Are American hobbies turning into side jobs

Whatever your hobbies and interests are, there just might be a side job that matches them. Use these ideas to turn your hobby into a well-paying side job. Save

12 Ideas to Turn Your Hobby into a Well-Paying Side Job

If you have a hobby or two where your skills really shine, it may have occurred to you to make some money from those skills. It turns out, there are a good number of flexible jobs that will help you turn your hobby into a well-paying side job.

In your downtime, you might be a crafter or a coder, a solitary artist or a social butterfly—whatever your hobbies and interests are, there just might be a side job that matches them. And some of them pay quite well, too.

About the Hobby Jobs on This List

The jobs on this list:

The jobs below reflect a variety of career fields where serious hobbyists may be able to utilize their skills in paid positions. In some instances, your experience with the specific hobby will be enough, and in other cases, there is some education or advanced experience required, which is perfect for the serious hobbyist!

For many of these fields, these part-time roles could be the beginning of a long career if a person decides they want to pursue their hobby on a full-time basis.

12 Jobs that May Turn Your Hobby into a Well-Paying Side Job

1. Hobby: Sewing

2. Hobby: Food culture

  • Side job idea: Food Writer
  • Pay range: $11.65 – $34.57

3. Hobby: Socializing

4. Hobby: Swimming

5. Hobby: Photography

6. Hobby: Sports

7. Hobby: Learning

8. Hobby: Studying a specific subject area (reading, math, science, etc.)

  • Side job idea: Tutor
  • Pay range: $9.69 – $40.32

9. Hobby: Art

10. Hobby: Pets

  • Side job idea: Dog Walker
  • Pay range: $9.78 – $20.62

11. Hobby: Writing

  • Side job idea: Writer
  • Pay range: $11.65 – $34.57

12. Hobby: Reading

Tips for Applying to These Side Jobs

Be realistic about your hobby-related skills.

Are you a casual dabbler or a more serious hobbyist with better-than-average skills? Know your skill level before applying for hobby-related jobs.

Read the full description for each job.

Every employer has different requirements and preferences for applicants, so be sure you know their rules before applying.

Treat your application like you would for a full-time job.

It might be tempting to get a little casual with your applications for part-time or short-term jobs, but that would be a mistake. Take the time to prepare a professional, tailored application.

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Brie Weiler Reynolds, Senior Career Specialist

Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Career Development Manager and a career coach and resume writer at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for remote, flexible schedule, and freelance job listings. She provides practical information and resources to help people overcome their roadblocks…Read More >

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