Common Hobbies That Can Earn You Additional Cash

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Do you earn extra cash from your hobby? It’s surprising to know that many people actually make extra income from activities to pass their time. The extra cash from hobbies sounds interesting, I know. But what exactly do you do to pass your time? The right hobby can be lucrative only if you have the passion for the activity. Remember, this is just a hobby, not work. But, why turn away from the extra income you can get?

Here are some hobbies that can give you additional income.

Snap Shots for Cash

This is a Nikon D70 DSLR.  What do you use to take snap shots?
This is a Nikon D70 DSLR. What do you use to take snap shots? | Source

1. Make Money from Photography

Today, many people have cameras. In fact, even the cell phones now have cameras built in to them. We just love taking snap shots of our lives. You can see them posted in social networks like facebook, instagram and even pinterest. But with a little practice and instruction, anyone can turn picture taking into a money-making hobby.

The easiest way to earn from photography is to shoot and then sell them online. There are numerous stock photography sites where you can upload your pictures. As a newbie in selling your photographs online you will definitely face stiff competition. But, hey, remember that this is just a hobby of yours.

Surely, you want to earn from your hobby. So here are some quick tips to make extra cash from your taking photos as a hobby:

  • Learn the basics of photography and build your skill
  • Sell high quality photos (HD is always better)
  • Seek your niche
  • Find a stock photography site that suits your needs
  • Read and follow rules of the stock image site
  • The right equipment can make a difference
  • Click away and enjoy your hobby

Everyone starts somewhere. As a photographer, you can improve your skills and thus improve your outputs. Sooner or later, people will take notice. Who knows someday you can even expand your earning potential by teaching others how to become an accomplished photographer.

Get Paid to Write

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2. Additional Cash from Writing and Blogging

Writing or blogging is becoming a popular source of income online. With a few keystrokes and a few pictures, you can share information and turn it into profit. Unfortunately, writing does not come naturally for everyone. But if you’re one of those who writes as a hobby, then you can push it a little further and make money out of it.

The internet is a place to share information. The boom it has created is without a doubt felt worldwide. Apart from writing your own blogs, you may want to explore other online writing opportunities like copy writing, product reviews, and other similar opportunities.

Tips for earning from online writing:

  • Write about what you know and love
  • Create original and unique content
  • Proofread your work
  • Choose the right writing/blogging site
  • Follow the rules of the writing/blogging sites
  • Hone your writing skills
  • Expand the depth and breadth of your knowledge

Gardening for Beginners

3. Extra Money from Gardening

There are people who relax by getting down and dirty in the garden. For many people with a green thumb, it’s a way to commune with nature. You see, gardening is a therapeutic activity. But don’t you want to earn from your hobby as well?

One option is to sell the plants after propagation. Propagating your plants entails different strategies. This includes air layering, stem or leaf cuttings, separating the rhizomes and propagation through seeds. Depending on your plant, you can choose the best way to do this.

Another option is to sell the flowers or even the fruits that your plants will bear. Depending on the season, you can surely find the right market. Selling exotic plants and flowers is a great hobby but it is also a lucrative business. All it takes is a little TLC and you can be sure to have extra profit from your pastime.

To enjoy the extra cash from gardening, you can do the following tips:

  • Learn proper plant and flower care – especially propagation techniques
  • Choose the right plant/flower to grow for every season
  • Learn what is best to grow in your climate
  • Create a network with garden suppliers, professionals and other enthusiasts
  • Have the right tools and equipment to make it easier and fun for you
  • Advertise and market your hobby/business so people will notice you
  • Have competitive prices – if you’re not a professional, charging like one will dissuade people from buying from you

When you garden, you do your part in preserving the environment. By sharing this with others, you reach out and make others aware of the benefits of gardening. Now, you can go green and earn a little more.

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4. Extra Income from Cooking and Baking

People need to eat. As such, cooking and baking are always lucrative. Surely, getting formal culinary schooling can be expensive, but you don’t have to start there. Remember that this is just a hobby - plus some extra cash. Think back when you were just a kid. Were you the one selling lemon aid or were you the one buying it? Now, instead of lemons, expand your options!

