Working a full-time job and being blogger means I am always looking for any extra time I could find to spend on blogging or working on my side hustles. In the last 12 months, I have truly learned to manage my time, so that they are spent wisely – not just on work and blogging, but also family life. That said, I have started to utilise my one-hour lunch break at work doing something more productive than – well, eating lunch!. Previously, I spent most of my lunch break doing a) eating b) reading news/gossip mags/online shopping/ looking at holidays c)working through my lunch hour. I have since stopped doing the latter two and made sure I use my one-hour lunch break doing something awesome. As a result, I managed to generate extra income through some side projects I made approximately $100 per week or over $5000 in the last 12 months! Here is how I Made $5000 This Year Just From My One Hour Lunch Break :
Since I am already blogging for this site, I have started advertising my blogging/ writing services on freelancing platforms. Since I am only doing this as a side hustle, I get to pick and choose which writing project I am interested in doing. I also set my prices higher than freelance competitors from India, Bangladesh, etc yet a little lower than competitors from the UK, US & Canada (also due to currency difference). To ensure a successful delivery, I only limit myself to writing 1000 words articles on subjects I know well, such as construction/OHSE/ Travel / Food. This way, the whole project does not take me long to research, write and edit. I mostly write 1 to 2 freelance articles per week, but some week I do none. It takes me approximately 2 lunch hours to research, write and edit the article. I get paid $40 per blogging article and up to $100 for industry-related articles. I average about $40 per week for lunchtime article writing.
Average Weekly Income From Blogging: $40
12 Month Income from lunchtime Blogging (I only freelance write during lunchtime at work): $2, 158
Selling Items on Ebay
Before I continue, a disclaimer. I already have a small store set up on eBay. If you are planning to go down this path, I suggest you take 1 full weekend and 5 lunch-hour days to set up your store. My eBay store is doing relatively well at providing me with a bit of passive income given how little inventory I have in there.
I mostly spend a total of 3 hours per week maintaining my eBay store, doing advertising, updating social media, customer service, processing, and posting orders. 1 hour out of the 3 hours are done during my work hours. 1 day lunch hour is where I post my eBay orders, write feedback and update my ebay social media account. My weekly income from eBay varies, but the profit I gain out of 1-hour labor varies between $30 to $60. Which is not bad.
Average weekly income from eBay (for work done during lunch hour): $40
12 Month Income from lunchtime Ebay work: $2600
Pinning on Pinterest
Apart from freelance writing, I have also started Pinterest Management services which I advertised on Upwork. Again, as this is only a side project. I only focus on taking one client at a time. Most client requires between 5 to 10 hours per week of work on Pinterest, 2 hours of which I spent working on during my lunch hour. I tend to use this 2 hours to schedule pins as the internet at my workplace works so much faster than the home connection. I can easily schedule 210 to 230 keyword rich pins via tailwind within the 2 hours. 2 lunchtime hours working on this tasks makes me an average of $30 per week.
Average weekly income from Pinterest: $30
12 months income from lunchtime Pinterest works: $450
Total lunchtime income I have made in the past 12 months: $5,208
The money I have earned from my eBay sales was put back into the business to enable me to purchase more inventory as a preparation for the Christmas Rush. The rest of my income was used to cover blogging expenses. This activity is something I have continued to do till today. It is amazing how much you can achieve during your lunch time if you put your mind to it. I used to think this is not doable. Since my job tends to be a bit full on. But to help me free-up my lunch hour at my desk (I work in an environment where no one respects lunch hours), I made sure I have my phone on Bluetooth, so I can take urgent work calls while working on my side projects. I also avoid looking at work emails during lunch and I made sure to bring easy to eat lunches every day, so I don’t have to spend time buying lunches or making them.
Other Ways You Can Make Money During Your Lunch Hour
Living in a major city and working within a flexible-outdoorsy environment? then maybe you could become a dog walker during your lunch break! This won’t only make you extra money, it will also keep you healthy and fit! Plus, how can you not love being surrounded by a bunch of beautiful furry paw friends?!
