Making Money from Your Hobbies

Kite Flying as a Hobby

Looking for hobbies that make money? Take a second to think just how much money is circulating in todays society? It’s easily into the trillions of dollars with people buying things for every reason under the sun. With that much money and people willing to spend it why not use your hobby to make money? I’ve sold Hotman tankless water heaters on Ebay, virtual real estate on some server in silicone valley, started an almost successful web hosting business, and made money playing poker online. Just make sure you have a good accounting program, perhaps even a few free tax calculators, as the IRS will be watching.

Blogging is my latest hobby started mainly to document all the hobbies that have captured my attention over the years. Instead of capturing hobbies like shark fishing and pipe smoking in a personal journal I’ve decided to make it public on the internet in order to generate a bit of web traffic. This type of web traffic should eventually grow into a steady stream of income which is a great added benefit to this new hobby.

Tips for finding hobbies that make money.

Find a hobby you love.

If you’ve got a hobby that you love find a way to make money from it. If you’re looking for a hobby don’t pick a hobby you think you can make money from. It’s absolutely vital that you find a hobby that you are passionate about and that you enjoy spending time pursuing. Making a side income should only come as a secondary priority.

Think outside the box.

Sometimes to make money from your hobby you have to think outside the box. Find a way to market your hobby to the public or information that you’ve found particularly helpful. Thats the foundation that this site is built on. I spent tons of time shark fishing and have learned the ins and outs of this crazy sport, so why not pass that info onto the next generation of shark fisherman? The same thing goes for your hobby.

Take your carvings, walking sticks, or teddy bears to the flea market. See if you can sell a couple here and there. My grandmother, who is 85 years old, loves to sew. She marketed her skills to a local custom boutique and now works for 10-15 hours a week doing something she absolutely loves.

Give it time.

Unless you are gifted there is a good chance your hobby won’t make money starting out. You need to develop your skills and experience level before you’re able to market your hobby to the world and expect to make money from it. Enjoy the hobby, if you make money from it so be it, if not your time was spent doing something you love.

Do you have hobbies that make money? If so drop us a comment, we’d love to hear your tips!

Comments

  1. I have one hobby that is so obscure that by putting a small website online with free guides to the hobby, I do pretty well in Adsense monthly.

  2. This is an inspiring post. Thank you for it, sometimes we just need a nudge from someone who is following their dreams.

  3. Hey there, first off- Great blog.

    Second off, I have a suggestion for you… I don’t know if you would want to do it, or even if it will work, but I think it could be a great plan.

    I was brought to your site through your reviews, and an idea dawned upon me… what if, you made your site solely for reviewing other site, rating them as “Boring” or “Not-So-Boring.” Your review post was the most interesting one in my opinion, because with you rating them, visitors can come here and read a quick excerpt telling them whether or not they should waste their time with reading the other blog.

    Your site could be the pre-cursor to visiting a blog, where bloggers worldwide would come to your site to see if you have reviewed another blog and what you said about them. I would definitely do it.

    Also, this would boost your search engine rankings tremendously, with backlinks coming right and left for every site you review.

    I.M.H.O. this could be huge.

    It’s cool if you don’t want to take it that way though.

    Best of luck my man.

    Benjamin Cass
    The Daily Entrepreneur
    BenjaminCass.Com

  4. I love my hobbies and now I make money online sharing what I know about my hobbies and the experiences I have had.

    I have wanted to make money from the hobbies I enjoy since I was just a kid, it just never happened until I started my online business.

    The key that I follow is that I really only promote the hobbies I spend money on myself.

    I was almost at 3 months or blogging about specific hobbies before I started to see any income.

  5. Blogging is my hobby and I am making some money with it. I think your advice about ‘think outside the box’ is really valuable because when you grow up a habit of searching around to reach the goal of making money, there are lots of ways to do it.

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