It all started with the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie Card.
At the time, it was the holy grail of any kid that loved sports. And it was also the introduction of my favorite hobby as a kid: collecting baseball cards.
My dad loved taking me to baseball card shows and we would work the room scanning the vendor’s tables hoping to score some great finds.
He honestly believed it would help pay for my college tuition. I just hoped I would make a few extra bucks so I could buy a new pair of Nike Air Jordans.
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My dad and I truly believed that we could earn money fast off a hobby that we both enjoyed.
Unfortunately, that hobby didn’t quite work out for us, but that doesn’t mean that your hobby couldn’t start making you some nice cash on the side, or even if you just need extra cash flow to help pay off debt !
Here are 24 hobbies that make money including some real examples from GF¢ readers. Are you ready to make money from your passions?
1. Blogging (my favorite hobby that makes me money)
Is there a subject you are particularly passionate about? It can be business, finance, politics, health, fitness, entertainment, cooking, IT or just about any category you can think of. Start your own blog and become a member of the growing ranks of self-styled experts who are populating the web.
You can set up a simple website through WordPress, where most of the blog templates are free, then build your blog over time. Eventually, you will get a steady flow of visitors, and soon enough the opportunity to add advertising arrangements, as well as affiliate deals.
This is exactly what happened to my wife when she started houseofroseblog.com. She initially started it to journal our growing family. As she spent more time blogging, she recognized she could actually make real money from it.
She was only making a couple hundred dollars per month before she quit her day job but within a year of quitting she was able to replace her full-time income. Not too shabby!
Ready for a challenge? Sign up for my Make 1k Blogging email challenge . It’s a free 10 email series that’s main goal is to help you get your blog set up and make your first $1,000 blogging. Sign up only if you want to make some extra money.
2. Take Online Surveys
Did you know you can get paid to take online surveys ? Right from the comfort of your couch, you could be earning money just by surfing the web. Several of these sites have even more ways to earn money, but my favorite is Survey Junkie because it’s easy to use and easy to earn.
Photography is a pastime that’s part hobby and part artwork. If the photos that you are taking gravitate more toward art, it’s entirely possible that you’ll be able to make some money with this hobby.
There are several ways to monetize photography. A number of major websites such as Flickr and Shutterstock provide photos to users across the web. You can earn some money by setting up an account on those sites and adding your photos to sell to potential clients.
Still another way is to market your work directly to actual clients. Professional photographers are quite expensive, so you may be able to sell your services as a discount alternative for people who need photos for graduations, weddings, and other events.
As you gain more experience and clients, you can raise your rates and increase your income.
GF¢ reader Joni of JSF Photography shared how her hobby went from a hobby to making money: “My hobby started when I became a mom, almost 6 years ago and bought my first DSLR camera. My love for taking pictures of my babies turned into a love for capturing memories for my friends and their families.
From there, my hobby became a small business. It’s still very small and growing very slowly, but I love taking pictures and capturing a sweet moment for people that will last a lifetime.”
Writing has all kinds of possibilities. You can do it as a freelancer, responding to ads on Craigslist, or you can sign up for sites like Fiverr.com or PeoplePerHour.com where you can offer your services for open bidding.
Miranda Marquit, a very successful freelance writer previously shared her success story on what it takes it to make it writing . She writes,
“Success is freelance writing is largely individual, and requires hard work. But if you are willing to put in the effort, chances are you will be rewarded with a satisfying career.”
You don’t have to limit your work to straight writing assignments either. You can also try your hand at editing other people’s work, as well as speech writing. And if there’s a hidden teacher in you somewhere, you can even consider tutoring people on how to write.
It’s a weakness for a lot of people, who may be willing to pay you to help them get better at it. If you still have self-doubts you have the ability to write, it’s refreshing to know there are writing tools that can help.
5. Graphic Design
If you’re good at graphic design, this is a niche you can fill. Respond to ads on various sites, and even consider setting up your own website explaining what you can do, and providing samples of your work.
You can even start on a site called 99Designs.com. I’ve ordered a website design and a logo through their site and the winning designers happened to both be from the United States.
