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32 Hobbies That Can Make You Money as a Side Hustle

Do you have a hobby? A hobby is something most people do for enjoyment. But technology has made it easier to make money and now there are more opportunities for you to turn your hobby into a money-making machine. 

Read on to find out more about the hobbies that can make you money and how you can start earning extra income while doing what you love. 


The easiest way to make money with photography is by doing portraits and head shots. You can also sell landscape or fine art prints, sell stock photos, or write a photography book or blog.

Start by talking to friends and family to see if they would like some personal or professional photos taken. You can also use social media to advertise your services and grow your business.

2.Coding or Web Design

With technology advancing every day, there is always a need for coding and web design. If you have these skills, you can reach out to companies to find out if they require your services. 

Designing or coding websites, website maintenance and creating and selling websites and themes are all services that are in demand. 

3.Graphic Design

Graphic design is another service that is high demand with professionals in just about every industry. You can make money designing logos, brochures, business cards and more. You can also sell stock graphics or write design tutorials for blogs and magazines.


Today, many companies use blogs and website content as a means of improving their ranking on search engines. It is for this reason that writers are very much in demand. 

To start bringing money in, you can look for magazines that pay for submissions or sign up as a writer on a freelance site like Upwork. You can also write and sell eBooks, write for greeting card companies and more.


If you have writing skills, you can also make money by starting your own blog. 

Start by thinking of a topic that many people will find interesting that you can write about. With the right networking you will be able to grow your following.

When you have enough followers, you will be in a position where you can make money with your blog by displaying ads or selling your products or services. 

You can also bring in affiliate income through blogging. To make money as an affiliate, you have to plug certain products on your blog. If the item sells, you will get a portion of the profit.

6.Create a YouTube Channel

Posting videos on YouTube can be a fun way to connect with other people, but it can also bring in income. 

Similar to blogging, in order to make money on YouTube, start by finding a topic a lot of people will be interested in. Once you have enough of a following, YouTube will provide you with options for money making opportunities.

You can bring in income by displaying ads, through affiliate marketing, by selling sponsorships, by selling products and services through your channel or by selling other subscriptions and features.


Podcasting is another form of social media that is taking the world by storm. It is similar to vlogging and blogging, but the content is in audio form only. 

Podcasting is great for affiliate marketing because you can invite guests on to promote their product and services in the hopes the exposure will increase sales. You can also make money by selling sponsorships or selling your own products and services on your show.

8.Social Media

Many companies rely on social media to promote their business. If you know a lot about social media and how the different platforms work, you can get hired by a company to do their social media promotion for them.

If you post a lot on social media and have grown your own following, businesses may be interested in hiring you as an influencer. In these cases, you will be paid to plug products and services to your following.

9.Taking Surveys

Who doesn’t love giving their opinion? If you love speaking your mind, there are several websites that will pay your for taking surveys. These include the following:

10.Surfing the Internet

If you are like most people and spend a good amount of time each day surfing the internet, why not start making some money doing it? Here are some websites that will pay you for your time online.

  • Swagbucks: If you sign up for Swagbucks you can make money just by using their search engines. There are also opportunities to make money by watching videos online. 
  • Neilsen Compute & Mobile Panel: They will pay you to share your browsing data with them.
  • MobileXpression: They will pay you to share your mobile browsing data with them.

11.Restoring Furniture

If you are skilled at carpentry, restoring furniture can be a great way to make money. You can buy old pieces that may have some signs of damage and restore them to bring them to a ‘like new’ condition. Then you can sell them for way more than you paid for them. 

12.Selling on eBay

Selling on eBay is a great source for bringing in extra money. You may have items at home that you no longer want or need that are worth a considerable amount of money like designer clothing or collectibles. On the other hand, you may be able to find gems at thrift stores that are being sold for much less than they are worth. 

Buy these items and sell them on eBay to make a profit.

13.Designing Clothing

Clothing design is a great way to make money. While some people are gifted enough to make complete outfits to sell, if you are good with a sewing machine and other arts and crafts tools, you may be able to turn existing pieces into expensive works of art. 

Adding patches and gems or tailoring items to give them a different fit can increase the value of the item significantly. These items can then be sold through eBay or Etsy or you might even be able to sell them on a commission basis with local retailers. 


If you enjoy driving, there are plenty of ways to make money in your car.

Uber and Lyft are popular taxi alternatives and drivers that sign up with these companies can make their own schedules,

Other ways to make money is by doing deliveries. You can make money delivering pizza, flowers, groceries and by working for services like GrubHub and UberEats.

15. Shopping

If you are a shopaholic, you will be very pleased to know that there are opportunities that allow you to make money shopping. 

Mystery shopping used to a be a popular way to make money. It required a person to go into a store posing as a regular customer and rating the store for market research purchases. 

Although mystery shopping is not as popular as it once was, those that are interested can still sign up through sites like Field Agent and IntelliShop

You can also make money shopping for and delivering groceries through web sites like Shipt or Instacart.

Another option is to work as a personal shopper. 

16. Gaming

Video gaming is another hobby that can turn into a dream job for many. There are many ways you can make money gaming including the following:

  • Working as a video game tester
  • Participating in video game competitions
  • Streaming live game play
  • Starting your own YouTube gaming channel or podcast
  • Video game developing and design

17. Landscaping and Lawn Care

If you love flora and fauna, you may enjoy working as a landscaper. Starting out can be as easy as going to your neighbor’s house and asking them if they would like you to mow their lawn. 

