You know that interest of yours you’ve had for years? It could be gardening, crystal chandeliers or model airplanes; but whatever it is, it has always been a hobby – something you only do in your spare time. It may even have cost you quite a bit of money over the years – maybe more than you like to admit. But guess what? You hobby could become a source of income for you – perhaps even a living. How? Simple: Write about it online and get paid doing it. Here are 3 work from home ideas for people with interesting hobbies:
Sell ebooks online about your hobby
Are you into orchids? Aren’t they difficult to grow? I bet a lot of people would like to hear of your experiences with growing orchids. You probably have tons of gardening books yourself; books which you have paid tons of money for. Why not write one yourself? Put all your knowledge about orchids into your favorite word-processor, add pictures you take with your digital camera, convert it all to a PDF, and you’re done! Now set up a small web-shop and sell downloads of your eBook to other orchid fans like yourself. You can set your price at anything you want – 1$, 100$. It doesn’t matter, since you have next to no expenses associated with offering it for sale, and since you score all of the profit. Other people who write books have to share their income with a publisher, an agent, the book store, etc. Basically though, you can write an eBook about anything. It could be boating, model railways, coin collecting. Anything that might attract an audience could be turned into a profitable ebook.
Sell artwork online
Do you paint, sculpt, knit, etc – in your spare time? Do you think someone would be prepared to pay money for your art? Then why not set up an online art store and sell your goods? No need to make friends with gallery owners (or to keep being rejected by them). Just set up a store and go out in the many art forums on the web and spread the word about yourself. Or take advantage of some of the already existing online marketplaces for arts and crafts, and instantly reach huge audiences by selling your art there.
Become an online expert
Set up an informative blog about some subject you know well. Write articles full of valuable information on that subject, trade links with other bloggers in your subject domain and get a lot of search traffic. Then earn money by displaying relevant ads on your blog. This way, you’re not selling anything, you don’t have to provide any service, give refunds, etc. You just provide the information and let your visitors decide if they want to click on an ad or not. Just make sure your articles contain some of the search terms that might be used by someone looking for the sort of information you provide. If someone searches for “British racing green” but you only have the word “green” on your site – you may not be found by that searcher, although your site is probably relevant to him. Getting targeted traffic is the key to making money on ads.
Now that you have a few ideas of how to work from home, you can start brainstorming your own internet business plan. You won’t get rich overnight, but if you have ever wanted to make your hobby your living, then this is what you have been waiting for. Do a lot of work every day and make it your job, or do a little and make it your retirement fund.