Did You Have A Hobby Growing Up?
Did you ever think you would be able to make money from something you thought was just a hobby back in the day?
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When we were younger, our parents put us in many extra-curricular activities. Some we loved, others we hated. My parents put me in dance (tap and jazz) and then I unfortunately had to give that up to be put into folklore dance. That’s where I found some of my closest friends. I wouldn’t have give that up for the world.
But there are times that I often wonder what would have become of my life if I continued with dance. Would I have gone on to become a “dancer”? (chuckle, chuckle) You never know, right? Like I said, I don’t regret anything about my childhood.
What if you had a hobby, a passion, a childhood activity you gave up and wish you could go there again. Well what’s stopping you? Maybe from these extra-curricular activities your parents put you in, it developed into a passion of yours.
Like myself. My parents bought me a pocket camera for Christmas one year and over the years it developed into a passion of mine. The only regret I have is that I realized it was something that I could turn into a business later in life. My husband always tells me it doesn’t matter how old I am. If I love it, pursue it. And that’s what I want to share with you.
If you have had enough of the 9 to 5 chaos of fighting traffic going to work everyday and wish there was something else you could do, there is. There must be something that you loved doing as a hobby when you were younger, when you were single before the kiddos came into your life. Let’s explore the different possibilities that could lead you to your new beginning:
10 Side Hustles That Can Make You Money:
- Interior Designer
- Party Planner
- Fitness Coach
- Music Teacher
- Make Up Artist
I don’t mean the ‘house painter” kinda painting (but that could be a hobby that turns into a business as well). I mean the kind of person who was gifted since birth who had a knack for creating real people on paper instead of stick figures that some of us were only able to achieve. People who would doodle all through classes and enjoy sitting for hours drawing on their special pads of artist paper. If they kept that kind of talent hidden is a shame. That’s not just a hobby. That’s a God-given talent.
Many things can be developed from this hobby. Why not take it up again? Maybe part-time. You can sell some paintings to art galleries. Perhaps create a collection and have a showing of your own. You could even teach young ones just recognizing the art and mould these talented minds into becoming a fine artist.
2. Interior Designer
Did you have a knack for designing your own home. Did you enjoy matching colours and textures and fabrics. If you enjoyed all those things, why not help others design their own home. Make it into a part-time job if anything. A lot of people need help with creating an ambiance for their new home. Some people are not artistic and need advice for what colour to put on the walls of each room or what drapes match with the colours of the walls . . . or what textures or fabrics to use for sofas.
3. Party Planner
Did you have a creative mind in your youth. Were you handy with planning or organizing celebrations. Were you the go-to person to plan surprise or themed birthday parties. People need someone like you. If planning and organizing events comes natural to you why not take it from a hobby or passion into a small part-time or full-time job. You know where to find props and know how to research to get party products. Don’t just give away your talent. Charge for it!
I wish I knew how to sew. That is such a beautiful craft. But many took it as a hobby or even necessity. My mother knew how to sew (she knew how to do everything 🙂 ). She created beautiful clothing for us as kids. Why do you have to buy things when you can just create it with your own hands. Thank goodness there are still people who create wardrobes. I’m not talking about you’re top designers.
There are people out there who create clothes for themselves. Perhaps they create for their children or their grandchildren. Why not make it into a small business from your own home. There are always people looking for custom-made suits or dresses or business attire, prom dresses. It’s limitless.
5. Fitness Trainer
For those of us who have remained in outstanding shape 🙁 what better path to take then train others to follow the same regime. What’s more satisfying than to train others to stay healthy. This is something that you have educated yourself for years. Now you have a chance to share that valuable knowledge with others.
6. Music Teacher
Like most parents, who want to live vicariously through their kids, put them in all kinds of extra-curricular activities such as sports, swimming, art and music. We too put our kids in sports and music. The sports stuck but the music, unfortunately for us parents, did not stick.
If you have had the passion for musical instruments throughout your life and have stuck with it then why not try teaching it to young children. Shape their minds with the art of music. Educate them how music is a facet of our society. It doesn’t take much to set up a part-time business of music. You can even go to the clients’ home.
I’m sure as little girls, we have all dabbled a little in cooking or better yet baking. I know my earliest recollection of my experiences in the kitchen was baking peanut butter cookies . . . yum. In no way could I have gone down that path but I do love to make cakes and cake pops. Never ever for display for the world to see. 😉 But I have seen so many beautiful cakes and cookies. It could be such a lucrative job.
8. Makeup Artist
Have you enjoyed putting on make up. I know . . . some of us hate it. But I have always loved it, ever since I was introduced to it all those years ago. But it wasn’t until high school graduation. We were told to wear a little blush for school photos. And so started my appreciation for makeup.
When my kids were very young I took a course in makeup thinking it was something that I could develop into a part-time job. But there just wasn’t enough hours in the day to fulfil that dream. My kids always took precedence.
But now the kids are all grown and I could afford the time to delve into this industry. I still love make up and apply it everyday. What’s stopping you?
Well I have always loved reading books, novels. Lately, I have been reading a lot of photography material. I love learning and reading about different things all the time. Then I thought how great it would be if I could write my own novel. I started writing. I am determined to finish my novel.
Since I love writing all the time and love to create, the thought came to me to start a blog. Why not? I love to share all my crafts and creative things I have done over the years. There is nothing wrong with you starting a blog also. It has extremely great potential. This too may be lucrative.
What more can I say about photography. It has been a passion of mine for what seems like forever. If you too have a passion for photography and you love photographing your own family then maybe you too can develop this into a part-time job. If you have a camera and the passion, you are on your way to becoming a photographer. I can also help you on your journey.Etsy (Canada)
So, these are only 10 hobbies that could be turned into a money-maker. But there may be so much more that I haven’t covered. There is nothing to be afraid. Take that leap. And do what you love.
Other jobs that you could achieve but maybe not monetize:
- volunteer in hospitals, schools, daycare
- Secretary (part-time) in schools
- participate in a book club or start one of your own in your area
- Guidance Councillor for your local high school
- Dance Teacher
The list can go on. I hope this has helped you realize that your options are endless.Shop Cricut
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