Building a hobby earning system is the best choice to manage your life and achieve your goals. In the current environment, everyone can start their own business in different niches. Your hobby can become the basis for earning if you produce a sought-after product that solves a particular customer problem.
Here is a selection of 25 hobby ideas for making money that will be in demand in 2023. In this article, we will not only list current hobby income areas for women and men, but also break down in detail the transition path from hiring to owning your own business. It’s time to get started!
1. Mystery shopping service
This way of extra income will suit people who love to store. Many retail chains are willing to pay for mystery shopper services to check the level of service in their stores. The service consists of shopping at a particular location, evaluating and recording a number of indicators of the condition of the sales floor and the quality of service of employees. After you return home, you fill out a questionnaire and send it to the customer. The amount of earnings depends on the number of questionnaires you fill out. You may be required to take photos in the salesroom or record conversations with staff on a dictaphone. The main advantages of this part-time work are that no investments are necessary; you may do your job at any convenient time; you may combine shopping and fulfillment of tasks.
2. Earnings from writing articles
If you can and love to write, you can earn money online by working from home on a free schedule. There are many websites and blogs that need content – every day thousands of entrepreneurs are searching the web for a savvy web writer to create competent and informative articles. You can offer your writing services and make serious money creating content for web pages and blog articles.
There are other areas for making money on content creation – you can develop prototypes for web pages, design chains of sales letters, create scripts for videos, prepare materials for recording online tutorials, write e-books and much more.
An author’s salary depends on his or her line of work and the scope of the project. To increase the value of their services, we recommend creating a portfolio with examples of work and posting it in your social networking accounts or a section on your blog. Blogging can also be a promising way to attract good-paying customers and promote your services 24/7.
The advantages of this way of earning is that you can start it without investment. You may have to do a few test articles for a minimal fee, but as you gain experience, increase the number of completed works in your portfolio, and have positive feedback from clients, the value of your services will grow.
3. making custom baked goods and desserts
Have you always loved to bake and your girlfriends admired your talents and asked for a recipe? Then you already have the direction to set up a mini business in your kitchen. You can bake ornately decorated cakes to order for your customers. Or maybe you’d rather bake eclairs, make cheesecakes, or make low-fat desserts without flour or sugar? Each of these ideas could be the basis for future earnings.
To attract customers, post photos of your creations on your Instagram account, share the secrets of delicious sweets, post customer reviews, and in a couple of months you’ll have your hands full with orders. Perhaps you will eventually become cramped in the kitchen and you want to open a cozy bakery or family mini-bakery and provide work and other family members? Go for it, and you are sure to succeed!
4. Pet-sitting jobs
You love dogs and can’t imagine your life without a pet – learn how to make money from your hobby! Many apartment building residents spend all day at work and don’t have time to walk their dogs. You can provide pet walking services in your neighborhood and earn extra income while doing what you love. And cat lovers can make extra money by taking in the neighborhood cats for rehoming while their owners are on vacation or business trips.
To find customers, you can put up ads near the entrance, leave a message in the in-house chat room or post to a city group on social networks. And for the first orders, it’s enough just to notify the dog owners – surely someone will be interested in such a service. Here, too, you’ll need to keep an account – post photos from walks, publish a list of services and customer reviews, so potential customers can trust you.
5. Earnings from blogging
Quite promising direction of earnings for those who like to express their thoughts in writing. Your own blog allows you to create materials in any format and share your passion with other users. Whether you are fond of gardening, aquarium fish breeding, scuba diving or landscaping the countryside, you always have something to tell your readers.
Over time, your blog will have its own audience, attendance will grow, your articles will be read and commented on. Then you will be able to receive income from advertising, participation in affiliate programs or the sale of any goods and services. For example, a gardener can recommend products from an online store of seeds and gardening equipment, a traveler – a store selling travel gear, and a builder – a portal for building and finishing materials. With each purchase of a customer who clicked on your link and placed an order, you will receive an affiliate commission.
Your goal is to build a large enough audience to monetize traffic to your blog through affiliate marketing, income from advertising or direct sales of products or courses. To do this, you need to create a lot of interesting and unique content, SEO-optimize your content, and engage your audience for feedback.
6. Earnings from drawing.
Passionate about drawing and can’t tear yourself away from your easel and brushes? If you have drawing skills, you can arrange a part-time job creating illustrations for books or drawing pictures and selling them online. You can create paintings on your favorite subjects and sell them on thematic sites or through your Instagram account. Or master graphic editors and work remotely as a web designer to design pages for websites or draw banners for social networks or advertisements.
