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Earn Money from Your Hobbies

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Source of Income


Hobbies are known for being money drains, but they don't have to be that way. Find ways to turn your favorite pasttime into a source of income, and get paid to play.

Need a few ideas to get you going? Then consider these:


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  • Teach art classes, either privately or at a local craft store
  • Sell your work at craft shows or on etsy.com
  • Sell your work in a gallery
  • Design pieces on commission
  • Design and submit projects for publication in books and magazines
  • Enter your work in contests with cash prizes
  • Do graphic design work
  • Paint business windows for the holidays


  • Get work as a freelance newspaper photographer
  • Sell stock photos online. Try: Shutterstock, fotolia, and dreamstime
  • Sell your videos online. Check out: Video Sharing Websites that Pay
  • Sell your photos to magazines
  • Do wedding and event photography/videography
  • Teach photography/videography classes
  • Turn your images into cards, and sell them


  • Umpire/referee
  • Coach
  • Be a scorekeeper
  • Be a statistician
  • Caddy
  • Become a personal trainer
  • Become a fishing guide, hiking guide or river guide
  • Teach others your sport

Taking Care of Animals

  • Walk dogs
  • Pet sit
  • Offer grooming services


  • Give private lessons
  • Perform at restaurants, weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events


  • Teach cooking classes
  • Sell your foods at farmer's markets and craft shows
  • Cater
  • Offer yourself as a personal chef
  • Take orders for birthday cakes


  • Sign up for hotel and resort mystery shops
  • Sell your travel articles and photos to magazines


  • Teach exercise classes
  • Be a river guide
  • Lead hikes
  • Teach rock climbing, caving or other extreme sports
  • Be a tour guide – all that walking is exercise!
  • Become a life guard
  • Offer yourself as a personal trainer


  • Repair computers
  • Build and sell computers
  • Become a computer consultant
  • Design websites


  • Hire yourself out as a gardener/ landscaper
  • Sell the extra fruits and vegetables from your harvest
  • Sell compost
  • Can foods from your garden, and sell them at the farmer's market
  • Help a farmer harvest his crops


  • Start a blog
  • Sell articles online or to magazines
  • Enter writing contests with cash prizes
  • Apply for a writing stipend
  • Write advertising copy for local businesses
  • Produce and sell an e-book


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