7 Hobbies That Can Make You Money
Are you really skilled at your craft? Have you ever thought that it might make a great small business? Here are 7 hobbies that can make you money! Sewing, Baking, Photography, Making handmade Quilts, Ceramic pieces and Furniture restoration are certain methods through which one can make money.
Have you ever made something and received so many compliments on it? Like maybe a winter hat you made for your son? Or are you that person at work who’s always bring in a delicious dessert that disappears the moment it hits the lunch room table? Do people stop you and ask you, “Where did you get that necklace?” And you can’t help but beam and proudly say, “Well, if you must know, I made it myself.” If so, perhaps it’s time to consider taking your hobby one step further and making some money doing something that you love.
Do you sew? Handmade clothes are super popular these days, especially for those of us who don’t fit the one-size-fits-most category. Custom made clothing with proper measurements taken beforehand fit better, lengths are adjustable and the finished product is unique and made with love. What’s better than that? Aside from clothing, you can consider creating a handy useful product, such as a zipper pouch or a handbag. Infinity scarves and kitchen tea towels are other things that may be quick and easy for an experienced sewer to pull together.
Do you have an eye for photography? Well, why not try printing some of your best work on high quality paper and selling them online via markets such as Etsy, StorEnvy or Big Cartel? Offer them as standalone prints, matted and framed so they are available at different price levels. And reach out to local businesses such as coffee shops or restaurants as most offer artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell work while decorating their walls at the same time. And consider participating in local craft shows. You could also have studio sessions, photo shoots and offer to photograph special events. To get started, ask friends if they’ll allow you to use them as models so that you can build a portfolio and potentially a website.
Yes. There are a whole lot of jewelry makers already out there. But your designs and creations are unique too. Check out local boutiques and small business stores as most offer consignment programs for jewelry sales. Take special requests for bridal jewelry and personalized pieces. This is one of the ways to make huge money.
Do you bake? Well, then maybe it’s time to take that recipe of yours that everybody loves and turn it into some cash. Once you’ve created some really cute packaging, hit the streets and sell your goods at local stores. You can offer your services for catering events such as weddings, showers and parties.
Quilts: Everybody loves them, but very few people have the time or the patience to actually make one. By offering unique fabric options, even a simple quilt made of squares can have a higher asking price simply because it’s handmade and one-of-a-kind. Another popular option are quilts created using clothes that a baby used to wear or t-shirts that a child has grown out of. Offering unique and personalized quilts like these could potentially make a lot of money, since they are truly one-of-a-kind. And will more than likely be kept as a family heirloom.
Furniture Restoration: Are you good at making old stuff look new again with furniture restoration, refinishing and repairing? People are always looking for well-made wooden furniture pieces that have been cleaned up and restored. A couple of really good sources for furniture that may need a little fixing up are flea markets and yard sales. If you’ve got the right tools and the time, a five dollar chair that needs a little bit of paint and a new seat could potentially be worth ten times the cost in the end.
Do you have access to a ceramic studio in your neighborhood? Even simple handmade ceramic pieces can sometimes sell for $20-$50. These pieces can be personalized easily by selecting different styles and glazes based on a person’s taste. Pottery can make a great gift and it’s especially good to display at local stores during the holiday season. Ultimately, you need to consider how much you want to charge for your product or service and then determine whether it’s a venture you could profit from. Don’t forget to pay yourself. You want to do more than just recover the cost of materials or supplies. All right. Now get crafting.