Most of us have hobbies that we do, whether that’s for fun or a specific purpose, and we recommend thinking about if you can monetize these.
Even if you don’t currently have a hobby, there are some things that you could get started with today, whether you’re a teen wanting to start a business or just oldies like us looking to make some side money passively.
Let’s take a look at some hobbies that make money:
25 Hobbies That Make Money
There are so many hobbies out there that you can do, and making money from one only depends on what you enjoy and are good at – or would like to get good at with some practice!
Just because you don’t do something now, doesn’t mean that you can’t start now and learn something completely new.
If you are looking for some mom hobbies to make money, we’ve got you covered.
Writing is one of the most popular ways to make money online because pretty much anyone can do it!
There are a few ways that you can make money from writing, such as freelance writing for a company doing articles or social media.
You can use it as a skill in your current career or use it within your own business, such as if you have a blog or website.
If you enjoy writing and do it as a hobby, why not apply to be a freelance writer for a business?
You can make good money as a freelance writer, and if there is one particular subject that you enjoy then this could be fun for you! We recommend checking out the excellent course Earn More Writing to get started today.
2. Shopping Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
Is there nothing that you love more than having a rummage through some thrift stores to find a treasure?
If shopping at flea markets and thrift stores is something that you love to do, why not think of the different ways that you can make money from this.
You could try and flip things that you find at the flea market or thrift stores for profit. The key is to find something at a low price and sell it for a higher price.
If this is something that you love to do as a hobby, you will have a competitive edge over someone who is getting into it just doing it for the money, because you will have a lot more knowledge.
3. Dog Walking
Who doesn’t love dogs?! Dog walking is a nice hobby, even if you don’t have a dog yourself you may find yourself asking your friends or neighbors if you can take their dog out.
Being outdoors and walking is a great thing to do in general, and when it comes to hobbies we are all for anything that involves exercising in the fresh air. Getting paid to walk can only be a good thing!
Let people know that you are going to be offering this as a paid venture, and you could sign up to sites such as Rover.com to find work.
We love dog walking as a hobby to make money because there are no costs involved and it is so good for your own health as an added bonus.
4. Sell Your Designs/Printable Products/Crafts
Do you enjoy graphic design and making things? A fun way for you to monetize your hobby can be to create printables or something similar to sell.
There are lots of people who make a fortune selling printables on sites such as Etsy.
If you are crafty then you could also sell your work on Etsy. There are all kinds of things for sale on there such as jewelry, kids clothes, furniture and more.
We have had great success selling our own printables – we sell a budget planner as well as meal planners and other printables for families.
Photography is a great hobby to have because you will have so many nice photos and memories of the things that you have been doing.
Being a photographer takes skill, and equipment, which is why you can charge a lot of money if you were to monetize it.
You could start up your own business or if you don’t want to go down that route, you could sell your photos on stock photo sites such as Shutterstock.
In addition, you could model for photos yourself and sell them- did you know some people make $90,000 a year selling feet pics? It’s worth checking out!
Do you like watching videos? Even better, do you like making videos? And do you have a knack for editing?
If so, starting a Youtube channel could be a great idea for you. There are millions of Youtube creators out there – the demand for video content is high, and only getting bigger.
Make sure you have a plan for your channel, but sharing helpful or entertaining videos can get you decent money from Adsense alone.
You don’t just need to rely on Adsense money, as you can also use Youtube as a marketing channel for other products that you wish to sell.
We all like to do things that don’t take a ton of brainpower, and when you are sitting down relaxing watching TV, it’s nice to have something else to do.
We recommend taking surveys during this time because you can make some extra cash for very little effort.
Maybe you enjoy answering questions about yourself and want to help out. The survey sites that we like to use are:
8. Watching Videos
Watching videos has got to be a hobby that everyone does, right? If you enjoy watching videos as a hobby, this is a perfect thing to monetize. It’s so fun!
You can get paid to watch videos on the survey sites that we mentioned, such as Swagbucks.
Tutoring is great because it’s always fun to teach someone new to the area that you love, and are passionate about learning.
