Five Hobbies that can help you Earn Extra Money
Time spent indulging in your hobbies and passions, gives you a much-needed break from the demanding day-to-day routines of life. However, wouldn’t it be nice to make some extra money doing something you love? Here you go!
Writing gives you an opportunity to share your experiences, your insights, tell a story, convey new information or educate others. Some of the ways you could take your writing to new heights is to start a blog or an affiliate website, write and sell an e-book, or become a freelance content writer. Depending on what you are into, you can write about politics, business, food, health, social causes, finance or travel. You could do reviews on prepaid travel cards, hotels, movies, or even music and even write an e-book. The joys of being a freelance writer are varied and many. The best part is you can work from anywhere as long as there’s Internet connection and a computer.
Photography has great earning potential while being creative, fun, artistic and worthwhile. You can sell or license your photographs through websites like Flickr and Shutterstock to potential users and clients. Professional photo-shoots can be quite expensive. People will always want a good photographer to capture the special moments, such as weddings, graduation days, special birthdays and anniversaries. You could also extend this personal service to businesses as well, such as real estate, restaurants and event organisers.
To get started, you need a good camera, editing software and good camera lighting. Then you need to work on building a strong portfolio, your own website, share your work on social media, and do get the word out about your services. As you gain more experience, and clients, you can increase your rates and even look at investing in a studio or renting a studio and advanced camera equipment.
If you enjoy playing an instrument or singing, you could play at a music concert in your local city or become a music instructor. Even more, you could stream yourself playing music on an online streaming service. Or upload videos of yourself on You Tube for additional income. Once you start making really awesome music, you could consider checking out soundexchange.com to find out more about the possibilities of royalty earnings. If you write well, submit your lyrics for review and it might get chosen to be recorded by a major recording label. All you need to start off is the musical instrument itself, a voice, webcam and a microphone for the recording.
Cooking and Baking
If you enjoy cooking and baking, you could really earn some serious extra money. You could start by creating a special Home Chef menu for parties and special occasions which people can order from you, or have a baked goods sale at the local farmers market. You could also publish an e-book with your recipes, or have a blog also on useful tips, tricks and food recipes. You could run baking and cooking hands-on-workshops for grown-ups and children. As you would already be cooking or baking, you wouldn’t need to invest in much equipment initially, but if you decide to take your cooking and baking hobby to the next level, you may need to invest a bit in kitchen supplies and equipment.
Travelling offers many options to earn money such as being a travel photographer, a travel guide or even a travel critic who reviews different destinations, and hotels. However, whilst travel can be expensive some of your clients may offer to pay for your accommodation or flights to do their work. Ensure you have set up an online remittance account so you can send and receive money anytime, anywhere at just the click of the mouse. Travel light and invest in an international travel card before you head off. You can also work for a travel agency in a position of an itinerary planner. Travel blogging and travel photography are also options, if you are a keen writer or a photographer. You could then publish your blog and make money from affiliate marketing or sell your pictures to travel websites or an image library.
Consider teaching English in some of the non-English speaking countries. This is another great way to travel around. If you are a native English speaker, you will be amazed at how many schools in China, Japan, Thailand and the South-East Asian countries will consider your application.