16 profitable hobbies that make money
Looking for fun ways to earn money? It doesn't get much better than getting paid to do your favourite hobbies.
Whether you love curling up with a good book, being in front of (or behind) a camera or having in-depth discussions with your friends, these hobbies and more can be turned into profitable ventures.
You might find you're able to earn a bit of extra money from your hobby, or maybe even turn it into a full-time job. Either way, if you can make money from something you do in your spare time anyway, it's an opportunity not to miss.
We'll talk you through how to turn fun hobbies into ways to earn an income.
Best hobbies to make money from
Here are the 16 top hobbies that make money:
Yes, it really is possible to make money from playing games.
A good way to do so is by joining Swagbucks. In case you're unfamiliar with it, it's a website and app that lets you earn points (known as SB) by doing easy tasks including playing games.
Once you've earned enough SB, you can then redeem them for gift cards or PayPal money. Our Swagbucks review explains how it works in more detail.
You could also consider becoming a pro video gamer. This would open up loads of money-making routes, such as gaming competitions and streaming on Twitch.
These are just some of the many ways to get paid for this hobby. Click the button below for loads more ideas.
If you already spend time scrolling through videos each day, why not do so on apps that pay you for your time?
There are loads of apps that pay you to watch videos, including:
If you're a big fan of film and TV, you could also consider writing reviews or typing up subtitles for filmmakers as a freelancer.
Walking has so many benefits. It's good for your health, it's cheaper (and better for the environment) than other forms of travel and, as it turns out, it can also earn you rewards.
Apps like Sweatcoin and BetterPoints let you earn points from walking, which you can then exchange for things like gift cards. If you're able to get a gift card for a store you regularly shop at, it will essentially be like free money!
And these aren't the only ways to get paid for walking. As a few more ideas, you could also become a dog walker, a tour guide or hand out leaflets for local businesses.
Like any avid readers, we could sing the praises of books all day. We probably don't need to tell you how effective reading can be as a way to unwind after a long day of uni.
What we will tell you, though, is how to make money from this brilliant hobby.
One way is by joining BookTok. If you're able to make a name for yourself, you could potentially land some high-value sponsorship and partnership deals for your Instagram content.
Love clothes, but tired of having an overflowing wardrobe? There's a very easy (and profitable) solution to this: sell your old clothes.
By selling clothes, not only will you earn some cash, but you will also avoid them going to a landfill.
See our guide to selling on Vinted for some tips on making more money from your clothes.
You might think of it as a pipe dream to appear on the TV or on the big screen... but it's surprising how easy it is to achieve.
Granted, the chances of you getting the leading role in a blockbuster are slim (although you're still more likely to win an Oscar than the lottery).
However, something which is much more attainable is becoming a TV or film extra.
You can earn over £85 per day, and might end up on the set of some exciting shows and films.
Looking after animals
You might have heard that spending time with dogs can improve your mood. But have you ever thought about turning your love of animals into a way to earn money in your spare time?
Pet sitting is an amazing part-time job. It should easily fit around your uni schedule during the term, and it can be particularly lucrative over the holidays when pet owners go away.
Of course, looking after people's animals does involve a lot of responsibility. To do this job, you'll need to be reliable, trustworthy and attentive to the animals. But, if you do have the required skills for pet sitting, it could be the ideal way for you to make money as a student.
If you're always on the lookout for new music, try Slicethepie. It's a way to review music (or fashion if you'd prefer) and get paid for your feedback.
The amount you'll earn per review will vary depending on a few factors. These include how detailed your feedback is, along with your 'star rating' which is based on the overall quality of your reviews.
While Slicethepie is a very easy way to make money from your hobby, you likely won't earn a huge amount for your reviews. As a general rule, you can expect to earn up to $0.20 (around 16p) per review. Find out more in our full guide to making money on Slicethepie.
Bit of a chatterbox? As a podcaster, you can turn hobbies such as debating, comedy or meeting new people into a way to make money.
If you have a close friend or a partner who you have loads of in-depth chats with, or maybe just have a real laugh with, you could see if they'd like to start the podcast with you.
Or, you might prefer to lead the podcast by yourself. There are loads of successful podcasts that are led by individual presenters who invite others on for interviews.
Whichever approach you choose, make an effort to find your niche and ensure your content is engaging.
You might think it's only those with the top quality cameras who can earn money from their photography hobby – but this isn't necessarily the case.
While you can potentially make more from your photographs with a high-spec camera, it's also possible to earn money from photos taken on a smartphone.
If you sell your photographs to stock image sites, there's a chance for you to receive a cut of the sales price of each image that's sold.
One particularly good deal is that student contributors on Alamy get 100% of their images' sales prices for two years.
Drawing and painting
Art is such a great hobby to make money from as there are loads of ways to sell your artwork.
Alternatively, some of the best ways to sell art offline include finding galleries to represent your work, applying to art fairs and hosting open studio events (if you're fortunate enough to have an art studio).
There are loads of ways to make money from writing. Depending on which route you choose, it can become a very profitable hobby.
Journalism is one good option. It's possible to earn money on a freelance basis by getting paid commissions from media publications. And as it's flexible work, it will fit around your uni timetable.
Also, why not start blogging? You'd have the freedom to choose what (and when) to write, and you can make money from the blog as it grows.
We all know how easy it is to open TikTok, blink, and the next thing you know an hour (or more) has passed. In short: social media isn't always the best for productivity.
But the good news is your time on social media could potentially earn you a fair amount of money.
Earlier, we mentioned that joining BookTok is a potential way to make money from reading.
And other ways to get paid on social media include:
- Joining the TikTok Creator Fund
- Streaming on Twitch
- Starting a successful YouTube channel
- Using affiliate links across social media platforms.
So, if you're skilled at creating online content and love engaging with people on social media, this could be the perfect opportunity to make some money.
Do you enjoy chatting away in not just one, but multiple languages? This hobby could become a very nice money earner for you.
As a couple of examples, you could consider creating and selling language resources, or perhaps teaching English as a foreign language.
You could even spend your summer working abroad, developing your language skills further and making money in the process!
Crochet, knitting, embroidery... whatever your favourite craft hobby is, the chances are you can make money from it.
Here are some examples of craft items to sell:
- Personalised cards
- Cushion covers
- Tote bags
The key to turning your hobby into a small business is finding your niche, creating high-quality products and marketing to potential customers (social media is ideal for this).
Of all the hobbies on this list, quizzing arguably has the most potential to earn you a lot of money, very quickly – at least if you're willing to take your quiz skills to a TV show.
Of course, you can win a bar tab (or potentially a small cash prize) by winning your local pub quiz.
But, for a chance to win the big money, you'd need to be thinking about entering major TV quiz shows.
For example, for anyone who's got incredible music knowledge, The Hit List on BBC looks like a lot of fun. And, if you and your quizzing partner come first, you could win up to £10,000!
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