There’s no rule that says making money has to be hard.
Instead, why not enjoy yourself while taking part in a money making hobby?
With that in mind, here are 65+ hobbies that make money.
65+ Hobbies That Make Money
# 1) Get Paid to Read
You can get paid good money to proofread books, papers, blogs and more. Believe it or not, this little hobby can generate a full-time income. Caitlin Pyle, who runs the blog Proofread Anywhere, earned over $43,000 in one year proofreading part-time.
If you’re interested, she runs a free daily webinar called Learning the Skills You Need to Start Your Freelance Proofreading Hustle.
See when the next class is here to turn your love for reading into a money-making hobby.
#2) Share Your Opinion
Surveys are one of the fastest ways to make money online.
And considering you can complete surveys on your phone watching TV or listening to podcasts, it can make for productive use of free time.
It’s pretty simple too.
Just sign up with a reputable site and you’ll be notified when a qualifying survey becomes available. For example, here’s a survey opportunity recently emailed to me (not all are this good):
Readers of The Ways to Wealth have tried a lot of survey sites and by far their favorite is Survey Junkie.
Here’s what’s to like about Survey Junkie:
- Survey Junkie is the highest rated survey site on TrustPilot, with a an 8.8/10, with over 6,400 reviews
- They do not send you spam junk emails
- Offers some of the highest payouts in the industry
- Have fun and unique surveys, such as listening to music.
- Pays in cash through PayPal
# 3) Blogging
Blogging is one of the ultimate choose your own adventure businesses. You can blog about anything from cooking to clothing. The startup costs are incredibly low (under $4 a month) and potential is high.
As an example, I started this blog to teach others about what I learned working as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM.
Little did I know, a year later I’d leave my job to run this blog full-time.
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# 4) Watch Videos on Your Phone
One of the simplest ways people make money through Swagbucks is by watching videos. From cooking shows, news, to music videos–Swagbucks certainly covers all types of interests.
Here’s how to get started:
- Click here to sign up for Swagbucks (only name and email address required).
- Then head over to swagbucks.com/watch. Just by watching your first video, you can earn a $10 bonus too!
# 5) Optimize Your Finances
For myself and many others, optimizing your finances is a fun game. On the other hand, others think of personal finance is a chore.
Often the difference between the two sides is small wins.
Harvard trained psychologist Shawn Achor, who wrote the bestseller The Happiness Advantage, has said that “The closer you perceive your success to be, the faster you move toward it.”
Personal finance is an important aspect in all of our lives. After all, it determines how we have (or get) to spend a lot of our time.
So, mine as well make it fun.
And the way to do that is small wins.
Maybe this week it’s increasing your 401(k) percentage by 1%. The week after it’s increasing the principal on your mortgage payment by $10 a month.
Look for small wins that can help your accomplish your most important financial goals.
If they take less than five minutes, you know you’re on the right track.
Here are two great examples of small wins:
- Head over to Even Financial. This is a free search engine that helps you find a bank locally that offers high-interest rates and won’t nickel and dime you in fees. When I did this, I found a bank that paid 22X the national average on their savings account!
- Plan a frugal weekend. If you’re anything like me, the hardest time to maintain your budget is the weekend. That’s why it’s important to be proactive and plan a frugal weekend ahead of time. Invite friends over for a potluck dinner, go for a hike, pack a cooler in the trunk of your car and spend the afternoon at a local park, etc…
# 6) Love HGTV? Try this…
Enjoy shows such as Fixer-Upper, Flip or Flop, and Property Brothers?
Then, why not give real estate investing a shot yourself?
Fortunately, it no longer takes tens of thousands of dollars to get started.
With crowdsourced real estate sites like Fundrise, anyone can get started (watch the video below to see how it works).
What’s great about Fundrise is that you see exactly what you’re investing in. So, if it’s an apartment complex in Chicago, you see the exact property.
Then, you get to do your best Jonathan and Drew Scott impersonation to determine whether or not to invest.
As Fundrise has strict standards for the types of properties on their platform, this is a great way to dip your toes into real estate investing.
If you’re not satisfied with your investment for any reason within the first 90 days, Fundrise will buy back your investment at the original price.
Interested? Learn more about Fundrise here.
# 7) Freelance Writing
On any given day as a freelance writer, you’ll never find yourself bored. If you love to research topics and connect people with the information they’re looking for, this is the field for you.
You won’t reach six-figures as a freelance writer overnight, but it can happen quickly. Once you land that first paying client, you’ll see your results snowballing. One offer will usually lead to another as you build your portfolio.
The best way to maximize your earnings is to write what you love. Find your niche and become the go-to person in that field. If you’re an authority in your field clients will pay you a higher rate per word, per article, or per hour for your work.
