How To Make Extra Money From Home With Your Hobbies
There are many hobbies that can make a profit. What better way to earn some extra cash or to earn a living? I am living proof that my hobby can make me a living, yes, because I work full time from home writing! In this article I will suggest some hobbies that are great for turning a profit while you enjoy what you love to do. These are suggestions and guidelines so please don't invest your last dollar on these. You should only invest when you see that the potential is there. Before you start doing this you should make sure the market for whatever you are doing is there. Anyway, it's your hobby so enjoy yourself.
Here are some of my personal hobbies that I have used to make some cash.
- Bottle art - I make vases, pencil holders and decorative bottles.
- Skin care - I love skin care and I have sold skin care items along with offering advice. You can also offer facials.
- Massage - I have been a masseuse before!
- Aerobics - Offering classes on my verandah
- Selling stuff I have collected that I no longer need
- Jewellery making - haven't sold much because I love jewellery so end up wearing most of my pieces...lol
Make money from your hobbies
Jewelry making. Not only can you sell your pieces to your family, friends and neighbors; you can also sell then online on eBay, Amazon and Etsy.com.
Photography. There are a few places online that you can have your photographs sold but you can also do portraits of people you know and charge them a fee. Photographing weddings and birthdays are also a great way to make some cash.
Video making. You can charge people to capture their wedding and functions on video. You can also make videos and upload to YouTube and other places and have advertisers place ads on your videos. That's a great way to make money from your hobby.
Drawing. If you can sketch or draw you can do sketches of people and charge a fee. There are also places online that you can sell your drawings to. Drawing cartoons and action heroes are also a great way to monetize your hobby. Very good sketches and drawings can be framed and sold as art.
Painting. Art sells, maybe not as often as you would like but you can sell your pieces online through eBay and Amazon.com. You can also contact your local art gallery and ask them to feature your work (a commission or fee may be involved). Another good idea is to have a showing at your home and invite people from the neighborhood, friends of friends, friends of family and advertise in your local paper. You can provide refreshments and price each piece. Make it a party so that you don't have to get a permit. Invite someone famous if you can.
Pottery. Making little items like ash trays, cups, vases and figurines are a great way to monetize your hobby. You can have an auction or garage sale for your pottery items. Sell them online too.
Quilting. If you can quilt you might be in for big bucks. You can get people to let you make their bedding items or whatever else they need quilting. You can also make items and sell online or to friends and neighbors. Your local department store, haberdashery or general store might be willing to feature your item for a commission.
Crocheting. Socks, mitts, tops and items of clothing are very popular when crocheted. People love items like these so if you have a small collection you can have a showing at home or a garage sale. You can also get people to let you make their stuff. Online is another good way to get them sold
Bottle art. This is one of my favorite hobbies. I take nice shaped bottles and spray them with beautiful metallic paints and decorate them. Sometimes I put photos on them and I may place a ribbon around the neck, depending on the look I am going for. Jars work great for vases, my cosmetic pencils and brushes or as pens and pencil holders. I often give these as gifts but sometimes people will purchase them as gifts for family and friends.
Collecting. Do you have a lot of stuff that you have collected over the years and don't know what to do with them? Are you running out of storage space? Don't worry, these items can be sold on eBay! If you don't want to do the online thing just have a yard or garage sale.
Cosmetics: If you love to wear makeup and can put it on well you can try being a makeup artist part time. You can also promote your favorite cosmetic brand right there in your home. Invite some of your neighbors and friends over and demonstrate how to use the products. Trust me, women cannot resist looking great! I loved cosmetics so much that I found I was promoting the Avon brand and taking orders for people even before I started selling Avon. What better way to look great and earn?
Cooking and baking: Love to cook, no problem. Cook lunches for the workers in your area. If there is a construction site or an office, make sandwiches and sell. If there is a school nearby make some cookies, cupcakes or muffins. Trust me, you wont have enough hands to sell these and you will make a tidy sum that could help with your bills. You could also cater out. If you have a car or station wagon you could post an ad in your local paper as a caterer for small parties and functions. Start with small dinner parties that you and your family members can manage. If you live alone then the smaller the better. You will make the meal at home and deliver or you can prepare gourmet meals in the client's kitchen.
Pet sitting: This is a hobby for an animal lover. People going on vacation could leave their pets with you until they return. A fee and benefits might be in order.
