Money makes the world go round but it’s hard to come by. Or is it? Thanks to technology, planning your future budgets can be less daunting.
Perhaps you think being an essay writer or writing a song is only one of your hobbies to pass the time. I believe these skills are the keys to the young generation’s—or anyone willing to learn a few online tricks—financial freedom.
“Increasing your income can be a very good way to build your savings for an investment or get out of debt faster. If you have too much debt that you cannot afford and consider bankruptcy, getting a side hustle and making money can help you prevent that step”, stated by Ben Tejes, CEO and Co-Founder of Ascend, which builds debt freedom calculators such as the Chapter 13 calculator.
Do any of these hobbies interest you?
Sell crafts online
I used to make random items for my family, because I was the one known for being ‘creative’. Making jewelry to suit a certain outfit or sewing a storage bag to exact specifications was my family responsibility.
Now I make money out of this.
Popular online creative platforms showcase many talented people’s wares. It ranges from artistic pieces to items that fulfil practical purposes. You know you don’t always find what you’re looking for in stores. But you’re bound to find it online these days.
Now you can join the people making these items and make that money you’ve been dreaming of.
But it’s not just crafts you have to sell online. The Unique E-learning Campaign created by CPD Standards highlights how creating an unusual online course out of a hobby can be a great way to market a product or service, as well as help create early brand loyalty and a significant income.
SEO, formally known as search engine optimization, is a digital marketing skill set that has been exploding in popularity with the ever-increasing growth of search engine usage. In a nutshell, it is the science of understanding how to properly build, optimize & promote websites so that they show up favorably on Google’s search results – and ultimately bring the business a lot of new traffic (potential customers).
SEO is extraordinarily valuable for businesses, because without it the only way to have a presence on page 1 is to pay google (called Google Adwords) to show up. But if you know SEO, you can get your website to show up for free.
How do you make money with SEO? Well, a lot of ways. You can use it to promote a business you own. You can build a lifestyle blog and bring traffic to it and sell something in that niche, or you can even do SEO for established businesses – like doctors, dentists, lawyers, pool service companies, etc. and charge them anywhere from $500/mo – $10,000+.
If you are interested in learning more about how to get started in SEO, check out SERP University.
Take part in paid surveys
Companies are always looking for people to take part in surveys or give feedback on new concepts or products. Best of all, they are always looking for people from different demographics and levels of experience or education.
There are websites where you can choose which survey to take part in, or your can sign up to a service and they can get in touch whenever something of interest becomes available – check these survey sites for example. You may need to make yourself available over the PC, in person or by phone and be required on certain dates, or you can take part as and when you feel.
Help others live healthy
Have you discovered a health remedy and you wish others can enjoy it too? Why not share it online?
- People earn a living from making healthy meals for individuals in their communities. Ordinarily they won’t get many clients, but Facebook community groups can make you an overnight hit.
- Sell your resources online. The world is in dire need of solutions, so they’re willing to pay:
- E-book guidelines.
- Recipes – One of our favourite examples for recipes, that we love at Talk Business is Ember Snacks biltong recipe page. They have put together a collection of healthy recipes for their customers to cook.
- Blogs about nutrition, general health & wellness or dentisty – Some bloggers go a step further than this & niche down to highly specialised subject. Taking the dentistry example for example, you could niche down to cover a subtopic of dentistry such as dental implants or invisalign.
- Start a webinar.
It’s the daydream of many bookworms: To one day be featured on a best sellers’ list. But it’s a dream for somewhere in the future, right? No. You can start living it today and it is one of your hobbies that can make you rich.
Individuals and businesses across the globe need words, maybe in line with some of your hobbies:
- Web content needs updating.
- Blogs must be written.
- Social media requires daily posts.
And not everyone has the time or talent to do this.
Or perhaps writing is one of your many hobbies? Share a few unique ideas on your blog and you may become the next internet sensation. That means you’ll get paid simply for allowing advertising on your blog page.
You can build a lifestyle blog and bring traffic to it and sell something in that niche, or you can even do SEO for established businesses – like doctors, dentists, lawyers, pool service companies, etc. and charge them anywhere from $500/mo – $10,000+.
You can create your own blog using your smartphone. There are blogging apps like WordPress, as recommended by joyofandroid.com, which you can use to create blogs anytime and anywhere. It’s a great way to let your creative juices flowing while earning.
The internet opened up new opportunities and it’s up to you if you’re going to grab hold of them. Check out Wileypup.com for an example of a dog blog.
It’s widely accepted that being a musician guarantees you’ll have a tough financial future. But not if you harness the power of technology:
- Don’t limit yourself to teaching the people in your local community. Why not use Skype or paid for webinars to reach the masses?
- When you record that brilliant single, YouTube or other social media platforms are the store fronts that will get your music out there.
If you have skills in teaching why not try teaching English online overseas? You will find many willing students in foreign countries that need to speak English fluently for their business activities.
Your options changed the moment the internet was created. Are you using your hobbies to your advantage yet?
Ruchi gupta uses her background in content and academic writing to create quality blogs, articles and more.