Everybody can use more money in their life but most people aren’t in a position to change jobs or get a raise. We’ve all got obligations that stop us from being able to work two full-time jobs. This is where monetizing hobbies can be the perfect option!
Turning your hobbies into a money making machine is also a great option when you’re unemployed and unable to find suitable employment for your life. That’s what I did and how this blog started.
So let’s discuss some great hobbies that you could turn into a job!
Blogging is my absolute favourite hobby to monetize because it’s what I’ve been doing for the last 6 months. There are so many successful bloggers out there that not only monetized their hobby but turned them into 6-figure+ businesses!
If you love to write and have a topic you feel confident writing about, you should start a blog! If you’d like to learn how to set up a WordPress blog using Bluehost, check out our post on the technical (but easy) way to do so! Blogging can be a great way to let out some of your creative energy into the world!
If you’re the type of person who loves spending time in the gym and you have the ability to motivate, a fitness influencing hobby might be for you. Growing your fitness social media can be super easy if you research the right hashtags to use for organic traffic.
It’s possible even as a micro-influencer to get sponsorships and affiliate opportunities with great companies! If fitness is your thing, be sure to look more into this, it can be a really great way to make some money.
There are so many people who started out as teenagers in their bedroom making silly videos, who have turned that hobby into a multimillion-dollar business. If you have a decent personality, and some basic video editing skills you could 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 you can foster an audience with just making one video a week! Not too much time, and lots of opportunities.
This one is perfect for any games out there reading not quite an adult! There are people out there making really great money while live streaming themselves playing their favourite games on Twitch or Youtube. All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a love for video games!
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 your friends and family for special occasions! In a time where Instagram and live streams are super popular, people love to have cute baked goods for their kids birthdays or other fun events! This could be a super fun way to monetize your love of baking.
A few years 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 any kind of artistic talent you can sell it on Etsy. You could sell your paintings, handmade decorations, furniture you’ve designed, pet stuff, and so much more. The best thing about Etsy is how big your market can be!
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!
This isn’t a hobby, but you can definitely turn it into one! There are a bunch of survey sites, but my overall favourite one is definitely Swagbucks their website allows you to earn from doing surveys, watching videos, and a bunch of other ways! It’s pretty cool stuff. Swagbucks is a great way to earn money while sitting your booty on the couch!