You could tutor people on all kinds of things – it could be teaching them in a particular subject for school, sports, languages or a musical instrument.
You could do this either online or in-person, depending on what you are teaching. We always recommend VIPKid as it’s well paid – where you will be teaching kids online how to speak English.
10. Start A Blog
For us, blogging started as a hobby that we were quickly able to monetize and ended up leaving our full-time jobs to work on full-time!
Blogging is a great thing to do either as a hobby or as a way to make money. You can start off doing it as a hobby and then start to add in ways to make money as you go.
Think about a subject that you are passionate about and would love to write about, and go for it! If you write helpful or entertaining content and learn about marketing, this can become a really successful venture.
The usual ways of making money from blogging include:
- Sponsored posts
- Affiliate marketing
- Products or services
We recommend signing up to Bluehost for your blog hosting if you are a newbie as they are so affordable and helpful.
When you are reading through something, do the mistakes in the copy stand out to you?
If this is something that you enjoy and comes to you naturally, think about offering proofreading as a service. There are lots of businesses that hire proofreaders to check that everything is correct before it is published.
It’s basically a job that pays you to read!
There are courses out there to help you get set up and making money, such as Proofread Anywhere.
12. Become a VA
Organizing things and loving to support people in their ventures means that you would really enjoy being a VA (Virtual Assistant). If you like Pinterest, you could think about being a Pinterest VA.
There may be particular things that you enjoy doing that you could provide as a VA. It could be things like creating graphics or writing content.
There are lots of businesses that need assistance, and we always suggest looking at local businesses, or bloggers – look in Facebook groups that they’ll hang out in.
13. Social Media Management
This one’s for you social media lovers! Do you find yourself scrolling through your phone most of the day?
Do you notice the trends? Do you like to post on social media? Maybe you create your own graphics and cute pictures.
Now, would you like to do this as a job? Social media management for a business is always in demand, as it can take a lot of time and can be important for sales.
You can search for jobs in Facebook groups or even by contacting local businesses, who may not have a social media presence and you could advise them on what to do to increase their sales.
14. Grocery Shop (For Others)
Lots of people enjoy grocery shopping, but lots of people don’t enjoy it as well! If you are one of the people who enjoy it, you could offer it as a service.
There are companies out there that you should sign up to such as:
With most of these companies you just need to buy the groceries that they have requested, and drop them off at their home.
15. Online Shopping
If you love online shopping, there is a way to make money from doing so. You can, of course, flip the items that you buy as previously mentioned.
You could also use cash back sites and apps to make money on the things that you are buying.
We love cash back apps, as it is such a passive way to make money. You just need to select the item that you want to purchase, buy it, then upload your receipt.
Cash back sites work in pretty much the same way, but you usually have to just click through onto the site and continue to make your purchase, with it being tracked.
Our favorite cash back apps and sites include:
Are you a budding artist? When you love to draw and are good at it, you can sell illustrations for decent money.
You can sell these on sites such as Etsy, Instagram, or create your own website.
You’d be surprised by how many artists are out there that are making good money – we recommend looking on Youtube, Tik Tok, and Instagram to check them out. You can even see artists behind the scenes if you search for things like “Studio Vlog”.
Did you know that you can make money from selling your music? So cool, right?
There are a few different ways that you can do this if you aren’t going to go down the route of being a fully-fledged musician, such as recording songs and putting them on sites like Soundcloud.
You can also sell your beats on sites like BeatStars or Airbit, where users can buy your music for their own use.
Avid gym goers will know that once you get into fitness, it can kind of take over your life a bit!
With that in mind, it can be good to try and make some money from this passion. You will generally have to qualify if you want to do something like being a personal trainer.
There are lots of people on Instagram who are fitness influencers and make a lot of money sharing workouts and guides (they are typically PTs).
19. Selling Plants
Have you ever thought about selling plants? If you have a passion for plants and enjoy growing them, this is a cute way of making money from your hobby!
Houseplants are in high demand and also sell well on social media channels. You can start off selling the plants that you already have and using the cuttings to make even more.
