Turn Your Hobby into Cash

Money-jar-128Hobbies should always be something you thoroughly enjoy, bringing a quiet oasis to your hectic lifestyle. And, if this enjoyable pastime brings in a little income, you profit in more ways than one.

Do you love sports? Bowling, tennis, skiing? Are you good enough to go professional? Anything worth doing is always hard work but well worth it. If you don’t make it to professional status, teaching your skill can bring you satisfaction and some extra money. Get started by advertising your expertise in your local newspaper, at your sporting goods stores, and on grocery store bulletin boards.

Into crafts? Craft shows and festivals are popular across the country year round. Who can resist a hand-made sweater, shawl, or baby blanket? Work at your leisure year round, concentrating on what time of year you want to display your wares. Then, check out local schools, churches, and clubs for dates of their shows. Word of mouth will give you a good indication of the more popular fairs and festivals that will be appropriate for you.

Do you have a flair for art? How about caricatures? Advertise your services for children’s birthday parties or set up a table at street fairs and flea markets and see how many people you can attract.

Have a love of history? Volunteer at a local museum and learn as you go. When a paying position becomes available, you’ll be first in line and already trained.

Do you love gardening? There are many shut-ins and the elderly who can’t tend their gardens anymore but still appreciate the beauty they bring into their lives. Offer your services for a small fee and earn some spending money while doing something you love to do.

Your local high school, college, or library might be interested in your talents for their Evening Classes.

  • cooking or cake decorating
  • musical instruments
  • chess
  • dancing

You may have to start off on a volunteer basis, but this could possibly open doors to a paying position as a private tutor.

Your love of animals could lead you to a side business of pet walking or pet sitting.

Contests are always fun and can be profitable.

Collectibles can bring in a steady income. Buying, selling, and trading on E-bay is a fun way to make some money. Traveling to antique shows, flea markets, and collectible shows are great ways to get started, meeting people with like interests along the way.