You can find a particular dish or pastry that you know so well. You can offer it to neighbors, office-mate and family. If you’re adventurous enough, you may want to try sending samples to food establishments.

You can start with cookies, brownies, breads, cakes or go into special dishes, snacks or even go for full meals. It’s prudent to start small. But no one is stopping you to be audacious.

Cooking and baking entails work. But if you’re doing something you love, you’ll enjoy every step of it. Here are some tips to earn from cooking and baking:

  • Keep it clean
  • Follow policies and regulations when selling food
  • Provide samples for taste testing
  • Keep your ingredients fresh
  • Find the right suppliers to ensure quality and pull the prices down
  • Use the internet to advertise your products
  • Take lessons and learn cooking techniques and baking techniques
  • Check out recipes online and try them out
  • Learn to innovate
  • Learn how to present and package your products

The taste buds of people want new flavors. It’s up to you to make them want for more. So take out those cooking utensils and baking tools and start making people crave for more.

Is Knitting and Crocheting For You?

Knitting and Crocheting can earn you additional cash
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5. Earn from Knitting and Crocheting

What comes to mind when you hear knitting and crocheting? Did that conjure images of old people sitting in rocking chairs? But the truth is, knitting and crocheting are hobbies that all ages enjoy.

What many do not realize is that hand-made products are often given more value. In fact, this labor of love can cost a lot more than mass produced items. Every crocheted item or knitted product is practically unique. The patterns maybe the same, but you can expect a certain level of uniqueness with every item

Of course, selling your knitted or crocheted item is an option. But there are other ways you can earn from this hobby:

  • Provide lessons or guides through online knitting and crocheting videos
  • One on one tutorial on knitting and crocheting
  • Selling cheap knitting and crocheting supplies
  • Selling crocheting and knitting kits for other hobbyist
  • Making crocheting and knitting patterns for sale

As always, turning a hobby into something lucrative entails more work than just knitting and selling it. It requires improving your skills, lowering the cost in a very competitive market and finding the consumers for your products. Because of these challenges, here are some tips to turn knitting and crocheting hobbies into money-earning activities:

  • Check out online crocheting patterns and knitting ideas
  • Join knitting and crocheting associations and clubs
  • Search for online crocheting products to get ideas
  • Source out cheap crocheting and knitting supplies
  • Compare your work with others so you’ll know what to improve
  • Learn new techniques and methods
  • Create your own style

Just imagine earning from something you really love doing. Isn’t that great? The next time old folks that are knitting and crocheting cross your mind, think of them as people earning from what they enjoy doing.

Do you like tinkering under the hood?

Elbow Grease Earns You Money
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6. Make Extra Cash from Automotive Repairs

If you have a car, chances are you visit auto shops and auto repair experts. Whether it’s for the regular maintenance or repairing persistent problems, you need someone with special skills to do it. Of course it’s easier to have someone fix it for you. But if you know what you are doing, then you don’t have to worry. In fact, you can make money from automotive repairs.

Tinkering under the hood will make you familiar with what goes on. Some simply look and pass it on to others while some take the time to really know and learn. Many car owners still pay others to do even the simplest tasks:

  • Changing car’s engine oil
  • Replacing alternator belts and air conditioner belts
  • Replacing spark plugs
  • Replacing radiator fluid
  • Cleaning terminals and contacts
  • Replacing bulbs and lights
  • Changing tires
  • And my favorite…washing cars

But these activities are easy to do once you know how. With the help of some tools and some elbow grease, you can do this without any problems. However, since new models and technology come out often, you need to keep yourself abreast with the latest. In order to earn money from tinkering under the hood you need to do the following:

  • Learn the right methods from an expert
  • Get a certification or even a license where applicable
  • Get reliable automotive tools and equipment
  • Practice safe workmanship
  • Build your reputation as a knowledgeable and skillful mechanic
  • Learn the latest techniques and methodologies

Changing a flat tire however simple is still not palatable to everyone. Even a simple tune up can start as a hobby in the garage and end up making you extra income.