You can also help with trimming bushes and flowers, leaf cleanup, snow removal and power washing. If you are skilled at carpentry, and can perform other work like building decks, you may be able to build your business.

Listing your services on sites like Craigslist, GreenPal and LawnGuru will also help you get more work.  

18. Gardening

Another way to make money working with flora and fauna is by gardening items that you can sell. Produce and potted plants can all be sold at flea markets, farmer markets or roadside stands. You can also offer weeding and trimming services to others. 

19.Cooking and Baking

If you are a good cook or baker, there are several ways you can make money. 

You can bring your baked goods to local markets to sell them or bring them to local bakeries and coffee shops so they can be sold there for a commission. 

Another option is to teach cooking classes to others or write recipe books that can be sold online. 

Although it is a huge undertaking, you might even consider opening a restaurant. 


Decorating can be a fun and creative hobby for many. If you enjoy decorating, you might consider working as an interior designer on commercial or residential projects. 

Other options include selling décor products through the internet or at local markets.

You can also start a blog, podcast or YouTube channel that gives people interior design tips.

21. Make Up and Skin Care

Many women (and even some men) love makeup. They love playing with colors and seeing how cosmetic products can produce a transformation.

If you are one of these people, you can turn your hobby into a money-making opportunity by producing a blog, vlog or podcast with tutorials and helpful hints. You can also try to find work as a makeup artist, or you can create and sell your own products.

22. Art

There are many people that are passionate about art. If you are a skilled artist, you can make extra money by selling the pieces you create online or at shops or flea markets. You can also try to pick up work entertaining as live artist making creations at events. 

Teaching art classes locally online an be another way to bring in extra money.

If you also have technological skills, you can try to find work as an illustrator, cartoonist or a graphic designer.

Finally, there are always people looking for artwork for logos, album covers and more. Advertise your skills to see what kind of work you can find.

23. Music

It’s not easy to make money as a musician, but it’s not impossible.  

You can try to find work as a studio or touring musician for professional artists. Today, many cover band musicians also have lucrative careers.

You can also try to create music that can be used on movie soundtracks or teach music online or in person. 

If all as fails, busk at marketplaces or on subway platforms to bring in some extra income. 

24. Fixing Things

Things break, and if you’re good at fixing things, you may have a money-making hobby on your hands. 

You may be handy at fixating small engines, cars, appliances …and the list goes on. Whatever your specialty may be, advertise it on Craigslist and social media platforms to bring in business. 

Posting tutorials on YouTube and through blogs and podcasts can be another way to make money.

25. Health and Fitness

If you are passionate about staying in shape and know a lot about nutrition, you can use this knowledge to bring in additional income. 

There are several opportunities for making money in the field of nutrition. You can teach your own classes, work as a personal trainer, offer nutritional training or write an eBook on the subject. 

Starting your own blogs or YouTube channel is another great way to make money.

26. Sports

Many people love sports, and while becoming a star athlete may seem like an impossible dream, there are ways you can make money doing sports.

If you have a good understanding of the strategies involved in a certain sport, you can become a coach, offer private lessons or work as a referee. 

If you like to stay behind the scenes, you can try to get a job as a sports reporter or start your own blog or YouTube channel where you can discuss sports to your heart’s content. 

27. Riding a Bike

Riding a bike is a great way to stay in shape and it’s an environmentally friendly way to get around. If you enjoy riding your bike, there are ways you can make money doing so. 

Doing deliveries by bike is always an option but if you know a bit about fitness, you can also teach a spinning class.

If you know about the manufacturing and design of bikes, you can work in a local bike shop.

Finally, you can take your knowledge of bikes and impart it to others via a blog, podcast of by vlogging on a YouTube channel.

28. Bartending

If you know how to make a good stiff drink and you like to socialize with others, you might consider getting a gig as a bartender. There are plenty of bars and restaurants that provide flexible hours and you can also bartend at events. 

Bartending can also bring in great tips making it quite a lucrative side hustle.

29. Hospitality

With sites like Airbnb growing in leaps and bounds, many people are making money renting out the extra rooms in their homes. If you truly enjoy making money by putting up travelers, you may want to take it to the next level by opening your own inn or bed and breakfast. 

Another option is to sign up with a site like Vayable or Withlocals. More than offering a place for guests to stay, here members host an entire travel experience. 

30. Comedy

If you are good at making people laugh, consider trying to make money with your comedy hobby. You can try to find work as a standup comedian or as a clown or costumed character at events. You can also emcee events.

If you prefer to be less social, you can start your own YouTube channel, podcast or news website that can serve as a medium for you to share your talent.

31. Working with Kids

If you love children, there are many ways you can turn this passion into a way to bring in extra income. Babysitting and nannying are obvious options but you can also tutor or start your own afterschool program.

32. Investing

If you have a good mind for money management, you are probably already familiar with a variety of ways to bring in extra income. The stock market provides great ways to make money including buying, selling and holding stocks. 

Real estate is also a great way to grow your money. You can invest in rental properties, flip houses and more.

To Conclude

These are only some examples of hobbies that can help you bring in money. Think of what you love to do and with some out of the box thinking, you may be able to come up with a way to make it into a money-making opportunity. Good luck increasing your income while doing something you enjoy.