There is definitely a market out there for graphic design, though it is highly competitive. Still, if you have a real talent for it, you can rise above the competition and make money at it.
6. Creating and/or Editing Videos
If you spend much time on YouTube, Daily Motion, Vimeo or other video sites that are popping up, you can appreciate there’s a growing market for videos.
Many businesses now consider them a necessity to promote their products and services, both on their websites and also on the video sites themselves.
I have found a resurgence in making videos for my YouTube channel and have had a blast growing my community.
If you have a knack for creating videos or simply editing them, the time is right to turn this hobby into an income source. There are various ways you can make money doing this, from creating instructional videos to commercials to promote businesses.
And if you’re into music, you could also begin making your own music videos, and building up your own channel.
You can earn advertising revenue on these videos through Google AdSense, and once you get a channel established, the income can be both passive and reliable.
There are probably even fewer carpenters around these days than computer repair people. Sure, there are plenty of people who work in the construction industry who are called carpenters, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.
If you have the kind of woodworking skills you can build or repair furniture, you can build a side business in the field with very little competition.
This is especially lucrative if you have the capability to restore antique furniture. That’s a skill all its own, but by properly restoring an antique piece, you can increase its value considerably. There are even fewer people who can do that.
8. Sports – Refereeing
Were you a jock in high school or college, but haven’t been able to find an outlet for it since? If not, try being a referee. There are schools and recreation leagues that are always on the hunt for qualified referees.
If you can step into one of these gigs, it’s a way to make money on a sport where you have the ability and above-average knowledge.
The great thing about this is it can be applied to just about any sport you specialize in.
Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer – they all need referees, but there aren’t a whole lot of people around who are willing and able to do it.
It may not be anything like getting back on your old high school sports team, but it’s a chance to take a favorite sport, and turn it into a moneymaker.
9. Auto Mechanics
Have you noticed how expensive it is to get a car repaired, even for a relatively simple repair job? A lot of other people notice this as well. If you have car repair skills, you may be able to release your inner backyard mechanic, for some side jobs for pay.
If you are in the habit of working on your own car, but you also have the skills and tools available to do certain repairs for friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers, you might eventually find yourself getting plenty of repeat business just from referrals.
This doesn’t mean you need to be able to replace a car engine or change out a transmission. But if you can replace brakes, mufflers, electrical components, or any one of dozens of other typical car repairs, you can build up a thriving business.
Not so much into the mechanics of it, but just love cars?? How about picking up a great side hustle such as driving with Uber . You can sit back and relax in your own car and drive others around all while getting paid and on your own schedule of when it’s convenient for you to pick up extra work!
If you are a fitness buff, but you’ve always done it strictly for personal reasons, you may be able to start making some money at it. Perhaps the best way is to become a personal trainer. Gyms all across the country have personal trainers, and since turnover is high, they’re usually looking for a few more.
You probably have to get certified as a personal trainer, and may even need to get a CPR certification. The regulations vary between the states, and in some states, the requirements are particularly light. You can start out as a trainer in a gym, but as you get better known, you may be able to up take on better-paying personal clients.
And of course, there’s Crossfit which I absolutely love. Crossfit was relatively unknown in 2005 when I started it but now “boxes” (the equivalent of a gym) are popping up everywhere. Even in my area, there are now 6 Crossfit boxes I could attend.
11. Music – Teaching and Tutoring
Music is one of those hobbies that lends itself very well to tutoring. Think of the people you know who will engage the services of teachers and tutors for piano lessons, guitar lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, or any of the hundreds of other instruments out there.
One of the plusses is you don’t have to be an absolute expert in order to teach it. As a tutor, you’ll be working with people who are beginners and have little or no knowledge of the given instrument.
Even if you are merely an intermediate level player, you’ll have a lot to offer a new student.
Parents are often looking for teachers and tutors to help their children master an instrument. Your hobby can become a moneymaker if you fill that role.
Another GF¢ reader, Micah, shares how they were able to make money with their music hobby:
“My wife Lauren and I met 10 years ago while playing on the worship team for our church. She’s a classically trained violinist, and I learned the piano, drums, bass, and guitar by ear. A decade later we still attend the same church and we have a home full of music gear!”
