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How To Earn Money With Your Hobby

Updated on June 17, 2012

Juniper Tree-made into a BONSAI

A Hobby Is Your Passion

An individual develops into a well rounded personality if he is passionate about a hobby,in addition to a good job,a loving family and a good social life. Depression and diseases are not part of his life. Every person is therefore encouraged from a young age to pursue something that fascinates them. They wish to do more of it at every opportunity. They look forward to every weekend and holiday to further their creative pursuit. Some hobbies are pursued alone,and some with friends or family. A person can have a combination of such interests to further increase his mental and physical wellbeing, in addition to having a balanced view of life.

What kind of hobbies can one pursue?

Any activity that gives you wholesome satisfaction and a joy to pursue. It should keep you engrossed for hours on end where you are totally immersed and do not worry about anything else. You even begin to make time for this hobby,no matter how busy you get to be. All activities that are generally recreational belong to this category.

Flower Arrangements: Ikebana,a Japanese form of arranging flowers is hotly pursued as a hobby.

Bonsai : The Japanese art of stunting trees to grow in little pots. The tree remains short even after a number of years.These are beautiful to display in one's drawing room,especially when it has colourful fruits or flowers. My husband has a wonderful collection of these beautiful creations some of which are about 40 years old.

Gardening: If you have a small patch of land,you can grow your own flowers,herbs or organic vegetables.If you live in an apartment,you can grow the same in wide pots. Watching greenery grow keeps you healthy and eating what vegetables and herbs you grow adds to it.

Cooking & Baking: Cooking from recipes maintained over generations gives one a high when the family appreciates it. Adding to these recipes of your own creative cooking,be it fusion or trying out recipes from around the world and improvising to suit your palate would be helpful for others down the line. Baking and vegetable carving is also passionately pursued by some.

Arts & Handicrafts: Jewellery making, creating models,origami,making bags,papier mache,dolls,stuffed toys,flower garlands,knitting,sewing,crochetting, fabric painting,art work,tatting,mehendi(henna) art on hands and feet. The list is endless,depending on where you are from and what interests you.

Pets: Breeding dogs,horses,cows,can be a hobby for some.Others may love having pets around the house to care for.Dogs,cats,snakes,birds,turtles,fish aquariums are some common pets.Collecting various types of fish or different breeds of dogs can be a passion.

Collections: Stamps(philately),coins,toy cars,dolls,glass figurines,knives,etc., from around the world as one travels are collected and displayed in the showcase of one's home and are the highpoint of any conversation when guests come in. Collecting Vintage cars are a passion with many former Indian Maharajahs and tycoons. Art, Antiques and Car collections top the list among connoisseurs around the world. Shoe collections such as that of Imelda Marcos are yet to be beaten.

Outdoor Activity: Parasailing,Yachting,Boating,Fishing,Trekking,Hiking,Gokarting,Motocross,Biking,Camping,Hangliding,are some of the activities one can enjoy.

Sports: Indoor sports include table tennis,chess,draughts,etc.,besides team games like volleyball,basketball,softball, rugby,soccer,squash,tennis,badminton which can be played outdoor as well. Swimming,diving,figure skating,ice hockey are also interesting.

Photography : This is one hobby that most enjoy as they can carry their cameras anywhere and click anytime they find something interesting. But,some specialize in profiles,landscapes,culture,architecture,children which gives them an indepth understanding and is more meaningful.

Travel : Depending on one's purse,travel can be a hobby for some. Choosing one's travel plans carefully,one can study the culture,landscape,nature of one's destination. Some love visiting various faraway beaches,others love wildlife parks and sanctuaries to study flora and fauna. Some take up bird watching,according to season.

Dance,Drama,Yoga: Theatre beckons some where enacting or dancing a particular form is a way of expression. Singing or playing a musical instrument also is a form of expression.

Yoga,aerobics,gymming,bodybuilding are all forms of using the whole body to keep it in top physical condition.

Meditation is meant to keep you in top mental form.

The above is only a guideline of what activities can be classified as a hobby,while there are many more interesting ones. Perhaps you can suggest some in the comments section.

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So,How Can I Earn Out Of My Hobby

Yes,we talked about what kind of hobbies one can pursue and how beneficial it is for a well rounded personality. What if I told you that you can earn money from your passion as well. Yes,I shall give you examples here of real people who I have seen translate their free time activity into a business.

