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Learn How To Turn Your Hobbies Into Extra Income!
Put your natural skills and talents to good use by turning your hobbies into a secondary source of income!
Did you know that the average American spends just under $1,000 on holiday gifts each year? It’s a number that is slightly higher than the average weekly salary for an American adult, which is approximately $994 before taxes. This leaves people overstretching their budgets to buy their loved ones the perfect gifts, or struggling to find the means to make holiday purchases in the first place. It would certainly be a great time to have an additional source of income. Well, the solution to your financial hardships lies within you.
Monetize your talents.
You might not realize it, but you are incredibly talented. And you might just be sitting on a skill that could earn you quite a lot of money. If you’re not sure what skill that be, think about your hobbies and what you like to do for fun. For example, a DIY master crafter might be able to sell their artwork and crafts, or take on custom commissions. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, consumers may want to order custom winter scarves, hats, or blankets to give their loved ones as Christmas gifts. Alternatively, maybe you’re an experienced photographer who could earn a secondary income taking family photos for holiday cards and documenting local events. Maybe your talent is making homemade jewelry, painting, sculpting, calligraphy, ceramics, woodworking, carving, or even making clothes specifically for pets. Whatever your hobby or talent is, we can almost guarantee that there is a market for it. Since you will already be spending time on your hobby to have fun or unwind, you might as well open yourself to the possibility of also earning extra cash for your activities.
Spread the word.
The first step toward starting a small business is to spread the word. Make social media profiles and a website where you can post examples of your work, contact information, and interact with potential customers. Start a blog or email newsletter to promote your work and share information about yourself, your business, or the industry you are venturing into as a whole. You could also rely on word of mouth by telling your friends and family about your offerings and asking them to spread the word, as well. Lastly, consider making vendor accounts with websites like Minted and Etsy that curate artwork, crafts, and other products from artists and craftspeople all over the country.
Look to current trends for inspiration.
If you are feeling stuck or questioning where your talent fits into the marketplace, turn to current trends for inspiration. With very little research, you’ll be able to see what types of items are trending and learn how different vendors market and present their products. This can help give you ideas as far as what to make, how to share it with potential consumers, and keep your craft relevant. For example, let’s take a look at some of the diverse offerings found within the hottest categories on Etsy that have remained popular throughout 2021.
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