How To Make Your Hobby Make You Money!

This is so cool! I never thought about turning a hobby into a money making business before! So trying this now!
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!

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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.

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He called me an hour after he got there.  He had sold all 4 jars and had 21 jars back ordered already!

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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?

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28 thoughts on “How To Make Your Hobby Make You Money!

  • August 5, 2016 at 12:25 am
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    Great post! I like how hobbies can make money. Its like not working and yet you are earning. Its good you listened to your husband and that he is a big fan of your jams. I would love to try some btw. Thanks for the share! xx

    http://www.prettyweirdbombshell.com

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    • August 5, 2016 at 12:43 am
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      Aw, wish I could share with you! Thanks for stopping by, Kandja!

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  • August 5, 2016 at 1:27 am
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    Very well written and captivating. I want to try your jam now!

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    • August 5, 2016 at 3:32 am
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      Thanks Tawny! I wish I could share some with you 🙂

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  • August 5, 2016 at 3:27 am
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    Yes, it’s so true that turning a hobby into a side hustle can be lucrative! And you have the benefit of it already being something you love so hopefully you won’t get burnt out on the hustle too quickly!

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    • August 5, 2016 at 3:33 am
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      Definitely hoping I run out of fruit before I get burnt out! Thanks for visiting, Lisa!

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  • August 5, 2016 at 4:51 am
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    Great post, I really love entrepreneurial activities where we can make money from doing the things we love!

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  • August 5, 2016 at 6:21 am
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    Interesting article , personally ,because I really made some money from my hobbies before:)

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  • August 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    Thank you for the encouragement and your simple ideas on how to hustle on the side.

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  • August 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm
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    I just recently started canning also, just for our family so far. I had bout 20 lbs of tomatoes this year and we use a lot of died tomatoes in the fall/winter so I decided it was time to learn.

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    • August 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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      Love it! My goal was to grow a bunch of tomatoes and can salsa, spaghetti sauce, stuff like that… but I planted 8 tomato plants in my garden and all of them died 🙁 I bought a 9th from the store and it died soon after planting, too! No clue what I did wrong, but I think next year I’m going to grow them in their own containers so I have better control of their soil and how much water they get.

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  • August 5, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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    This is actually funny because I once made a rose petal jam and I canned it and thought about making a business out of it as a side gig and I never went through with it but I’m happy someone is doing it!!

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    • August 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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      A rose petal jam?! I’ve never heard of such a thing! What does that taste like? I have a ton of rose bushes… I never thought about turning it into a jam!

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  • August 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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    Great tips! Sometimes we just need to put ourselves out there and try!

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  • August 6, 2016 at 1:20 am
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    Congratulations on your new jam business! I think it is great that you were able to take a hobby and turn it into something. I am also impressed that you found a way to make everything for around $2 and make a nice little profit. I have a few friends that are stay-at-home moms and I know the importance of feeling like you are contributing (monetarily) to the household. But don’t forget that you have the most important job in the world and that is being a great mom and wife. As for tomatoes, they grow great in pots that you can keep on a patio or deck and rotate if you find they need more or less sun. My mom found success with Roma, cherry, and grape tomatoes which are abundant right now in her planter garden.

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    • August 6, 2016 at 2:04 am
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      Hi, Sue!
      I know being a mom and wife come first, but being a SAH mom was harder to get used to than I thought it would be! It sounded so great initially… stay home with the baby, keep the house clean, make meals, pay bills… and it was a great break after so many years of working. But after about 6 or 7 months, I found myself feeling torn. I wanted to make money, but there was no way I was putting my daughter in daycare! So I’ve been finding ways to make money here and there.
      I’m glad to hear your mom has success growing her tomatoes that way!! My mom told me the same thing when I showed her my pathetic excuse for tomato plants earlier this summer. Romas are all I really want to grow. I just want to can salsa, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce and stuff like that.
      Thanks for reading! I’m gonna head over and check out your blog now 🙂

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  • August 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    That must make you feel good that everyone loves your jam! I haven’t canned for a few years but when I did, I kept a bunch of jars and gave them away at Christmas. It sure was nice to have homemade presents already stashed away, and I didn’t have to fork over tons of money for family gifts or hostess presents.

    TenThousandHourMama.com

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    • August 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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      That was my original plan when I started making the jam, but I had soooo many apricots! I’ve made close to 60 pint sized jars so far! I’m definitely saving some for Christmas gifts, too, though 🙂

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  • August 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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    Love this! I’m sure your jam is delicious! I’m trying to figure out a way to make money, yet still be here for my kids when they get home from school. Something part-time where I can be my own boss (I’m not a people person either!)

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    • August 8, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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      Being my own boss is definitely my dream, too, Tara! Good luck and thanks for visiting!

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  • August 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm
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    Preach! That’s what ANY business should be about- delivering value to others and doing what you love, AT THE SAME TIME. Really enjoyed this article; more people should hear this.

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    • August 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm
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      Thanks, Jeff! I have crazy ideas of maybe doing this on a larger scale someday 🙂 We’ll see!

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