In times of economic downturn, when people are losing jobs, left, right, and center, it always makes sense to not just rely on your regular job for earning money. There are various types of hobbies which people pursue as something to pass their time, that can actually be converted into lucrative businesses! Here is a list of such money making ideas which are inspired from hobbies.
So, you love plants and trees, and love to take care and grow them? If yes, make money through this activity, by offering your gardening services such as weeding, mowing, planting, watering, etc., to households and offices.
For those of you who have a command over the language, and have a passion for writing, there are hundreds of online writing jobs to choose from. You can take up content writing, blogging, technical writing, and resume writing, and get paid handsomely for each of them. These are all good ways of making money online.
Sense of Humor
Although it cannot be counted among the hobbies that make money, yet, if you are known among your friends for your wacky one-liners, you can put them to use to make money. How? By painting the most weirdest, craziest, and hilarious one-liners on plain T-shirts and selling them among the college crowd.
If you have a good knowledge of astrology, are well read on the subject, and have even made predictions for friends and colleagues, which have come true, consider becoming a part-time astrologer. Looking at the bleak state of the economy, with everyone being anxious to know what's gonna happen next, you are sure to find many takers.
You can offer your catering services for small parties, get-togethers or even office meetings. These days, there is a great demand for cake decorating professionals as well, so if you have knowledge of the various frosting and fillings, and how to create designs with them on cakes, you can think of becoming one.
Art and Crafts
If you are adept at any of the art and crafts, such as painting, embroidery, knitting, sewing, origami, scrap-booking, quilting, pottery, etc., you can consider starting your own coaching classes to pass on your skills to others. Or, you can even think of selling your stuff to local store owners and make some good money out of it.
Although many people wonder, is photography a hobby or a business, still, if you are really good at it, you can make some serious money out of it. There are various types of photographers, such as nature photographers, wedding photographers, portrait photographers, fashion photographers, etc. So, first of all find your niche according to your interests, and then make money selling your photographs to websites, magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, etc.
Music and Dance
If music and dancing are your passions, participate in reality shows like 'American Idol' or 'America's Got Talent'. Give it a shot, 'cause you never know what life has in store for you! Or, if it seems too unrealistic, you can think of starting a music and dance academy with people who share your passion, and make money imparting your talent.
If you love making jewelry, you can make a lot of money by selling it online through websites such as eBay. In fact, anybody can make jewelry such as beaded necklaces or button earrings at home, and sell them for a good price.
Do you love animals? Have you virtually grown up taking care of your dog? That means you must be trained in taking care of pets. Make this a business by offering to pet-sit for families while they are away on vacations or weekends.
You will need to spread the word around and market yourself really well to get business. Initially, you can even try to get some assignments from your neighbors, relatives, and friends. If you complete them with full dedication, you might get some more assignments through positive word of mouth. In the end, whether it's your regular job or hobby, you need to give it your one hundred percent, to make money out of it.