Many of us take up hobbies for fun, but it’s possible your hobby could also be an extra source of income. Here are just five hobbies that you can make money from.
Arts & Crafts
Hobbies like knitting, jewellery making, painting and sculpting can be great sources of income. There’s a large market out there for hand-crafted items – lots of people shop on sites like Etsy and attend craft fairs looking for such items. If you’re looking to turn it into a full-time career, it could be worth investing in a few tools like glue guns or sewing machines so that you can be more productive. That said, you may prefer to keep it as a side hustle allowing you to work in your own time.
Baking can also be a great hobby to make money out of. You could set up your own bake sale, or you could do something more elaborate such as starting a wedding cake business. For those considering a serious business, buying a few professional cake decorating tools could be necessary. Alternatively, you can take up baking jobs as they arise and keep it as a small project to do in your free time. Of course, you are going to need to look into food safety standards if you’re going to sell food.
Those with green fingers could consider turning gardening into a job. There are plenty of people out there who will pay good money for someone to help maintain their garden. You could also help people to choose new plants and even help with landscaping designs. It’s possible to take a course in horticulture, which could help your credibility when finding clients. Alternatively, you may be happy helping out with the odd job here and there, picking up work through friends and family. I know this is something which I would pay good money for because this is something which I can struggle with finding time for at the moment.
If you can sing or play an instrument, you could consider making some money performing. From busking to playing gigs, there are plenty of ways to make money. If performing in front of a live audience is too scary, there may be other ways to make money from your musical talent such as picking up jobs on Fiverr (a lot of budding producers may be looking for people to sing on their tracks, whilst singers may be looking for producers and instrumentalists to provide backing music).
Photography is a popular hobby – and it can be a very well-paid career. Breaking into a career in photography isn’t easy and usually involves a lot of networking. Many people start by photographing weddings, baptisms, gigs and other events for family and friends, usually only charging small amounts. From here you can make a name for yourself and branch out into other types of photography. You may also be able to make money by selling photos online to businesses and publications. You may also be able to work with models who are just starting out their career – some may be willing to pay you to help get their foot in the door and build a profile.
Blogging can also be a way to make money. By enabling ads on your blog and getting lots of people to visit, it could be possible to make money through ad revenue. You can also consider sponsored content and paid reviews – you can pick up such work at sites like Fiverr. This could be a great way to make money if you love to write.
Have you ever turned your hobby into an income?