Finding something you love to do is pretty awesome, but finding something you love to do that will also earn you money is phenomenal. A hobby that makes you money is an activity you would be doing anyways, whether it brings you an income or not. By figuring out how to monetize that activity, you can bring in an income that’s sometimes big enough to pay for the cost of doing the hobby. Other times, you can build a full time job out of your hobbies. Here are 10 hobbies that are fun to try and could possibly pay for themselves.
Writing sooths my soul and pays my bills. I know that I would be writing whether I was getting paid or not. Turning this hobby into income has given me more flexibility in my job and more time in my life to spend doing what I love. Online platforms make it much more simple to find clients willing to pay you, giving you the ability to turn your passion into your paycheck.
A lot of people don’t think of coding as a hobby, which is good news for those of you who do. Coding is a skill that can be worth a pretty major income because it is so complex and inaccessible for someone who has no understanding of it. Similar to writing, there are lots of online platforms that make it relatively easy to find clients willing to pay you for small coding projects, even if you don’t have much experience.
Combing garage sales, junk shops, and other used markets is a fun activity for a lot of people. You never know what you’re going to find, but you’ll almost always find it at a low price. Turning this hobby into an income means finding items that are worth money to collectors and selling them online. People who have a yard sale in their front lawn are usually trying to get rid of a lot of their things and maybe make a few dollars doing so. They don’t necessarily realize they are selling a first edition Hemingway or mint-condition piece of memorabilia. Turn around and sell those items yourself for a profit. If nothing else, you may have more money to shop with!
Transforming a chunk of wood into something beautiful, useful, or just interesting is a relaxing and fulfilling hobby. Creating a piece of furniture that your family will use for years to come gives you satisfaction that lasts as long as your craftsmanship. You could consider creating an item or two to sell. Listing the item online is one option for selling it, although you have to keep in mind the cost to ship it if you are willing to sell it to someone long-distance. Local markets or craft shows might be reasonable if you can move the item easily. Creating items on commission is another way to monetize this hobby, and you could charge more for personalized design.
Another way to craft items that you can sell is to knit or crochet. This is an appealing hobby for someone who enjoys having their hands busy, and it can be very satisfying to create a cute or warm piece of clothing for your friends or family. Unlike woodworking, knit items are usually very easy to move and this makes them ideal for craft shows and bazaars.
If baking is something that you love to do, you can sell your homemade baked goods at craft sales or farmer’s markets. Be sure to check the labelling laws in your state because you’ll probably have to designate on the label that your goodies were made in a home kitchen versus a commercial one. You will have to take special precautions since you are handling perishable goods, but you could choose to sell pre-mixed kits for baked goods instead. Labelling laws still apply, but handling shelf stable goods is a little easier for someone just starting out.
Master soap makers take years to learn their craft and hone it. Cold-processed soap is an art form and can be a really enjoyable hobby to learn. But even a first time soap-maker can make high quality and beautiful soap using melt and pour techniques. Handmade soap is a big hit at craft shows and bazaars, and since your product is shelf stable you can even sell these online.
Making money with photography doesn’t have to mean opening up a major studio and booking clients full time. If you are an avid photographer, you could let your friends know that you’re interested in making money this way. There’s no end to friends with weddings, kids, graduating seniors, and holiday cards who would give you a great recommendation and a start to your portfolio for a discount. Websites like Cafepress allow you to upload photos and designs that people can purchase for a wide range of printed material. Upload your photos and there’s nothing else for you to do.
Painting and drawing are very theraputic for people of all ages. Selling your art online might be difficult unless you are filling a specific niche or have established yourself as an artist, but there’s no harm in listing them if you are going to paint anyways. Art shows, crafts shows, and even yard sales might be places to sell your art, depending on the market and price you’re looking for.
If you have an eye for wild plants and enjoy foraging for food or other useful pieces of nature, you could be making a little extra money. Plants can be dried and sold, or processed to varying levels. You could sell ground powders made from your plants, or craft salves and rubs from them.
Turning your hobby into a business requires a different skill set than just doing a hobby for fun. If you enjoy a challenge and are interested in learning, opening a small side business might be a fun adventure for you.