Hobby Income: Make extra cash from your hobby!



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Most of us have hobbies, but may not think of hobby income as a valid way to make extra cash. In reality, many hobbies can be a source of significant income if you know how to go about it! Review the ideas here and then get creative with your own hobby.


Art/Crafts

If you are an artist or like making craft items, consider teaching art or craft classes. Many city or county recreation centers offer art classes for adults and/or children - check with yours to see if they do and if you are qualified to teach. Some arts and craft stores offer classes, too.

Also consider these other ideas for artists:

  • Sell crafts at craft shows or online

  • Sell your artwork on consignment through a gallery

  • Take orders to design custom pieces on commission

  • Enter artwork in contests that give cash prizes


Photography/Videography

If photography or videography is your thing, try selling stock photos online. Some sites where you can do this are: Shutterstock , Fotolia , and Dreamstime .More ideas on making hobby income from your photography or videography hobby:

  • Take wedding or event photos (or videos) for a fee. You may want to do some for a friend (at no charge) so that you will have a portfolio of work to show potential customers

  • Look into teaching photography/videography classes

  • Turn your images into greeting cards and sell them


Animals

If you are an animal lover, use that interest as a jumping off point for hobby income ideas. You can charge for grooming services, walking dogs or pet sitting.


Music

If you are a musician, you might want to consider performing at weddings or similar events or teaching music lessons from your home or a local music store.


Writing

If writing is your hobby, you may be able to cash in on it in one of these ways:

  • Write a blog and sign up for Google Adsense (you will be paid when visitors click on the ads that are placed on your blog)

  • Write resumes or help others to write their own resumes

  • Write advertising copy for local businesses

  • Produce and sell an e-book


Cooking

If you love to cook, check with your city or county recreation center or a local cookware store to see if there are any classes you can teach.

You might also want to:

  • Sell baked goods or fancy sauces, relishes or jams at a farmer's market or craft show

  • Cater weddings, parties, or other events

  • Hire yourself out as a personal chef

  • Make birthday cakes to order



Gardening

Gardeners may be able to bring in extra income by:

  • Hiring out as a gardener or landscaper

  • Selling extra fruits and vegetables from their harvest at a farmer's market, a roadside stand, or to a local co-op

  • Selling home grown and canned produce at a farmer's market

  • Helping a farmer harvest his crops



Fitness

If you are a fitness buff you may be able to teach an exercise class. Check with your city or county recreation center to see if they offer classes.

Other ideas include:

  • Leading hiking or rafting expiditions

  • Becoming a life guard

  • Hiring yourself out as a personal trainer



Sports

Some sports-related ways to earn hobby income are:

  • Umpire or referee.

  • Coach

  • Be a statistician or scorekeeper

  • Caddy

  • Freelance as a fishing guide, hiking guide or river guide

  • Teach your sport to others


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