Are you looking for something interesting that can help you earn money? Getting another job seems like the most reasonable option but for most of us, that seems like a lot of, well, work. Luckily, you can have fun while making money by taking your hobbies a step further. With the popularity of the Internet, you can easily hone your hobbies, turn them into a unique talent, and jumpstart a money making business doing the things you love. Ultimately, all you need is an open and creative mind. Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas you can try.
For the writer
If you have a flair for writing, building a blog is easy. You can get a free blog domain at blog services such as WordPress or Blogger. To get started, choose a sleek template design, and fill your blog with lots of entries. Don’t worry about not having an audience yet; you’ll build one with your content. Focus on writing things you enjoy and are interested in, and learn the basics of formatting. This way, you’ll build a portfolio you can use to apply for paid blogging gigs.
For the musician
If you play an instrument, you can make money by giving private lessons. You can advertise your tutoring sessions on Facebook or Twitter. You can even go to your local Starbucks or favorite tea shop and ask if you can hang posters of your services on their bulletin boards. Just be sure you have enough time to accommodate your new students because you’re sure to get plenty.
For the dancer
If you like to move it to the beat, you could always get money as a dancer. No, you don’t need to go sexy. Casting agents and producers are constantly looking for extras and dancers for projects. Dance teachers make a great living too, as people both the young and the old love taking classes. Also, you can always join amateur dance competitions, be it solo or with a group.
For the artist
Not all artists are starving; many of them make a decent living. Aside from traditional museum art, you can see art in literally every aspect of business–graphic designers creating logos and other branded merchandise for marketing campaigns worldwide. With such a large variety of digital and analog drawing media available today, the only artist who’s truly starving is the one not looking for work. Start by asking around. Someone might be interested in commissioning a work for a book, a calendar, or even mixtape covers.
For the photographer
Everyone takes photos these days and there’s still an insatiable hunger for more. If you have an eye for photography, websites such as Shutterstock allow you to sell your work in JPG format. Other sites, like Cafepress, sell a variety of goods that bear your photo. You can also consider freelancing. A lot of social events today are in need of photographers, even amateur ones.
Regardless of your hobby, it’s possible to make money off it. Don’t be afraid to market yourself. Put yourself out there without being annoying or pushy. Chances are, your skills might just help others while allowing you to rake in some cash.