Can you make money with your hobby and/or your interests?
Yes--now more than ever. Why more than ever? I'll get back to
that in a moment, but for now here is a video that will help
you understand how many ways there are to make money with your
hobby, by outlining some simple and effective ways to make money
from an interests in cats:
I speak from experience, by the way, because I have made money
from my hobbies. At one time I enjoyed carving walking sticks,
and so I started doing it on a larger scale. I sold hundreds
of my creations at flea markets and craft shows over the course
of a summer. I never priced them higher than about $24, but others
regularly sell their walking stick online for $80 or more.
I love playing chess, and I have even made money doing so.
Again, this was a temporary and part-time money-maker, but I
made a bit of extra cash. I had a job where we had a fifteen-minute
break every hour, and there were other chess players who like
to bet on our games--which we played very quickly.
Writing, has always been a hobby of mine, and it led to a
book contract for my recently released "101 Weird Ways to
Make Money." Prior to that though. it was basis of our successful
internet publishing business. That brings us to why there are
more opportunities than ever to make money with a hobby or passion.
You see, with the advent of the internet, virtually any activity
or subject matter can be monetized in some way. What does that
mean? It means that you can share what you know with others who
have the same interest, or offer them information, and--when
you do so on the pages of a blog or website--sell ads, generate
affiliate income or monetize your traffic in other ways.
For example, I love to play with language, and explore the
ways in which we think. I have a website on brainpower, where
I make money from the advertising. I publish by email the "Brainpower
Newsletter." Now, brainpower is a big market, but what about
monetizing more obscure niches? I have a website that is all
about metaphors, and although it only makes $20 to $40 monthly,
I work on it for less than thirty minutes per month. My ultralight
backpacking site, on the other hand, takes more work--about twenty
minutes weekly-- and nets hundreds of dollars monthly.
I have seen a successful blog (you can check the traffic stats
for sites at Alexa.com) about feet, and others about all sorts
of subjects. Yes, you can make money with your hobby. Start looking,
be persistent, and you'll find a way.
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