Friday, 1 March 2019

Easy Ways To Make Money From Your Favourite Hobbies


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They say that you’ll never work a day in your life so long as you do something that you love. So what if you turned your favorite side hobby into a side hustle? While it takes a lot of effort to build and sustain a business, you could at the very least use your hobby to make a little extra pocket cash. It’s not as hard as you think—even for the most peculiar hobbies. Here’s how you can make money doing what you love.

Make an Etsy Account 

If your hobby involves making handcrafted jewelry, arts, and other items, you could sell your creations on Etsy.com. Etsy is a website where the makers of handcrafted goods can sell their creations and make money. Think of it like Amazon.com, except all the products are handmade by artisans just like yourself. If your creations become popular, you might be able to make enough money to craft them full-time. That’s the dream, right? But you don’t have to sell items on Etsy only. There are lots of other places online where you can sell your handmade crafts and share your artistry with the world.

Write About It 

If you love doing something, you should write about it. That’s what I’ve done! The Internet is one of the best places to write about your hobby. Start a blog online and cultivate an audience of followers who have the same interest.

You could create a blog on a website like Wix, or you could create a whole website for yourself through WordPress or similar sites. Blog and website-creation platforms have user-friendly interfaces and make it easy for you to customize the look, feel, and organization of your blog. If you have lots of web traffic on your blog, you might be able to make money by selling ad space.

You can also make money by freelancing. There are probably lots of existing websites and magazines that publish articles about your favorite hobby. If you’re a skilled writer, you can write articles about any subject pertaining to your hobby and submit them to any of these outlets. A few of them might pay you for the article!

Now, what on Earth would you write about? Well that’s the fun part! You can write about anything that pertains to your hobby. If you’re fascinated by fashion, you could write something like, “How To Dress for Every Season.” If you’re a carpenter or craftsperson, you could write “How to Find Craft Supplies Online” These kinds of articles are popular and they’re the kind of content that will draw the interest of like-minded readers.

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Enter Competitions

If you have a passion about something, it’s likely others do too. Due to this shared interest, there’s bound to be some kind of local, regional, national, or even global competition where you can display your skills. Even blogging has a number of these, so there’s no excuse not to take part in one! You can take a competition as seriously or as lightly as you wish. Either way, they’re a fun way to showcase your skills and your interests. If the competition is at a venue, you’ll meet others who share your passion and get the chance to make friends and even build a network.

Many of these competitions offer prize money to the winner, and sometimes even to the runner-ups. If you win a competition, you’ll also increase your exposure to the professional world and you could be rewarded with job opportunities, sponsorships, or invitations to more prestigious competitions. For anyone that’s been procrastinating about getting work done, a little friendly competition can spark your creative fire.

However, it’s important not to lose yourself in the competitive fire. Passion projects are meant to be worked on because you love it, not necessarily because you’re trying to win prizes. Get out there and compete for that money, but don’t get so competitive that you’ll feel sour if you lose.

Teach Others

A great way to make money off of doing what you love is to teach others how to do it. You can hold your own “How to” events anywhere in your city or online, and charge a small fee for participants to come and learn skills from you. This is also a great way to network and possibly make new friends.

Teaching is definitely a difficult skill. Remember that many of your participants will be inexperienced, so have patience and don’t expect them to get the hang of it right away. You want to make people feel good about learning your hobby—you don’t want to dissuade them from ever doing it again. So be kind! Out of all the money-making methods we listed, this is one of the most useful because you’re truly giving back to the community by enriching the skillset of others.

Now you’re ready to put your hobby in the limelight and cash in your pocket. Make some money off your hobby by selling your handcrafted items, by writing about your hobby, by entering competitions, and by teaching your skills to others. Now your favorite hobby will be even more fulfilling!
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