12. Music – Become a Session Musician
If you are good at playing a certain instrument, but life took some terms that didn’t allow you to start a band or to turn it into a career, you can still use that talent to make some money.
Local bands and out of area touring bands are often looking for local musicians to do session work. You’re generally paid on a per-job basis, though you may do several jobs with the same band in the course of the year.
For the best example of what a session musician can do, read the story of Clem Cattini. He was a session drummer whose work was included in more than 40 No. 1 singles in the UK. The list of singers and bands he worked for reads like the Who’s Who list of British rock acts in the 1960s and 1970s.
Advertising is key. You’ll often find ads that classified sections of bands and even orchestras that are looking for session performers. You can also place your own ad, advertising your services.
Printing up a flyer or business cards, and leaving them in local record stores or recording studios is another way to help yourself get noticed. Finding session musicians often takes place by word-of-mouth, so the more people who are aware of what you are offering, the more your phone is likely a ring.
13. Web Design
You create or upgrade websites for yourself or your friends, mostly just because you like to do it?
Well, there’s a market out there of people businesses would be willing to pay you to do it for them.
Sure, there are free templates like WordPress available, but a lot of people lack the time, the motivation, or the aptitude to make even a simple application work.
If you are pretty creative and building websites, and can do so for a reasonable rate, you should find plenty of work out there. You can start by soliciting local small businesses, or even by placing small ads in trade publications.
And having a website that any of your advertising can link back to, will be an excellent opportunity to showcase your work through examples.
You can start out working on relatively simple sites, the ones you have the time in the skill level to do without much trouble. This year cash flow from the activity begins to grow, you take on more complicated – and profitable – assignments.
14. Social Media
You spend a lot of time on social media – and if social media is your natural element – you may very well be able to turn that hobby into a moneymaker. Social media started out primarily as something of a cyber toy, businesses are increasingly recognizing its value as a means of promoting their products and services.
The problem is there are a lot of people out there who know much about social media promotion.
If you know how to build a following for any of the major social media outlets – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linked In, Google+, and others – you may be able to carve out a money-making niche for yourself.
The business side of social media usage is sometimes no more involved than being an online customer service rep for a business. Social media management is becoming a career field all its own.
As you grow into social media from a business perspective, you may build a critical new career for yourself – out of what is now just a hobby.
15. Comedy (Knock, Knock..Who’s There?)
Some people are natural-born comedians for whom comedy may be less of a hobby and more of a lifestyle. If you want to profit while you make people laugh, take your comedic venture to the next level.
Comedy clubs are everywhere, and nearly all of them are looking for new talent. You may be able to make some money by working a night or two a week at one of these clubs.
Even if you start out working for free and picking up tips, once you get yourself established, you can start performing for a fee. Clubs are always interested in the kind of talent that can bring patrons into their establishment and keep them there.
Eventually, you might even get yourself some gigs as a warm-up act for better-known performers.Or you can use your comedy skills as an MC at events.
If you really want to take it to a higher level, you can post some videos on YouTube to showcase your work.
Bottom line: When you are looking for ways to make extra money, never overlook your hobbies. If humor is your passion, it might be the first place you should look for a side hustle.
Long-term, the pursuits you’re passionate about are usually the best money makers.
Making crafts has been a popular way to make money for many years, but it has really blown up since Etsy was founded in 2005. My wife first introduced me to Esty and even I have bought a few things on there including this awesome shirt:
GF¢ reader April from Polkadotposies.com has been able to take her hobby into a real business. Here’s her story.
“I found a domestic place to order wholesale bows by the dozen. However, there was a high minimum order value of $75. I asked my husband if I could please, please order $75 worth of bows and guaranteed him I could sell the extras to cover the cost. He agreed as long as I was able to cover the $75. The previous week he was with me when I bought 2 bows for $24. My daughter lost one of the bows the next day! He was furious and told me I couldn’t buy any more. I sold the $75 worth of bows I purchased for $300 within 48 hours of receiving them. That didn’t include the 20 I kept for my daughter! I just reinvested all the money ($225) and did it again out of the back of my van and by taking them in laundry baskets into the kids’ private school. We’ve been a cash basis ever since.
