10 Side Hustle ideas to make extra cash at home
What Was Your Hobby Growing Up?
Have you ever had a hobby growing up that you were good at? Have you ever had a passion for something that you really loved doing? I’m sure we all had a passion for something. Mine was and still is photography.
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Have you ever imagined that you could make some extra money on the side doing what you used to love? It doesn’t necessarily have to be when you were a young’un. Maybe you developed this passion in the last little while watching someone else.
Did you ever think you would be able to make money from something you thought was just a hobby back in the day? Why not make it possible? Perhaps there is someone out there that would love to learn the knowledge you have.
When we were younger, our parents put us in many extra-curricular activities. Some we loved, others we hated. Some parents put their kids in dance, like mine did for me. I didn’t become a dancer though, lol. But for others who had a passion for it, they went on to either becoming professional dancers or perhaps teachers.
We give our children a variety of extra-curricular activities to participate in. We need to give our children stability as well as open them up to so many possibilities. We put our children in all kinds of sports like soccer, hockey, baseball, swimming. The list is endless.
We give our children so many opportunities to shape them into well-rounded people.
What is Your Passion?
My parents put a simple pocket camera in my hands as a Christmas gift when I was about 12 years old. Look at me now. I just love photography. Always have. Still stayed with me. And I have created it into a side hustle.
I have an office job and I love to take all kinds of photos: people, places, travel . . . The list is endless. Our passions are endless. And look at that: I also love to write.
So, I want to help you along with your quest for figuring out what your side hustle is. You don’t have to give up your day-job or maybe you are looking for something to do instead. Many have. Many have left big corporate, high-paying office jobs to do something that they love and that they can do from the comfort of their own homes.
Questions To Ask Yourself
When you are trying to figure out what your side hustle could possibly be, ask yourself these questions:
* What do I love to do the most?
You might love to bake or sew . . .
* What are my talents?
Besides your talented career, what else have you mastered a talent in?
* Am I willing to leave my present job to pursue my passion?
I am a witness to the fact that you do not have to leave your present job/career to pursue a side hustle. You just need to balance your life at home with family. There will be many obstacles along the way. But you can do it.
* Do I have the means to go forward with a side hustle?
Can you afford any start-up fees (if any) for your side job?
* Will I have support from my family and friends?
It is imperative that you discuss with your family. Ask their opinion? See if there will be any conflict in your everyday schedule. But I know you can make it work.
* Am I willing to work hard at this to succeed?
It takes a lot of work to get started in a side hustle. But it shouldn’t take too long to become successful if you really want it.
What types of side jobs can you have?
There are many side jobs that many of us can come up with. We all have different passions or talents. Or maybe we can acquire the education to develop your side gig. Here are some side jobs that might nudge you in the direction you intended:
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 artistic type of painter. Putting oils or acrylic to the canvas.
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 form. Mould the young 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 homes.
Make it into a part-time job if anything. A lot of people need help with creating an ambience 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 a surprise or themed birthday parties. People need someone like you. If planning and organizing events come naturally 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 some a 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 your 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
Most parents put their kids in all kinds of extra-curricular activities such as sports, swimming, art and music. We too put our kids in sports and music.
If you have been musically inclined for years why not try teaching young children. Shape their minds with the art of music. Educate them about how music is a facet of our society.
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. I do love to make cakes and cake pops.
8. Makeup Artist
Do you enjoy wearing makeup? Do you love to apply makeup? I have always loved it, ever since I was introduced to it in my early twenties. I almost took it on as a side job but . . . life happened.
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.
Do you love writing? If you do then this a great outlet for you . . . blogging. Are you creative? Do you have a lot to share with everyone? Can you teach a craft of some kind? This is your platform for a side job. I love writing. I love blogging.
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.
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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
* mowing lawns
* dog sitting
* Virtual Assistant
* guest posting on someone’s blog
The list can go on. I hope this has helped you realize that your options are endless.
You really can start a side hustle job to make extra cash in your own home.