There are millions of us. We go to festivals and farmers markets to see what the vendors are selling, not so we can buy from them, but to get ideas. We read books on how to make money with a side hustle. We imagine ourselves creating and selling to the crowds of people who want our product or service.
We want an outlet for our creativity. We want an increase in our income. Some days we even want our real job to fade away while our side job takes over.
We want a hobby that makes money.
To make money with a hobby today, thinking outside the box is a requirement. I’ve been doing just that, thinking outside the box. I’ve also been researching hobbies and found several that are unique, and several that are common but with a unique twist.
Keep reading to find out which hobbies that make money you may be interested in trying.
If you are into gadgets, like mini-plane gadgets, drone flying is a hobby that is becoming popular. The drone is no longer that toy you put under the Christmas tree to surprise the techie in your family. Drones are now being used to bring in a lot of money as a side hustle.
Young couples getting married want unique photos. They are hiring drone pilots to take aerial wedding photos in places photographers cannot venture. Some couples stand on the edge of a cliff, some stand on a mile-high bridge, and some ride a Ferris wheel. They want beautiful shots from these hard to reach locations.
Real estate agents are hiring drones to capture aerial views of homes they are listing for sale. Corporations are paying for drones to fly over work sites. Farmers are using drones to inspect crops. Believe it or not, drones are hired for romance, like when one person wants to deliver a special gift to the one, they love, they hire the drone to deliver it.
The ideas are plentiful in how you can use your drone.
But before you go buy a drone and list your services for hire, there are a few rules to follow, like registering your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Once your drone is registered, you must label it.
The FAA requires you to obtain a commercial drone license if you plan to make money with your equipment. They detail the steps you can follow to obtain your license. The first step is to simply learn the rules.
Steps two and three involve becoming a certified drone pilot. That sounds so cool. The process involves a knowledge test at a nearby FAA knowledge testing center. You can find your local testing center by searching the FAA website, or use Google.
Once your drone is legally ready to start flying for business purposes, you can start making money. And because you can set your own prices, this hobby could be very lucrative.
Does your inner teacher come out every time someone asks a question? Are you an expert on a topic seeking a place to share your knowledge? Are you already a teacher looking to make extra money?
Me too. I like to learn, and I like to teach others what I know, especially if it is about a unique topic. This article is a perfect example. I have spent many hours learning unique ways to make money. I don’t want to keep this information to myself. Instead, I want to share what I know and help others make more money.
What I learned in my research is that online teaching is a huge industry that gives you the ability to make thousands of dollars as a hobby business.
If you love designing and implementing your own curriculum, check out online course development platforms like Udemy.
With Udemy, there are three main steps: plan your course, record your video, and build your community.
There are several other online course creation platforms out there but Udemy is the leader right now.
Cooking and Baking
If you are constantly getting compliments on your cooking or baking skills, take it to the next level and start making money. In the past, sell your brownies at a bake sale was the main way to make money with your culinary skills.
Today, you have options. And you don’t have to choose just one option. Find the food hobbies that fit your lifestyle.
One option is to teach classes, but not just ordinary cooking classes. Instead, try teaching kids to become masters in the kitchen. Teach them the basics, like the difference between salt and sugar, to elevated levels of cooking.
Other cooking and baking ideas include catering, become a vendor at a farmer’s market or festival, or sell your items wholesale to the local mom and pop shops.
When you start selling out at those venues, go bigger. Attend trade shows to connect with retailers. And always use social media to promote your items and take pre-orders.
You must follow the laws in your state regarding your kitchen set-up and approval, safe food handling, and USDA regulations.
You are already living a healthy life. You are the go-to person for people looking to improve their lives. Whether they want to lose weight or start exercising, they ask you for advice. You have figured out what it takes to have good health.
Start sharing your expertise, for a fee.
The following are just a few examples of how you can turn your knowledge into a hobby money-maker:
- Teach a yoga or meditation class
- Start a blog on healthy living
- Host a healthy living seminar with you as the keynote speaker
- Create an online course
- Write an e-book
- Become a personal life coach
- Become a healthy living consultant for corporations, schools, and hospitals
- Become a YouTube star with videos you create on healthy living
- Start a podcast on healthy living
Most people have an idea of what healthy living means, they just do not have the motivation to change. You can give them that motivation and coaching necessary for them to improve their lifestyle.
Choose the format you enjoy and use it to kickstart your hobby business.
Farmers never get a vacation. I mean never. They want a vacation, but they are unable to leave the chores of the farm undone for longer than a day. This can mean money for you and time off for the farmer, a win-win.
If you have thought farm life is desirable or if you would like to try it out without having the commitment of full-time farming, farm sitting is a great hobby that pays well.
Because there are so many types of farms, your experiences could be varied.
If you want to work with cows, farm sit for a cattle or dairy farmer. Dairy farming will entail more than just feeding but you could also charge more for each chore.
If you like chickens, goats, or pigs, there is a farm out there waiting for your services. If you don’t want to deal with animals, farm sit for those who grow crops. You can help them do everything from planting seeds to harvesting fruits and vegetables.
Farm sitting can also be a great way for you to escape from the hustle and bustle of your busy life. Even though farming can be tough work, it is very rewarding. It helps you receive the benefits working outdoors and in nature offer.
Other Hobbies That Make Money
The above hobbies are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making money using your creative side. Other hobbies include the following:
- Freelance writing
- Substitute teaching
- Selling on eBay or Etsy
- Social media manager
- Grant writing
- Video gaming
- T-shirt design
- Video editing
- Event planning
- Interior design
- Flipping houses
- Air BnB
- Computer repairs
- Painting houses
- Painting portraits
- Pet Sitting
- Cleaning homes or businesses
- Become a home inspector
- Driver for Uber or Lyft
- Participate in research studies
No matter what your hobby, you have the tools and abilities to make money with it. You can start today by deciding which talent to take to the business level. Learn what you can about that industry, especially about rules and regulations set forth by your State.
Finally, start creating, selling and enjoying your extra money.