Pet grooming: You could combine the pet sitting with the pet grooming. You can offer shampooing, brushing, clipping of the nails and so on.
Dog walking: If you often walk your dog, at least everyday, you could also offer to walk your neighbors dog for a small fee. You can advertise in your local paper, especially if you are unemployed and have a lot of time on your hands. You must love dogs!
Writing: I am living proof that this works. I now work full time from home and right now I am at my computer putting this hub together! You can join Hubpages or some other content site. Elance.com is also a great place to start. When I submitted my first article in our local newspaper I was a teen and thought that it was a free publication. Imagine my surprise when I got a check in the mail, literally! If you have burning issues that you need told or some journalistic article, submit it to your local paper, you might be surprised too!
Poetry: There are places that purchase poetry. You can browse around on the net but here is a link, Ralans Webstravaganza. You can also submit poetry to magazines and your local paper (if they have a section for that). Greeting card companies also purchase poetry for their cards too. Another popular way to make money from your poetry is to print them on card paper with some nice graphic background and frame them!
Short stories: Many print and online magazines buy short stories. The link I gave for the poetry will also give information on where to get your short stories published. Times have also changed and you don't have to worry about being rejected by publishers anymore, you can now publish your own work though Barnes&Noble or Create Space (Amazon.com). There are other online publishing platforms that allow you to publish both in print and digitally. These platforms only charge when printing on demand.
Puppet making: I don't know much about puppet making but I do know that children and some adults love puppets. I also know that puppet shows are still quite popular. Some people also collect puppets as souvenirs so use up that great imagination and make some puppets to go.
Reading: If you love to read more than likely you love to write. Somehow the two always come hand in hand. So I was thinking that maybe you could write reviews of the books you read and post in the local newspaper. Critiques are also very popular too. A place like Hubpages is also a great place to write and publish your reviews. Start a book club for adults and children. If you are good at the English language give some reading lessons too!
Gardening: Do your neighbors covet your beautiful; garden? Let them pay you a fee to have theirs done as beautifully as yours and that will stop them from having their cat or dog make a mess of your beautiful roses. You could also sell seedlings and cutlets. Use up that old shed at the back of the house as a mini nursery.
Exercising and sports: if you like to exercise and you know it well, charge a fee to have people join you while you do your daily workouts. You could show them what to do. If you have a home gym that would be a bonus because they could pay $5 per week for a the privacy and use of your home and equipment. Now if you are a sports nut and you are adept at a particular sport, giving lessons is a great idea. Think about it, I know it makes sense.
Palm reading: People can't resist that sort of thing. They always want to know what the future has in store or what their fortune says. This is a great way to earn some cash and I can assure you that you will be surprised at how much extra cash you can actually make from this.
Music and Singing: Do you play an instrument, give music lessons to both adults and children! Start a band or if you can also sing, make a CD with copies and send to some producers, maybe they will be willing to produce. You can also place an ad in the paper or hand out some business cards about your talent. You could get jobs singing/playing at weddings or other functions. Some hotels have cabaret singers and instrumentalists so that is another option. If all else fails you can become a troubadour (singer on the corner), trust me, it works.
Dancing: You can give dancing lessons to both adults and children and if you are not shy your could market yourself to dance at concerts and functions. Another great place to earn some cash are talent shows.
Tattooing: There is a lot of money to be made tattooing especially if you have great designs. Most tattoo artists are also great at drawing and designing their own tattoos so that's a great way to earn some extra income with your hobby.
Candle making: If you make candles for home use you can also make candles to sell to your neighbors and friends. You can commission your local store to sell them. Gift stores and spas are also great places to check out for the candles.
Soap making: The same thing goes as with the candle making. If you can make your own soap you can sell them for a profit. Spas and gift shops are great places to have them sold.
Dream interpretation: People are really into this sort of thing. If you can interpret dreams and people can know what's going to happen next you can turn a profit. You can do this right from the comfort of your own home or at fairs and community B-BQs.
Astrology and Fortune telling: Can you tell what my fortune is? This is great for fairs and gatherings. You can also do this from home by taking appointments.
Doll making: Dolls have been around for thousands of years and so long as boys are girls are around they will forever be. Dolls are evergreen and even adults collect them as souvenirs too. If you can make dolls you can make money.
Song writing: This is another evergreen hobby because not all singers can write their own songs and many of them are always looking for songwriters.
© 2012 Carolee Samuda
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