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5 Hobbies That Make Money

Pick your hobby and turn it into a business

A woman playing a guitar
With so many different hobbies available to pursue, even the simplest
hobby can be a source of extra money for you.

Having a hobby that makes money sounds like a dream come true. Not only are you doing something that you like, but you are also getting paid for it. Heaven. But, not all hobbies are lucrative. With some, you will have an easy way to monetize your efforts. While others will require you to commit yourself fully if you plan on making any money. So, if you are not sure how to spend your free time, we are going to go over our pick of hobbies that make money.

Our pick of hobbies that make money

The main reason why we picked the following hobbies is that they give you, so to say, the biggest bang for your buck. By practicing them for a while you should have the easiest time making some money. So, if you are looking for a hobby that can bring in some revenue, here is what to check out.

Playing a musical instrument

Playing a musical instrument is one of the tried and true hobbies that make money. True, you might need some time to get the hang of your instrument in order to play it comfortably. But, once you do, you will be able to play gigs and enjoy some revenue. Some people decide to form a band and perform live gigs in local bars. Others tend more towards online work and provide their skills for people that require specific tones. You can even become a teacher and help someone develop a passion for your hobby. So, there are a lot of ways in which you can make money by playing a musical instrument.

A man playing guitar in nature.
Don't try to be a perfectionist or a world-class artist - play your tunes well,
with a heart, and you will find your audiences.


When it comes to popularity, gaming is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the past couple of decades. In the early '90s, gaming was mostly seen as an activity for kids. But, those kids grew up and with that came the general realization that video games are for everyone. Once you get into it, you will see that there is a bunch of different games, types, and ways of playing. Add to that the fact that there are over new 1500 titles coming out every week, and you will soon see that no matter what personality you have, you are bound to find something that you'll like. So, if you haven't tried gaming before, be sure to give it a go.

An Xbox controller.
Gaming is not only one of the hobbies that make money,
but it is also one of the easiest hobbies to get into.

Now, the question remains, how are you to make money from gaming. After all, there are professional gamers out there that spend 8-10 hours a day playing in order to keep up with the competition. So how are you supposed to have enough skills to earn money with video games? Well, the beauty of it is that you don't need much skill. If you have a quirky personality and you don't mind videotaping yourself while you play, you can easily make some money with streaming. Just set up a Twitch account and you are good to go.

Graphic design

Do you have a knack for art? Are you willing to invest in a drawing board? Do you feel like drawing is something that you'll be good at? Then you should consider taking up graphic design as your hobby. The great thing about it is that after your initial investment of buying a PC and a drawing board, you need not spend money on anything else. Some of the best tools and tutorials you can use for graphic design are all free. All you have to do is to take the time and effort to improve.

Building design sketches
Graphic design is one of those never-die hobbies that can be turned
into a profession with lucrative earnings.

The main thing here to keep in mind is that you need to develop your style. The luxury of doing graphic design as a hobby is that you don't have to rush anything. And it is precisely this lack of rush that should lead you into taking your time to develop a style. There are many ways in which you can create your art and many styles you can incorporate. And, the sooner you find yours and start creating art that is your own, the sooner you will see revenue.


Another one of the older hobbies that make money is woodworking. Even though wooden objects are mass-produced and you can get almost any piece of furniture at Ikea, woodworking still persists. There is just something about quality wooden objects made by hand that still draws us in.

A person doing woodworking showing it to be one of the hobbies that make money.
Once you get into it you will easily see that woodworking can be both
artful and lucrative, while giving you satisfaction and pride in your ability.

Just take a look at websites like dynamicmoversnyc.com and you will see how careful people are about transporting wooden objects and storing them. So it should come as no surprise that woodworking is still one of the hobbies that make money. It will require some investment in order to get the necessary tools and get enough practice in order to make quality objects. But, once you get the hang of it, you will have little trouble making money.

Having a YouTube channel

Having a YouTube channel is not a hobby, per se. But, it is a way to make almost any hobby lucrative. A simple search on YouTube will show you that you can film yourself tackling almost any hobby and that you can make money from doing so. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, home DIY projects, exercising, makeup, music...

Youtube and social media abstract
Millions of people are making money on YouTube channels -
utilize your hobby and become one of them.

All of them are hobbies that make money if you manage to make them interesting for YouTube audiences. In order to do so, you need to find a certain way of presenting yourself so that people find you interesting. This usually comes out naturally from people who truly enjoy their hobbies and who don't mind giving useful tips about it. So, if you have something that you are skilled at, and you don't mind making videos, having a YouTube channel is a great way to make a buck while doing something that you love.

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