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$2.3 Million for a stamp!A picture of the Gutenburg bible taken by Henry Trotter.  This copy is found at the Yale University. Paul Cézanne's The Card Players is currently the most expensive painting sold.  It fetch almost $270 million.The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed sold for more than Half a million dollars.The rare 1933 Double eagle Coin sold for $7.59 Million. T206 Honus Wagner baseball card is considered as one of the rarest and most expensive baseball cards in the world.
$2.3 Million for a stamp!
$2.3 Million for a stamp! | Source
A picture of the Gutenburg bible taken by Henry Trotter.  This copy is found at the Yale University.
A picture of the Gutenburg bible taken by Henry Trotter. This copy is found at the Yale University. | Source
 Paul Cézanne's The Card Players is currently the most expensive painting sold.  It fetch almost $270 million.
Paul Cézanne's The Card Players is currently the most expensive painting sold. It fetch almost $270 million. | Source
The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed sold for more than Half a million dollars.
The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed sold for more than Half a million dollars. | Source
The rare 1933 Double eagle Coin sold for $7.59 Million.
The rare 1933 Double eagle Coin sold for $7.59 Million. | Source
T206 Honus Wagner baseball card is considered as one of the rarest and most expensive baseball cards in the world.
T206 Honus Wagner baseball card is considered as one of the rarest and most expensive baseball cards in the world. | Source

7. Extra Wealth from Collecting Items

Who knew that the few busks you dished out decades ago is now worth a lot more. This is the common tale when it comes to collecting. Many collectors start out as a hobbyist then they evolve into rich people with rare items.

Collecting items can be from the common to the bizarre. Some of the most usual collector’s items include coins, comic books, stamps, knives and weapons, baseball cards. Others go as extreme as collecting tanks. Regardless of what your hobby is, you can rake in extra cash from it.

  • Comic book collection- Amazing Spiderman first issue worth 12₵ in 1963 is now worth $40,000
  • Stamp collection - Treskilling Banco yellow in Sweden; sold at $2.3M in 1996
  • Book collections - Gutenberg bible, the first book printed using movable type
  • Baseball card collection - T206 Honus Wagne was released in 1909 and only 60 cards were released. In 2000 it sold for $1.26 million. In 2012, A card was sold at $1.2 million and in 2013, another card sold for $2.1 million.
  • Wine Collection - 1787 Chateau Lafite valued at $156,450. It belonged to Thomas Jefferson
  • Music collection – The signed Double Fantasy album of John Lennon sold for $525,000 in 2003

Collecting as a hobby is more than just keeping junk at home. You are preserving history. If you want to earn from what you collect, then take heed:

  • Know the value of what you are collecting
  • Compare prices and items
  • Learn how to distinguish a fake from the real thing
  • When in doubt, call an expert
  • Take precaution to safe-keep the items
  • Handle them with care
  • Attend seminars and workshops about the item you are collecting

What’s great about collecting as a hobby is that you can collect almost anything. There is a special niche for every item. Moreover, there are experts all over the world who can help you.

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A hobby is something we do because we enjoy doing it. Making money from our hobbies is often not the primary motivation. But why not earn extra cash from your hobbies? You’re already engaged in doing it. Now, it all takes a little more effort any you’ll surely get additional income.

Remember, you already know how to do it. Just take the time to monetize from what you enjoy doing. If it does not work, then at least you still have your hobby to entertain you.

Who knows, this can start a whole new you. Try it, turn your hobby into an income generating activity.

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twoseven 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Great ideas! I love the level of detail you give for each one. It got me thinking about knitting and baking - I love both of those but had never thought that I could actually try to make a little extra much needed money off of them! Thanks for the great ideas.


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J.S.Matthew 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

These are some really great ideas! I think you said it best at the beginning of this Hub: "The right hobby can be lucrative only if you have the passion for the activity. Remember, this is just a hobby, not work..." Very well said.

Obviously I enjoy writing as a hobby and also as a smaller part of my income. I recently found a photography/fine art site that let's you sell and set prices for your art/photography. The site is called Fine Art America and it is not a commons license platform but it takes your art and brings it to the world. If you'd like to see my profile I can send you a link.

