Topics We’re Talking About: Turning Your Hobby Into a Hustle


Happy (almost) weekend! Before you start daydreaming about all your Saturday plans, let’s take a minute to talk about… cookies.

If eating cookies competitively were a viable option, I’d be all over it. There’s not a hobby that I enjoy more (except maybe drinking coffee) and I’m willing to search near and far for the perfect chocolate chip to baked dough ratio. There’s just one hitch in my most favorite past-time – it costs me money. An arguably, sizable amount of money.

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,” right? Yes and no. If I were to follow that advice in relation to my vested cookie interest, I’d be out of money and with some serious health problems. But if only there were a way to pair my interest in cookies with earning potential (this is the aha moment, wait for it…). A-ha! Personal catering. In all seriousness, it’s an idea I’ve tossed around (more than once) and while I may never quite get there, it goes to show you that restructuring the way you interact with a hobby could actually lead to some interesting ideas and opportunities. The best part? Some of these ideas could result in more money in your personal bank account.

A hobby isn’t just a great way to relieve some stress, it’s also a potential to boost your earnings. Those tea cozies you’re knitting on the regular could actually be earning a return! Or maybe it’s the photos you snap in your free-time that could become your newest source of side income. If you’re looking for a way to bring in a little bit extra in this month, all you have to do is hone in on your interests and then brainstorm the ways you can harness your passion to your financial benefit!

To help you get you started in turning your hobby into a money maker, here are the top picks from the week:

Side Hustle Shuffle: The Common Sense Guide to Your Own Side Hustle – Common Sense Millennial
In an exciting intro to a new series, Kali chats about how to focus on your money making potential and gives tips to laying a solid base for your future money making gigs!

Paying For Rent and Running Shoes – Money Side of Life
Sometimes the value in a hobby isn’t about increased cash flow but about increased happiness. Here’s how to balance your budget with a worthy investment in your life satisfaction.

Turn Your Hobby Into a Money Maker With Jim Wang – Listen Money Matters
For a great chat about turning your interests into bankable income check out this awesome podcast with Listen Money Matters. Definitely worth a listen on your commute home!

Got a Hobby? Might Be a Smart Professional Move – NPR
Not only can a hobby bring you satisfaction (and potentially cash), it could help to boost your career. Read on to find out more!

37 Side Hustle Ideas – The Art of Manliness This is a throwback article but it has some great ideas for profitable hobbies. Plenty of inspiration for guys and gals!

Big thanks to the sites mentioning ReadyForZero this week!
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Have a happy, hobby-filled weekend!

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  • I too have had a passion for cookie creation which has thus far not made a financial contribution to my life. I think it would be great to add it to my money making plans, but it would take a lot of guts. Its a noble thing to turn your passion into a money maker!

    • Claire Murdough

      That’s awesome!!! I completely agree that it’s a scary notion to jump into pursuing a passion, but I’m also inspired by those who’ve made the leap in a smart and calculated way. Do you have a specialty flavor??