If you’re interested, download a free copy of six-figure freelance writer Gina Horkey’s list of 200 Freelance Writing Niches.
# 8) Play Online Games
In addition to watching videos, you can also earn money on Swagbucks playing online games.
# 9) Watch Movie Previews
InboxDollars, which is ranked a one of the best survey sites, allows you to make money in a number of ways.
One little-known way to make money on the app is watching movie previews.
Pro Tip: You can let these videos run in the background, while you get your work done.
The availability is subject to change, but it’s possible to earn over $100 a month watching these videos!
# 10) Travel Hacking
Travel hacking, also known as fine art of using credit card rewards to book travel for free or nearly-nothing, is incredibly fun.
Of course, it’s definitely not for everyone, I.e.. it’s a must to have a high credit score and be able to pay your credit card bill in full each month.
Years back I was hesitant to get into travel hacking. It seemed complex and could possible hurt my credit.
But I was hooked once I booked a first-class tickets from Chicago to Buenos Aires simply for signing up for a credit card.
And overtime, my fears were found to be limited beliefs.
If you’re interested in using credit card points to to book free travel, sign up for the free 5-day email series below:
#11) Snag $20+ in Free Amazon Gift Cards
I’m a sucker for free stuff, especially when it’s as simple as signing up for a free website to earn an Amazon gift card.
This is a fun game to play and if it sounds like fun for you, check out this list of 20+ ways to earn free Amazon Gift cards.
To get a taste of how easy this is, here’s how you can earn a $20 Amazon gift card in the next 5 minutes:
Personal Capital is a free app that will help you monitor your current finances as well as keep tabs on your retirement account. It can analyze your 401(k) plan and check out if your asset allocation is on track.
While there are many personal finance apps that track your everyday spending, this one is different in that it can help with your investments as well – not many apps are as thorough in that department as Personal Capital is.
Personal Capital is running a promotion where new users referred by another user get a $20 gift card for signing up and linking one investment accounts (IRA, 401(k), taxable account, etc..).
Here’s my link the Personal Capital, which will net you a free $20 Amazon gift card for signing up (and myself as well, so thank you)!
- Have an investment account such as an IRA, 401(k), or brokerage account
# 12) Workout & Lose Weight
Like to workout and live a healthy lifestyle? Or need some extra motivation to start living a healthier lifestyle? Believe it or not, you can actually get paid for losing weight with HealthyWage.
Check out this video of HealthyWage on Good Morning America.
Here’s a quick summary of how it works:
- Start at the HealthyWage Prize Calculator and enter how much weight you want to lose, when you want to lose it by, and how much you want to bet per month
- Based on what you enter The HealthyWage Prize Calculator will determine how much you can earn
- After registering, you’ll then start the challenge with a video-recorded weigh-in
The challenge then ends with another video recorded weigh-in.
Interested? Click here to see how much you can earn.
# 13) Playing Trivia
There’s something thrilling about knowing the answer to a trivia question. There is also something thrilling to seeing thousands of people NOT know the answer to the question, “When was the War of 1812?”
Add to the mix potentially winning thousands of dollars and a solo trivia night has the makings for a fun, lucrative evening at home.
Live trivia game shows are quite popular in 2018. One popular app, that’s backed the A-Rated BBB company Prodege, is Swag IQ.
Here’s how you can make money playing live trivia with Swag IQ.
- Each day Swaq IQ hosts live trivia games you access via their app
- The host asks 10-multiple choice questions
- You’ll have exactly 10-seconds to select your answer
- If you answer every question correctly, you win the grand prize. If multiple players win, the grand prize is split.
It’s free, and you can play right from your phone.
Tonight’s grand prize is over $1,000, so don’t miss your chance.
# 14) Alcohol Compliance Auditor
If you’ve ever worked at a grocery store or restaurant, you probably know that there are undercover auditors who will try to buy alcohol products without an ID. These undercover agents are known as alcohol compliance auditors.
What you maybe didn’t realize about alcohol compliance auditors are:
- These auditors are freelancers, who may visit multiple stores in a day
- Most of the time, these auditors get to keep the alcohol they buy
Check out this post from The Penny Hoarder “How I Got Free Beer & Made $5,000/Month By Auditing Liquor Stores”
# 15) Jewelry
If you enjoy making your own jewelry, you can sell that jewelry online on sites such as Etsy, at markets, or to local stores.
# 16) YouTube Channel
As with blogging, you can create a YouTube channel about anything. One type of channel that’s easier to make money from is the product review channel.
# 17) Painting
Make money painting. Anything from murals to portraits.
# 18) Party Planning
Enjoy planning parties? You can make money on planning unique birthday parties to big weddings.
# 19) Catering
If you like to cook, you can make money as a caterer. Specialize in anything from the type of food (organic, BBQ, etc…) to the type of event (wedding, birthday party, etc..).
