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Do you have a hobby you enjoy doing like shopping, cooking, travelling or creating crafts? Great! What if I told you that you can turn that hobby into a side hustle and make money this year? Yes! You heard me right. You can absolutely make money from your hobbies!
The rise of the internet has made it so darn easy for people to make money while doing what they love. Companies and brands are looking for people to use their products or services then give them feedback from a customer’s point of view.
Apart from that, you can start a blog, connect with an audience then get paid for promoting those products on your site. But, for this to happen you have to showcase your skills and offer value to your readers. I cover this and more in this detailed post. So, keep on reading!
15 Hobbies That Make Money
Are you good at writing and can whip up a 2000-word article in an hour? It’s time to turn that hobby into a side hustle and make money from home. Successful freelance writers like Gina Horkey of www.horkeyhandbook.com and Elna Cain of www.elnacain.com started with nothing and are now making a living online. They offer their services on their blogs using the “Hire Me” page.
A person like Gina made $4,000 per month, in the first six months of starting her freelance writing venture while working full-time at her previous job.
These amazing ladies have created awesome courses that can get you started the right way.
- Gina Horkey has: 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success
- Elna Cain has: Write Your Way to Your First $1K
Elna also has amazing articles on her site that focus more on freelance writing. Fee free to check them out.
Writing will not only earn you money, but it will also allow you to learn more about topics that you find interesting.
Besides writing for clients, you can set up your blog and start writing for your readers. On that blog you can have ad placements or recommend products then get paid. You can also create a section that details your portfolio (which is the “Hire Me” page that I mentioned earlier).
This post has 70+ companies that hire writers. Check it out and start applying!
A tool that comes in handy when writing is Grammarly. It checks for spelling errors and corrects your grammar. I highly recommend it.
2. Blogging (this is my new found hobby and I love it!)
This is another hobby that you can turn into a side business and make money online. I mentioned setting up your blog above. Let’s talk more about this.
You can create a blog where you post your thoughts and ideas, your adventures travelling, you can show people how to cook meals or how to dress up on a budget. It doesn’t matter the topic. As long as you have a blog set up with content, you can monetize it and make money. You do this by placing links and banners on your site (Adsense or Mediavine does the trick), affiliate marketing where you promote other people’s products or through writing sponsored posts.
Just last week, I wrote a detailed post on how to start a profitable blog using WordPress and HostGator. If you are a complete beginner who wants to create a blog that makes you money, go ahead and check it out.
You can also have a look at this other post that talks about 58 top affiliate programs for bloggers + content creators. These are the programs you will use to monetize your site and make money.
I never talk about blogging without mentioning Michelle Gardner’s name. That’s because she is a wonderful person who has helped many people (me included) to make money from their blogs through affiliate marketing.
Three months ago, I didn’t know much about blogging or affiliate marketing. Yes, I had a blog but it was just sitting there collecting online dust, so to speak! I would make $100 today and nothing next month. Just hit and miss kind of situation. But, after enrolling for her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, it’s a whole ball game altogether. I’ll be writing more about this in my future posts showcasing my income reports. So, stay tuned.
Side Note: Want to start your own blog? I created a free step-by-step tutorial that shows you exactly how to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog in 15 minutes or less!) You can start yours for just $3.95 per month (you only get this lower price through my special link for a short period of time) with HostGator. In addition, you will get $100 credit for Google Adwords and a $100 Bing Ads so you can start getting the right website traffic to your new site. Avoid free services like Blogger or WordPress.com. You can’t make money with a free service and your website can be shut down without warning.
3. Teaching/ Tutoring
This is two in one, actually. Let’s start with teaching. I placed teaching right after blogging because they go hand in hand. I have seen many bloggers turning to teaching as a way to give more detailed information to their readers at a fee. When you have a blog and you’ve been blogging for a while, you can turn that information into an ecourse and expound more on a topic you write about. A few bloggers that I can mention who have amazing courses are: Regina of ByRegina.com, Allison Marshall of Wonderlass.com and Meera Kothand of Meerakothand.com.
But, if you do not have a blog, that’s okay to. You don’t have to worry. We have online teaching platforms like Udemy, Creative Live or SkillShare. You just record your videos or create your pdf’s containing all the information then upload it to this sites, set a price and start selling.
