Hobbies – we all have them, whether it’s reading, knitting, gardening, photography or cooking. What if you could turn your hobby into a online money earner for you?
It is definitely possible. You might not be guaranteed a place in the Fortune 500, but you’ll be able to generate income from something that you do regularly anyway.
Money making hobbies at home:
Some of the things you need to keep in mind before you plunge into converting your hobby into your part time profession:
- Concentrate on your passion. Don’t try a new hobby just because you feel that it will be a money spinner for you. Do what you love, and you’ll never go wrong.
- Be creative. A lot of people may have the same hobbies. Think of how you can stand out. If you’re an avid traveler, you could write about places you’ve visited on a blog. If you love to cook, you could sell innovative recipes to foodie sites.
- Check whether your hobby is the kind that can make money. If it isn’t don’t feel bad about it. It makes you happy, and that’s important. If you can earn, check out the competition to see how they are doing, and what they are doing.
- Don’t pressure yourself to earn. Just think of doing what you love, and maybe getting back some of the money you spent on it. A sort of expense reduction method. That’s all. That way you will not get frustrated. Turning a hobby into a business can be a pain.
- Never sell yourself short. Don’t assume that the knowledge you possess or the talents you have are common. Not everyone has what you have, so make the most of it.
- Market yourself, starting with close friends and family. Talk about how you’re looking to say, sell your sketches or paintings. Maybe a friend’s aunt wants a picture for her living room.
- Perfect your art. Practice whenever you have the time. The more you improve, the higher your chances of earning money.
Marketing your Hobby:
There are plenty of sites that help you sell handcrafted items like etsy.com and craftsmencreations.com. They may charge you nominal fees to list your items. Most sites let you put up your store front for free.
Photographers can sell their work to sites who stock photos and other images. You could also set up a small part of your home as a studio and do portraits of friends and family. Word of mouth publicity will get you more work if you are good.
If you love cooking, you can upload videos of how to make the perfect Lasagna or make the yummiest donuts on You Tube, you can teach an online class or even one at home. You can also sell some of your stuff like cookies and cakes, online.
If you’re a painter, sculptor or some other kind of artist you can sell easily sell your work online or teach classes. You can also take up assignments for a fee. Use your Facebook, Twitter and MySpace accounts to advertise your skills and solicit orders.
Many firms announce slogan or caption writing contests which usually have cash prizes. If you’re gifted with words, enter such and other writing competitions where you will be able to earn something. Perhaps you could write blogs where you can ask readers to contribute.
This is a guest post by Jem Larson of buyVerizon.com, a site that offers savings and current information on Verizon internet.
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