You can even sell them outside your house for your neighbors, and then branch out (pardon the pun!) into selling online.
Do you love sports? You may not be in the position to play sports yourself, and still want to be in on the action.
There is always a big demand for referees, so you can pretty much step into the role on any team. It’s a nice way to get out and about as well!
When you have a love for cooking, you just want to be doing it all the time! The great thing about this is that you will always have people who are willing to receive your goodies.
There are lots of different ways that you can make money from your cooking hobby, such as starting a Youtube channel showing you cooking or your recipes.
You could also set up a food business where you sell your things either in a truck or even a cafe/restaurant.
Are you a big gamer? Do you love to entertain others? You may be pleased to know that you can make money from this hobby – gaming is a very popular way of making money.
You can make money from using Twitch to live-stream yourself playing games to your fans. You can also set up a Youtube channel where you do the same thing.
Many gamers are making great side hustle income or even a full-time income from gaming. To get started grab some of the latest gaming gear and get playing!
23. Selling Coffee
Are you a coffee lover? If so, you’ll be one of 50% of Americans who drink coffee every day.
If you want to cash in on your love for coffee, you could start to sell it – either through packaged goods or perhaps having a coffee van that goes round to workplaces.
24. Tour Guide
If you love talking about the area that you live, and love walking around it, you could monetize this by showing people around in a tour.
You don’t need any qualifications to be a tour guide – if you are knowledgeable and passionate, you should get a lot of interest.
25. Fixing Cars/Bikes
Do you know your way around a car? If you are often found under the hood of a car tinkering around, you could put this interest and skills to good use.
Car mechanics are always in demand – how often have you had your car break on you? If you know about fixing bikes/motorbikes this could be a good way of earning money that could get you some big bucks.
You can even turn this into a complete side business by flipping cars.
How To Start Making Money From A Hobby
You’ve had a look through the types of hobbies that you can try out, but how do you actually start making money from this?
Let’s take a look:
1. Find if a customer base exists
When you have an idea for a business, it’s really easy to get carried away before you do any research.
The most important thing would be to make sure that there are customers who will buy from you.
You can do this by looking at what is already out there – a common mistake that a lot of people make is to try and create something unique. You want to see that there is a demand for what you want to do, which means looking for similar businesses.
2. Write a business plan
Another common mistake that new users make when monetizing something that they are doing is not creating a business plan.
If you want to make money, it’s important to have a plan. Think about how you can make money, how you are going to market your business, and how you want to grow.
3. Start selling (create a website/sales page/storefront/etc)
Once you know which hobby you want to do to make money, it’s time to start selling!
It’s not just a case of setting something up and watching the money roll in – you will have to make sure that you set it up properly, which a lot of the time may mean setting up a website (e.g. Shopify) or social media page to promote yourself.
You can also set up a shop on Etsy, which now has over 4.3 million users- there are plenty of categories of things to sell and a huge market right at your fingertips!
4. Learn how to market your business/product to reach a wider audience
One of the most important things in business is marketing. It’s not just the best product that will have the most sales, but the one that is marketed the best.
There are so many ways that you can market your business, with social media being the most popular. Think about where your ideal audience/clients will be hanging out, and promote it there.
For example, is your product for young teens? The best kind of platform to try is Tik Tok or Instagram. If you are going after professionals, then you may want to try LinkedIn.
You can also try out advertising on these platforms to reach even more targeted people.
What To Do When You Start Making Money From Your Hobby
Making money from your hobby is really exciting! But it’s worth noting that you need to make sure that you are thinking of things like the tax implications. You want to make sure that you know how to legally make money from a hobby!
The first step is to make sure that you start tracking your income and expenses from the get-go.
Final Thoughts On Hobbies That Make Money
Making money from your hobbies is one of the easiest ways that you can get started earning extra cash, because you are already doing it, and it’s something that you enjoy doing.
If you don’t have a hobby yet, we hope that you have found some inspiration from the different ideas that we have shared throughout this article.
There are so many activities to earn money, and we hope that you find one that you truly enjoy and love.