How To Turn A Profit On Your Hobbies – Part 1

All of us have our own individual hobbies that we like to do in our free time. More often than not, however, we find ourselves scraping the bottom of our bank accounts just to have the tools and supplies we need to participate in such activities. While some hobbies like reading a book or keeping a journal are fairly inexpensive, others like painting, music, photography, athletics, and still others like travel and cooking can be a big expense out of your monthly budget. So why not lessen the burden on your checking account and try turning a profit on some of your hobbies? Below are professions that are categorized by hobby that you can pursue to make a little extra money outside of work so you can keep your creativity flowing without it being an excessive expense on your paycheck.

Animal Care

1. Dog Walker

If you’re a dog lover, a great way to earn a little extra cash in the evenings or on the weekends is to offer your services to your neighborhood dog owners. Formulate an evening and weekend schedule and maybe make some business cards, and you’re good to go!

2. Pet Sitter

Pet sitting can also involve going for walks, but if you have any neighbors that are often away on business or tend to go out in the evening or take weekend trips, offer yourself up as a pet sitter. The owners should take care of any expenses, so all you really have to do is show up and have fun with their pets!


1. Coaching

If you’re a former athlete, enjoy working with youths, or have kids of your own and would like to introduce them to sports, consider becoming a coach. Your local community center or local school system will most likely have some kind of athletics activity that you can help out with, and it could be a lot of fun for you too!

2. Caddying

Golfers are always looking for a reliable caddy, especially at big fancy country clubs. If you enjoy golf or just being on the golf course, consider caddying in the evening or on Saturday and Sunday. Chances are you’ll get a lot of business.

3. Expert Guide

If you have some expertise in fishing, hiking, boating, or any other specialized activity, consider giving something back. You can start your own instructional course or be a guide. As long as you know your stuff, the possibilities are really endless.

4. Referee or Umpire

Although it may require some pre-licensing, being an umpire or referee is another great way to make some extra cash while staying involved in your favorite hobby. Basketball, baseball, football, tennis, and even water polo all need reliable referees, so pick your poison and get started today.


1. Enter art competitions and galleries

If you love art and spend your free time painting, or sculpting, or drawing, or taking photos, then why not see how you stand against other local artists? Cash prizes can go a long way for utility bills and gas expenses, and galleries offer up the opportunity for people to buy your work. You could be a professional in no time.

2. Teach art classes

Chances are there are a lot of people in your local community or city that are as enthusiastic about art as you are. If you have a solid base knowledge of your craft, consider teaching a class at the community center or for a local art business. It would make a great part time job that you would actually go, and you might even get discounts on supplies.

3. Commission work

Some companies might be willing to pay you a commission for doing art-related work like web or logo design, even advertising. If you can prove that you are skilled in an area they need help in, you’ve got a pretty good chance of getting the job.