Are you looking for hobbies that make money? Here are some of the best hobbies and skills to turn into a business and earn an extra side income from home.
Do you have interesting hobbies or fun hobbies and skills that you would like to turn into extra income ideas? Making money with your hobbies is a good incentive to continue doing them and one of the best ways to make extra money on the side.
For you having a hobby may be about finding your passion and it can give you a respite from a soul-sucking job or help you discover your talents and explore your creativity.
Hobbies can be very beneficial to your mental wellness, so finding hobbies that can make money is the key to earning a side income from home with a skill you can enjoy in your free time.
If you believe that people should make money from their hobbies and you have a fun, interesting hobby that you want to continue making time for, you can turn it into one of your favourite extra income ideas from home.
There are many different types of hobbies that make money and some are more common, like arts and crafts, or yoga, while others may be more obscure. But whatever your hobby is, the only thing that matters is that you find joy doing it.
7 Best Hobbies & Skills To Earn A Side Income From Home
There are many lucrative hobbies for women who want to turn their passion into a business and make money while having fun doing what they love. This article will help you find a hobby that makes money as a way to earn side income.
If you’re ready to start monetizing hobbies and turn them into a business, here are some of the best hobbies to make money and do what you love while earning a lucrative side income from home.
1. Sell Photos or Art Online
Photography and painting are very popular hobbies and some of the most creative hobbies that make money. If you find that people love your art or photos and offer to pay for them, it might be time for you to start monetizing these hobbies and turn them into a business.
Selling your art on social media platforms and stock photo sites may be the quickest way for you to make cash from your photos and paintings. You can earn good money licensing your photos on popular stock photo websites, as this will help you reach many more customers and give you the greatest chance of earning money.
Remember to add a watermark to your images before you share them online, so no one else can use them without your permission. Right now the travel photography industry may be suffering because of a lack of travel opportunities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make money with your old travel photos.
Another more personal way of earning money as a photographer or artist is to work directly with clients. Being a personal photographer or artist can be a very profitable gig, so you can offer discounts to promote your business and get more clients.
If you’d rather sell your photos or art prints online to customers, you can build your own SHOPonSHEROES online store and sell your original paintings or even merchandise such as tee shirts or mugs and other products imprinted with your photos or art prints.
Check out these beautiful Mandala art drawings and Madhubani paintings from Indian women artists. Here are some creative artists who sell art online from their own SHOPonSHEROES:
- Narayanee Sai sells beautiful paintings and mandala art in her Art Universe SHOPonSHEROES.
- Stone-artist Harshita Sharma sells personalised Stone Art (Single Portrait) in her Rockshouter By Harshita SHOPonSHEROES.
- Nisha Sunil sells her oil paintings and other amazing artworks in her Nisha’s Paintings SHOPonSHEROES.
2. Sell Crafts Online
Artistic and creative hobbies have always been very popular with those who love to express their creativity. Crafting hobbies that make money are some of the best hobbies for women as they can be very lucrative for talented crafters.
Selling crafts online is also one of the best retirement hobbies that make money, as it allows you to be flexible with the craft ideas to sell to people who enjoy your creativity.
With more people becoming conscious of our wasteful lifestyles, best out of waste crafts have become very popular to help reuse and upcycle waste materials into useful products, such as leftover soaps.
Soap carving is a popular hobby in Thailand where hobbyists carve unique shapes into soaps and then sell them as souvenirs. Soap making is another one of the crafts that sell well and one of the easy crafts to make and sell online.
This creative hobby involves making unique handmade soaps and is a surprisingly easy hobby to pick up. You can get started simply by melting old soaps into new shapes and adding fragrant oils and other ingredients for a new scent.
If you like to collect and recycle old soaps, you’ll find this is one of the best money-making craft ideas and profitable craft hobbies to try. The only things you may need to purchase are the scented oils.
Teacher and SHOP owner, Shireen Mullick, has grown into a successful entrepreneur in less than a year with her artisanal homemade soap business in the middle of the pandemic.
Watch this interview with her and learn why her intricate, detailed, designer, organic, handmade, customised soaps on her Nature’s Magic SHOPonSHEROES are a customer favourite.
Embroidery is one of the relatively cheap crafting hobbies for women as all you need to start a stitching and embroidery business from home is a cross-stitch or embroidery set.Sewing and needlework is another creative hobby that requires a lot of time and patience to get right, but it can be very relaxing and, with practice, you’ll be able to do more intricate and complicated designs.
If you make your own embroidered designer clothes or collaborate with a well-known designer to create intricate patterns for them, it can become one of the most profitable crafts to sell.
For more sewing ideas to make money, check out Shivani Baranwal’s SewSaw Handmade SHOPonSHEROES that features a charming Patchwork Owl Cushion, among other crafts.
Crochet, knitting, and macramé are crafty hobbies that don’t require a lot of materials, making them relatively cheap hobbies to pick up. If you have an interest in crocheting and knitting, you need to have time and patience for it.
Ashwini Gokhale sells beautiful, handcrafted macramé products like these Macramé Heart Coasters in her Sagaciousyou SHOPonSHEROES.
Full-time working professional, Sandhya Menon, has also started a business selling a wide range of beautiful, handmade crochet products in her Knotanki SHOPonSHEROES. Learn about her inspiring story in the video below.
Candle making is another creative hobby that many women enjoy. Just like soaps, you can make candles at home by melting any leftover candles you have, decorating them and putting them into new jars.
You can start by collecting potpourri, dried flowers, dried orange slices, and other materials so that you have a variety of items to choose from when decorating your candle.
Bonsai or tree shaping is a gardening hobby that involves crafting beautiful and intriguing shapes out of trees. You can train live trees and other plants to grow into artistic shapes and useful sculptures.