To promote your services, post photos of your work on your accounts in the social networks, make a portfolio on Behance, register on freelance sites, and respond to projects. With competent packaging of their services and small investments in advertising, you can earn good money on the services of a designer or get a decent income from the sale of their paintings.
7. Business on beekeeping
For those who are passionate about beekeeping and dream to spend a lot of time outdoors, a great idea for making money will be the organization of your own apiary. This business is difficult to call a simple, it requires expertise and start-up costs to purchase beehives, beekeeping packages and the necessary equipment. You may need to seek advice from an experienced apiarist, you will also need to follow the trends in the beekeeping market. But after overcoming the first difficulties you will have a well-established business and steady income from the sale of bee products – honey in jars and honeycombs, honeydew, propolis, etc. You can sell your products in the market, at local farmers’ fairs or on the Internet.
8. Guide services in your city
This way of monetizing the hobby is suitable for people who study the history of their city, like to communicate and share their knowledge. In recent years, domestic tourism has been actively developing – the closure of borders forces travelers to visit interesting locations within the country. Often, visitors are interested in historical facts or mystical mysteries of the cities they visit as part of their trip. You can become a tour guide and give tours to tourists in your city or town. You can promote your services through your social media accounts or by posting posts in city communities.
9. Earn money by maintaining a YouTube channel
If you love to record videos and dream to share interesting stories of your life, you can make good money on it! Your hobbies can be filmed and uploaded to your YouTube channel. Any occupation can become an occasion for a video blog – fishing, travel, building a bathhouse, car tuning, cooking, growing flowers and much more.
You can monetize your channel by placing ads, participating in affiliate programs, selling goods on the topic of the video blog, and more. To create interesting video content, you need to develop scripts, master video editing software and learn to optimize videos so that users find them through a YouTube search.
10. Business of insulating the facades of houses
A sought-after hobby business for men who are passionate about repair, like plastering and painting. The rising cost of fuel and the increasing cost of heating forces tenants to think about insulating buildings from the outside. There are several ways to insulate facades – cladding with sheets of Styrofoam, siding with a layer of insulation or applying an additional layer of plaster. And you can specialize in the installation of ventilated facades and earn money on finishing not only private houses, but also office buildings.
This type of earnings is not designed for one person – to maximize profits you will need to assemble a team of qualified installers, to provide transportation and purchase the necessary tools. And also to register a sole proprietorship or LLC to avoid questions from the tax inspectorate in the future.
11. three ways of earning money for drivers
Driving cars is a hobby for hundreds of thousands of people in the CIS. If you get high behind the wheel of your car, this could be the basis for your new job or part-time job. Consider three ways for car enthusiasts to earn extra income:
- Get a job as a cab driver in your city. Uber, Bolt and other services offer work in a cab in their cars or company cars with payment of up to 90% of income received from passengers. You can either freelance in your spare time or get a full-time job and earn decent money driving several hours a day.
- Cooperate with the delivery service. This could be the delivery of parcels to customers of a logistics company or delivery orders from the nearest catering facility. Part-time delivery of groceries or meals from a restaurant can be not only in the car, but also on a scooter or bicycle. Excellent opportunity to combine good earnings and physical activity in the fresh air.
- Give driving lessons. If you are an experienced driver and can share your knowledge and skills, you can become a driving school instructor or give private lessons. Often people seek the services of an instructor when they need to refresh their driving skills or learn how to drive safely on slippery roads during the winter season. In this case, you will need to set up your social media accounts and post photos and student reviews to attract clients.
12. Earn money by blogging about travel
If you can’t sit still and love visiting other cities and countries, it’s a smart decision to create a blog to share your experiences and impressions. With your travel blog, you can post verified information about hotels, restaurants and resorts around the world. Tell your readers about travel fees, visa processing, advantages and disadvantages of airlines, unusual situations in your travels, it arouses interest and stimulates to subscribe to your blog.
Over time you will be invited to advertise hotels, vacation homes, restaurants in different parts of the country and abroad. You will have the opportunity to travel for free – carriers and airlines will pay for your tickets in exchange for a review of their service on the pages of your blog. In your materials you will be able to recommend online stores selling travel equipment and leisure goods and place advertising banners in the blog sections. Additional platforms for publishing content will be accounts in social networks, channels on YouTube and Yandex Zen, which can also be further monetized.
