The Oxford Dictionary defines the word hobby as ‘An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.’
Doing something that we love is wonderful and there are countless activities people all over the world engage in, just for that reason. Are you the type who could spend hours putting together croqueting? Perhaps you enjoy doing your friends hair and make-up in your spare time. Imagine if, in addition to the fun, you can also earn some extra money as a single mum from your chosen passion.
Nowadays, thankfully, the possibilities are plenty, particularly thanks to the internet and the immense world-wide connectivity it offers. Below are some ideas on how you could turn your hobby into a profit-making endeavour.
HOBBY IDEAS THAT YOU CAN EARN MONEY FROM
Write a ‘how to’ e-book
Do you have a passion for writing and sound expertise in a particular field? Writing how to e-books can be a way to earn some extra cash over a period of years. The books don’t have to be hundreds of pages long. Some authors advise starting with 50 pages. Make time when your children are at school, sleep or play and write a few pages a day.
Writing how-to books simply requires knowledge in a specific area. The variety is immense. Titles could include: how to build kitchen cupboards, how to repair cell phones, how to teach mathematics to your child, how to write e-mails that sell and many more.
There are many sites where you can sell your self-published e-books. For example, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform pays writers up to 70% royalties on any e-book whose price is less than $10.
Become a beautician
Are you a beauty fanatic? Are you in the know on the latest trends and techniques? Do you feel great when having beautiful nails done or having that relaxing massage that makes you forget about all your problems? Why not open your own salon or use the internet to offer advice to those in need of it?
Start by investigating your neighbourhood and see if there is a need for a beauty salon in the area. Maybe you can talk to the other mums at school or playgroup to see if they would be interested in such services. Many people would find it easier to go to a nearby place that has an added personal touch. If you feel that you need to polish your skills, you could also opt for an online course. These cover many different aspects relating to running a beauty salon and crucially, some even offer practical experience through work placement. Such practical knowledge could prove invaluable when it comes to starting your own business.
Alternatively, if a brick and mortar investment might be too much, you can also create your own website, offer assistance via Skype or write blogs and provide advice. From the comfort of your home, teaching beauty techniques can be a great way to earn that extra income we all need, and have fun at the same time.
Become a fitness coach
Crazy about fitness? Why not transfer your knowledge to others by becoming a fitness coach? Many people dream of getting fit but have no knowledge on how to start or succeed in doing so. You can offer your skills in your local area for personalised classes or online.
The possibilities are plenty. For example, if you love running, you can coach locally to people who want to improve their techniques. Yoga lessons can be done locally or online. Plus, Skype lessons are becoming very popular worldwide.
Teach languages online
Teaching languages is a great way to earn some extra money or even make a living. All you need is a passion for any given language and a good internet connection. While English is the language that is in most demand, other languages such as Spanish, French, German and Chinese also present good teaching opportunities.
Specialisation can be a way to earn higher fees. You could teach ‘English for business’, or give courses aimed at travellers or kids. The possibilities are endless. Even if you are fluent in a language such as Zulu or Basque, the internet offers you the possibility to teach remotely to those interested in learning the language and find it difficult to find a tutor in their own area.
Sell your photos online
If your heart is in photography, you have many opportunities to sell your photos online. Be it that you enjoy photographing cities and their buildings, people and churches, or you find pleasure in photographing wildlife, there are many sites where you can upload your material and sell it to prospective buyers. Photos are in great demand for blog articles, marketing campaigns and other commercial uses. One of the great things about selling online is that you can sell the same photo many times, without losing your ownership rights.
Having a hobby adds a relaxing and joyful dimension to your life. Use your knowledge and passion for a subject that can be turned into a profit-making venture is the proverbial cherry on top. Whilst for some this extra cash generated might be exactly what you need, or it may be the very thing that sets you onto a path of financial prosperity and independence
With that in mind, we leave you with a few words from David Beckham:
‘I don’t have time for hobbies. At the end of the day, I treat my job as a hobby. It’s something I love doing.’