What would you say if I told you that the things you are already doing during your free time could also earn you some extra money in your pocket? Would you be willing to take a chance on turning your hobbies into an extra form of income? While people spend their free time doing things that they enjoy, very rarely do they ever ask themselves, “could this make me money?” Instead they simply enjoy their experiences and while that’s completely fine, that fact remains that many of our hobbies cost us money to enjoy. This is where creating a side hustle with your favorite interests can not only balance out the costs of that hobby you have, but if executed correctly, you could even see a profit from it.
With social apps such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest; many have taken interest in photography and sharing their view of the world. While our “selfies” may not be that profitable, the pictures we take on vacations or while we’re out and about very well COULD be. Especially if you live in an area that has artistic landscapes or land marks, those photos you take could be just the backdrop that someone on the other side of the world is interested in.
Stock image sites such as Shutterstock are perfect examples of how artistic photos are in high demand. These sites are essentially photo marketplaces where blogs, businesses, and individuals go to buy licenses to photography for their ads or websites. Many businesses don’t have the time or ability to take photos themselves, so instead of attempting such tasks on their own, they simply leave it for others to do. This is where opportunities can emerge for those who enjoy their time behind a camera lens. Stock image sites work with what many consider to be freelance photographers (also referred to as contributors). As a contributor to one of these sites, you can upload your photos and sell their usage rights to those companies and bloggers who are in the market for stock photos. One thing I ask you do though before setting up shop is to become familiar with the different types of creative licenses and copyright laws that may apply to your type of photography. For more information on the different types of licencing, I found diyphotography.net to explain it very well.
Another way businesses reach out to freelance photographers is through sites such as Upwork or Fiverr. While you can still take photos to sell as stock images, opening yourself up to businesses looking for product photography or custom marketing images would also be a great way to earn some extra money. Companies that sell products on sites like Amazon are always looking for people to take appealing photos of their products, and though you may not have the same amount of creative freedom as you would with stock images, you still are creating an income for yourself with your photography skills.
You’re on the WRITE Track
For many, writing can be both calming and great way to express one self. If you’re the type of person that finds satisfaction in writing poetry, stories, or even just your thoughts; the ability to make money off of it is very much possible.
Let’s take a blog for example. Having a blog can be a great way to build your writing portfolio, but it can also be a great way to earn more money. If you’re already an active blogger, you may have heard about ways to “monetize” your blog. In my previous articles such as “What the Internet Can Do for You“, I talk about how you are able to do this through ads and affiliate links, but did you also know that you could get paid to write for SOMEONE ELSE’s blog? Many blogs and websites become too big to simply have a small amount of people write for them. That’s why many blogs/companies will hire freelance writers to help create pieces that will be added to their site. This saves them the hassle of having to hire full-time writers onto a payroll and it also gives freelance writers the opportunity to share their writing skills while creating an extra income.
Now for those writers that are even more ambitious, maybe it’s time to look into self-publishing a book or eBook. While writing an entire book may seem like a huge undertaking, many have found it to be a very possible feat with the tools we have available these days. With companies such as LuLu and Kindle Publishing, having your book up for sale is far easier than it use to be. While it will still involve some hard work and imagination on your part; having a book of yours available for sale is a great way to create a semi-passive income and can continue earning you money for years to come.
Searching for buried TREASURE
For those of you that pride yourself as being a bargain hunter, this next side hustle may be a great find for you. I know many who enjoy finding deals at flea markets and rummage sales, but many times they are simply looking for themselves and not for deals that they could resell for a profit.
I am sure you’ve heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and with successful TV shows such as American Pickers, you can see how that saying holds truth. Sure, “reality” TV is many times far from reality, but the idea of finding hidden treasures in what seems like a pile of junk is very real to those who take the time to search for them. These modern day treasure seekers have made REAL money buying and selling lost and forgotten things that they have found during their travels. The biggest mistake many people make though when starting out is not knowing where to look or what to look for.
When people think of “treasure”, many associate it with antiques and vintage products. While that is very true, they tend to think then that antique stores are the best places to look. It is rarely a good idea to buy antiques from an established business because they have already raised the price of an item for the sole purpose of making a profit. By purchasing items at an already higher price, you are minimizing the amount of profit YOU can make when you try to resell that item later on. That’s why I recommend you set your sights on smaller, more personal sellers such as area rummage sales and even online sellers markets such as Craigslist. Many times these sellers are looking to just get rid of their old “junk” and make a few dollars by doing so. They don’t bother to look into what the actually have and how much it’s really worth. That’s where your expertise becomes your greatest tool. By learning about the value of various niches such as vintage metal signs or antique toys, you can more easily point out a deal when you come across it.
Becoming a DRIVING Force
I, like many, enjoy the feeling of the open road. I find that driving can be therapeutic and relaxing. If you enjoy driving as well and you’re looking to make a some extra cash, then maybe its time to look into becoming a professional driver. No, I’m not talking Nascar or over the road truck driving — though if that’s your dream, then go for it. What I am more so talking about is the idea of lending your car and your time to helping others get around.
Companies such as Uber and Lyft have lately become very reputable names in the business of transportation. The difference between them and traditional taxi companies, from an employee stand point of course, is the flexibility. With Uber and Lyft you choose when you drive. That makes it far easier for someone who already has a full time job and is just looking to make a few extra bucks.
If you prefer to not have strangers in your personal car though, there are alternatives so that you can still profit from your love of driving and making money. Companies like Postmates and Shipt are great options for people not looking to drive others around. With these companies, rather than driving people around, you instead are delivering goods such as food to people. Much like Uber and Lyft, you can pick your own hours so the flexibility is still there for you, and though it may involve you having to do a little shopping, it is still a great way to earn money on the road during your free time.
This Land is made for me and YOU
The final side hustle I want to touch on may not entirely be a “hobby” of yours, but it involves something you may have recreational use of. Owning recreational land, especially one with a cabin or lake house, can be a costly add-on to your financial life. With an extra property tax and insurance looming over head, it is understandable why many simply don’t seek to own property when it isn’t going to be their main residence. The truth is that you can still grab that piece of paradise you’ve been looking at and not have to worry so much about expenses. How you may ask? By turning a liability into an asset and making it a rentable space for you to make money on.
Whether you want to make private arrangements with people you already know, or you prefer to list your space on sites such as Airbnb; renting property you own but rarely use can be a great way to make some extra money. Admit it, everyone enjoys to escape from everyday life from time to time. Why make them have to stay at an expensive hotel filled with other families when they can simply rent your cabin or lake house and have the privacy they desire for their get away? Not only can renting your extra property pay off the taxes and loan payments you may have to pay on it, but it can also fund any renovations you plan on doing to it in the future. Whether you’re a hunter with a hunting lodge out of town or some one who has that water frontage that everyone dreams about, why make it more costly than it has to be? Maybe it’s time to look into inviting others to use it too.
After reviewing these few ideas on how to make some extra money, it’s time to ask yourself “what am I doing during my free time and what ways can I start making it also profitable for myself?”. These are only a few ways to create an extra income for yourself. If you are interested in finding out more ways to make money, make sure to bookmark our site and find us on social media to stay up-to-date with everything money related. Thank you as always…
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