Solopreneurship for Software Developers

4 Ways to Make Money with Google Sheets (With Examples)

How to make money with Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a free web-based spreadsheet application that allows users to

  • Create, update, and modify spreadsheets
  • Share data online in real time
  • Edit, organize, and analyze information
  • Collaborate with multiple users
  • Track changes with a revision history

Google Sheets is one of the most popular spreadsheet programs in the world. It’s easy to learn and use, and can be used for both work and everyday life

I have been able to supplement my monthly income through side hustles that are based on Google Sheets. From selling Google Sheets templates to providing training for businesses and individuals.

Here are 4 ways you can make money with Google Sheets


Providing training can be time-consuming, especially if you have a full-time job, but it is one of the best ways with the lowest friction to get started and you can charge more than other ways on this list.

Make sure you have a very good understanding of Google Sheets before you can start offering training.

I provide Google Sheets training for Businesses. I have divided the training into three packages: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Each package has its own timeframe and price. I linked a Google Form to my website so that whoever wants these training services can submit the form and I can call them for arrangements.

If you want to see an example of my setup and packages for Google Sheets training, you can find it here.

Depending on your level of expertise, environment, and type of client, you can charge anywhere from $50 to more than $5,000 per training package.

I charge $75 for the beginner package and more than $300 for custom packages.

If you are very busy with your full-time job, you can schedule the training only for weekends.


Another great way is making Google Sheets templates. I love this path because it can be passive. Once you make the template, you can sell it many times without any other extra effort.

Google Sheets templates are some of the most popular templates in the Google Workspace.

I am sure you have come across Budgeting Templates, Habit Trackers, Digital Daily Planners, Personal Finance trackers, and more.

I have an online store where I sell Google Sheets templates and you can check the store here for inspiration or as an example.

I have made $28.85 from selling Google Sheets templates between June and September. It is not much but it is better than nothing and it shows what’s possible when you put in a lot of work.

Google Sheets sales

I was initially giving my templates for free but later on, I decided to sell them for a small price.

Emily McDermott is a great example of someone earning a lot from selling Google Sheets templates.

In under 2 years, Emily McDermott made CA$280,000 selling spreadsheet templates (Google Sheets + Excel Templates) on Etsy. You can learn more about Emily here.


Google Workspace applications can seamlessly work together to help you automate repetitive manual business tasks.

Many businesses want to automate as many processes as possible to save time, money, and be more productive and efficient.

You can use a combination of Gmail, Google Sheets, and Apps Script to automate reports.

You can write code in Apps Script to automatically send out reports to the emails provided in the script. The email can be automatically sent out daily, weekly, and monthly.

By doing this, you will save businesses a lot of time from having to share reports manually daily, weekly, or monthly. Note that this requires coding using Javascript, but it is very easy to implement.

Learning how to automate business reports can take a lot of time and effort, but once you have a good understanding of the tools involved, you will be able to earn a lot from this side hustle.


Google Sheets functionality can be extended using add-ons. These add-ons can be found on the Google Workspace marketplace.

If you have great coding skills, you can make a Google Sheets add-on that has paid features. This can be a great source of passive income.

You can also make Google Sheets add-ons specifically for organizations and charge a premium fee. This might not be very easy to do, but it is the most lucrative.

If you want ideas on add-ons, you can visit the Google Workspace marketplace for inspiration.

Being an expert in Google Sheets can open many opportunities for side hustles that can help you increase your monthly income.

There are many other ways to make money with Google Sheets, but these are the ones that I have tried and they are the ones that have worked for me.

You may also like: The Jacob’s Formula for Success