How to Make Money from Your Hobbies

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how to make money from your hobbiesWorking a day job is something most of us do, and whether you love it or not, there is no other option. What if I had told you, you can make money from the things that you love to do like your hobbies.

Yes, you can make a good side hustle of your hobbies. Whether it is stamp collection, selling, gardening, sports, gaming, crafting, you name it, and there is some way you can make money from it.

It could be just some extra cash or something which can replace your primary income or a side business.

Wouldn’t it be great to do something you love so much and still get some income out of it?

I am going to list some hobbies which can be great side hustles, and some of them are my hobbies.

 

Photography

Ok, this is my favorite, that’s why it’s coming up first. Of all the hobbies, photography can be very fetching with digital era coming into the picture.

Did you ever notice lovely images in blogs? They are stock photos. With so many blogs launching every day, there is a continuous need for pictures.

Stock photography sites like Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Pexels and websites like Snapwire, Clashot make it easier for you to sell your stock photos. Though it is hard to get into stock photography, you can still make some money from it.

You can make anything between $5 – $300 per image when selling on some websites. And, this is just one type of photography.

Big brands are always browsing these websites for images. If you want to pursue this further, you can do direct client selling when you become a pro.

Here is the list of microstock photo websites from Everything Microstock. If you are just starting and want some ideas or tips, try Digital Photography School. It is an absolute favorite photography resource.

Tools to start – Digital camera (I have Nikon D80), tripod and lens. I don’t think you need more than this when you are just starting.

 

Blogging

Blogging is my recent favorite and my latest income earner. Starting a blog was my dream for a very long time. I love this medium of interacting with like-minded people, help others from what I have learned.

Though it takes some time to establish yourself and monetize, there are many ways you can start seeing some money with your blog like ads, sponsorships, affiliates.

Michelle of Making Sense of Cents has a free course on how to start a blog. I suggest you take it to kick off on the right foot.

If you want to start monetizing your blog with a sound strategy, Michelle also has the awesome Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course; I was clueless about affiliate marketing before taking this course. But, now I see a world of difference in my conversions. This course is the reason I am already making money with my 2-month-old blog.

Tools to start – To begin with, you would need reliable hosting, theme and an email service provider.

If you want to start your blog with a low cost, then I highly recommend Bluehost. You can start your own blog for as low as $3.95/month.

 

Related:

How to Earn $50,000 A Month Blogging

 

Organizing

Are you someone who is always tidying up and organizing things at home? Do you get tons of compliments on how you keep your work space or home beautifully arranged? Do you have this excellent talent of brilliantly organizing spaces?

Then you can get paid to do this for others.

You can work as a Professional Organizer to creatively tidy up work spaces or residences. You can even get certified for this hobby. All you have to do is learn some tips and tricks for doing the work, but it does pay well. Jeffrey Phillip makes a living out of organizing people’s homes and work spaces.

Depending on where you live and your experience you can quote your price, it can start from $50 per hour minimum.

If you want some direction to start, have a read at The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If going pro is something you want, then these courses might be of help.

Tools to start – You would a need a basic set up of a home office and get the word out about the business, and you can take it from there.

 

Cooking

Cooking is the most popular of the hobbies and may be the most suitable form to make money. If you are that person who can whip up tasty dishes effortlessly, then you are going to be making nice cash on the side.

Do you know Lindsay from Pinch of Yum started her blog because she loved to cook as a hobby? Now she makes more than $50,000 a month pursuing her hobby.

Apart from cooking, baking is something which is creating waves in the food world. You might need a license to take this up as a business.

Personally, I know many who work from home and have this excellent baking business. I paid $150 for my daughters birthday cake which I had ordered from a friend who bakes at home. That’s for 2 hours of baking!!

Tools to start – A basic cooking/baking set up.

 

Crafts

Ok, making money from crafts is something which has been around for a long time. People sell a lot of stuff like kids clothes, antiques, cards anything that is crafty.

There are so many marketplaces where you can sell your things like Etsy, Ebay and Amazon. Especially, Etsy is something which is very profitable for handmade or crafty things.

Most of the crafty hobby stories which turned into businesses started from home. Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked started making moccasins for her son picking up raw materials from yard sales. She sold her first moccasins on Etsy and now she has multi-million dollar business. She sold her first pair of mocassin for $20.

Whether it is sewing, making blankets, making shoes for your kids, card making, you can give a shot at making it big.

Inspired yet??

Tools to start – Craft supplies suitable to your hobby.

