It seems like everyone is talking about side hustles, and there are some clear advantages to starting one of your own.
Who doesn’t want to earn an extra paycheck every month? You can save it, invest it, or just let the added financial resilience give you some peace of mind.
Sometimes side hustles can even grow to a full-time business, allowing you to quit your day job.
One of the best places to start for launching your own side-hustle is to look at your current hobbies. Something you already like doing and have some skill in. Why not try to monetize it?
Since a side hustle will have to be done in your downtime, it’s better that it’s something you already enjoy.
Here are five hobbies that can be monetized into your very own cash-earning side hustle.
Do you knit? Do you sew? Do you make jewelry? Do you have a talent for wood carving?
Online sites like Etsy make it easy to monetize your craft. You can start an Etsy store for as little as 0.20 cents, the cost of posting an item listing.
The most successful Etsy artisans promote their shop outside the site. Some even leave the platform to start e-commerce sites of their own. You can also start your own store selling a product at a site like Shopify.com. Use this link for a free month of Shopify.
However, almost anyone can do this, and you can earn a serious side income by doing work you love.
Gardening is pretty fun hobby, and it can also make you money.
Any halfway-decent gardener can produce more vegetables than they can consume themselves. If you already have a garden, add a few beds.
Grow popular greens like chard and kale and sell these for a profit. You likely have neighbors who will gladly pay you a little money for fresh, locally-grown produce.
In addition, you can cheaply buy a booth at the local farmer’s market and sell your goods on the weekend!
Photography isn’t exactly a cheap hobby — just look at the price of a decent lens. However, it’s a hobby that can easily pay for itself, if you play your cards right.
Consider headshots, for instance. Almost everyone needs a professional headshot; selfies won’t cut it for a Linkedin profile or company website.
This is a service you can provide. Advertise headshot services at a discounted rate. This will allow you to build your portfolio and grow your businesses.
You can also offer photography services for weddings and parties. Photographers are able to charge quite a bit for these services.
Even a few gigs a year can supplement your regular income nicely.
Plus, you can sell your artistic and nature photos on Etsy!
Because you can turn your best photos into greeting cards, calendars and even mugs, the list of potential products from one print is long!
Most people pick up an instrument for their own pleasure, but this is a skill that can easily be monetized.
Very few people will go on to be commercially successful musicians, and even those that do may experience success only briefly. However, you can make money off basic music skills.
If you are technically proficient in your instrument and a decent communicator, you can expect to make a pretty good amount of cash by offering private lessons.
Advertise your services on local Facebook groups or place fliers around your town. This is an easy way to find clients.
In addition, if you have a decent repertoire of songs under your belt, you can also inquire about playing at local bars, coffee shops, and farmer’s markets.
Many of these establishments hire musicians to play sets on a weekly basis and are willing to pay.
Making a full-time living as an artist is famously difficult.
But, making a supplemental income through an art-based side-hustle is easier than ever.
I was able to make extra cash with my own Etsy store selling original, abstract paintings for a few years!
Painting was therapy for me anyways, but making a little extra cash off of it was an added bonus! Plus, Etsy gets you visibility you might not otherwise have.
I was contacted by two different interior design firms and commissioned for work. The picture above is two of my paintings in a Pasadena, CA office!
There many options to monetize your art and collect an extra paycheck. You can sell prints of your work or even the originals on Etsy.
Another way to earn money as an artist is with freelance work. For example, you can even design T-shirts for websites like Zazzle and collect a commission every time your design sells.
Starting a side hustle is a no-brainer. It can be fun and lucrative.
If you lose your job, you’ll already have an established income to fall back on. And if you keep your job, you’ll appreciate having that extra cushion of cash.
There are as many possible side hustles as there are stars in the sky.
However, if you’re thinking about starting a side hustle, it’s best to go with something you already love to do. Here’s 15 more side hustle ideas from people who actually make money doing them!