# 20) Invest in Artwork
Since 2000, blue chip-art valued at over $2,000,000 has outperformed the S&P 500 by over 250%.
Fortunately, you don’t need $2,000,000 to start investing. Companies like Masterworks, allow you to invest in art for as little as $1,000.
See: How To Invest In Art
# 21) Start a Band
Make money playing music by starting a band with your friends or as a solo act.
# 22) Sewing
Make money sewing anything from unique clothing to doll clothing.
# 23) Gaming
There’s good money in becoming a professional video gamer.
# 24) IT Freelancer
If you enjoy working in tech, many individuals and small businesses need your help. You can specialize in anything from installing Wi-Fi networks, computer repair, to home automation systems.
# 25) Stand Up Comedy
Make money telling jokes at local clubs or even YouTube with stand up.
# 26) Editing
Enjoy fine-tuning writing and grammar? Make money as an editor.
# 27) Social Media Manager
Find yourself on social media a lot? Get paid to manage others social media accounts.
# 28) T-Shirt Design
# 29) Product Innovation
Always wanted to be an inventor? Create your own products and license them to companies.
# 30) Find Rare Books
Enjoy finding rare and unique products. Make money finding and selling rare books.
# 31) Handyman
If your idea of a good time is fixing things around the home, make money as a handyman.
# 32) Translation
If you like learning new languages, you can make money as a translator.
# 33) Sports Coach
Have a sport you’re passionate about? Coach a youth sports team.
See: Sports Coaching
# 34) Babysit
Enjoying spending time with kids? Pick up a nanny or babysitter gig.
#35) Personal Training
Enjoying being in the gym and helping others with their health and fitness? Start a side hustle as a personal trainer.
# 36) Interior Design
Make money decorating homes as an interior designer.
# 37) Stylist
Help others pick out the perfect clothes by becoming a stylist.
# 38) MakeUp Artist
Make money as a makeup stylist by specializing in weddings.
# 39) Cooking Classes
Host cooking classes at your own home.
# 40) Get Cash Back Shopping
Enjoy shopping online? Maximize your cash back by using sites like eBates.
# 41) Beekeeping
Make money selling local honey as a beekeeper.
# 42) Operate a Bed & Breakfast
Enjoy hosting others and meeting interesting people? Make money by running your own bed and breakfast on Airbnb.
# 43) Investing
A hobby I’ve had since my early 20’s was to invest in the stock market. I take no more than 10% of my net worth and invest it in individual stocks. Sometimes it has worked, other times it has not.
# 44) Graphic Design
Make money designing anything from infographics to Pinterest images.
# 45) Video Editing
Enjoy editing videos? Make money as a video editor.
# 46) Carpentry
Enjoy making beautiful things with wood? Make money as a carpenter.
# 47) Referee
Have a passion for a certain sport? Make money by becoming a referee.
Is there a certain subject you just can’t get enough of? Make money by starting your own podcast.
# 49) Sell Produce
If you like to grow your own produce, you can sell it locally to neighbors, with a farm stand, or small restaurants.
# 50) Yoga Instructor
Find yourself paying for yoga classes? Why not become the instructor.
# 51) Authority Website
Blogging not for you? Start an authority website–a more static website based around a single topic.
# 52) Bartending
Enjoy making cocktails for friends? Become an independent bartender and work parties and events.
# 53) Courier (Riding Bikes)
Make money riding your bike around town as a courier.
# 54) Cartoonist
Always loved reading the comics? Make money by becoming a cartoonist.
# 55) Drone Pilot
Make money flying drones as a drone photographer.
# 56) Dog Walker
Love walking dogs. Make money with sites like Rover, who link up dog walkers with potential clients.
# 57) DJ
DJ Weddings and private parties to make money.
# 58) Car Maintenance
If you enjoy working on cars, you can make money maintaining and/or repairing other vehicles.
# 59) Life Coach
Enjoy helping others solve tough problems and breakthrough to a new level? Make money as a life coach.
# 60) Work at a Nonprofit
Love helping out a cause you believe in? While you can volunteer, many nonprofits are looking for more stable part-time workers.
# 61) Secret Shopper
Love to shop? Make money as a secret or mystery shopper.
# 62) Travel Agent
Enjoying putting together travel itineraries. Make money as a travel agent.
# 63) Videographer
Love capturing a special event or even making movies? Make good money as a videographer.
# 64) Wedding Officiant
Enjoying taking part in a special occasion? Make money as a wedding officiant.
# 65) Recycling
Passionate about helping our planet. Make money from recycling.
# 66) Surf The Internet
Enjoy surfing the Internet?. Swagbucks allows you to get paid every time you do a search.