A hobby doesn’t have to be expensive and it can help you relax, unwind and even make you feel creative. Many hobbies are completely free. It’s knowing how to make cash with these fun hobbies if you chose to cash in.
Whether you can use the cash for a vacation, or just need to bulk up your savings, here are some viable options to use your hobby as a money maker.
Personal Shopper: If you love shopping this gig is for you. There are people out there that have more money than time. You can check out companies such as Thumbtack. Consider using social media to promote yourself.
Pet Sitter: The must on this one is you have to love pets. Better yet if you have them this one will be easy for you. Many professionals need their dogs walked during the day. Hey, you are taking yours anyway, what’s one more? It’s hard to imagine leaving your pet in a kennel at a boarding facility while traveling. Perhaps staying in their home or bringing their pet to yours is an option. Check out companies like Rover and Care.com to board pets in your home, TrustedHousesitters and House Sitters America to browse listings for places you can stay for free in exchange for watching a homeowner’s house and pets.
Selling from your yard: I love this idea. If you have a larger backyard, you can easily do this one. Do you have a garden? It’s a great time to start. You don’t have to have a green thumb, and the rewards are endless. Here in Arizona, we have two strong growing seasons. Except for a month or two when it freezes, the garden will grow. Saving tons on your grocery bill will save you money, or you can sell your produce at the many farmer’s markets around town. What you don’t sell can or freeze. Chickens? Yep, I have those. We sell our eggs which in turn pay for the feed plus some. Not to mention we have fresh eggs daily.
Garage sale and Antique flipping: Many do it, it’s like the craz right now. If you know your vintage and antique items well, this can be very lucrative. A friend of mine picked up a designer purse worth well over $200 for $20 at a garage sale, simply because she knew its worth. Most people just don’t have any idea when shopping at an estate or garage sales. It’s about volume though. Try selling on eBay or putting an ad online.
Restoring furniture: Another side passion of mine. Here in Arizona, we have bulk trash once a month. Don’t be too timid and not do a drive-by the week of the pickup. You can get the schedule from your city online. I have found some of the most beautiful pieces. My first one was a dresser and one nightstand. It was on the curb for bulk trash and I snatched it up. The cost was minimal, less than a pint of paint and a few knobs to dress it up. It took 6 hours from start to finish and sold it on Facebook Marketplace for a fast $185.00. So for 6 hrs work, I netted $150. Now that is a great side gig. Consider also looking on Craigslist and Facebook under Free items.
This list can go on and on. But whatever your passion, there is probably a way to earn money doing something you love. Remember to start small, because when a hobby is a job, it will become no longer fun!
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