You know the saying: do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. I used to be skeptical about that saying. It kind of sounded too far fetched and self-helpy to be real. Well, things have changed in recent years.
The internet (specifically social media) has made it easier for people to find lucrative hobbies. While there are more profitable hobbies than others, a lot of people have been making money doing what they love. Just look at video game streamers. Who would have thought that today, people can make a killing playing video games? And I’m not referring to professional e-sports players (although that’s also a lucrative gig). Streamers don’t have to be really good at their games. All they need is a great persona. Take PewDiePie, for example. The guy has built a mini empire around his video streaming YouTube channel. This article on Forbes talked about the money he earns. And it’s a lot of money. Check it out:
Once again, the top spot goes to PewDiePie. The Swede (real name Felix Avrid Ulf Kjellberg) has turned silly (and often crude) snippets of himself playing video games for his 50 million subscribers into a $15 million paycheck. This is up 20% from last year, in large part due to his YouTube Red series and his book, This Book Loves You, which sold over 112,000 copies in our scoring period, according to Nielsen BookScan.
Chances are, few of us will earn that much doing money-making hobbies. But it’s still possible to make good money doing what we love. This blog post is all about hobbies that can make money. I’ll be listing a bunch of great hobbies that pay. Even if these aren’t your hobbies per se, hopefully they give you a bit of inspiration and encourage you to monetize your own hobbies. Wanna know about hobbies that make you money? Read on!
Let’s start with one of the most basic of hobbies – walking dogs. And who doesn’t love dogs? The funny thing is, a lot of people own dogs, but might not have the time to walk their pets. And that’s where you come in. You can use a site like PetBacker to find paid dog-walking gigs. This is so fun, it’s strange calling this a “job.” Simply put, walking dogs is one of those hobbies that can make you money.
Drive Your Car Around
I love driving. And I don’t have to go anywhere specific. Just the act of driving is fun in and of itself. So yeah, you could say driving is one of my top hobbies. And I’m sure a lot of people also love to drive just for the sake of it. If you’re one of those people, you can turn your car into a rolling advertisement. Companies like Carvertise will pay you to have a vinyl wrap installed on your car. The vinyl wrap will contain an ad, and you will be required to drive a certain route each day in order to earn.
Become a Professional Magic: the Gathering Player
Magic: the Gathering is the world’s biggest collectible card game (sorry Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! players). Magic: the Gathering has a player base in the billions… okay, maybe not billions. But there are a lot of players playing this game. And there’s a thriving professional scene based around this game. Wizards of the Coast, the game’s publisher, had a sanctioned tournament series call the Pro Tour. It has since been rebranded as Mythic Championship, and each tournament has a $500,000 purse. Magic: the Gathering is one of the best hobbies to make money!
Become a Professional Skateboarder
If you’re old like me, you’ll remember a time when skateboarding was a hobby, and nothing more. Parents used to scold us for skating, since it wasn’t like we could build a career out of skating, right? Well, the late 90s changed that. Tony Hawk proved that you could earn from skating. Fast forward to today, and skating is a huge industry. It is worth over $4 billion. Not bad for something that used to be “just” a hobby, right? If you love to skate (and have strong enough bones for it) you can consider going pro. You can enter contests, drop video parts, or even create your own skateboard brand, which is something a lot of pros have done.
Offer Your Body… for Science!
If you don’t have any hobbies, don’t worry. You can still make money without doing much. I would recommend participating in clinical trials. This involves a wide variety of procedures. But don’t worry, each test has to be vetted by the authorities before being approved for humans. If this is something you’d like to try, you can look for medical trial gigs at ClinicalTrials. Subjecting your body to medical trials can be a lucrative hobby!
Start a YouTube Channel
I mentioned steaming a while back. There’s big money to be made by creating content on YouTube. The Forbes article I linked to earlier has this to say:
Most YouTube stars boast similarly varied revenue streams. They monetize their videos through pre-roll advertisements and by integrating sponsors into their content (comedy duo Smosh placed fourth on the list with $7 million, in part thanks to an entire video series paid for by Schick razors). They tour, sell merchandise and make cameos on more traditional forms of media. A few have their own products, be it a lip gloss (like comedian Lilly Singh, who earned $7.5 million and ranked third on the list) or a mobile game (PewDiePie).
So there’s a big opportunity for you to earn this way. And your YouTube channel doesn’t have to be video game related, if you’re not into gaming and geek stuff. You can create content about your hobby, whether it’s sports, cars, woodworking, or art. The key here is to focus on one topic, and dedicate your YouTube channel to that subject. That way, you can build yourself up as an authority on that subject.