Money Making Hobbies – 15 That Will Actually Pay You in 2021

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A hobby is something we consider as fun, and we are passionate about doing. We can spend a whole day doing whatever we consider as a hobby while time races away like a modern rocket. And yet, we are not getting paid.

But is it possible to get the best of both and get paid to do your hobby? A big Yes…

Here 15 Money making hobbies to do in 2021

1. Get paid to design web pages

Designing web pages can be a fun hobby if you have the knack. As someone who used to be a web designer, I can easily tell you how time flies quickly while you fiddle with the ‘div’s.

But it won’t stop there, as a web designer, you can earn up to $3,000 plus doing it as a side hobby.

Keep in mind that you need to be versed in HTML, CSS, and Javascript as a web designer.

If you’re interested, you can sign up for a web design course at Lambda.

2. Social Media Manager

Did you know that Facebook and Twitter can be an addictive hobby? A study shows that adults between 25 and 34 years spend at least 2 hours 37 minutes on social media.

Yes, it may be shocking, but not a bad idea – if the time is made to be financially productive at the same time – not just to like, share, and ‘lol’. 

And a good way to do that is by working as a social media manager. Your role here will be to manage social media accounts for brands, post content, and reply to mentions.

According to Payscale, you can expect to make about $50,000 in average salary as a social media manager.

3. Get Paid to cook

Everyone can cook, but not everyone is a good cook. But if you are one, the good news is that you can turn that skills to an extra $5,000 plus per month with a cooking blog or youtube channel.

To learn how to set up your blog, read my post here. After that, you also need to create a youtube channel to post your cooking videos.

Now the good news is that it won’t even cost you extra time since you only need to set up a camera and record as you make your usual dinners and breakfast.

4. Teach English Online

You can make up to $3000 per month by simply teaching Chinese kids the basics of English grammar even if you are not a native English speaker.

While you do need to be a native English speaker to be hired by Vipkid, some other sites only require that you have a good grasp of the English language.

Here are 5 of the top companies that pay you to teach English:

5. Fitness and Yoga

Yoga videos perform well on Youtube and Instagram. Even on Pinterest, yoga pins are easily some of the most viral pins since so many people are interested in keeping fit and losing weight.

So if you regularly have a yoga session, you can easily turn your love for yoga into an extra income by simply recording your yoga sessions and uploading the videos to Youtube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

6. Sell Photos Online

There are not many things that are as fun as being a shutterbug. And I’m not saying that because I’m a shutterbug myself. 

Now, if you are one, there is a 99% chance that you are doing it just for the fun of random flicks of oceans, beaches, and mountains. But did you know that you can make an extra $3000 by selling your photos online?

To get started now, register on these sites and start uploading your shots:

7. Excursions and Tours

Did you know that Americans alone spend over $932.7 billion on domestic tourism? That’s because most people spend thousands of dollars on vacations during the holidays.

Now, you can get paid to go on tours in exchange for video or photo documentaries. All you have to do is to set up a travel blog and Youtube accounts and posting your videos.

As your Youtube channel gains views, you can allow Youtube monetization, advertise for brands and promote affiliate products. You can earn up to $10,000/m plus doing just that as your channel grows.

8. Get paid to shop

While most people shop when they run out on groceries, some of us shop for shining sachets. If that sounds like you, then it could be a way to make an extra $2000/m.

First off, go ahead on and register on Postmates.

After that, Postmates will start sending you customer orders. To get paid, you only need to walk into the mall, get the groceries and deliver to the customers.

Register for Postmates here

9. Get paid to play games

Gaming is by far one of the most addictive hobbies. If you are a GTG freak, you likely care about keeping a date with ‘angry birds’ than getting paid for it. But what if you could get paid at the same time?

Companies pay gamers to review the beta versions of their games before their final release to the market.

To make money as a gamer, you can register on these sites:

10. Create online courses

Over $107 billion was spent on online courses in 2015 alone. And looking at Google trends, you can only expect the tide to rise.

And that means a big opportunity to make money with any skills. It doesn’t matter what skill it is as long as people are interested in it:

  • How to train a puppy
  • Yoga exercises
  • How to start a business

To get started, create accounts on Udemy, Linkedin learning, and Fiver learning. These sites already have millions of learners on their platforms, and that makes it easier to sell your courses right away.

After creating an account, you can go ahead to create and upload your video courses.

11. Get paid to design T-shirts

If you are good with designs, then you can easily turn that hobby into extra cash with Teespring and Redbubbles.

To start making money, go ahead and create your accounts. After that, sign in and start uploading your designs on their pillows, mugs, shoes, and other product. You get paid whenever a product branding your design is sold.

Register for Teespring and Redbubble.

12. Sell your handcrafts

I’ve seen many create handicrafts for fun or just to add to some artistic appeal to their living rooms. But what if you could earn up to $5000 per month by selling your handcrafts?

Some of the top Etsy sellers make over $70,000/yr. To sell your handcrafts, register an account on Etsy, set up your store, and start uploading the pictures of your handcrafts.

13. Get paid to Write

Writing comes naturally to a select few, from masterly use of words to uncommon Shakespearean wits. But, if all you do is scribble your thoughts on a piece of paper and throw them into the trashcan, you are leaving a few thousands of dollars on the table.

What if you could do write the same way you do as a hobby and get paid for it? I know a couple of writers who make about $10,000 per month.

To get started, you can register as a freelance writer on these sites:

14. Online Comedy gigs

Comedy is one of the most viral contents on Youtube. Not everyone is got a funny bone; it’s a talent for the few.

But if you’re one, you can make a few extra thousands in dollars per month overtime by simply recording your comedy gigs and posting them to youtube and Instagram.

As your videos gather views, you will be able to apply for youtube monetization. Besides that, you also get paid for posting adverts for brands.

Other ways to make extra cash on the side

15. Share your thoughts

Think of the possibility of being paid to share your thoughts about products you have used. Now, many companies pay you exactly for that.

How much you will make per survey depends on the company and how long the survey takes to complete. That being said, some surveys can pay as much as $20.

To get started, simply go ahead and register on these sites:

15. Get paid to watch videos

If you are like most people who work with the PC, you likely switch between tabs to catch some youtube reels now and then.

Now, the issue with that is you are not getting paid by Youtube. But what if you could do exactly the same thing and still get paid?

Swagbucks is a site that will pay you to watch interesting video commercials. You also get as much as 40% cashback on all your online shopping depending on the product and the store.

To start making money, register for Swagbucks here.

Final thoughts

Have you tried any of these money making hobbies? You can share your experience in the comments.

Author: incomefizo

Hi. I'm a finance writer and business freak. When bored, I remember my goals, jump up four times and run back to work.