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Have you ever wondered how awesome it is to make money from your fun hobbies? There are already many people, myself included, making money with their hobbies.
Today, I am going to show you a complete list of hobbies that really pay well. That includes hobbies that you can make money from home as well as hobbies that you can make money online.
If you are a retiree, I have also put together a list of money-making retirement hobbies. So, you can earn some extra cash while enjoying your retirement.
Hobbies That You Make Money Online
Start A Niche Site Around Your Hobby
Personally, I have turned my hobby into a full-time online business. And you are actually looking at it right now.
Yes, it’s my personal finance website.
I love writing and love to talk about personal finance.
When I started my blog, “Earn More Live Freely”, I didn’t expect that it would one day become a full-time business for me.
But, as my blog audience gets bigger and bigger, I started to monetize my blog with my own information products and services.
Pretty soon, I grew my revenue to a consistent 4-figure monthly income. And it’s still growing.
The best part is that all my products and services are sold on auto-pilot.
In other words, the entire sales process from lead generation to closing the sale to product delivery is FULLY automated.
So, that means I can be making sales even when I am sleeping or out having dinner with family and friends.
Now, you might be wondering if you can actually do this as well.
The short answer is yes. Because I started from scratch just two years ago with no idea and no experience.
Now, let’s look at an example now.
This website called GardeningKnowHow started out as a small hobby after one gardener, Heather Rhoades.
Today, this website has more than 4 million readers every single month.
With such as a huge audience, he can monetize his gardening websites in a number of ways:
- Make money with display advertising on your website
- Make money as an affiliate promoting fishing products and services
- Make money with sponsorship from fishing equipment companies who want to reach their customers through your website
- Make money selling fishing products on your online shop
- Make money selling your own digital products such as fishing training or eBooks
What if your hobby is not gardening?
That’s okay because there are hundreds of other profitable hobby niches.
And here’s just some best examples of hobbies turned into profitable blogging niches:
- Play Piano
- Play Guitar
- Language learning
Money-Making Hobbies From Home
If you are into crafts, you can sell your handmade crafts for some extra cash.
There are many crafts that are already proven to sell online and in the local craft shows:
- Handmade jewelry ( i.e necklace, bracelets, earrings and etc)
- Handmade bags
- Picture frames
- Hand-knitted items like scarves, leg warmers and sweaters
- Wedding accessories (i.e. corsages, bouquets, hairpins and etc)
- Wedding decorations (i.e centerpiece, cake toppers and etc)
Love to bake?
Maybe you can consider starting a home-based bakery.
I recommend this hobby business idea for a few reasons:
- It’s very easy and simple to start
- There is always a market for yummy cakes, pastries and cookies.
- You can easily sell it online or in your local area
But, you have to make sure that you get the relevant license and permits before you open for business.
If you enjoy cooking and love good food, why not turn this hobby into extra income for yourself?
So, how can you do it?
One simple way is to start a YouTube cooking channel and then upload your videos to get views and subscribers.
YouTube is my go-to resource for recipes ideas and how-to tutorials when it comes to cooking.
By the way, you don’t have to be a chef or celebrity in the culinary field to start a YouTube channel and build a following.
A lot of ordinary people who start their channel out of passion for cooking have amassed a huge following on YouTube.
For example, this lady who loves to cook authentic korean food has built a YouTube following of more than 3 million people.
If you are wondering if she is a professional korean chef, the answer is no.
She was a teacher by profession in the US.
Out of her love for cooking, she started her channel in her 50s. Now, she has even written and published her own cookbook.
I would not be surprised that she is making at least 6-figure every single month just from her YouTube channel.
Hobbies That Make Money For Retirees
Passion For Travel & Outdoor Activities
If you are retired and would love to travel around and enjoy outdoor activities, you can make money doing that by becoming a host and creating a unique experience for tourists from the world.
For example, if you are a hiker, you can offer a fun hiking experience.
Or if you are a food lover and know where to find good food, you can create an interesting culinary experience.
All you need to get started is to sign up on a site like Airbnb to become a host. Then, You can start building and submiting an experience you would like to offer.
Once they publish your experience, you are set to go.
Love For Pets
If you love pets and love playing and taking care of pets, you can sign up as a dog walker with any dog walking app.
Here are a few very popular dog walking apps that connect dog owner and dog walker:
These apps are very easy to use and free to download.
Generally, they will ask you if you are okay offering dog boarding services as well when the dog owner has travel plans and are unable to take care of the dog for a period of time.
If you can do both, that’s more income opportunities.
Of course, you can also start your own dog walking and boarding service at home and promote your service to the dog owners in your neighbourhood by either word-of-mouth or posting on social media.
Do you love gardening?
Why not make some extra money with it while doing it in your retirement?
There are several ways to make money with gardening.
- You can sell plants or seeds
- You can sell homegrown produce (mushroom, garlic, herbs and etc)at the farmer’s market
- You can create a Kindle eBook or an online course to teach people how to do gardening
- You can host gardening workshops or teach a gardening class for schools or community centers
Are you passionate about photography?
There are many ways that you can make money from your photography hobby:
- Work as a freelance photographer( e.g. wedding, portrait, product and etc)
- Sell your photos online with ShutterStock or Foap and earn a royalty every time your photo is downloaded
- Give photography classes to people who are interested to learn
- Create an online course to teach photography
- Start a YouTube channel to take about photography and get paid with YouTube Ads
If you love writing, you can sign up an account with freelancing platforms such as Upwork or Fiverr and offer freelance writing services.
Here are some different types of writers that businesses are always looking to hire:
- Web content writer
- Technical writer
- Newsletter writer
- SEO writer
Most of the online freelance writing jobs offer to pay you on a per-project basis.
If your client wants to engage your service on a contract basis, then you might get paid a fixed hourly rate. The average hourly rate you should expect is $20 per hour.
Painting & Drawing
Are you passionate about painting and drawing?
Why not share your knowledge and skills with other people by giving painting and drawing classes?
My son is taking art classes from a retired art teacher once a week. And he really enjoys the class.
Apart from giving art lessons, you can also sell your painting online on Etsy.
If you take a look at the number of sales on Etsy, you will be amazed that there is a huge demand for art pieces becaue people buy them either as presents or use them to decorate their own homes or offices.
If you love woodworking and love to craft beautiful things out of wood, why not make money with your hobby at the same time?
There is a lot of demand for handmade wood items like:
- Personalized handcrafted wedding sign
- Custom step stool
- Wooden bowls
- Wood cabinet
- Wood sidetable
You can either sell your woodwork online(e.g. Etsy) or sell them in the craft fairs and shows.
A lot of retirees love to play golf and would love to spend a lot of time on the golf course.
So, why not find some part-time work on the golf course to either get free golf playing rights or make some money helping people who share the same hobby as you?
If you are into pottery, you can make money from it by either selling your pottery online or at craft shows.
Do people buy pottery online?
Yes, they do.
Here’s a screenshot of some of the best selling pottery on Etsy.
Before you start making pottery to sell, a bit of research on how actually sells the best in the market can help you a long way.
Of course, you can offer pottery classes by either working for one of the pottery studios or giving private workshops at your home yourself.
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