Now that we have so much time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, we are catching up on our favorite hobbies. But why not turn one of those hobbies into a profitable side hustle or home business?
Fortunately, the digital age has made it easier for anyone to earn extra money doing what they love. You probably are already doing something that inspires you to get up every morning. It’s just about knowing how to monetize or profit from it.
However, more than making money, there are more important reasons for making money from your hobby. Consider the career and business opportunities that may open up because of an additional income stream. Not to mention, you can also feed your travel fund jar during this time!
Here’s our list of eight hobbies that can help you make more money:
Do your friends, coworkers, and relatives always come up to you to think of greeting card messages or speeches because you have a way with words? Do you like to talk about your travels, excursions, or your daily life? Or are you an expert in your professional field or industry? Then blogging projects are perfect for you.
You can create your own blog on almost any topic, from travel journals to digital marketing trends. The key is to find a niche that you are passionate about and that you can write about for weeks. You don’t need to have an English degree to get started. What you will need is an ability to write in a clear, engaging tone to your target readers.
Do you have an eye for design? Have you used Adobe Photoshop or even free online tools like Canva? Do you love to draw? Are you a professional graphic designer? So why not design layouts for others.
Even in these tough times, you can find plenty of prospective clients who need help with their graphic design needs. There is a high demand for logos, visual identity and brand style guides, book and invitation layouts, and infographics, not to mention banners and images for the web and social media.
Have you always wanted to create your own YouTube channel? Do you edit videos professionally? Or do your friends and family often ask you to create video presentations for them? If so, video editing is the side hustle for you. Whether it’s YouTube channels, same-day edited wedding videos, or family slideshows, video editing is one of the best money-making skills.
Social Media Management
Are your friends telling you that your social media feeds are swoon-worthy? Do you have a massive online following? Are you always one step ahead of finding the freshest content? Do you spend countless hours on social media platforms? Consider embarking on a new career as a social media or community manager.
Do you have your own car? Does driving for long periods relax you? Driving through city streets can be stressful, but there are many who enjoy the thrills of sitting behind the wheel. If you love cars, try signing up with Lyft, Uber, Grab, and other ridesharing platforms. Drive other people around your city while you get paid and on your own schedule. Aside from getting paid for your trips, you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. You can also earn bonuses for driving a certain number of hours.
Do you consistently score high on your favorite games? Can you complete a game as quickly as you can? Do you spend most of the day playing computer, console, or mobile games? If you have mad gaming skills, then a gaming-related hustle is for you.
Yes, you can get paid to play video games. Live stream your gameplay on platforms like Twitch, or start a gaming channel on YouTube. You might even want to consider joining tournaments as a competitive esports player.
If friends look forward to your potluck dishes and relatives like to hang out in your house because the food is always good, then turn your kitchen finesse into a restaurant job or start a food business out of your home!
Perhaps one of the most popular on our list, cooking is a hobby you easily and quickly monetize. Cook large portions of your best recipes, pickle vegetables, or create spreads and fruit preserves and sell to neighbors online and at weekend markets. If selling is not your forte, start a cooking blog or YouTube channel, write a cookbook, or offering online (or social distancing) cooking classes.
If whipping up a batter and decorating cupcakes give you an adrenaline rush, you can start a home bakery. The start-up costs are really low and the demand is usually pretty steady since almost everybody loves fresh homemade goods.
Bake cookies, cupcakes, and birthday cakes for family gatherings and special occasions. Get in touch with small shops, cafes, restaurants, and hotels that will want to serve or sell your baked goodies.
One of our featured vendors on KKday is Miss B, a line of delicious homebaked goodies, sweet honey, and refreshing beverages. Inspired by the latest food trends in Manila, Philippines, Miss B started as a simple love for baking. Since 2019, the sisters behind Miss B have been whipping up cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, and breads. The boba buns are our favorite.
If you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life. Whether you are thinking big or starting small, we hope you’ve gotten plenty of inspiration for your side hustle or home business.
However, it is up to you to take that next step. Reach out to your social circle, professional network, and the wider community for your first client. Add a unique touch to your hustle. Don’t be afraid to fail, and remember that, if your first choice doesn’t work, you can always try other pursuits.