A hobby is an activity you enjoy doing regularly during your leisure time. It brings you pleasure, and you don’t view it as ‘work’.
So, what happens if you can make money with your hobby?
Best of both worlds, right?
Today’s gig economy has made it easier than ever to monetize regular hobbies and crafts making skills into money-making machines.
When I started blogging a few years back, it was nothing more than a side hobby for me. Today, it pays me a lot more than my day job.
Hobbies That Make Money
In this article, I cover 17 profitable hobbies that make money in 2021.
A blog is an online journal or informational site that is available to readers on the internet. It can be used to present personal or business information.
Starting a blog is easy and if you like writing, you can have a well-established blog and following within a few months.
What you write about is up to you and pretty much any topic of interest can be monetized.
Options of making money with your blog include brand sponsorships, display advertisements, product sales, site memberships, and more.
Here’s a free 6-step guide on how to start a profitable blog.
Web hosting is cheap, and you can get started with a $5 per month (or less) hosting plan through Bluehost.
If you love dogs and don’t mind pet-sitting dog owned by your friends and family, this passion can make you some money.
A site called Rover.com pays you to provide the following services:
- Dog boarding
- Dog walking
- Pet sitting
- Doggy daycare
To get started, create a profile on Rover and set your schedule, prices, and your pet preferences. When people in your area need petsitters and dogwalkers, they see your profile and can hire you through the app.
This is a hobby that can make money for stay at home moms since you can also offer dog daycare services.
Learn more about Rover in this review.
Love driving? You can use your car to make money by driving people around or by delivering food orders.
Resharing companies like Uber and Lyft pay you to drive people to their destinations during your spare time.
If you’d rather not have strangers in your vehicle, you can also deliver restaurant orders within your city using DoorDash.
DoorDash is an online food ordering and delivery platform operating in more than 4,000 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
You choose your own schedule and can work whenever you like.
4. Participate in Market Research
If you already take surveys for free and don’t mind answering long questionnaires, this side hobby is for you.
Companies and brands pay for market research that gives them insight into consumer trends and feedback form their target market.
After you join, you receive invitations to participate in surveys and can do so whatever it works for you.
Some of the most popular market research panels include:
Good at catching grammar, punctuation, spelling, or formatting errors in publications? You could get paid to work as a proofreader.
Proofreading is something you can easily do from home or remotely and it doesn’t require a lot of upfront investment. As per Pay Scale, proofreaders earn an average of $20.96 CAD per hour.
If this is a gig you are seriously considering, the Proofread Anywhere course is one of the best around.
6. Get Paid to Play Games
This pastime can make you money even if you are not a ‘professional’ gamer.
If you are in this big time, you can stream your plays on YouTube or Twitch and develop a community.
If you only play games on your smartphones, there are many game apps that pay you to play. Examples include Mistplay, Lucktastic, and GameHag.
Mistplay: You earn points when you play various games and can redeem your points for free gift cards. Get Mistplay for Android phones.
7. Web Design
You don’t need to be an expert coder to make money from web development. I owned a web design company for a while even though for I have no background or formal education in I.T.
All sorts of businesses require some sort of online presence to thrive, and this generally means they need a website.
“Drag and Drop” themes combined with their pre-designed templates have made it possible for newbies to design a stunning and functional website within hours.
I use Divi from Elegant Themes, however, there are many other options out there as well.
8. Freelance Writing
Maybe you like writing, but don’t fancy having your own blog, your creative hobby can still make you money.
Freelance writers are in high demand. You can write for blogs, magazines, businesses, and more. To find jobs, start with freelance sites like Fiverr, Freelancer, or Upwork.
You can also combine your writing with other gigs such as virtual assisting or ebook writing.
If you want to scale this hobby to become a full-time business, consider taking this Freelance Writing Course.
9. Grocery Shopping
Some people enjoy shopping and don’t mind spending hours walking the aisles in big box stores. If this is you, you can join Instacart and get paid to pick groceries and deliver them.
You visit the store, pick out groceries based on a shopping list, and deliver the groceries to a customer’s doorstep.
Mystery shopping is another option for making money if you are a die-hard shopper.
10. Exercise for Rewards
Fitness buffs can monetize their passion in so many ways.
Apps that work like Sweatcoin include Step Bet, Lympo, and Achievement.
Weight-loss Apps: Platforms like HealthyWage allow you to make bets on your weight loss. If you lose the weight as planned, you win money.
You could also monetize this hobby by helping others get fit through personal training/classes or by starting an Instagram or YouTube channel.
Investing in the stock market can help you build wealth passively over time. Take some time to research the products you invest in and watch them grow.
For example, if you are comfortable buying stocks and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), you can use a discount brokerage account and save on investment fees.
A platform like Wealthsimple Trade has $0 trading commissions for thousands of stocks and ETFs, and its mobile app is user-friendly even for beginners.
12. Social Media (Affiliate Marketing)
Social media platforms are tools you can use to reach thousands or even millions of people. If you are active on social media (e.g., Facebook and Instagram), you can use your account to make money.
For example, you could sell and promote products and services using affiliate links.
Depending on your following, brands may also be eager to pay you for sponsorships or endorsements.
Monetize your photography passion by selling your photos online.
Platforms like Shutterstock, Etsy, Adobe Stock, iStockphoto, and Smug Mug allow you to list your photographs and sell them.
You can also offer your services on evenings and weekends as a freelance photographer and get jobs to cover weddings, graduations, baby showers, etc.
14. Sell Your Crafts
Do you enjoy making handmade crafts? You can easily sell them online using sites like Etsy, Artfire, eBay, Bonanza, Craftsy, and Handmade at Amazon.
Crafts you can sell online include paintings, jewelry, wooden toys, scented candles, beauty products, scarves, body scrubs, perfumes, and more.
You can also design T-shirts.
15. YouTube Channel
If you don’t mid going live on camera and have decent video-editing skills, you can use a YouTube channel to make money.
YouTube can be used to provide tutorials, advertise products, discuss issues, create entertainment, play music, and more.
You can use you’re your YouTube channel to make money from ads and by selling products or services.
If you love baking, you can sell your wares or teach other how to bake.
You can also start a food blog that attracts visitors who are looking for interesting recipes.
Are you good at fixing things? If you are handy, you can make money helping people with small tasks around their homes.
For example, you can provide painting, plumbing, carpentry, remodelling, assembly, and installation services.
Hobbies That Pay You – Conclusion
You may have hit a goldmine if your hobby can be monetized to make you money. This has been my personal experience after my blog took off.
You enjoy what you do and get paid in the process.
For more ideas on how to make money online and from home, take a look at the resources listed below:
Are there specific hobbies you are planning on monetizing in 2021? Let us know in the comments.