If you are good at your hobby and really passionate about it, you will spend time and money in pursuing it. Now,why don't you teach others as well-for a fee,of course. Or you can write How To articles about your hobby online for sites such as Hubpages. Or you can start your own blog on blogger or wordpress to tell people how to start your hobby,and your suggestions will be valued. Adding Google Adsense will bring you additional revenue,and your expertise may be sought online or offline for which you can charge.

Alternately,you can develop writing itself as a hobby. You can publish ebooks on any subject including your hobby and sell online.

Your art and handicrafts can be sold on sites such as ebay.

You can teach your hobby online or offline as well. Tutors are always welcome and there are many willing to pay to learn a hobby. Cooking,baking,vegetable carving,dessert making,the art of Bonsai and Ikebana,knitting,hairdos,dance,playing piano,guitar,dance,yoga,aerobics -you name it -there are people wanting to learn it. You can even teach a language.

If you are a good cook with excellent time management skills,you can venture into catering for small parties. Baking offers you a similar way to market your baked products. Innovation is the key. The more creative you are,the competition fades away. Several ladies have independently set up catering units,bakery units,pickle and preserves outlets and chocolate stores. Corporates encourage such ventures and place bulk orders,and you can also sell through supermarkets. Offering free samples in your friends' circle spreads the word quickly.

Gardening gives you a chance to market your own organic produce for which there is a demand always. You can sell your Bonsai creations or your flower arrangements.

Traveling exposes you to various cultures,cuisine,lifestyle. Photography helps you capture those and these can be utilized in a photoblog or embedding videos in your blog or on sites such as youtube will bring you additional revenue online.

Become an entrepreneur with your hobby,and you will enjoy working. Setting your own limits and pursuing your passion makes it satisfying and worthwhile.

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    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Claudia, that's fantastic! A restaurant where your culinary creations are making you money! Very satisfying! All the very best and God bless you and your new venture.

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      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      I was planning to do just that, earn money with my hobby, in Hubpages but it is quite hard to make a significant income here, takes a lot of work and the pay back is surprisingly low. Now I do it just for fun, but I am thinking about opening my own healthy bistro in “San Cristobal de las Casas”, a little town in Mexico, ideas are still spinning in my brain; nevertheless, I know that I like cooking, I love food and I enjoy sharing my healthy creations.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thelma,

      Wow, baking is a creative art, and I am sure you can earn plenty out of it. It is upto you, of course, whether you want to scale it up or stick to a home-based small business. I know of quite a few women who are into the made-to-order birthday cake business. And they find it completely satisfying.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Good ideas on earning money from a hobby. Yes, I´m earning a bit from my cake making. I love to bake and decorate a cake. It´s my passion. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      momster 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas. Never hurts to make a little extra money.

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      lijesh 

      6 years ago

      really good ideas and be encouraged me to earn frm my hobbies .

    • kikalina profile image

      kikalina 

      6 years ago from Europe

      You can also sell your hand made items on etsy.

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      Psycho Gamer 

      7 years ago from Earth

      ONE of my hobbies is blacksmithing and right now i am in the processes of building my shop.....i am planning on naking money out of it...but it is soon for that...i hope i wont give up my dream...

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      final_destiny 

      8 years ago from India

      you can make money by sharing your secrets in the form of ebooks..this is the top internet buisness in the world.

      wwww.ebookcreativity.blogspot.com

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks Teresa for stopping by to comment.I always valued your comments.

      Yes Amanda,it will give one a reason to take up a hobby more seriously if it translates into dollars as well.You should consider selling more of your paintings,alternately you could conduct Art classes for different age groups. Or could do both. Good Luck!

      Princessa,thanks for sharing how you make some dollars pursuing your favourite passion,travel. I am sure others who travel often will be inspired.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Very good ideas for hobbies. Personally I do enjoy travelling and have managed to earn a bit of money from it, either directly or indirectly as when reviewing hotels and tours or writing travel articles.

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      Amanda Severn 

      9 years ago from UK

      Occassionally I sell a painting. Not too many, or I might develop the illusion trhat I'm a real artist! You have some really good ideas here about how to develop hobbies into income generators. Something we might all need to consider sooner or later!

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      Sheila 

      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Ok. I should try to make money with a hobby. I wonder what I could do, but you have some great ideas here, thanks. You have encouraged me to think about it seriously.

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