13. Become a makeup artist
Sitting for hours in front of the mirror, applying makeup and creating creative looks? Do your girlfriends call you to do makeup before a special event in their lives? Keeping up with the latest cosmetics from famous brands? Then you should consider starting your own cosmetics business.
Be sure to take photos of your successes and post them on your Instagram account. Tell your subscribers about your services, share your experience in the field of cosmetology, experiment with stylish images. In just a few weeks, you’ll have enough regular clients to earn more than working for hire.
14. Earn money on car tuning
Admire stylish cars and know how to turn an old clunker into a motorist’s dream? Want to work in your garage and make money from your hobby? Offer your fellow car enthusiasts the service of tuning their cars. Even with wrap film and minor modifications of the body can make the appearance of your car a lot more attractive. Take photos of your work, record a video, share your expertise on your blog and social networks. As your skills grow, you’ll be able to acquire tools and professional equipment, take on more promising projects and do full body transformation work on used cars. Such operations take longer, but also pay better. With start-up capital, you can specialize in repurchasing old cars, restoring them to sell them at a higher price.
15. Earnings from the repair of residential buildings
At all times there is a demand for the services of private craftsmen to repair the premises and finishing teams. For men with “straight hands” it will not be difficult to find orders for repair and finishing work. To start the business will need investment in the purchase of the necessary tools, a huge advantage will have its own car. Orders can be found in urban communities, placing ads on sites such as Avito, in-house chats in messenger or just posting ads near the entrances. Collect feedback from customers, take photos and videos of the finishing of the premises and you will always have enough orders to make a living.
16. Earn money from fitness classes
There’s no better way to keep yourself in great physical shape than to work out regularly at the gym. If you love working out and want to share your skills, you can make money by providing fitness coaching services. To begin with, you can work as an instructor at one of the sports clubs in your city. And over time, you can open your own business, rent premises, develop a program of individual training and help clients get rid of excess weight and gain attractive forms.
You can promote your services through your blog, social media accounts or a channel on YouTube. Don’t forget to collect feedback from clients, take before-and-after photos, and share helpful content on organizing workouts and transitioning to a healthy lifestyle.
17. Making money from babysitting or governessing services
Love kids and graduated from a teaching university, but aren’t satisfied with the salary level in public schools and kindergartens? A decent way to earn a hobby in this case would be to provide babysitting services. Almost any family needs help caring for infants. Babysitting services for preschool children are very much in demand – moms have to go to work, and places in kindergartens are not enough. And teachers of junior high school classes should consider the option of a part-time governess – to look after schoolchildren, to help with the preparation of lessons, escort them to classes. You can work part-time for families or organize a mini-kindergarten at home, if conditions allow.
18. Earnings on the creation of photographs
For people who are passionate about photography, there are also many ways to monetize their hobby. You can post your work on photostock sites and get paid for each download of materials. A great option for earning extra income is to photograph celebrations in your city. These can be weddings, graduations, anniversaries, etc. You can specialize in creating romantic photos or taking pictures of newborn babies. Or maybe you will be fascinated by creating photo albums for school and kindergarten graduates? Think about what kind of photos inspire you the most, who you can offer such services to, and promote your work through your blog, social networks, city communities, and ad aggregators.
19. Tutoring services
Another way for people with knowledge of foreign languages, mathematics or school subjects to make money from a hobby. As we know, the best way to fill the gaps in a schoolchild’s knowledge is through individual lessons. The services of teachers who are able to prepare applicants for the USE and ensure a high passing score when entering a university are in great demand.
Such activities can be conducted online, through Skype or Zoom. To find clients, use your accounts in social networks, post guest posts in groups for moms, leave messages on forums, hold joint broadcasts on Instagram with bloggers on your topic.
20. Making money from video editing
Anyone who loves video filming and is good at video editing can make money from their hobby. Now many companies and bloggers are interested in publishing quality video content on their platforms. You can create videos for your hobbies – short video splashes, animated videos for advertising, video presentations of goods and services, informative videos for YouTube channels and much more. To start in this area almost no investment is needed, just install a program for video editing on your computer.
You might not only want to edit videos, but also make money by maintaining and promoting your customers’ YouTube channels. You will need training for this, but the services for maintaining corporate channels are well paid. In parallel, you should start your own YouTube channel to promote your services and make money from advertising.