After a few months, I was able to go directly to manufacture to keep up with demand. That was 6 years ago. Hard to believe!!”
17. Proofreading and Editing
Have you seen some of the tens of thousands of websites and blogs that are out there on the web? Just about every one of them needs someone to handle proofreading and editing. If this is something you’re good at, either because of previous experience or because it’s something you simply like to do, there’s a huge market out there for it.
There’s even plenty of opportunity outside the web. Virtually anything that’s written needs to be proofread and edited. This includes marketing and advertising material, business “white papers”, business proposals, and books – both printed books and ebooks.
You can often find paid opportunities for proofreading and editing just by looking in an online classified ad venue.
At the top of the list is Craigslist, which has dedicated sections for editing, as well as for “gigs” where you can pick up an odd assignment here and there. Once you get a few clients, you’ll be rolling with repeat business and referrals.
18. Buying and Selling
If you like shopping for bargains, at garage sales, swap meets, estate sales, and around the web, and you have some sort of handle on that “buy-low, sell high” thing, you may be able to begin making money buying and selling the items you come across.
Look for salable items in your spare time, such as hitting garage sales on the weekends. If you’ve spent much time doing it, you probably already know what kinds of merchandise can be readily resold, and for how much.
The basic idea is to buy an item for $10 that can be sold for $50 or even $100. By doing this repeatedly, it’s easy to see how you can leverage this to the point of making hundreds or thousands of dollars per month.
There are numerous outlets to sell your items as well. eBay and Craigslist certainly, but you can also sell through consignment stores and other local outlets that accept second-hand items for sale.
We’ve already talked about being a referee, and you can apply the same effort to coaching sports as well. There’s plenty of opportunities available in local recreational leagues.
In fact, most of these leagues have perpetual shortages of coaches. And if you have skills or backgrounds in multiple sports, you can pretty much stay busy all year round.
You can also try your hand at venues like the YMCA. If you’re particularly accomplished, you might even be able to try to become a coach at a school.
During the off-season, you may also be able to work as a personal trainer, or as a personal coach providing coaching services for a specific sport, for a small number of students. Some of the less traveled sports may actually present the richest opportunities. Examples include coaching for swimming, golf, and tennis.
In addition to marketing your skills through local schools and recreational organizations, you can also make your services available through local gyms. People who work out often look for parallel opportunities in specific sports.
20. Public Speaking
Most people are scared to death to speak in public – which is exactly why this can turn into a potentially lucrative opportunity if that’s something you like to do.
Businesses need people who can speak to groups, either to introduce products or to make group sales pitches. There are also plenty of opportunities available in the digital world. For example, there are very likely to be opportunities working as a speaker for videos.
Even though you are not directly affiliated with the company that is sponsoring the video production, you can still act as their front man or woman.
And if you’re any good at it, you’ll get plenty of business, and soon enough, you will be able to raise your fees to the point of doing it as your primary occupation.
If you love pets, there are plenty of ways to make money on this front. The most common are dog walking and pet sitting. The attraction of both you are providing services directly to the customer at their own homes.
But if you have a decent amount of property and a large home, you may be able to consider doing pet sitting from your home.
One area that can be particularly lucrative is taking care of exotic pets. If you have experience with reptiles, birds, or unusual mammals, you may have a near-captive clientele, and one willing to pay premium prices for your services.
Even more specialized is pet grooming. If you’re any good at it – and can bring an artistic flair to the table – you’ll have plenty of work.
Another extension on the service is becoming a mobile pet groomer. This is where you have all the equipment you need, and perform services at the customer’s home. This is another premium service.
Baking? How would you sell that? Actually, there are more places than you might think. Participating in local bake sales is only the first one that comes to mind.
But there are probably small shops, bakeries, farmers markets, and specialty stores in your immediate area that either already sell specialty food items, or would be willing to take on a new line that looks profitable.
Still another possibility is bed-and-breakfast facilities. Though it may not constitute a meal, it will provide quick nourishment for guests who are on-the-fly, and on their way out to local attractions.