Tutoring is also in high demand these days. Tutoring companies are willing to hire you to teach a new language, a new subject or just a particular skill. I have mentioned all the tutoring websites in a post I wrote about the 35+ Smart Ways to Make Money Online in 2017 but the few good ones you can check out now are:
It’s no secret that humans are visual beings and we love to see the good stuff. Don’t we? If you can turn a family photo into a beautiful piece of art, then you are in business!
Many websites will be happy to get your pictures and sell them on your behalf. The few good ones that I can think of are:
One thing that I want to bring to your attention is that, this is a new business venture. Just like any other business, it takes a while before you start making money or see tangible results. So, don’t quit if you don’t make money in the first few weeks.
Interested but need inspiration? No problem!
Digital Photography School will give you all the inspiration you need.
Looking for female themed websites for even more inspiration? Sure!
The stock photo membership sites below will do the trick. Take a look and have a feel for the type of photos you need to be creating.
A good cameraman is as good as the camera itself. For you to capture beautiful memories, you need a camera that plays the part. Canon EOS and Sony W800 are great cameras to add to your tools of trade.
5. Buying & Selling
When it comes to selling, you can sell anything online these days. Be it that old keyboard that you no longer use, or that antique that you got from Africa, you can sell it on eBay, Amazon or Etsy. Etsy mainly focuses on handmade goods and crafts. But with Amazon and eBay, you can sell clothes, electronics, toys, books, furniture, beauty products, you name it!
To give you a dose of inspiration, Dennis Glazov went from $0 to $250,000 in just three months selling on eBay. So, don’t let anything stop you. If he can do it, you can do it too.
As for Amazon, I have an expert who can share with you everything you need to get started as an Amazon FBA seller. Her name is Jessica Larrew. She runs her business, The Selling Family, and earns six figures every single year. She has a Free 3-Part Video Series that will help you get started the right way.
You can also listen to her webinar containing the 6 Steps to Start A Profitable Amazon FBA Business
If you love cooking for your family and they enjoy your meals, that’s great! But don’t let your creativity end there. Turn that gift into a side business and make some cool cash. There are many ways to go about this.
- You can start a shop in your neighborhood and sell your baked food or supply to restaurants and cafes. Products like cakes and biscuits are in demand because of birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.
- You can start a blog and share recipes with your readers then monetize using ad placements, or create 30-page ebooks containing different types of recipes and sell for like $10 or $20 per ebook. Blogs are unlimited in terms of income potential. CreateSpace and Amazon Kindle are two avenues you can use to sell your ebooks. While we are still talking about Amazon, you can review kitchenware and appliances then make more money through Amazon affiliate program. Upfuel blog owner made $90,000 in 2 years as an Amazon associate and he shares his tips.
- You can shoot short videos where you show your viewers how to cook meals or how to bake cakes and other foods. Here is a list of 32 food and nutrition blogs that you can follow to get some inspiration. Don’t forget to check out Pinch of Yum and Oh She Glows for even more inspiration. The opportunities are endless.
This is another great hobby that I love besides blogging (A girl has got to love them, right?) I love to travel and see the world, and I’m sure you do too. A question that must be on your mind now is, “But, how do I make money while traveling?” Great question!
Travel companies and agencies are willing to give you free tours or allow you to stay at resorts for free but in exchange for a review. You have to tell them what your experience was like staying at a resort or visiting certain hotels. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you will need a blog for you to get these sponsored trips. I’ve made setting up your blog pretty easy with this step-by-step blogging tutorial. It will get you set up in as little as 15 minutes. Once your site is up, you can apply as an affiliate and refer people who want to travel to websites like booking.com. They will pay you for every customer who makes a booking through your affiliate link.
My daughter and I love to shop! And, I know most women do enjoy shopping. Guess what? You can make money while buying that cute dress or that georgious handbang! Just as companies are willing to pay people to take online surveys, they do pay mystery shoppers to tell them what they think of their products and services. I have a post containing mystery shopping companies but the best ones are:
- Sinclair Customer Metrics
9. Taking Online Surveys
I like the sound of this! Getting paid for expressing your views or sharing your opinions. I see this as a hobby because you can make $10 or even $50 for completing short surveys that take 20 to 30 minutes. Companies or brands are willing to pay you so that you tell them what you think of their products and services from a customer’s point of view. This is quick cash and it doesn’t feel like work. Best survey sites to check out are: Global Test Market, YouGov, PineCone Research, Eearningstation, VIP Voice, Harris Poll Online, Vindale Research, SurveyJunkie, MySurvey, ePoll, SurveyClub, OneOpinion, Digital Pulse, Panel Station, Product Report Card
I’ve heard people say that playing games make you creative. I’m not sure how true that is, but anyway. One thing I know for sure is that you can make money from games.