Some of these other ideas I hadn't thought of (auto repairs for one). These are great ideas that can spark a hobbyist to look deeper into their passion. Voted up and shared. Be sure to look for a link to this in the "J.S.Matthew Enterprise" daily online newspaper.

Happy New Year and Happy Hubbing 2014!

JSMatthew~


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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

Nice informative hub with some great ideas JP Carlos. Like the way you went in depth on each of them. Thumbs up on your hub.


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Angela Ohm 2 years ago from Beach Park, Illinois

Great hub ! Well written and very informative !


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everydaywalk 2 years ago from Davao City

This is a very useful hub. My significant other (my soon to be wife) will be signing off from her job as sales representative, at first that is her decision, second I'd really love her to stay home and do the hobbies that she love. I told her you don't have to think for a living, it's my responsibilities but you can actually look for things you love doing and earn from it - just do not think you are making a living, just enjoy it. She really loves taking pictures, I guess a good digital camera will do. She loves design too, and told her to take a tour on Photoshop, she can make money on fiverr by selling gigs like "making quality logos". Thank you for sharing!


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there twoseven,

I'm glad I tickled the entrepreneur in you.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi J.S.Matthew,

I came across fine Art America and it looks promising for artists. What's great is you can find lots of stuff from paintings to greeting cards. As for the auto repair, I'm tired of going to mechanics who overprice. I studied some minor tweaking and some of my friends actually go to me for some repairs.

It's nice of you to link this hub. I will definitely look out for it.

Happy New Year and Happy Hubbing as well.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Alphadogg16 ,

This started out as a list of how I can earn this 2014, then it just morphed into a hub. Thanks for the kind words my friend.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Angela Ohm,

Thank you for dropping by and for such kind words. I hope we all earn a little more through this hub.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Mabuhay to you Prime. It seems wedding bells are getting closer for you. This is a huge step. My wife and i both work and it helps to have additional income - especially when the baby comes. There are lots of online tutorials and sites that teach photoshop. You can also try Alison. it's a site the gives free online training. Good luck my friend.


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everydaywalk 2 years ago from Davao City

Hey again, yes, it's getting closer, I really want to push it as we are getting older, or you know, we cannot help it, we really want each other very soon. I've seen a lot of people even doing full time job on Fiverr.com, really a good site for anything that you love doing as a service to other people who may need it... so, you know, I want her to focus and try on that as a hobby at first, and I see that she has a good potential in graphic design than writing my friend! Mabuhay to you too from Davao City, PH.


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stephenmbugua 2 years ago from KIAMBU COUNTY, CENTRAL KENYA

Great ideas. congratulations.

You have said it so well and simply.I like those ideas and will incorporate them in 2014, to get extra income as I do what I like most.

Thanks.


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FloriCuDrag 2 years ago from Bucuresti

Excellent. As we know, Sir W. Churchill said once that in order to be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two hobbies and they must be for real. Just love your hub. Thx.


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Anthony Moreau 2 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

this is very informative. thanx for sharing and in today's economy i'm sure this can be very valuable to many people.


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spiritlife 2 years ago from Accra, Ghana

Wow, this is a very good article, I love it. Learnt so many things from it and has really inspired me to continue hubbing......lol


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there Prime,

My dad always told me that when you find a job you truly love, you will never work a day in your life.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there stephenmbugua,

i wish you success in 2014. Plus, tell us all about your experiences when you try out earning from your hobby. We sure would like to know what happens.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

How's it going FloriCuDrag,

Come to think of it, hobbies are for our own enjoyment. It's a stress-busting activity. everyone should have something they can do that will help them revitalize themselves. I'm glad you like the hub.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Anthony Moreau,

Any additional source of income is a good idea. So why not earn from what you love doing. Thanks for dropping by.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

hi spiritlife,

Thank you for the kind words. Plus I'm glad the hub inspired you to write more.


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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida

Interesting ideas. I wish I could learn to crochet. I have friends who are really good, and if they all got together, they could make a bundle. I have tried. I am not very good. I have been looking into the photography thing, though. That interests me greatly.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there Anna Marie Bowman,

it all starts with curiosity then you won't realize it, you're hooked on it. There are many resources and how-to guides on the net. Plus, I'm sure you can find someone near you who share the same interest. Good luck.