If you want to get really ambitious, you can start an online baked goods product line. Everyone loves baked goods, but since so few people actually do any baking anymore, the market is wide open. This is especially true for items that are novel or quick, such as cookies, cupcakes, and muffins.
This is similar to number 18 above, buying and selling, but it is much more specialized, and for that reason, it is also more potentially profitable. Antiquing isn’t so much about being able to spot a bargain – though that certainly helps – as much as it is the ability to identify a true antique.
Books have been written on the subject, and there are even websites dedicated to it. If this is a hobby of yours, it wouldn’t be difficult to convert it into a paid venture.
If you are fond of combing the land for hidden antique gems, there’s a potentially large market for them. Obviously, you can consider selling them online, as well as at flea markets and swap meets, but there are plenty of other venues as well.
Antique shops are at the top of the list. You may be able to work out consignment arrangements with several shops in your area. You may also be able to become an antique finder for one or more shops. And if you can make contact with some prosperous antique collectors – that could be where the real money is.
24. Pursuing Credit Card Rewards
While you may not associate credit cards with any type of “hobby,” there is actually an underworld of individuals who pursue the best credit card offers for cashback and travel rewards like it’s a part-time job.
If you have a good strategy, it’s easy to earn several hundred dollars per year in rewards or thousands of miles using the best airline credit cards , but your earnings can skyrocket if you go after signup bonuses.
Let’s say you got the Chase Sapphire Preferred ® card in order to earn a hefty signup bonus of 50,000 points worth $500. To score this deal, you would need to spend $4,000 on your card within 90 days of signing up.
While that might sound like a lot, it may not be when you consider the myriad bills you could be paying on credit – things like groceries, gas, utility bills, insurance, daycare, and even college tuition! Better yet, this card also lets you earn 1X points on everyday spending and 2X points on travel and dining (making it one of the best credit cards for travel ).
If $4,000 is too much to swing within 90 days, you should choose a card with a lower minimum spending requirement.
The Chase Freedom Unlimited℠ Card is a good option for free money because you’ll earn a $150 signup bonus after using it for just $500 in purchases within 90 days. Almost anyone could do that! Plus, you’ll also earn a flat 1.5% back in cash for every purchase you make.
Are you ready to make money from your hobby? Now’s a good time as any to get started!
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Making money through social media is my favorite, it actually comes natural and particularly funny, it would really be my pleasure to get paid for it.
How do I earn money from public speaking. Please give me list of websites or applications like you tell us for other jobs.
Hi Roshan – I don’t know about that field specifically. But you can google “public speaking” and see what comes up. You might look for public speaking forums or groups and get advice there. You may also need to get a mentor if you’ve never done it before. And of course, you can always volunteer to speak at local events to help build references and a resume.
I would like to pursue with Fitness Programme, Since I’m a fitness enthusiast.
Ranging from Daily Yoga Practices to keep your Energy Balance, to Maintaining a healthy Life style despite of working 9-5 regular job ,I could provide fitness training on varying programme.
Can I request for your advice to get started please.
Hi Amanullah – I don’t know much about that business, but I’d recommend first checking any licensing requirements in your state or city. Then I’d check with fitness clubs to see if you can start out working there. You might also try soliciting local businesses to see if their employees are interested. It’s a strategy of building it up gradually. From there, see where it takes you.
I engrave all kinds ds of wooden signs for any occasion using mosaics, art effects…. anything u want!
I’m sorry. I would like to ask. What about art . I mean drawing . How will I earn money?. Please help me. I’ll be very happy. And your app is very helpfull.
Hi Abubakar – You can try art as a graphic artist. You might be able to take some courses at a local community college, or even buy a graphic arts program and learn for yourself. If you have talent for it, and master the technical side, it may be a way to turn art into in income.
Coaching, buying and selling, social media, comedy, blogging.
I am skilled in all things horses! I can break, train, leg up, warm up, ride-in, groom, etc. I would love to come help people work with their horse.
Hi Ashley – Maybe you can offer your services to horse stables in your area on a contract basis. Eventually, you may get referrals to work directly with individual horse owners.
