1. Create an online shop
2. Start a 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
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
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.