Do you enjoy cooking or baking? Is gardening a hobby of yours? Or maybe you prefer knitting blankets?
No matter what your favorite pastime is, I GUARANTEE you that you can make money doing it!
I used to think that was a crazy idea. I have a bunch of hobbies! Photography, fishing, writing, gardening, crafting… how could any of these possibly make me any money?
I had a long running dream of becoming a photographer. I love taking pictures, I love editing pictures. Everyone tells me the pictures I take turn out great. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been told I should pursue photography as a career.
So why didn’t I do it? Why am I not a professional photographer today?
I’m not a people person!
I love the photography part. Snapping the pictures, playing with Photoshop. And I can talk to people all day long though electronic devices. But face-to-face conversations seem to drain my energy. I’m just not a personable person.
So, I worked for other companies doing jobs that I didn’t exactly love up until Bee was born. I love that I have her and I wouldn’t trade being a stay-at-home mom for the world… but not bringing in any money has been driving me insane!
I’ve been a financial contributor to my household since I became an adult. I hate not making money! Hence my using Swagbucks and Ibotta and making a little money that way. Money and the desire to contribute financially, even a little, was one of the reasons I started this blog!
The urge to make money is why I’ve been ghostwriting lately and why I have been submitting freelance articles to websites. If I could make any money, even just a few dollars, I’d be a happy camper.
I love writing, so blogging, freelancing and ghost writing all come easily to me and I would absolutely LOVE to make a living doing it while my daughter is asleep.
Something else I’m growing to love? Canning!
It’s a new thing for me. I’d never canned anything at all in my entire life until this summer when I tried making apricot jam for the first time.
Hubby loves my jam so much that he had the crazy idea that I could probably sell it. Apparently it’s just that good! I’m not a big jam fan, so I’m not impressed by it. But others are.
He begged me for weeks to let him take a sample jar and some crackers to work with him so he could let people try it and see if anyone was interested in buying some.
I made up a batch, prettied up 4 jars (by adding some adorable tags promoting my blog) for him to try to sell, and sent him to work.
He called me an hour after he got there. He had sold all 4 jars and had 21 jars back ordered already!
I was SHOCKED. How could so many people want this jam?!?!
I can make my jam for just under $2 a pint. That’s all the ingredients, the jar, the tags, everything. Well, everything except my time. I don’t usually make money while Bee is napping, playing in the living room with her toys, or in bed for the night. So, I just decided not to count the time it takes to make and can the jam.
We thought we’d try to sell them for $5 each. And that seems to be the perfect price! They are selling like hot cakes and we’re making over $3 worth of straight profit per jar!
I’m excited about it. It’s PROOF that I can make money doing stuff I love to do.
If I can do it, you can, too!
Between Craigslist, Facebook classified pages, eBay, Etsy, farmers markets, and good ol’ basic word of mouth, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t at the very least TRY to pursue making a little cash doing stuff you love!
Just because it’s a hobby doesn’t mean it can’t become a money making side hustle!
What do you love doing? Have you tried making money doing it?