I would like the pets and driving and graphics.
My comment to a concept of this site is that it is hard to say bcs I’m not freelancer, youtuber, viner or amaterish writer, but you have to endure personal sacrifice to keep up with deadlines. What are your goals? What are you trying to accomplish by publishing so many materials in void
Good advice/questions Antonia.
I am very interested in making crafts to sell, and hopefully your suggestions will help.
Good article, but most of these are NOT hobbies.
I respectfully disagree. I looked at the list and for the most part I could easily connect some type of hobby that would correlate with each of these income sources.
The definition of a hobby: an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.
The art of turning a hobby into a business is about being creative in how they turn what they love to do into an income source.
Not knowing which specific item you are referencing, if someone enjoys doing something for fun (i.e. hobby), this list of income sources are viable.
So many good thoughts! Thanks a lot!
I went to school for art so I can make and sell the pieces. I like animals and kids. I can watch pets and babysit but I don’t drive so they would have to come to me. I’m a great speller and proof reader
Hi Marie – Try both on the web – art and proof reading. You can advertise your services in different places, including Craigslist, and even set up a simple website for each venture. That will help you generate business since you don’t drive.
How about growing marijuana? Now days with the legalization of “pot” in states such as OR., WA., and CA., opportunities are all around. If you have a green thumb and or enjoy consuming this sticky green, it can make you lots of money! Money can be made growing it, selling it in the dispensaries in a job called a “budtender”, marketing the product from home over the phone, making edables, lotions and a whole gammet of other products. You can make money doing all of the same with cbd products ( marijuana w/o thc). Ive even known someone that made $20 hr. just rolling joints all day long for the dispensaries. I know someone else who is a lobbyist for the industry, and helps set up and produce hemp festivals. Of course to grow pot youd need to be properly registered with the state. There is even a pot growing college in OR. Then of course for the creative artist in you, that opens up the area of smoking devices to be made and sold6 at street festivals and or farmers markets. I know someone who got boxes and boxes of bong stems off Craigslist for free and turned around and sold them wholesale for $3 each, making over $10k! Pot is not just for couch potatoes anymore! Check the law in your area first!
Hi Kelly – Thanks for the input, but I’ll leave that one alone. It’s legal in some places, but not in others. And to my knowledge, the federal government is still not on board with it, so there is the risk of a reversal.
I started cleaning houses while going back to school. It started out as a PT way of earning extra income. Advertising on Craigslist was free to low cost, so essentually zero to little money to get started. Several years later , Ive been booked weeks in advance and still have some of the same original customers! I do cleaning, organizing, gardening, yardwork, decorating, shopping, pet care etc.
My children have also turned their passion into a money maker! They are avid cyclists and while going to college, they commuted by bicycle to help keep the carbon footprint on the environment low. They also had done some studying abroad and cycled too. They even sold th e ir cars and travelled by mostly bicycle alone. Now they have turned their passion into their job. They have jobs as bicycle tour guides! They get to travel to some great places in the US and other countries all expenses paid (nightly hotel and all food) and ride their bikes while earning good money! They’ve been to some beautiful places and ridden their bikes across the United States touring many of our National Parks and scenic areas, up and down the West coast, throughout Europe, from Washington state all the way to the tip of South America (including all the countries in between), and parts of Africa. They are living their dream and making money! Way to go!
Hi Kelly – You and your kids are excellent examples of an unexpected benefit of using hobbies to make money – that you can turn those ventures into full time occupations. It’s an example of following your passion to your occupation. Good on you and your kids! It’s an inspiring story that I hope others will read and consider.
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I have a question,I make herbal medicine cough and cold allergy and I would like to selll it, I am not certified but have been doing this for 10 years now do I start?
Hi Ladonna – I can’t give you advice as far as a medical product. I’m sure there’s some sort of licensing requirement, as well as agency approval required. I’d investigate that side of it first, then look at the business potential.
