We all have hobbies that we love, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could actually get paid to do them? Well the truth is, you can! There are so many hobbies that you can easily transform into paying jobs, especially if you have developed your hobby over a number of years. All you need is a little bit of motivation, a lot of passion, and a desire to see your business through.
Here are 5 examples:
Remember all those kids who sat for hours and played video games growing up? Well, if they are good enough, they can actually become gaming experts, get sponsored, and get paid to win! There are endless amounts of conferences they can attend to work with different brands, and they can even build a strong online following and become “gaming celebrities” in their own right.
2. Tennis Instructor
If you are a skilled tennis player and have a few hours to spare on the weekends, you can create a very successful side gig as a tennis instructor. Work for yourself or work for a club. Enjoy the flexible hours and the satisfaction of teaching people a sport that you love.
If you love to scrapbook and spend hours creating them, you can start an online store and sell your scrapbook pages and designs. Whether digital or paper, you can start a small business and help others create books for their families. You can also become an instructor and hold classes to teach others how to use specific materials and products. Get sponsored by big brands and get paid to use their products for free!
You don’t need a degree to become a professional photographer. Many photographers develop their skills over time, attending seminars, watching videos, and of course, practicing their skills! This particular hobby does require quite a large financial investment because of the equipment, but it can also be very lucrative once you get the business off the ground. Remember to promote your photography business on social media, enter your photographs in contests, and submit them to art galleries for more exposure.
5. Sell Arts and Crafts
There are so many talented artisans out there. If you enjoy wood carving, sewing, painting, drawing, making jewelery, etc. you can sell your items online or in craft fairs. Enjoy meeting other vendors and spending your evenings creating beautiful products!
Ultimately, the sky is the limit when it comes to transforming your hobby into a business. Whether you love working on cars, writing stories, programming, cooking, dancing, working out, or singing, you can find ways to profit from your expertise.
Just as a caution, some people don’t like mixing work with their hobbies, saying that they have hobbies as a stress reliever from work. However, if you’ve always dreamed of making money doing exactly what you love, pursuing a hobby professionally may be the first step to transforming your career and by extension, your life.
Do you have a hobby that you transformed into a business?
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My boyfriend and I throw darts in weekly local tournaments and occasionally in larger regional tournaments. We are both pretty decent and usually end up with an extra $50 a week or so - sometimes more, sometimes less. We go to play regardless of whether we'll win money, so it's a nice bonus.
Dog watching can be a good money maker and it's really fun too. I have been doing that for the past 5 years and I have made quite a few bucks doing that.
Blogging has been a recent hobby of mine. Though I'm not doing for the money at this point, at point time in the future that may change, who knows. Anytime you can start by having a good time with something, and transition to making some extra cash with it, it's all good in my book.
I haven't made money with any of my hobbies but I have saved myself a few bucks. I enjoy tinkering on cars and have saved myself literally thousands of dollars in repair bills by doing the work myself.
Thanks for sharing, also if you are good artist you can display in art portals, events or exhibitions if you are lucky you can get money and job too