 

Shopping

Everybody loves shopping, even men!!! Are you surprised to know that this is on the list too?? You can surely make money from your favorite hobby. There are a couple of ways you can see some cash coming in from this.

If you love shopping in general, then doing mystery shopping is ideal for you. Companies are ready to pay mystery shoppers to find out about their products and services. Market Force, Trendsource and Best Mark are some of the legitimate mystery shopping companies.

If you have an eye for a deal and like buying things for less and selling them for a higher price, then you can look at this as a good side hustle. People are making huge money selling on Ebay and Amazon.

Take your game to the next level by signing up the FREE 3 part video series  from The Selling Family, it is a super helpful video course with tips on how to sell on Amazon. Jessica makes $100,000 a year with Amazon FBA.

Let’s start that deal hunting!!

Tools to start – Inventory, if you are buying and selling.

 

Teaching

Tutoring is another hobby from which you can make some money if you are on the right path. Do you how many online tutoring websites are there now? There is massive demand for teaching, whether it is languages or subjects or any particular skill.

If teaching part time is your thing, then you can look for tutoring gigs in Tutorvista.com, Tutor.com.

Many entrepreneurs started teaching something they love as a hobby, and now they are earning a 6-figure income. Phil Ebiner is one such entrepreneur who earns a reliable income from his online courses. The platforms you can use to start promoting and selling your tutoring skills is Udemy, Skillshare.

Udemy is known for very niche courses, and it has been very profitable for many people.

Tools to start– For online courses, some software like Teachable, Screenflow.

 

Gaming

I never knew this. Earning money by simply playing games, Wow that sounds fantastic!

You just have to upload your game play to streaming service providers like Twitch. Your followers get to watch, comment and you make money from the ads. Gaming is quite a rage these days with more and more games releasing and more gaming apps.

Though earning money from this does not happen right away, this is a very fun way of making some cash from your hobby.

Tools to start – A gaming set up like a computer, high-speed internet (if you don’t already have one), register for the streaming services like Twitch.

 

Socializing

10 awesome hobbies to make moneyEveryone loves to network and socialize. If you are people’s person, and love networking and know the tips and tricks of social media, then why not earn some bucks for it?

There are a couple of ways you can make money for being popular socially.

If you are on social media and have a good following, then you can get paid from sponsors or brands to post on your social media channels. One such company which pays you for your posts is SocialSpark. You can earn depending on your interests and the number of your followers.

If you want to make a bigger impact then consider starting your freelancing gig as a social media consultant, this is totally in high demand now. You can try looking for some freelancing projects in places like Upwork, Freelancer.

Tools to start – Register with SocialSpark, Massivesway, Upwork and Freelancer.

 

Writing

I am not a writer myself. But, I take help of tools like Grammarly to make my writing better.  And, believe me, writing has become my passion now. I have many friends who like to write, and this can become a good side hustle for them. If you love writing, then consider looking for writing gigs in places like Babble, Great Content, Hire Writers.

But if you want to see if your hobby has a potential of making more money, then try starting your own freelance writing side business. Gina Horkey of The HorkeyHandbook has a free course to Kickstart your freelancing writing career in 5 days. She began her freelancing career in 2014 and within six months she was making $4000 from all of her freelancing hustles.

So, what are you waiting for, go ahead and give it a shot?

Tools to start – Invest in good courses if you want to advance in the freelance writing business.

These are some of the hobbies that can be monetized. If you want to see some good money coming from your hobbies, then invest in yourself and get educated about the business side of the hobby. That will go a very long way in making your hobby a successful business.

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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work at home mom of two beautiful princesses and working from home was always my choice to be around my family and make a good income.Read more...

8 thoughts on “How to Make Money from Your Hobbies”

  1. This is an awesome list! I’m all about side hustles, jobs that allow you to follow your passions, and working on your own terms. Have you tried all of these?

    1. Hey Amber,

      Thanks:-) Isn’t is awesome to follow your passions and still make money!!! I am trying blogging and love it:-). I love photography, it’s my favourite hobby.

  2. I keep seeing baking and cooking listed on various blogs and articles as a means to make money, but where I live you have to have your kitchen/home inspected & approved by the health department and get a license to sell food you cook to the public…you cannot even sell at a flea or farmers markes without a license! I am sure mine is not the only community with these restrictions!

    1. Hey PJ,

      I am sure you will need a license to sell food if you are considering this as a business. But if you are blogging about food or recipes, then I believe no license is required.

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