I have a hobby and talent of public speaking. Where do i get paid for doing this. Send me best genuine sites and requires
Hi Roshan – You might try looking up some professional speaker websites and see what they have to offer. I don’t think there’s a site you can go to that will land you speaking engagements, but you might begin networking with other speakers and groups that can point you in the right direction.
I enjoy helping people on a daily basis…….
Hi Autumn – If you can find ways to earn some money while you’re helping people, that can turn it into a hobby that also brings in some extra income.
This is too good app but some more things like motivational man job.
Sir iam hamza These were all fantastic suggestions! As for making money with social media, it is pretty difficult to sell on social media, but is a great way to generate leads and then sell to those leads. For that reason, running an email list about any topic is a great hobby to make money with.
How can get the editing of writings especially desertations up to PhD and other publishings.
Hi Sams – You’ll have to do some digging. Craigslist may be a place to start, but try other sites like Indeed.com. Local free newspapers sometimes also advertise those gigs.
In my skill of consultancy I’ll like 2 see where it gets me…
Where would be a good place to look, specifically (website names), for people needing a public speaker? Also what would the positions be called?
Hi Nicole – Try Googling public speaking opportunities and see what comes up. Also, check out Craigslist. People and businesses frequently advertise unusual gigs on that site.
I want to know more about the whole baking one for the side jobs on here I’m a really awesome cook and I’ve been cooking since I was about 5years old til now and I’ll be in my mid 30’s so what’s that say about it all.
Hi Desiree – Try googling it and see what comes up. It’s usually best to get specific business ideas from multiple sources. Then you’ll be able to notice patterns, and choose the strategies you want to use in your own business.
Hey check out upwork.com too. Teacherspayteachers.com smith.ai
Some good ones I’ve seen.
Also would be interested in a section about not being taken advantage of as a freelancer.
Thanks for the awesome suggestion
Thanks for the suggestions!
I want to make and sell my dj mixes to share with friends and family on their email from Gmail, yahoo, Hotmail, icloud and aol account including on pinterest too that I usually do every once of week on my days off from my workshop program every 4 days of week Wednesdays through Saturdays at 5pm til 8pm my name is dj davey dave.
Enjoyed much…id love to be a funny guy i am but im not like stand on stage and remember jokes ive written. Im more pants on the fli fly n past me…
Since 1968 ( 50 years ) I have made a fabulous income from teaching music ( guitar ) at home. In fact it has paid for my home, children, local and overseas holidays. Granted it is not as busy as it used to be, but there is always someone wanting to learn a musical instrument. And at a current rate of $70 per hour (Australian ) without leaving home, buying a new instrument every few years, licencing, is better than all trades and many professions. And best of all, teaching music is PAID PRACTICE for the teacher.
Wow Bill, thanks for sharing that story. It shows what can be done using the talents you have. I’ve heard similar stories over the years. Not just music either – repair work, computer skills, writing, tutoring, you name it.
I am looking to start making money from my own passionate hobby. I used to play piano well …but due to life I cannot sit for a long period of time. However I love music I can read music and sing as well. I really am Interested in being a tutor or music interpreter. ….can anyone help me figure it out!
Hi LaRue – Check with the schools in your area and see if you can offer your services to students. You should make up a flyer that advertises your business. Also see if you can advertise in apartments, churches and stores. Once you get a few students, you’ll start getting referrals, and the business will come in more easily.
Playind Taps at Military funerals pays very well. Most will pay 100. Plus tips for the one song.
Thanks for the information Andy!
How can I start with “proof reading and editing” ??
Please let me know.
Hi Arbina – There are different ways you can do that. One is to look for online sites, like ProBlogger that list editing gigs for websites and blogs. Another is to check on Craigslist. You don’t have to limit the search to your own area either. Since the work is done online you can apply for gigs anywhere they’re located. Also try contacting some blogs on the web and see if any have a need. If you keep digging you’ll find paid work.
