It turns out there is a lot of money to be made in the “side gig” arena. People who use the internet smartly, and specifically industry sites and social media platforms, can turn their hobbies into paychecks.
If you have a hobby or passion that comes to you naturally, it likely won’t even feel like work. Wondering where you can make money though? Here are four hobbies that could be your next side hustle.
Do you have knack for DIY and crafting? Advertise your creations on sites such as Etsy to make money and help pay for that vacation or bathroom remodel you’ve been posting on Pinterest. If you already spend your nights and weekends painting, doing wood work or crocheting, why not sell those creations and build a little slush fund? Take photos of your completed projects and try posting them online or sign up to participate in local craft fairs. Your handiwork could be exactly what someone wants to pay to own, making a crafting hobby a smart side hustle.
Are you a thrill seeker who loves the high that accompanies gambling? Perhaps you just like the numbers and calculating your risks and odds as you go. While it may not be for everyone, some have turned their lust for gambling into a fun side hustle. If you aren’t a seasoned gambler yet but want to try your hand at earning some extra cash doing it, take some time to read up on beginners tips to win at roulette or blackjack (or your game of choice) to give yourself an edge. Thanks to the internet, you can gamble from the comfort of your own home any time of the day, making it a flexible way to earn some side money.
Photos are worth a thousand words and if you’re good, maybe even thousands of dollars. In the digital age we live in, photographers are highly sought after and compensated well for their work. Put together a portfolio of your personal work and post it on sites such as Facebook and Instagram to solicit business from others. Decide if you want to be a photographer for hire – or someone who schedules portraits or takes photos at weddings and other events – or a photographer who shoots subjects and then sells the prints. It’s remarkable how much a person can make when they have the right eye for a camera.
Are you known for being well organized? Do you find pleasure in keeping everything precisely in its location? If your favorite pastime is organizing, your skills would make you a great professional home or office organizer. Start by taking photos of spaces you have organized, and then spread the word that you can get others organized, too.
Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Turning your hobby into a side gig gives you’re the opportunity to do just that – at least some of the time. If you keep at it, maybe one day it will allow you to quit your day job, too!