Top Website for Dog Walking Tasks
There are plenty of paid survey sites that offer cash, gift cards, and vouchers just by you completing paid surveys. Doing a few of these surveys per day does tend to add up. If survey’s isn’t your thing, get paid for your opinions on the internet! Just like being paid to complete online surveys, you can also make money by writing a review piece on you have tried and tested. When I was a cash-strapped student, I would get paid by consulting companies to complete a comprehensive market research on prices of groceries in Adelaide, Australia. It was a lucrative gig (for one week’s work, for a student) that I continued to do well after I graduated.
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Social Media Management
If you spend a lot of time on Social Media and wouldn’t mind parting some of that time looking after someone else’s account in exchange of cash, this would be a good lunchtime side gig for you. Some clients are happy to be in control of their content, but what they don’t have time for is engagement. For instance, some of my Pinterest clients are happy to pin their own pins, however does not have the time or interest to pin and repin other people’s content (into their boards). They also don’t have the time to find group boards and send out requests to them. This is something you can get into, which does not require advance Pinterest knowledge. Another example is for Instagram. Some users don’t have time to engage with their audience by ‘liking’ posts or following accounts. This is where you can charge them for your time and effort in managing the engagement aspect of their social media account.
Top Freelancing Platform For Social Media Work
Some people just don’t like to shop or just don’t have the time to shop. This is not just for their wardrobe, this can also be for grocery, birthday gifts and many more! If you have your lunchtime to spare, you can easily make purchases online and arrange to have them delivered to your client’s door. Website such as Task Rabbit and Air Tasker actually have job offerings for such tasks (yes! personal shopper is an actual job and are in demand!)
Top Website for Personal Shopper Tasks
Web Development / Blog Set Up
If you are good at website building and creation, this would be a great lunchtime side hustle. You would be surprised at the number of people who put off having a blog/website just because the whole process of creating one is a ‘hassle’ for them. Many of them just want a little guidance and set up support, but get overwhelmed by all the jargons and expensive fees from bigger companies. Most people just want the technical aspect done for them (hosting, setting up emails, finding a theme, finding suitable plugins, set up analytics, etc etc). At the same time as a new blogger, they don’t have/ don’t want to spend much money. Offering such service at a reasonable price may be a way to go!
Top Freelancing Platform For Web Development/Blogging Work
Run Errands (Personal Assistant)
We spoke about shopping earlier, but lo and behold, there are many more things that people simply have no time for and rather outsource! You can start by asking your co-worker if they would like to hire you to run their errands for them during your lunch hour for a small fee. Things like paying bills/ rego, making long, dreaded phone calls to companies to sort out an issue (internet/ insurance/ etc), making appointments, pick up parcels, book a holiday, research for cheap insurance/hotels/service providers, party planning and much much more!
Top Website for Personal Assistant Tasks
If you are an administrative champion, then you should spend your lunchtime doing what you do best. There are many companies out there looking for a competent VA. Doing tasks such as data entry, translating documents, sorting out accounts, managing a cloud-based integrated management system and much more. Depending on your skillset and your experience, you may end up making a decent amount!
Top Website for Virtual Assistant Tasks
If you have experience with accounts and taxes, you can easily make a decent side pocket money doing a tax return. The average tax return fees using an agent is $100. Even if you charge half the rate filing tax return on behalf of your client, you are still winning. That said, make sure you know what you are doing and have ample knowledge and experience in Tax Accounting, Taxation Law, and entitlements.
Top Website for Tax Return Tasks
There are plenty of options for you if you are wanting to make some spare cash during your lunch hours. All you need to do now is get working!
Do you have any lunchtime tasks that made you that little extra pocket money that helped out with that bills, vacation or that daily coffee & avo smash? if yes, share it with us!