Its very interesting that Carpenters, more precisely woodworkers, are in this list. I have been trying to start one such business. The problem is that I’m no salesman. We wood craftsmen are a dying breed. So few individuals take any pride in their work and learning how to restore, repair, or make items from wood can be an arduous task for anyone. I am a fourth generation woodworker and I have no time to think about how to sell myself. You either like the work I do, or you don’t. In this society its more about the bottom line (how many can we produce/sell before people notice the worthlessness of our product) than with; “was it done right and would I put this up in my own home”
You make an excellent point Micah, a lot of the crafts aren’t appreciated anymore. Have you tried selling your work at fairs and craft shows, or even selling them through local independent retailers?
I am ashamed to admit that you’re right. Carpenters are not as appreciated as they should be. It’s so hard to find meaningful and thoughtful woodwork these days. I hope i didn’t fine this post too late and I haven’t lost you because I may be able to help you with the selling part. Let know if you still need help.
Ive been thinking about woodworking as well. The problem for me is that a quality picnic table or pergola swing from me would cost $400-500. Home Depot sells dirt cheap tables for $100. I could never compete with that. Theyre junk, but people want it dirt cheap.
from when I was a little kid I make things I have made a car that moves on it own I have made different types of torch with wires and little accessories I also made a USB fan before it came to the market I made
a power bank out of a phone charger and many more,i don’t just have the resources to start making things I need a company or individual that will help me they won’t regret cus am very talented am a boy of twenty years
Hi Kenneth – I have no expertise in that area, so I can’t really provide any useful advice. But maybe you can go online and see if there are investors who will back someone like you who has talent but needs capital. I wish I could offer more advice.
Hi Kenneth ,
IF you need investors open a GoFundMe account and write about your story and you’ll sure to get help there.
I love to bake i can bake anything. I also make raw desserts, vegan raw and vegan baked goods are my specialty plus traditional. Are there any suggestions where i could sell my baked goods?
I am looking some wood working hobby/business. That shall be a finished product making machine, preferably single operatable like CNC.
Anybody can help me….
I’ve been making free money online for years and am always looking for ways to earn more. Thanks for your info I have picked up something new here
Local garage sale groups on FB is a great place to sell items to neighbors. I have found it much more responsive to post an item, look for an item or job etc than Craigslist about 10 to 1.
Wonder how to sell my unique hand made jewelry items?
@paula Have you considered Etsy? It’s a huge marketplace to sell crafts and other hand made items.
Then give your customers a discount for taking a picture and tagging your Instagram account that has a link in your profile back to your Etsy Store.
These were all fantastic suggestions! As for making money with social media, it is pretty difficult to sell on social media, but is a great way to generate leads and then sell to those leads. For that reason, running an email list about any topic is a great hobby to make money with.
Another way you can earn with social media is by using a social network that actually pays its users. Tsu does just that, it returns 90% of the revenue back to the users by using an algorithm of how much of an impact the user is making on the network.
This is significant because it includes things like inviting friends to the network and having really popular posts. Some people are earning a good part-time wage from tsu. Check it out, search for tsu social network on Google, and use ‘BrainofJT’ as your invite code. You need an invite code in order to join simply because they want to credit the person who invited you for making an impact on the network.
These are not hobbies, they are professions. We train for years to be able to do work well, only to have some boffin say that it is a fun hobby? This is how what WE do is de-valued. 99designs and the like, is great for people that want something without paying what it is worth. Let’s do that with all other industries shall we? We can all go bankrupt together.
Sounds like you should have saved you money and years of training. Do it as a hobby like we do.
I am constantly astounded that people have to post such negativity. Sure these are professions for some, hobbies for others.
I shouldn’t waste my time replying to this negativity, but, I think you did a great job listing these options & opportunities.
This comment gave me an idea to create Imabitch.com so the plethora of negative commenters have a place to go for their favorite pastime, complaining & finding negative in everything.
Great reply, too, Sue.
THANKS for your time & work. I appreciate this list & gained much insight. : – )
Wow! I like the idea.. good thinking.. I’ve had a rough 3yrs as a mechanic, home repair and restore furniture plus I love antique things so the negative crap needs to take a seat on the get the hell outta here train.. lol.. thanks, kevinb
Writing has become one such hobby for me.
But for me, the way I have to look at it is that writing is a very inexpensive hobby. I might start to worry if I saw it as a job because it would be a very low-paying job :/
Thanks for the insight.