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5 Hobbies You Can Make Money From

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published February 3rd 2013
Mix Pleasure and Business
Are the finances tight? Does your day job fail to bring enough money for your increasingly expensive household? Are you a stay-at-home mum looking for some ways of earning some extra money? If the answer to any of these questions is affirmative, here are some ideas of mixing business and pleasure:

1). Photography

Often associated with travel, photography is a hobby many people have. However, only few of those who enjoy taking snapshots here and there think about monetizing their skill. If you go on trips or take weekend breaks in different places, you can start a photography blog. There are also websites specialized in selling digital photos. Their quality standards are a bit high, but with a bit of practice you can have some really nice pictures to upload. The best thing about photography is that you can sell the same product many times, unlike other activities like sewing or baking.

2). Knitting and Crocheting

Whether you learned these skills when you were a child or you are now just beginning to get a hold of them, knitting and crocheting can result into beautiful pieces of clothing, jewelry, or household items that you can sell for some extra cash.

handmade earrings

Even if you are not a knitting and crocheting expert, you can use basic techniques and mix trendy colours to create really nice handmade accessories. Then, try to sell them online via specialized websites like Etsy. There are also local fairs you can participate in. Even if you don't sell as much as you would like that particular day, think of it as a form of advertising.

3). Mug Painting

Personalized mugs make great gifts for any occasion: a family member's or a friend's birthday, Valentine's Day, Christmas, etc. Painting a mug is really easy. All you need is a plain mug, a tip marker and a toaster oven. Use your creativity to make a drawing, or if you don't trust your artistic skills to this level, write something on the mug. Put in the pre-heated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for about half an hour, and your personalized mug is ready. You can make a few items, and offer them as a gift to your friends to get some feedback.

chocolate cake

4). Cooking and Baking

Do you enjoy cooking for your friends and family? Do you take pleasure in trying out new cakes and cookies recipes? Then, why wouldn't you make some money out of it? You can think about opening your own shop, but for the beginning, you can cater for friends and acquaintances' parties. Once you start building your reputation, more opportunities will pop up.

5). Writing

The content writing industry is flourishing at the moment. Therefore, if you have good writing skills, why don't you start using them in order to make some extra cash? You don't have to be a reputed novelist or poet to write for the web. Just check your grammar and your spelling mistakes, organize the text properly, provide convincing arguments or examples and do a bit of keywords research.

These are just a few ideas of how to turn your hobbies into cash. Depending on your skills and knowledge, you can use these tips as a framework and look for other opportunities of earning some extra money in this cash-stretched economy.
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