21. Event management services
If you feel that you are able to organize a party of any scale, it can be a source of additional or main income. Everyone loves to celebrate, but only a few can develop an event plan, make an estimate, hire contractors, make sure everything is in order, and get rave reviews from everyone involved.
You can start with the organization of small parties, bachelorette parties, children’s birthdays. The first customers will be your friends, acquaintances and mothers of your children’s classmates. In a few weeks you will already have experience, customer feedback, a list of suppliers of necessary goods and a database of contractors to perform auxiliary work.
Be sure to capture key moments of the holidays, take photos and videos, and post the materials on your social networks. As you become more professional, larger clients with higher budgets will appear, and you will be able to set your own fee for the work.
22. Creating training materials
The ability to explain complex topics in a way that people can easily understand is a valuable gift. And you can make money from your hobby by creating training courses on your topics. If you have expert knowledge, you can record your own online course and teach it to others. But even if you don’t have that knowledge, you can help other experts as a facilitator, training supervisor, or online school administrator. Many experts can’t create courses themselves and are willing to pay to edit content, create lesson presentations, design homework assignments and select final test questions.
Perhaps you are an expert in an applied field – handicrafts, gardening, growing flowers or training dogs. Don’t be lazy to record themed videos and write articles on your subject, publish them on your blog or social media accounts, attract traffic and monetize by placing ads and selling products from affiliate sites.
23. Earn money by selling handmade goods
Hundreds of thousands of women in the CIS countries are fond of different kinds of handicrafts – sewing clothes, knitting hats and scarves, embroidering pictures, creating ceramic products, making jewelry from polymer clay, etc. Each of these areas opens up a wide range of opportunities to make money from the hobby. The demand for handmade products is constantly growing – many people want to buy unusual things for yourself or as a gift.
To sell their wares, you can create a group on a social network and place a catalog in it. Or make a simple online store on the designer Tilda and take orders. Another way is to offer handmade products to order, using your blog or social networking accounts to attract customers.
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If you have a business you love and a desire to make this activity a source of income, don’t be afraid to start your own business and move towards your goal. Our experts have compiled a selection of practical tips on how to turn a hobby into a job:
Analyze what kind of product or service will be in demand by your potential customers. What problem in their lives does your product solve? What will your customers be willing to pay for? This is the most important question on which your relevance as an expert in your field depends.
An important step on the road to building a business based on the hobby is to understand the end result that you want to achieve. Based on this outcome, a business plan is created that outlines specific steps to achieve the goal and outlines a timeline for each step. Each intermediate goal is broken down into specific tasks. A separate section in your business plan will be to determine the financial goal and calculate the start-up investment for setting up the business.
Make a schedule
When you’ve already made a timetable for achieving a given result, make a schedule – how many hours a day and at what time of day are you willing to work on building your business? Incorporate these actions into your daily schedule. Only regular actions lead to a goal – set aside time for them in your calendar. If you work full-time, set aside two to three hours in the evening and a few hours on the weekend for part-time work. When there is a financial return from the new business, you can quit your main job and focus on developing this area.
Do a little market research
Before you launch your business, do an analysis of the competitors in your industry. Study their product line, prices, delivery method, level of service, content on websites and social networks, check for mailing lists, analyze promotional materials, etc. Follow market trends and join helpful business communities. Find other businesses or entrepreneurs in your niche, study their activities, and look for your competitive advantage. Save all the information you gather in spreadsheets – this will help you formulate your UTP, create author content, and communicate with customers in their language.
To provide your customers with a high level of service, you need to know exactly what they want. Before launching your business, it’s worth conducting a few interviews with your target audience to identify their concerns and needs. To get hands-on experience with a new business, you can do the work for free or at a discount if you get feedback. Already after a few completed assignments, you will have a better idea of your clients’ expectations to give them the best results. Ask clients for feedback and post it on your account. Be sure to read blog and social media comments and don’t be lazy to respond. Knowing your clients’ needs can create a product that really solves their problems, get high marks, and build a reputation for excellence in your field.
Spread the word on social media
The next step is to take advantage of social media outreach and introduce your services to your friends and subscribers. At first it will be difficult and unfamiliar, you will have to “go public,” post storis, shoot yourself on video and go on the air. But it is a necessary element of your program for starting your own business. Expert content inspires trust and a desire to order a product just from you.
Social media provides many free tools to promote your business – posts, stories, videos, live streams, polls, contests and more. Use them to attract followers to your accounts and gather people around you who are interested in your products or services. It’s a valuable asset for making sales and reaching your desired level of income.