Turning your hobby into an income is one of my 11 great ways to earn extra money. I've been doing this myself and have a few friends doing the same, so I thought I'd detail those jobs here -- maybe they'll spark some ideas for the rest of you. Here goes:
My son and I spent Saturdays in September and October making money as soccer referees. I'll be writing a series on how to do this, what we did, what we made, etc. in the future, so stay tuned. I'm sure there's money to be made in refereeing all sorts of sports -- football, basketball, etc.
A friend off mine is training for the ski patrol at a local slope. He gets a bit of money, discounts on passes for the family, and helps people while doing something he loves.
Another friend who is an avid cyclist works extra hours at a bicycle shop. He earns a bit of money and big discounts on merchandise simply for talking about bikes and helping customers -- things he loves to do.
A friend from church whittles basic wooden toys and sells them online. He makes a few hundred dollars a month doing something he'd do anyway.
In addition, featured several suggestions by readers of how they've turned hobbies into extra incomes. Some of the ideas listed are:
- Recording demos for local bands
- Residential PC repair
- Become a Notary Public
- Get ordained by the Universal Life Church online for free and marry people
So there are some ideas for those of you wanting to make some extra money. I'm sure many of you are doing this already, so please share your ideas with the rest of us. What are you doing to make money off a hobby (or simply to make some extra money)?