Hobbies That Make Money Online

Hobbies can be an amazing and unexpected source of income. To find examples of hobbies that make money, try Googling ‘hobby ideas.' You’ll find over a million websites and blogs talking about any hobby you can imagine, and lots you never knew existed.

Many of the websites are fairly simple and run by individuals who developed a passion for their hobby long before starting the business. Some of the best sites offer most of their content for free and prove a helpful resource to bookmark.

Making Money with Hobbies Online

There is an unending list of potential hobbies that make money online. Many hobbyists make money online by selling their craft or specialty product through their website.

Thanks to the many reputable drop-ship companies online now, many sites and blogs can also sell the tools and related to hobby. Working with third-party drop-shippers is a particularly nice way to make money because someone else is responsible for shipping the product to the customer.

Creating Information Products

More and more hobbyists are making money by creating their own information products and selling them online. This includes how-to pamphlets, booklets, special reports, ebook publishing, workbooks, audio recordings, video products and more. It’s never been easier to start an internet business and make money as an infopreneur.

For example, a painter might create a website that features free painting tips and basic tutorials. A content-rich site naturally draws traffic from the search engines, resulting in more interested visitors, exposure and sales. She makes money selling her paintings, but also generates revenue by selling paint brushes, paint, canvases and other tools through a drop-shipper.

She offers monthly online classes as well as ebooks, and workbooks, each dedicated to a specific painting technique. She has created a set of videos and demonstrates different processes step-by-step while at the same time having some fun with the audience. It is available as a digital download or mail-order DVD.

The multiple streams of income each contribute nicely to her monthly income, and she loves the process of making money while teaching others to paint.

Getting Started

Most people have some legitimate degree of expertise in at least two or three areas. If you’re not sure what you could do, look to the things you enjoy in your spare time for ideas.

If you’ve been pursuing a hobby for a while, that experience will help you establish credibility even if you don't have any formal training.

Some of the best hobbies that make money are taken for granted. In most cases, the more personalized or obscure a hobby, the better its online income potential. Many hobbies that make money online use tools & accessories which can be sourced through online catalogues & drop-ship companies.

If you're still not sure how your knowledge could be profitable, take a minute and reflect on the following questions:

What do you love doing?

What do people say you're good at?

What do you know a lot about?

What do you like to learn about? What would you like to learn more about? How would you spend your time if you didn’t have to work for a living? Where would you love to travel? How would you love to travel?

These questions can help you uncover and evaluate possible niche topics. If you can match your passion and expertise with an interest and demand for that knowledge, you have the foundation for a legitimate internet business.

"Happiness comes when your work and words
are of benefit to yourself and others."

Making Money Online with Accessories

If your hobby involves accessories or equipment which needs to be purchased (i.e. paintbrushes / scuba gear / gardening tools, etc.), you can earn money by referring people to specific websites or companies that sell those items. Commissions can range from 5% - 80% for referred sales.

This is the basic premise of affiliate marketing and network marketing, where people are compensated for generating sales through word-of-mouth referrals and product creators invest very little money in traditional advertising and promotion.

Sample Hobbies That Make Money

To give you a few ideas, here is a small sample of hobbies that make money (as featured at The Hobby Show 2009):

Avro Arrow
Bead Work
Board Games
Bubble Hockey
Card Making
Coin Collecting
Comic Book Collecting
Die Cast Collectibles
Doll Houses & Miniatures
Fantasy Games
Flight Simulators
Forza II
Hobby Clubs of all Kinds
Magic Cards
Military Models
Model Building
Model Trains
Mosaic Art
Murano Glass Jewellery
Paper Airplanes
Radio Controlled Boats
Radio Controlled Cars
RC Helicopters
Radio Controlled Planes
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Slot Cars
Sports cards & Memorabilia
Stained Glass
Stamp Collecting
Table Hockey
Table Soccer
Teddy Bears
Trivia Games
Video Games
and more...

The list of hobbies that make money is literally endless, and these are only a small sample. A popular hobby can still be profitable if you can find the right angle or presentation. Niche market research can help you predict how profitable your idea or hobby might be BEFORE going forward.

The key is to find a niche that interests you and then use a combination of tools and approaches to develop it into a profitable source of income. Having passion for your subject can help keep you motivated during the start-up phase when you have yet to begin making money.

Related articles:

  • Infopreneur 101: What is an Infopreneur?
  • Examples of Successful Infopreneurs
  • The Top 9 Reasons to Become an Infopreneur
  • Infopreneur FAQ
  • Infopreneur Tips
  • Information Marketing 101
  • What to Sell Online
  • Hobbies That Make Money
  • How to Start a T-shirt Business
  • How to Write a Cookbook
  • Jobs for Retirees
  • Internet Jobs for Moms

  • Chapters within this website:

    Introduction: How to Sell Information Online

    Infopreneur 101

    Making Money with Information Products

    Niche Marketing

    Internet Marketing Tools for Infopreneurs

    Resources for Infopreneurs

    Infopreneur FAQ

    Don't miss our free monthly ezine!

    You'll receive one email at the beginning of each month with links, ideas & strategies to help you make money online.


    Tips and Resources for Infopreneurs

    - our free monthly ezine and newsletter -

    Enter your E-mail Address:
    First Name (optional):

    Each issue includes:

    • online business ideas
    • product creation tips & advice
    • links to online resources
    • strategies to increase your revenue

    We very much respect your privacy and will never share or sell your information with anyone. You can review our Privacy Policy here.

    XML RSSSubscribe To This Site

    Add to Google
    Add to My Yahoo!
    Add to My MSN
    Subscribe with Bloglines