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Blessed Success 2 years ago from Kansas City, Kansas

I love all things that Encourage entrepreneurial spirit. Very nice post!


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Blessed Success,

Just spreading the hubber love to all. Who knows, one reader may strike success through this hub. Fingers crossed :)


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Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Yes, this is a great list of profitable hobbies. There are a lot of farmers markets in my neighborhoods, peoples hobbies and ideas are simply amazing. Thanks for some more wonderful suggestions.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Ruby H Rose,

It just amazing how we can actually earn from the things we enjoy doing. But rarely do we really think about making money from our hobbies. Thank you for dropping by.


Chris M 2 years ago

OK tips for more cash


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Chris M. I hope you earn a little more cash this year by doing what you enjoy.


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

These are great suggestions for earning extra cash. Of course, I like the one about earning money by writing!

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.

~ Kathryn


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Kathryn Stratford

Anything that gives me additional cash is good to me. LOL See you around.


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BristolBoy 2 years ago from Bristol

A very well researched and informative hub. I particularly like the layout including photos, YouTube videos, lists and polls! Top hub.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there BristolBoy,

I appreciate the kind words. I hope more people learn from it and start earning extra cash.


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T-X-2 2 years ago from Louisiana

These are really great ideas. I have thought about selling photos online, but like you said, the competition is stiff. I might consider it again. I also knit a little. I don't know how successful I would be at selling some of it, but you've got me thinking. Thanks for all of the ideas.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there T-X-2 ,

I'm glad you visited this hub. At least I got to spark your interest in making money from the things you like doing. We'll never know how successful we can be unless we try it. As you venture out into the unknown, I hope you write about it and share your experiences here at Hubpages.


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ilikegames 2 years ago from Australia

Very in depth . I actually recently made some money from collecting, an old hobby that I gave up on and I made a nice little profit from something that also gave me years of joy.


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello ilikegames, That's great to know and good for you. You love doing it then why not earn from it?


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Anthony Moreau 2 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information.. This can be helpful for people in today's economy. Over the years I've found myself taking up the hobby of creative writing online for supplemental income, I've also done ride sharing programs, worked as a taxicab driver, participated in surveys, mystery shopped etc..... although none of this will make you rich its good to know where to go when you need to stay afloat for a while when your hitting hard times


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Anthony Moreau ,

True, it's wise to keep tabs on the stints that can give you extra cash. you'll never know when you may need some extra income.


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Hawaiian Scribe 2 years ago from Hawai'i

Thanks for the great ideas! This hub was very comprehensive and detailed; helpful to remind us that we do indeed have everything we need to make more money if we just look around and get a little creative. Voted up, useful, interesting, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie


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jpcmc 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Aloha Hawaiian Scribe,

I really appreciate the kind words and the unselfish gesture of sharing the hub. I hope more people realize how wonderful it is to have a hobby. more importantly, how people can earn from doing what they love.


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Benny01 18 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

I always tell people that there is no excuse to be iddle when there are lots of things to do and earn money. Nice article!


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jpcmc 18 months ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Benny01,

I can't agree with you more. what's even amazing is that we can earn by doing the things we love.


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wheelinallover 13 months ago from Central United States

I learned branding and marketing as a mid teen. It has served me well through the years. It is something I love doing and it pays the bills. It doesn't matter what you do, just as long as you love doing it.

Many people don't understand that the best way to explain passion is simply "do what you love." This is why so many people earn in odd ways, you never know what hobby (something you do because you enjoy it) will help you earn.

What many people also don't understand is once you start earning you had better be self branding. This basically is explaining who you are, what you stand for, and answering "Why should I buy from you?"


Tara Woodruff 13 months ago

Great Ideas Thank you For This!


Kim Miller 2 months ago

I would love to sell my photography but can't find anywhere to do that. Any ideas??


Andria Perry 2 months ago

Great article! I have made money cooking and writing, but I do not think I should work on cars :)

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