People enjoy a wide variety of hobbies in their spare time. Some of my favorite hobbies include golfing, playing pool and going to the casino. While I try to partake in my favorite hobbies as much as possible, they all have one thing in common: All cost money. I spend anywhere from $30-$70 golfing (including green fees, food and drinks), $20 playing pool (pool is cheap, the beer is not) and too much at the casino.
While my favorite hobbies constantly take money out of my pockets, other hobbies can actually put money into yours. That’s right – You could get paid for participating in your favorite hobbies! Don’t believe me? Here are some hobbies you should consider if you want to make some extra money on the side while doing something you enjoy:
If you have a background in sports, coaching could net you some extra cash. Whether it’s teaching young kids the basic rules or coaching more advanced athletes such as high school students, there are plenty of opportunities. The question you must ask yourself is how much of your free time are you willing to dedicate? Some coaching positions require more time than others. Some positions pay based on your knowledge and experience of the sport. If you think you’ve got the time and ability to coach, check with your local public school system for positions. Requirements vary by county and state.
In college when I decided I wanted to become a writer, I was told that it was imperative I have a large number of clips to show to future employers. With that advice in mind, I decided it was time to start writing as much as possible. I found it wasn’t very difficult to get my work published while also making some money on the side. While many newspapers aren’t hiring full- time writers, there are plenty of freelance positions available. If you’re a college student, check out your campus newspaper. My time working at a college newspaper was a great experience that I’d recommend to anyone. There are also websites such as Yahoo! that will pay for your work. Pay criteria varies by blog/company.
Do you enjoy taking pictures? Perhaps a better question: Are you good at taking pictures? If so, you’ve got a great opportunity. People are willing to pay for pictures. Whether it’s a family photo or special occasion such as a wedding, photographers are needed. While people will pay for photos, many opt to go with the budget-friendly photographer. That could be you! If you’ve got the necessary skills, all it takes is a little self-promoting. If you’re more interested in photographing events, such as sporting events, check with local newspapers to see what freelance positions are available.
How often do you go to the gym? How often do you get paid to go to the gym? I’ll guess never. Well, if you want to get paid to exercise, dog walking could be right for you. This hobby is especially good for people that don’t have a lot of free time. If you only have an hour or so a couple times a week, why not get paid a few extra bucks to walk a dog? If you’re having trouble finding people willing to pay you for your services, there are agencies that can help you find work.
Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not. You can actually get paid to shop. Shadow shopping, also known as mystery shopping, pays you to go to different business and report on your experience. You’ll have to answer questions on topics such as customer service and how employees of the store treated you. It’s a way for the business to find out in which areas it needs to improve. Pay varies but is based on the time the job takes, and you may be reimbursed for any money that you spend, depending on the job.
There you have it. While I’m out there spending money on my hobbies, you could be earning money participating in yours. Maybe I’ll win some money at the casino for once and be able to claim that I have a money-earning hobby. Since that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, maybe it’s time for me to take up some new hobbies.
Are there any other hobbies out there that earn money? Let us know in the comments below!