turn your hobby into a money-making source

Posted : June 9, 2009
Last Updated : November 12, 2013
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turn your hobby into a money-making source

Want to earn money by doing something you enjoy? Consider turning your hobby into extra income. If this sounds like a good idea but you don't know where to start, just think about what you like to do in your spare time. Do you like arts and crafts? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you love animals? No matter what hobby you enjoy, there is usually some way to earn cash from it. Consider the following:

For the Animal Lover:

  • Pet sit for traveling pet owners
  • Start a doggy daycare for owners who have to work long hours
  • Walk dogs
  • Offer grooming services
  • Train dogs
  • Chauffeur pets to veterinary/grooming appointments
  • Sell personalized animal supplies such as collars, food bowls, etc.

For the Artist:

  • Teach art classes
  • Sell your work (paintings, photographs, jewelry, candles, crafts, etc.) at local craft fairs or online (ebay or etsy.com)
  • Showcase and sell your work via personal websites such as your blog or your facebook page
  • Enter your work in school and community contests that offer cash prizes
  • Sell stock photos online at iStockphoto, Dreamstime, Bigstockphoto, etc.
  • Do wedding and event photography

For the Fashion Addict:

  • Work as a personal shopper
  • Shop for cheap yet valuable yard sale items and resell them on ebay for profit
  • Become a mystery shopper
  • Become an independent sales rep for beauty companies such as Mark or Mary Kay
  • Sell handmade clothes or beaded jewelry at craft fairs or online

For the Food Connoisseur:

  • Cater for events around campus
  • Be a personal chef for the elderly in your community
  • Teach cooking classes
  • Take orders for your specialty whether it be desserts, casseroles, etc.
  • Enter your recipes in contests that offer cash prizes

For the Logophile:

  • Start a blog and earn advertising revenue (hint: combine your love of words with another favorite hobby to get a niche for your blog)
  • Sell articles to magazines
  • Submit content online to agencies such as Yahoo's Associated Content or about.com
  • Offer reading/writing tutorial services

For the Sports Fanatic:

  • Be an umpire or referee for a little league team
  • Be a scorekeeper
  • Caddy for golfers
  • Collect baseball/basketball cards and sell for profit
  • Become a personal trainer
  • Teach exercise classes
  • Teach a sport to interested participants

For the Techie:

  • Repair computers
  • Build and sell computers
  • Design websites
  • Teach basic computer skills to senior citizens

These are just a few examples of how you could be making money from your hobby. Think about what you enjoy doing and get creative on ways to bring in extra income from it. It's a win-win.


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