Hobbies can be an amazing and unexpected source of income. To find examples of hobbies that make money, try Googling ‘hobby ideas.’ You’ll find over a million websites and blogs talking about any hobby you can imagine, and lots you never knew existed.
Many of the websites are fairly simple and run by individuals who developed a passion for their hobby long before starting the business. Some of the best sites offer most of their content for free and prove a helpful resource to bookmark.
Making Money with Hobbies Online
There is an unending list of potential hobbies that make money online. Many hobbyists make money online by selling their craft or specialty product through their website.
Thanks to the many reputable drop-ship companies online now, many sites and blogs can also sell the tools and related to hobby. Working with third-party drop-shippers is a particularly nice way to make money because someone else is responsible for shipping the product to the customer.
Creating Information Products
More and more hobbyists are making money by creating their own information products and selling them online. This includes how-to pamphlets, booklets, special reports, ebook publishing, workbooks, audio recordings, video products and more. It’s never been easier to start an internet business and make money as an infopreneur.
For example, a painter might create a website that features free painting tips and basic tutorials. A content-rich site naturally draws traffic from the search engines, resulting in more interested visitors, exposure and sales. She makes money selling her paintings, but also generates revenue by selling paint brushes, paint, canvases and other tools through a drop-shipper.
She offers monthly online classes as well as ebooks, and workbooks, each dedicated to a specific painting technique. She has created a set of videos and demonstrates different processes step-by-step while at the same time having some fun with the audience. It is available as a digital download or mail-order DVD.
The multiple streams of income each contribute nicely to her monthly income, and she loves the process of making money while teaching others to paint.
Most people have some legitimate degree of expertise in at least two or three areas. If you’re not sure what you could do, look to the things you enjoy in your spare time for ideas.
If you’ve been pursuing a hobby for a while, that experience will help you establish credibility even if you don’t have any formal training.
Some of the best hobbies that make money are taken for granted. In most cases, the more personalized or obscure a hobby, the better its online income potential. Many hobbies that make money online use tools & accessories which can be sourced through online catalogues & drop-ship companies.
If you’re still not sure how your knowledge could be profitable, take a minute and reflect on the following questions:
What do you love doing?
What do people say you’re good at?
What do you know a lot about?
What do you like to learn about? What would you like to learn more about? How would you spend your time if you didn’t have to work for a living? Where would you love to travel? How would you love to travel?
These questions can help you uncover and evaluate possible niche topics. If you can match your passion and expertise with an interest and demand for that knowledge, you have the foundation for a legitimate internet business.
“Happiness comes when your work and words
are of benefit to yourself and others.”
Making Money Online with Accessories
If your hobby involves accessories or equipment which needs to be purchased (i.e. paintbrushes / scuba gear / gardening tools, etc.), you can earn money by referring people to specific websites or companies that sell those items. Commissions can range from 5% – 80% for referred sales.
This is the basic premise of affiliate marketing and network marketing, where people are compensated for generating sales through word-of-mouth referrals and product creators invest very little money in traditional advertising and promotion.
Sample Hobbies That Make Money
To give you a few ideas, here is a small sample of hobbies that make money (as featured at The Hobby Show 2009):
Comic Book Collecting
Die Cast Collectibles
Doll Houses & Miniatures
Hobby Clubs of all Kinds
Murano Glass Jewellery
Radio Controlled Boats
Radio Controlled Cars
Radio Controlled Planes
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Sports cards & Memorabilia
The list of hobbies that make money is literally endless, and these are only a small sample. A popular hobby can still be profitable if you can find the right angle or presentation. Niche market research can help you predict how profitable your idea or hobby might be BEFORE going forward.
The key is to find a niche that interests you and then use a combination of tools and approaches to develop it into a profitable source of income. Having passion for your subject can help keep you motivated during the start-up phase when you have yet to begin making money.