Bonsai requires a lot of patience and creativity, but you can sell a tree for quite a lot considering the time and effort that goes into it. You could also sell Bonsai classes online to help your customers maintain the trees they purchased from you.
When you’re ready to create your own homemade crafts to sell online, you can set up your online SHOPonSHEROES without any investment and let customers buy your products right from your online store.
Check out the talented crafters and artists on SHEROES selling beautiful handcrafted gifts in their SHOPonSHEROES arts and crafts stores.
3. Become a Writer Or Blogger
If you have a passion for writing, there are all sorts of writing niches you can get into, as it’s possible to earn money with many different forms of writing.
One popular way to turn your passion for writing into a business is to start a blog and make money blogging. Another is to write a book and become a bestselling author.
If you want to write and publish fiction books, you can get started at no cost through Amazon KDP self-publishing and earn a good income as a self-published author.
It costs nothing to self-publish on Amazon, but you do have to spend some time and effort learning how to write a book, and once you’ve published your book you will have to learn how to promote it and sell more books.
If you want to start a freelance writing career as a website content writer, you will have to learn SEO writing skills and also the craft of writing for the web.
Writing gigs are not hard to find as digital content creation is one of the hottest jobs today. You can find genuine freelance work from home on the top freelance websites and platforms.
4. Become a Beauty & Fashion Influencer
Are you passionate about looking good, trying out new looks, and new makeup products? Do you have thousands of Instagram followers who love your posts? Do you love reviewing beauty and makeup products or posing in the latest fashions on social media?
Then becoming a beauty and fashion influencer is one of the hobbies you can make money from. In fact, you can earn a pretty good side income with the SHECO partner program if you review premium beauty, make-up, and fashion brands from the SHECO marketplace.
You will have to learn skills like video editing and video content production and start building a brand on channels like YouTube and Instagram to become a successful influencer.
While beauty and fashion influencers don’t need to be experts, you must be passionate about the products you sell and know all about them, if you want to earn a good side income online through sales from your SHOPonSHEROES online store.
“Always carve a niche for yourself and create content for a specific target audience to grow your page. Trust, consistency and engagement are important for growth,” says fashion and beauty influencer, Yashmita Singh.
5. Sell Homemade Food Or Baked Goods
Are you a stay-at-home mom who loves cooking or baking as her favourite hobby to do at home? Do you have a talent for making beautiful cakes and baked goods or delicious home food?
Then starting a food business from home can be one of the best hobbies that make money for stay-at-home moms like you.
Many women who love baking enjoy making intricate wedding cakes or pastries for special occasions, and there are home cooks who have found ways to make a side income by making homemade food for people in their housing society.
You can sell your baked products at small shops, bakeries, and farmers’ markets. Supplying cakes and pastries to nearby pastry shops is another way to sell baked goods.
If these ways of selling don’t work for you, consider starting your own SHOPonSHEROES online store. People love baked goods, so this market is very lucrative and you have a lot of potential for making money online.
If you can make delicious homemade food, you can start a home tiffin service or dabba service on one of the home delivery apps that became popular during the lockdown.
Do you know how to make delicious pickles and dry foods? These are the kind of food items that you can easily sell online and ship to your customers from your SHOPonSHEROES online store.
This 6-month food business accelerator program conducted by Digital Deck includes step-by-step guidance to grow your existing food business to 6 figures or more in one year.
Another way to monetize hobbies around food is to share your recipes and cooking tips online on your YouTube recipe channel. You can earn money online from YouTube ads, sponsorships or by reviewing and recommending food and kitchen-related products from the SHECO marketplace.
6. Start an Outdoor Travel Business
Do you love trekking up mountains, camping by crackling campfires, stargazing at night, sitting by peaceful rivers, listening to the chirping of birds or the quiet of a forest? Then you can turn your love of the outdoors into a lucrative outdoor travel business.
Although travel, and international travel, in particular, took a nosedive during the pandemic, those who love outdoor hobbies, like camping and trekking, continued to take road trips and travel within the country.
Once the pandemic subsides, the domestic travel industry will see a boom and local trips such as camping and trekking will see a revival. So those who can organise fun outdoor trips for local travellers or fun camps for kids will see their fortunes rise.
You could even organise hobby-based trips such as star-gazing, bird-watching, mountain-climbing, or adventure travel for those who are interested in outdoor hobbies.
7. Start an Online Fitness Class
Are you a yoga, Zumba, or Pilates enthusiast or a trained yoga teacher who practices yoga every morning and evening? Why not invite others to practice along with you on a Zoom call?
Starting an online fitness class teaching yoga, Zumba, Pilates or Bollywood dance, can help you make extra money on the side while helping you and your students stay fit, and you don’t even have to make any changes to your daily routine.
If you’re a trained yoga teacher, you can start an online pre-natal or post-natal yoga class for expectant and new moms. Your students will appreciate not having to leave the home to stay fit during pregnancy.
You can also teach classes on yoga for anxiety and depression and help people maintain their mental and physical health during the pandemic.
Another way to turn your passion for fitness into a business is to post tutorials on your YouTube channel and sell online fitness classes or online courses to your YouTube followers.
There’s a wide range of fun, interesting hobbies and skills that offer you ways to make a second income or earn extra money on the side.
But starting a side business has a learning curve, so it may take some time and effort to turn hobbies into business ideas and eventually into profitable ways to earn side income online.
Think about which profitable hobbies you enjoy and learn how to make a business plan to ensure your business idea is viable before starting a side business based on your hobbies.
You will need to ensure that you have enough time and attention to give your new side-earning business if you want to become a successful entrepreneur.
You can get more business tips and advice on hobbies and skills you can turn into a business in the Women In Business Community on SHEROES.