Pretty much every person who will read this article is doing so because they could use a little extra money in their life but they aren’t really in a position where they can change jobs or even ask for a raise. We’ve all got obligations that are going to stop us from being able to work two jobs.
This is when learning how to monetize your hobbies can be a perfect option. Being able to turn your hobbies into money is also a great option when you’re unemployed and unable to find suitable employment to fit your life.
Hobbies that will make you money are a great option because most of us aren’t going to do a hobby unless we enjoy it so you’ll get monetary and emotional fulfilment from doing it! It’s a win-win for everybody.
Let’s dig right into some of my favourite hobbies that will make you money that you can totally start today!
If you’re a new reader of Not Quite an Adult, you may not know that this entire blog actually started as a hobby. It was the summer, I had just graduated with a business degree and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and was too scared to get a “real” job. So, I started a personal finance blog so I could feel productive while I wasn’t yet working and I’ve never looked back.
I’ve turned this blog into my full-time job and it isn’t as daunting and difficult as it may seem. There are thousands of successful bloggers out there who have not only monetized their hobby but they’ve managed to turn them into 6-figure businesses.
If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog but just need a push from someone who’s succeeded, here’s your push! You can check out this article from my second blog where I’ll teach you how to start a blog from scratch. Or, you can check out any of these resources that may help you start:
- How to Start a Travel Blog
- How to Start a Food Blog
- How to Start a Parenting Blog
- How to Start a Personal Finance Blog
TAKING ONLINE SURVEYS
Okay, for most people taking online surveys doesn’t seem like a hobby, but it can be! If you find a decent online survey company you can do these surveys while you’re watching tv, going to the bathroom, or while you’re stirring your dinner! It’s an awesome way to make a little bit of side income without having to put in consistent effort if you just don’t have the time.
My absolute favourite online survey company is called American Consumer Opinion because they have a huge selection of surveys for everybody to try. You can sign up for free and start earning some money!
If you’re the type of person who LOVES spending time in the gym and you have the ability to motivate, you may be a perfect fit to because a fitness influencer. Growing a social media that is entirely based on fitness can help people learn the right foods to eat, exercises to do, and motivation to keep going.
It’s even possible as a micro-influencer (an influencer without a ton of followers) to get sponsorships from awesome companies that will pay you a great wage. Also, you can use affiliate marketing to sell products you totally believe in to people who need them! It’s a really awesome way to talk about something that you’re passionate about to people who need it.
If you go on instagram or youtube you can find hundreds of examples of awesome fitness influencers who you could turn into! It’s a great opportunity to make a side income.
This is a bit of a weird one, not going to lie to you guys. However, I’ve met people who absolutely love to read and edit other people’s work who have turned proofreading into their full-time income but it started out as just a hobby!
If you don’t know what proofreading is, essentially, companies will pay people to read through documents, ebooks, etc. You can proofread from ANYWHERE in the world as long as you have a computer and an internet connection, so it’s a great option for a lucrative hobby!
If you’ve ever enjoyed editing someone else’s work, proofreading might be the best hobby for you. The best part? Well, there’s a completely FREE workshop you can attend to learn the first few steps towards becoming a proofreader.
Well, this is actually my hobby now since my blog has become my full-time job! I have a youtube channel that is entirely unrelated to personal finance and this blog, it’s actually a youtube channel about the game The Sims that I’ve been playing since I was a kid, it’s entirely a hobby but if it continues to grow I can eventually make money from it as well!
There are so many people who started out as teenagers in their bedroom making silly videos who have managed to turn that hobby into a multi-million dollar business. If you have a decently interesting personality, and so basic video editing skills, you can do Youtube!
Youtube is a great way to make money and build an audience that you can monetize for life. A great thing about youtube is that you can foster an audience just making one video a week. Not too much time, and a lot of opportunities.
Youtube’s also awesome because no matter what you’re into, there is a community of people making videos on it. There are budgeting communities, make-up communities, and so much more!
This one is perfect for any hardcore gamers out there that might be reading Not Quite an Adult. There are people out there who are making really great money each month by streaming themselves playing video games on Twitch or making gaming videos on Youtube.
All you need is an internet connection, a webcam, a microphone, and a love for video games! You can stream games like fortnite, pubg, the sims, and so much more!
If you have a sweet tooth and better than basic baking abilities you could start baking cakes, cookies, brownies, or whatever you like and sell them to friends and family for special occasions.
We’re living in a time where every single party ends up on Instagram and Facebook and people are willing to pay extra money for a fancy cake or cute cookies. You could make smash cakes for first birthday parties or adorable cakes for gender reveal parties.
Just be sure to charge enough money to cover all of your expenses and your time or else it’s just going to be a giant waste of your effort!
A few year ago the only place to sell your crafts was at an actual craft fair; now with the invention of Etsy, every day is a craft fair! If you’ve got an artistic talent, you can probably sell stuff on Etsy.
You can sell paintings, handmade decorations, furniture, pet collars, and so much more.
The best thing about Etsy is how big your market could be. If you were creating crafts to sell 10 years ago, you’d probably only be able to sell them to friends, family, and people in your city. Now you could sell them to someone across the country, how cool is that?
You could even start a craft blog if you’re really into crafting! There’s a super successful craft blog called JenniferMaker.com that is a great example of someone who did it right.
Do you enjoy taking photos on your phone? Or are you an amateur photographer with a decent camera? You could make some good side money just from the pictures YOU ALREADY TAKE. You can sell your photos on Shutterstock and make a good amount of money anytime someone downloads your photo for their own use! If you take enough photos, companies all around the world could be using your images. Pretty cool stuff!
Okay, so maybe “loving animals” isn’t considered a hobby… but it should be! I’m a huge dog lover and if I have the opportunity to make money from that love I’m totally down to try it. You can pet sit on the weekend for people who are going away on vacations or if you work from home you can pet sit for somebody while they’re at work! Everybody loves their pets and would probably love for you to play with them hehe.
Are you one of the types of people who just love to make sure everything has a place? Is your closet organized by colour? You may have a future as a personal organizer! You could totally spend your weekends going to people’s homes and helping them declutter their lives and reorganize their closets and basements! It’s a great way to make some extra money and if you like to clean and organize you can totally have some fun doing it too!
Drawing / Graphic Design
Have you heard of the website Fiverr? Fiverr.com is a website where you can sell your services for 5+ to people who need them. If you’re a decent artist or graphic designer you could design logos for business owners like me who have zero experience with any of that kind of stuff.
Were you always a great student in English class? Do you love to write but don’t want to have the extra stress of a social media presence on your own blog? Freelance writing is a great way to make money from home whenever you have the time. I never realized how great freelancing could be until I saw this video by a Youtube channel called CurveyHipsAndTintedLips, she talked about how she makes $3-5,000 a month from freelance writing and she’s ONLY 19. You can watch that video here for more insight on freelance writing!
Are you super aware of different brand names and what things are really worth? If you go to a Goodwill store you can easily find $100 worth of merchandise that you could sell for $500 on eBay. It’s pretty crazy some of the things that people are just willing to donate. All you need is some shipping materials and a little bit of time!
Are you one of the many people out there with a beautiful green thumb? I’m definitely not. If you have a decently sized yard and know how to garden you can sell your fruits and vegetables to your neighbours and they’ll definitely appreciate the freshness since it’s coming from your backyard!