How to Make Serious $$$ from Your Hobbies

If you are reading this and already have a hobby that you know you could turn into a side hustle, you are already one step ahead of the game because you already have an item or a service you can sell and there’s no down time in having to learn how to do something.
So here’s some ways you can start making some serious money from your hobbies and skills:

1. Create an online shop

This is something that I’ve done myself. For years I’ve had the hobby of taking photos, and one day I discovered that I could take photos and sell them online. So I did. I started taking stock photos and opened up an Etsy shop. Along with that, I also liked designing mugs and mockups for others who had shops and so I added those to my shop. It was a fun hobby that has turned into some great side money. This year, I opened up a second Etsy shop in which I sold the various printable planners that I love to create. And let me tell you, when you enjoy creating things, it’s a labour of love and doesn’t feel like “work”.

If you have something that is homemade that you like to create, whether it be digital products like photos/printable items, or tangible products like artwork, jewelry or clothing or toys, you could easily open up your own shop and start selling them on sites like Etsy or you could even go with your own shop using a site like Shopify where you could build your own online store and manage it that way.

As we all know, the great thing about online shops is that they are open 24/7 and everyone in the world can access your shop. You aren’t limited to just the people in your geographical area. Plus when you use sites like Etsy or Shopify, the checkout portion is taken care of for you. It’s really a seamless process where you can literally make money when you are sleeping.

2. Start a blog

This is something else I started simply because I’ve always loved to write and love the idea of having an outlet and building a sort of community in which to share it really appealed to me. I feel that I can provide useful information on the kinds of things I love to do and know that others can benefit from my knowledge.

The great thing about blogging is that you it can be “monetized” which means that you can make money from your blog via affiliate marketing (where you promote products or services and receive a commission if someone uses your link to purchase something), sponsored posts (where you work with companies and brands to promote their products and they pay you for it), advertisements (banner ads on your website), and other ways like selling items directly on your blog.

3.  Write your own book or e-book

If you are knowledgeable about a topic, why not consider writing a book about it? With self-publishing outlets like Amazon you can write, create, and publish your own books. No need to write a book and approach countless publishing powerhouses hoping to get it picked up. More and more people are making their own literary voices heard by writing their own books and using print-on-demand services to publish hard copies, or simply doing e-books that can be downloaded right from the website and ready to read in minutes.

You can write an e-book on pretty much any topic or genre. If fiction is your thing, go head. If non-fiction is more your thing you can write about any topic at all. The other great thing about self-publishing your own book is that you can set your own price and therefore set your own commission from each sale. If you’ve got a knack for writing, you can make some big money with this.

4. Start a YouTube Channel

I’m seriously considering this myself. If you’ve ever wondered how to do something, chances are, you’ve gone on YouTube to learn how. There are all kinds of channels on there where people are sharing their passions for various things and showing other people how to do things, or even sharing other useful information. If you’ve got something you can teach others how to do, why not consider a YouTube channel? There are now famous YouTubers who show people how to put on makeup, how to make crafts like knitting, how to snag deals while shopping, how to clean, how to use computer apps, how to fix things, and so many other things.

YouTube sounds like it may be labor intensive in the start but once you gain a following you are laughing all the way to the bank, literally.

5. Develop an online course

Also with the theme of knowing how to do specific tasks, you can create courses that show others how to do it. If you consider yourself well versed on certain topics you can develop a course to teach others. There are lots of people doing this online on just about every topic you can imagine. Teaching others how to do something is big business because there are always people looking to learn new skills.

Courses like this are incredibly popular right now and certainly don’t show any signs of slowing down. People wanting to learn how to do things are signing up for courses on just about every topic and if your course is in-depth, in demand, and about a topic that interests people you can certainly earn some good money with this because you can charge more for a course, than say an e-book. Courses can take a lot of time to create, but once done, they can be sold over and over again. You can create your course through sites like Teachable and then promote your course on various social media outlets to attract people to take your course.

6. Local craft fairs, markets and shops

A former co-worker of mine, Lynn, started making beautiful, soft, baby blankets and bibs for her own kids and for friends and family. Her items were so popular she started going to local craft fairs and was not only selling out of items, but people were placing orders in advance for her stuff. If you have items that you create and are able to have a bit of inventory, you can easily check out local craft fairs and markets where you can sell your items. Maximize your time by checking out markets that have a big number of attendees so you can get your product in front of as many people as possible.

Another friend of mine took her creative sewing biz to the next level by creating items that are now sold in some local boutiques. She sells them at wholesale prices to these shops and they place orders for more as they sell them. She loves doing this and thankfully, there’s enough of a mark up on the items that she still makes a decent profit from it despite selling them at a wholesale price.

7. Earn money while online shopping

Is there a better hobby than shopping? If there is, I don’t think I’ve found it. What if you could get paid for it? Well, you can. If you’re a self-proclaimed shopaholic and like to do your shopping online, it’s great to get onto sites like Ebates where you earn cash back for shopping for things you’d likely buy anyway. I’m quite new to this myself but so far I’m loving it. It’s free to join and you’ll get a $10 bonus when you place your first order of $25 or more. Who doesn’t love a bonus, right?

 

8. Become a mystery shopper

This is something I’ve done myself sporadically over the years and earn some great rewards. I’ve done shopping reviews, travel reviews and even restaurant reviews. While you won’t get rich doing this, it’s great for getting free meals, free clothes, and discounts on travel plus many of the mystery shopping companies also pay you a fee to conduct the shopping on top of it.

 

9. Teach locally

If you have a knack for just about anything, why not consider teaching small groups how to do it? A friend of mine does really nice flower arrangements, and throughout the year she teaches a small group of people who sign up for her class on how to create their own floral masterpieces. This would be great for any number of skills and hobbies such as knitting, sewing, music lessons, crafting, scrap booking, school work, etc. This same friend also has a penchant for math and tutors kids all year long who struggle in this area. Her tutoring rates run $30 to $40 hour, so it adds up quickly.

And there you have it, several ways that your hobbies and skills can make you some serious extra money. That’s money that you can use to pay off bills, buy something you’ve always wanted, pay down your mortgage, pay for school or any other host of things.

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