Every one of us has hobbies - an activity done regularly in one's leisure time or spare time for pleasure.
If we are ready to take them seriously, then it can be turned into a stream of income. Yes, depending on how we direct our talents and interest. Here are some of the most common hobbies that you can potentially monetize.
Writing and publishing it online has the potential to offer an individual a lot of practical value other than just being a hobby. You can establish a career, become an expert on a subject topic and can also amass a lot of knowledge from writing. Writing acts as a platform to share the ideas.
One way to make money by writing is to sell it as a service - freelancing on sites like Content Mart, Freelancer, Constant-Content, UPWork, Craigslist.
Good content writers with niche expertise are usually in demand.
2. Illustration Design
Just like writing, Illustration Design is a kind of skill that you can offer as a freelancer. There are many portals where new artists with a variety of illustration styles find clients in need of their skills; it may be for customizing portraits or for marketing their projects.
You can even put your art on things ranging from T-Shirts to posters to canvases and sell them online and earn money. One needs to cater to a specific market or build a unique brand to turn an art into a product.
One can use the Print-on-demand services which offer a low-risk to monetize the art by selling apparel and home decor. One has to create a mock-up for the products to list them online. Once you start selling them and know which kind of designs and creative ideas get most demand, you can even consider investing in your inventory.
Examples of few portals for Illustration in India: Creativepool, Polka Cafe, Pinterest and so on.
The age-old art of cooking can be used to make money. Food has become an art in the modern world. The hobby can be shared with the world in a variety of different ways ranging from a blog or Instagram or through the YouTube Channel. You can share the recipes on the blogs and can later create your brand of food or food products.
According to a survey conducted by Google, 59% of the people aged between 25-34 take their mobile devices to the kitchen, they use resources on the internet to find and experiment on the new recipes, so there are a market of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) chefs looking for the content. You can create to serve them.
If you have a nice camera and know how to use it, then you have got a few different ways to make money from it.
One can become a freelance photographer. You can start off with local events and gigs that you can attend physically. Later, you can sell those shots of your on various photography sites or as prints or can use the skills to grow a massive Instagram following and make money from it. You just need to pick a niche to capture in your photography.
Professional photography accounts are the second most lucrative on Instagram regarding how much brands are ready to pay for a sponsored post.
5. Do-It-Yourself Crafts
If you enjoy working with your hands and make jewelry, candles, soaps and so on then why don't you share this with the world too?
"Handmade" communicates a certain uniqueness, care, quality that the department store alternatives often don't have. This particular feature will attract niche customers who are ready to spend money to acquire such handmade crafts at throwaway prices. You can test the market for your products by selling them on a small scale to family members, friends, relatives, colleagues and slowly you can turn it into a full-fledged business as you rack up the customers.