook groups and other online services like Fiverr.

Not into marketing? No worries, there are even remote, freelance options for personal assistants, scheduling, and more! While this does take some gumption and creative selling of your services, once you get started it’s easy to get referrals and meet other clients through current ones!

Here’s what one Hip2Save reader shared:

“One easy way that I’ve made extra money on the side is freelancing. I wanted a way to make extra money with low start-up cost and this only required that I purchased an email address and created an easy website.  I have even had the opportunity to help ghost write books! The internet offers so many options, so get creative and really tap into what you’re good at! On average I was bringing in an extra $500-$1500 a month while staying home with my kids!”

– Tiffany 

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Comments 26

  1. Marie

    I’m a New Yorker where COVID-19 seems to be exploding so maybe I’m a little more sensitive to this but a lot of these things don’t seem conducive to social distancing or safety with the current climate. Pleaseeee don’t misunderstand; I love H2S and all the deals you provide me over the years (even in the past week?), but maybe this could be posted with a disclaimer considering how things are currently unfolding?

    • autumn785


      • dylanfan

        Maybe you autumn.

      • Kathleen


    • lisa

      All public schools in my county are closed in Ny

    • Alli8

      I think people just need to use their own common sense and good judgment and they’ll be just fine.

    • rochellemcgee

      Most of these don’t even require close or frequent contact with groups or people, so a disclaimer does seem a bit hypersensitive. People still need to put food on the table and don’t have the luxury of sitting it out – were a year to 18 months from a vaccine.

  2. kassandra

    On my way app is a joke. You have to get 1000 bucks before you can cash out and it has taken 3 months just to get to bucks and i drive for a lliving. Even with people under me i still making very little. Plus it kills your phone battery. Personally not worth it to me.

    • Cassie Sue

      thanks, I was curious about this.

    • peretz12

      Thanks for your experience. I thought it sounded too good to be true. :/

    • Marty Jasinski

      Hi. I tried to email you but it comes back undelivered. Can you email me? Polly80sgal@gmail.com

  3. SJ

    I love cooking and we don’t have a lot of local restaurants that serve Indian food but I am also not interested or ready to open one by myself. Do I need to take permission of some sort to home cook and sell locally? Would really like some help with leads. Thanks

    • Cassie Sue

      I would call your City or County and find out more, typically there is a need for a food handlers license, but they can point you in the direction of other requirements/permits required by your jurisdiction.

      • SLW

        In addition to food handlers certification, keep in mind your liability. If you happened to serve the tainted romaine or chicken, you have the liability not Purdue or Fresh Express

  4. Niki

    I second housekeeping! My friend had too many clients and offered me a start. Now I have more people than I have time for. In our area we charge $30/hour. Beats waiting tables.

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  6. desiree

    It’s so disheartening to see so many shameless plugs in the comments. “Use my code! [because I benefit]” makes me sad to see everyone trying to benefit from the work of others (the writer). I’m seeing this more and more and it makes me want to unfollow this site, or at VERY least avoid the comments section. I always thought the comments were to help others better understand the post or put your review in for whatever is being mentioned, not a place to market yourself. 🙁

  7. A

    I just see it as people trying to make a little extra money. Nothing shameless about that. No one is getting rich here🤷‍♀️ Also they could pull them if they didn’t want the codes, but I think they understand and are amazing people willing to share their platform to help others 😊

  8. Alli8

    I get that, but the constant VIP kid plugs are SO annoying!

  9. Joni

    Thank you for the information! I am retiring next year and looking for ideas to keep me busy, as well as making a few dollars.

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