If you have some experience in creating games, you can upload your game play on YouTube then monetize it using ads. Every time someone clicks on the ads, you make a commission.
The amount will range from a few cents to a few dollars depending on how your advertiser’s payment system works. It may not seem like much at the beginning, but give it sometime and the money will start flowing. Just make sure you create a good game and get a substantial amount of traffic to it.
Personally, I don’t like to drive but if you do, put those driving lessons that you took a year or a few months ago to good use. Companies like Uber and Lyft will pay you to drive on the weekends or whatever time you are free.
You can make $15 to $25 per hour as an Uber or Lyft driver. This is good money that you can make on the side, if you asked me. You earn while doing something you love. It can’t get any better than that!
UberEATS is also a site that will pay you to deliver food to their customers. They pay $3 per delivery. This is a good side hustle for kids or students who have time on their hands.
12. Socializing on Social Networks
If you love sharing your thoughts and ideas on social media and have an audience, you can make good money. Social networks perfect for this kind of work are: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. All you have to do is, find a topic of interest, post regularly and catch your readers’ attention. Once you establish trust, you can start posting those products and services. Every time someone clicks on the product link and buy, you make a commission. Top companies to check out for this type of work are: Social Spark, Tomson, MassiveWay, BlogDash, Social Fabric, Pollinate and Global Influence Network.
Don’t have a Facebook page but would like to create one? Search Engine Journal will show you how!
Another way that you can make money from social media networks is by becoming a social media manager or consultant. Here, you manage other people’s social accounts on their behalf. Big brands and companies do not have time to spend on social media platforms. And so, they prefer you do these small tasks for them. Great places to check out for this type of work are: Fiverr and Upwork.
13. Making Crafts
I know I talked about buying and selling, but crafting deserves its own place. Crafting is something that has been around for a while now. If you are gifted in creating jewelry, artwork and other handmade goods, then you can turn it into a side business and make money. Etsy has made it possible for gifted people like you to set up your own Etsy shop then sell your products with ease.
Many people, especially women visit Etsy to find decorations, handmade crafts, printables and other related goods. You already have a market for your product. What are you waiting for? Set up your Etsy shop and start selling today.
Need some inspiration?
Alicia Shaffer has an Etsy shop named Three Bird Nest and she sells scarves, socks and headbands. Guess how much she earns per month? Her shop earns $70,000 every single month.
14. Web and Graphic Design
This is more of a professional skill than a hobby but still, you can make money as a web or graphic designer. Web design and graphic design skills are in high demand these days. Bloggers, authors and online entrepreneurs are always looking for people to create their websites, logos, business cards or ebook covers. If you are knowledgeable about this, you can put your skills to good use and make good money. A great place to start will be 99Designs but you can also offer your services as a freelance designer or web developer on Fiverr.com or Upwork.
15. Posting Videos on YouTube
If you have a habit of posting videos on YouTube then you can surely make money. It doesn’t matter what type of videos they are, so long as they are interesting and can attract a good following. A gentleman by the name of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg who runs the PewDiePie YouTube account made $7.4 million in 2015.
Funny thing is, his videos are not extraordinary. He is just an ordinary guy doing ordinary things. But, one thing he is keen to do is connect with his audience. I guess, that’s what has helped him to achieve such massive success. Connecting at heart is very important.
So, don’t think that you need to have something high-tech for you to make money from YouTube. Just create good videos that your viewers will love, connect with them then apply for Adsense. Every time someone clicks on the ads, you make a commission.
Other hobbies to check out
- Voice-over Artist
And, there you have it folks! 15 hobbies that will make you money in 2017. Which hobbies have you turned into side hustles and made money? Or, which one would you want me to add to the list? I’d love to hear from you. Please, leave a comment in the comments section below.