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How To Make Money With Your Hobby

How To Make Money With Your Hobby

Life should be enjoyable. But if you don’t enjoy your job, it can be exhausting to work all day just to retire when you’re too old to enjoy it.

Everyone should have a hobby that they enjoy. It’s a way to express yourself and feel better. What’s even better, is that sometimes you can make your hobby profitable. Whether you’re looking to branch out to make your hobby your full-time career, or if you want to use it to make some money on the side, we have some tips on how to make money with your hobby.

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As you read, remember that starting a business, even just a side one, can be a lot of work. You will have setbacks in the beginning, but if your heart is in it, you will succeed. Do it because you love it, not just for the money. The money comes after the passion.

Enjoy your hobby, whether it is profitable or not. Do it with happiness and with love. If you make it into a business, work hard and stay organized. Be determined to get to the top. Know that you can do it, and you can be successful. I have been successful in turning my hobby profitable (you know this, because you’re reading my work now), and you can too.

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Here are just a few tips to help get you started:

Sell products

Enjoy making things? Sell them! Plenty of people sell their products. Make sure you have something special that no one else has. You can sell locally, but if you can ship your product, you can sell worldwide. Websites like eBay, Etsy or Amazon are great for selling your handmade items.

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Involve others

Some hobbies, like playing an instrument, are great for involving people. Teaching someone how to play an instrument or how to make something can be very profitable. Offer lessons on a regular basis, like weekly or monthly, or give workshops for people who share your hobby, but want in-depth information on the subject.

Find a related job

Some hobbies are not easy to turn into a business. Try to look for jobs that relate to your hobby. Love flowers? Be a gardener. Love fitness? Be a trainer. You may not be doing exactly what you want, but finding a career where you can share your excitement and knowledge for a particular subject can be exhilarating!

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Share it online

Maybe you don’t like selling or teaching. Blog about it! Make your own website and share your passion with others. You can write a blog and share your projects and ideas. Take pictures and show your creativity. The more people find your website, the more profit you can make, especially if you look into selling ad space. Talk about interesting topics, share your experiences, maybe even track your work in a video. It’s your website, do whatever you like!

Take a picture

Almost everything that you do or create can be photographed. There are lots of websites where you can publish your pictures and people pay to use your photos. Take pictures of your hobby, or choose photography as a hobby, and sell your pictures. Who knows; you may be a real talent!

With all this being said, remember that your hobby might not always be the best way to go when looking for ways to make more money. Take into account the reasons you enjoy your hobby. If you do it to have your own time, you may want to reconsider whether you want to use that time to start a business. It’s important to have a hobby to help you relax and express your feelings. If you aren’t having fun, you may start to dread your hobby. So even while you’re trying to make money, keep having fun. Remember what you love about the hobby and focus on that.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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