Whether you’re saving to go on the holiday of a life time or trying to pay off your credit card, you can be sure that you’re not the only person feeling the pinch the right now. Many people are cutting back on their spending and as a result socializing and splashing out on little luxuries have gone out the window.
The good news is that means you have some extra time in the evenings. Now you’re not heading out to the pub every night you have the perfect opportunity to indulge in your hobbies. This is also the perfect time to make your hobby start to pay off. Here are some of the most popular hobbies that can become great little money earners.
Your Passion for Shopping
Okay, shopping may not be an affordable hobby (some people don’t think it’s a hobby at all) but it can be something you can do to increase your earnings. Turn your love for shopping into a little business by buying clothing from vintage stores, second hand shops and charity shops (the high streets are full of them after all) and sell them online for a small profit. You can make use of auction sites or make your own website if you know what you’re doing. You could also consider setting up your own fashion blog and request samples from designers and retailers to blog about.
The Pet Lover
If you love dogs and other small animals you can turn that love into a way of increasing your income. These days’ people are working longer hours, which means their beloved pets don’t get the walks or attention they need during the day. Set up a dog walking service in your area and get fit while you enjoy spending time with other people’s dogs. You could also provide house sitting services or take care of small animals in your own home while the owners go away on holiday.
If you can play a musical instrument why not share your talents with the rest of the world. You could teach children or adults what you know, busk or start a music act on your own or with a fellow musician. Ask around the local pubs and restaurants to see if anyone would be interested in hiring you for the evening.
Arts and Crafts
If you have a talent for anything crafty you can try your hand at selling your creations. You may need to spend out on materials such as yarns, fabrics, paper and card from Paper Cutz Ltd and other essential bits and pieces so it’s important to think carefully about your prices. It’s important to do your research to discover the average prices for products similar to yours and take into consideration the time it takes you to make one item too. Once you know how much to charge start by setting up a store on a website such as Etsy, attend some local markets and craft fairs and test the water.
The author is a freelancer and blogger who has turned her hobby of writing into a full time business. It takes time and dedication to begin earning money but it is possible and the Internet has made it easier than ever to become an entrepreneur or a small business owner.