5 Popular Hobbies That Make Money


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We all know the old phrase:

“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Cliché though it may be, doesn’t it sound tempting? If you want to make more money, you may as well start with the things you love.

Whether you are looking to start a new career, or simply looking to make a bit of extra cash on the side, there are ways you can do this with your favourite hobby. In this post we’ll look at the money-making potential in five popular hobbies.

Chances are you already do at least one of these things in your spare time – so why not get paid for it?

1. Photography

Most of us take dozens of pictures a day on our smartphones. But do you have a real talent for framing great snaps? There are several ways to turn photography into a side hustle!

To really make money from photography, you’ll probably need more than your smartphone. They may impress your mates on Facebook, but you won’t get the results you need when trying to convey a professional approach. Therefore, it’s best to invest in a decent camera if you want to gain credibility. You can then advertise yourself online and to your friends, and offer your services as a photographer for special events, such as weddings, christenings, and college graduations.

If your skill with a camera borderlines on art, you can also make money by selling prints online. From using popular photography sites to your own website, you could get yourself a reputation with the right exposure (no pun intended). As more people notice your work, you should be able to raise your fee and make a serious income from this endeavour.

Even better, upload your pictures to a stock photography site and you could be making a nice stream of passive income each time a snap sells.

2. Writing

If you have a talent for the written word, there are all kinds of opportunities available to you.

The most well-known road is journalism, but you will need to take an approved course of study unless you are able to get some experience with your local newspaper.

Many writers work freelance, so you could sign up to websites such as Upwork and offer your services as a copywriter or editor. You might also consider approaching local companies by offering them your services as a writer for their websites, blogs or marketing materials.

On the other hand, you may be more interested in the world of fiction, in which case you probably already have a novel percolating in the back of your mind. Getting a book published isn’t easy, especially if you go down the traditional route, but you could self-publish an eBook, and market it through your legion of followers on social media. You might want to pick up a copy of the Writers and Artists Yearbook too, as that contains a vast list of publishers and agents that you may be able to approach directly with your work.

The other route to go down is blogging, where you can generate a readership not only through the quality of your writing but also through your personality or personal style.

From personal finance to travel or cooking, you can start a blog in literally any niche. You can generate cash through affiliate marketing, ad revenue, sponsored posts and product sales.

3. Sports

This can be a profitable hobby, whether you are skilled at a particular game, or have a passive interest in a specific sport.

Assuming you have the ability to play, you may be able to make money from coaching junior teams or acting as a referee. Approach local schools and organisations to find out more.

Of course, if you’re really good enough you might have considered becoming a professional in your given sport, giving you the opportunity to make an untold fortune. Start working with local teams and coaches to give you the leg up you need.

If your sporting prowess only goes so far as lifting up your TV remote, there are other ways you can make money, such as buying and selling sports memorabilia for a profit, or running your own fantasy sports league, making money through membership and advertising.

Matched betting is another idea. This is a risk-free way to profit from your sports knowledge by taking advantage of bookies’ special offers.

4. Music

As with any creative hobby, it is difficult to become famous with your own work. However, you can upload your music on sites such as Soundcloud, and you may make valuable contacts through your listeners.

Performing live is also a good idea, be that through a televised talent show (good luck) to working as a session musician on the local music scene. For the latter, you should advertise your skills locally and online and then approach local bands directly at bars and clubs. You won’t get paid loads, but who knows where it might lead you.

The other avenue is music tutoring. If you have mastered the use of a particular instrument, advertise your services to others. There are loads of adults and children desperate to learn how to play specific instruments, and you may be the person to help them master the craft. Again, advertise your services online, and locally, at schools, colleges, and community groups.

5. Art

As with most of the hobbies on this list, art is a broad subject, from skills with a paintbrush to graphic design. Whatever route you are interested in, there are loads of ways to make money.

The common way is to sell your craft, be that through an online marketplace, your own website, or at local art galleries. You can also display your artwork at local eating places or shopping centres (with permission), with contact details posted underneath for interested buyers.

Websites such as Redbubble will allow you to upload your work, and set your own profit margins. Ever wanted to see your artwork on a t-shirt or an iPhone case? Well, it may not be what you originally intended, but with Redbubble you can put your artwork on almost anything. Alternatively, use more common websites, such as Amazon and eBay to sell your work.

Tutoring is another option, whether this is on a one-to-one basis, or running a class at a local school or college. Depending on your style of art, you may be able to fill a niche that is not yet included on the curriculum of study. You can also tutor people online, either through a revenue generated YouTube channel, or a subscription package through your own website.


No matter what your hobby is, there will be ways you can make money from it. These are just some ideas, but with a bit of creativity, you’ll find the options are endless. Continue your research online, and talk to other people with similar interests, be they friends at a local group, or through niche-specific websites and forums.

What better way to start a new side hustle than by doing something you already love!

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Make money doing the things you love! Whether that's blogging, writing, photography, arts or sports, we have heaps to ideas to help you make money at home, online, or in your spare time. Turn you passion into a side hustle now!


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