7 Productive Hobbies that Can Make You Money

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July 10, 2020

There are countless hobbies you can choose to pick up. However, there are some hobbies that are productive and can actually make you money. Check out this list of 7 productive hobbies that can make you some extra cash.

If you are considering picking up a new hobby, there are thousands upon thousands to choose from. But, only a handful of hobbies can actually be considered productive. Out of this handful of hobbies, there are 7 hobbies in particular that can also make you some extra money. Consider the benefits of picking up one of these productive hobbies:

1) Make a Website

If you like being your own boss and having control, then making a website is a fantastic hobby for you. You can make a website about literally anything in the whole wide world. The great thing about having a website is that you are in charge.

You can make a website about cars, woodworking, beanie babies, or narwhals. There is no limit to what your website can be about. I’ve only ever had a website about finance because that’s what I’m passionate about.

If you aren’t sure where to start with making a website, then I would definitely suggest you use Webflow. It’s what I used to make my beautiful website and I absolutely love it. You can start using it for free and see how you like it. It comes with templates and is highly customizable. There are also plans you can choose where it includes hosting and design all in one - which is super nice.

If you are wondering how to monetize your website, then you can do this by having ads from Google Adsense or using affiliate links from Amazon. You of course first need traffic to your website which takes time and patience. I love working on my website in my free time and sharing finance knowledge with others. Consider sharing your knowledge and ideas with others by making a website too.

2) Writing

If you love English and are interested in writing, then consider using this hobby to make a little extra money! I have always enjoyed writing and continue to until this day (thus my blog). I decided to turn my hobby into some cash by freelance writing during my freshman year of college.

Back then, I used eLance (now known as Upwork) to freelance write. I only made about $500 freelance writing, but I also didn’t put that much time into it. You have to be willing to sometimes learn new things and do a little research when freelance writing. I remember mostly writing about hosting companies and spas - random right? Give it a try because you might actually make a decent chunk of change!

3) Going to Garage Sales and Flipping Things

I couldn’t write about productive hobbies without mentioning flipping. Buying and selling things has been a hobby of mine for years. I like this hobby so much that I named this website after flipping things.

The idea of buying low and selling high has been around for centuries. You buy an item from a manufacturer for one price and you sell it to someone else at a higher price. You can go to a garage sale and buy something and then sell it somewhere else for a higher price. For example, one time I went to a garage sale and bought a camera lens for $5. I later sold it on eBay for $80. I will buy things locally and then usually sell them on eBay.

Is there something valuable at every garage sale you go to? Nope. Are there treasures waiting to be found? Definitely. You just have to be willing to find them! And if you don’t find anything, at least you get to see a ton of interesting stuff at garage sales.

4) Photography

Photography is a skill that can start out as a hobby but turn into a serious side-hustle or even full-time work. As a photographer, you can take pictures of things that interest you. Back when I was into photography, I usually took landscape photographs or pictures of our dog.

If you are starting out part-time as a hobby, then you can sell your pictures on your own website or consider selling them on Shutterstock. You will make more selling them on your personal website but you would get more publicity on a site like Shutterstock.

If you are extremely outgoing, then you can even become a wedding photographer. You can take peoples’ engagement photos as well as pictures on their wedding day. After 4-8 hours of photoshoots and then editing, you can make a very good chunk of change.

5) Graphic Design

If you are creative and love to design, then consider graphic design as a new gig. Imagine drawing and doodling, but on a computer instead of paper. Graphic design is an essential part of marketing and advertising for companies.

With everything going digital today, you can be certain that graphic design will be around forever now. If you are looking for a free and easy way to learn online graphic design, then you can check out Canva. It's an online easy-to-use tool for beginners. If you are serious about graphic design and want to take it to the next level, then consider Adobe Illustrator or Sketch. If you are just starting out as a graphic designer, then you can make upwards of $40,000 a year if you take this skill to full-time work.

6) Working Out

Working out is a very productive hobby, but did you know that you can make some extra money on the side with this hobby? There are two different ways you can make money with this hobby.

The first way is to test out exercise equipment or participate in workout studies. Check for fitness companies in your area and see if they are hiring anyone to test out any of their fitness equipment. They could be looking for treadmill runners or cyclists or anything really. You would be making more than minimum wage and burning off some calories.

The second way to make money working out is to become a personal trainer. You can get certified to be a personal trainer and then teach group classes or decide to do more personalized lessons. You have to be confident and have a desire to help others get into good physical shape. A great upside is that pay for personal trainers is well above $50,000 a year if you decide to do it full-time!

7) Woodworking

Whenever I think of woodworking, I think of Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec. He’s my man crush. If you haven’t seen that show already, you should definitely check it out. Ron Swanson’s real name is Nick Offerman and he recently co-hosted a show called “Making It”, which involved a lot of craft-making and woodworking. It’s a high-class show.

If you haven’t started woodworking already, then consider starting small and making something for around your house, like a bench or a bird feeder. My wife and I recently made some flower boxes for our front yard and I’m considering making a garden box for the backyard in the spring.


Once you feel confident in making simple pieces, then you can move on to more advanced things like tables or chairs. There’s a great tutorial website for woodworking called Wood Magazine. It’s got almost everything imaginable and how-to guides for building them. The pieces you make can be sold for quite a bit of cash. If you enjoy working with your hands then woodworking is a great hobby where you can make some extra cash.

What is the most productive hobby you’ve ever tried? Go ahead and share below!

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