What if your favorite hobby could help you earn money and boost your resume? While baking a soufflé or snapping photos of your favorite hiking trail may not seem like a skill building activity, hobbies can make you more competitive in the job market, reduce stress, increase confidence, and provide networking opportunities.
Thanks to technology, broadening mindsets, and more creative outlets than ever, there are so many ways to turn your passions into work! Here are 5 hobbies that you may not have known could be career-boosting side hustles.
Dog walkers are an important part of any busy pet owner’s life. They visit client’s homes and take the dogs out for daily bathroom breaks and exercise. This is a great job for those who have a passion for animals and a self-starter personality. Since people need help at all hours, this is a flexible side gig that allows you to set your own schedule.
As an independent dog walker, you set your own wages, choose how many clients you work with, and decide how many furry friends you will walk at one time. This means your earning potential is pretty limitless. On average, dog walkers report making anywhere between $400 - $800 week.
Do people swoon over your Instagram feed? Does the thought of leaving one sunset unphotographed make your heart ache? If so, you should take advantage of your composition skills and consider becoming a freelance photographer! You can focus on a number of niches from weddings, to landscapes and even sports! You can even sell your photos to stock photography sites.
Freelance photographers earnings depend heavily on your experience, portfolio, and subject matter. Wedding and event photographers typically charge between $1,000 - $3,000 for a session, whereas portrait photographers charge between $150 - $400 per photoshoot.
To get started as a photographer, the first thing you’ll need to do is learn how to take a great shot! Consider taking some online courses through Udemy, Nikon, or Alison. From there, you can build up your portfolio and client list. Start by taking some photos of friends and family, pets, or local spots for practice!
You don’t need to have Olympic skills to become a ski instructor. You just need a passion for the slopes and a lot of patience. In fact, many of the best teachers are those who have struggled with some moves, as they have the empathy and understanding when teaching others. In addition to helping others develop a love for the sport, many instructors enjoy major perks such as free or discounted lift tickets, clothes, and equipment!
According to snowskool.com, ski instructors earn an average of $15 - $20 per hour in the United States.
There are various certifications and skills that allow you to teach different levels of skiing! While there are no entry requirements to start training, you will most likely need to hold a formal ski instructor qualification.
Video blogging, AKA “vlogging,” allows you to build connections with others in a very personal way. It’s a great way to showcase your ideas, develop new skills, and express creativity! If you find comfort in being in front of a camera, then you already have the skillset to be successful. Many vloggers end up promoting products and businesses as a way to monetize their videos.
Some of our very own Jobcase member’s Andrew + Sarabeth have started their very own YouTube channel! Check out their page for some inspiration or to ask for some getting started tips! :)
With the YouTube pay rate averaging between $0.01 and $0.03 per ad view, a YouTube vlogger can make about $3 - $5 per 1,000 video views. Using this estimated pay rate, a YouTube video with 1,000,000 views can make $5,000+!
To get started as a video blogger you will need to:
From there, you need to come up with creative content that will keep you viewers engaged and motivated to share with others!
Crafting is another exciting way to earn some side cash. If you enjoy working with your hands and creating unique pieces, there are plenty of things to make and sell: jewelry, home decor, candles, soaps, and more! Test the market by selling them on a smaller scale to friends and family, then move up to craft fairs, farmers' markets, and sites like Etsy!
Depending on your product, sales, and commitment to quality, your earning potential can vary drastically. Products such as jewelry, glass blowing, whittling, and beauty products tend to have a higher net profit.
Have you ever turned a passion into a job?? Share your experience in the comments below!