Nothing passes the time quite nicely than an interesting hobby. And even better than a good hobby, is a hobby that generates income. Aside from helping you make a little money on the side, hobbies have several other benefits. For one, a hobby helps you empty your mind, similar to meditation, helping you relax. It can also spark your creativity, bringing fresh new ideas. One of the greatest benefits of a hobby perhaps is that it helps you release stress and any negative emotions, helping you cope better. Art, for example, is highly therapeutic. Another advantage of having a hobby is that it can help you make friends. You find people who have the same passion and have fun together. Lastly, when you have a natural talent for your hobby or you excel at it over time, this helps you build your confidence. People who engage in martial arts for instance, learn better self-control and increase their self-esteem.
If you’re looking for a cheap hobby that can help you make money, here are ten of the best ideas:
If you’re one of the more artistic types or handy with a needle, you can make anything, from knitted sweaters and baby stuff to paintings, home décor and even jewelry. You just need to invest in art supplies and a little time to make your creations and then you can start selling them at trade fairs, or online, through social media such as Facebook or Instagram and on websites like Etsy.
Do words come naturally to you? Can you express yourself better on paper? You can easily find work as a freelance writer on websites like Upwork (formerly Odesk). Copy writers and content writers are often sought after by companies who need articles for their website, web content, press releases or advertising material. You can start by writing about any topic that interests you and keep editing and improving your work until you can build a portfolio of good writing samples.
If you want to further develop your writing talent and reach out to more people, you can try blogging. Of course, blogging can be done not just by writers, but also photographers, foodies and all sorts of artists. Bloggers earn money mostly by marketing their own products or through paid posts, affiliate marketing and advertisements. All you need is a basic understanding of how to run your website and a niche you specialize in and you can start creating content for your blog.
Though baking itself is a science, the way you decorate your baked goods makes beautiful artwork. You can choose to make cakes, pies, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, bread… The list is endless. Just make sure your pastries tastes as good as they look and don’t forget to package them nicely. You can sell your goods at parties, events or at farmers’ markets. Don’t forget to use social media to post mouthwatering photos of your pastries.
5. Dog walking
Pet owners who love their pets but don’t have the time to walk them or are traveling would highly appreciate the services of a dog walker. It costs absolutely nothing to start, just a love for dogs and a sense of responsibility. Remember that the dogs will be in your care and you should therefore know how to treat them well. It’s best to start this kind of hobby with people you know first and then get them to recommend you to others.
There’s just something soothing about being around nature, especially if it’s within reach, right within your yard. Aside from relaxing though, gardening and nurturing plants to produce fruits, vegetables and flowers can be fairly profitable. If you’ve always had a knack for growing things, you’ll enjoy this kind of hobby. You can sell your produce to family or friends, or put up a stall or a sign outside your house, for the people in your neighborhood.
7. Website design
Those with a talent for the creative as well as technical would do well in website design. Developers and designers for websites, even those who are merely freelancing, are paid well. If you’re interested in this hobby, you might need to upgrade your computer and software, but aside from that, you won’t need much at all except your skills and knowledge. Make sure you also have your own website as a sample of your work or start by offering your services for free to small businesses in exchange for reviews and testimonials.
8. Playing musical instruments
Everyone loves music and if you can play any musical instrument, like the guitar, drums, piano or even violin, you can offer your services to restaurants or at events like weddings. If playing for the public doesn’t much appeal to you, you can provide music lessons instead and teach students how to play, either individually or in groups. You don’t have to worry about being an expert to do this, either, since you’ll be mostly teaching children or novices.
9. Personal trainer
Are you gifted with athletic abilities and people skills? Then you can train or coach others for a fee. From fitness to sports, there are people and students who are looking for someone to help them achieve their goals. It’s important to note, though, that you should have certifications and ample knowledge in your field. You can look for schools or clubs that need your services or apply as a trainer in the gyms in your area.
It may come as a surprise that some people are willing to pay for some help organizing their home. Here is where you can put your talent for organization and resourcefulness to good use. You may want to begin with providing your services at a discounted rate to help you establish your reputation. Alternatively, you can also put up a website or blog, not only to advertise your services but also to offer home storage and organization materials and checklists for a membership fee.
There are many hobbies to choose from that you can make money out of or turn into a small business, and the hobbies mentioned here are just some of the more popular ones. Whatever your interest is, if you invest time and effort in it and do your research, you can find a way to use it to supplement your income.