Hobbies that pay

Money 2019-1-25

We all need a hobby to help us relax at the end of a long day, so why not make money at the same time? Here are some of our favourite ways to make money by doing what you love.

Fitness Instructor

If you’re passionate about keeping in shape and living a healthy lifestyle then why not help others with their body goals and get paid to do it?

With the demand for Personal Trainers on the rise and the wide availability of instructor courses, there is nothing stopping you from turning your passion into some extra cash or even a career change.

Playing an instrument

For the musically gifted, playing an instrument is a great way of unwinding after a long day.

Not only could you take to the stage and perform but you could also earn big bucks with many parents willing and able to pay good money for their children to have private lessons.


If your happy place is behind a lens, then selling your photography to stock imagery sites like Shutterstock, iStock and Flickr could be a quick and easy way to make money.

There are guidelines available on each website on image requirements to help you capture that perfect sellable snap, and the more you get to know exactly what it is people are looking for, the more money you’ll make.


If you love getting out in the fresh air planting, potting and preening, you could help out those less able and make a little money too by offering your services, particularly in summer.

Or if you like growing fruit and vegetables, sell your produce to local farmers markets or your neighbours.


If you’re a bit of a computer whizz and enjoy playing around with code then there are plenty of ways you can make some £££’s while you learn.

You could build an app to sell, develop websites for small businesses looking to get online or offer technical support to those who are not so computer savvy.


People are always willing to pay for a show-stopping birthday cake or a unique wedding cake.

As long as you make sure you charge more than enough to cover the cost of ingredients, you could be making a good profit.

Pet Sitting

If you’re an animal lover and enjoy spending time with all our furry friends then why not open up your home to a few overnight house guests or go and spend time caring for them in their own homes?

There are a lot of people who work long hours but want their pets to be in safe hands while they’re out and will pay good money to ensure this.

Websites such as Pawshake are a great place to start, and advertising your services locally is a good way to let people know you’re available.

Arts and crafts

If you are a DIY fan, why not showcase your skills on places like Pinterest?

People are always looking for quirky homemade goods at a bargain price. Sell anything from shelving units and picnic benches to decorative items such as candle holders.

Professional Gaming

If you spend a lot of your time glued to your computer screen playing online games as a way to relax on an evening then you can make some extra income at the same time.

Platforms such as Twitch allow you to live stream while you play games and provide commentary to your viewers which is monetizable. 

Sell online

If you love the thrill of bargain hunting in your spare time whether it’s online, in second-hand shops, or at weekend markets then you might be able to start making some extra dosh as well.

Look out for sellable items and to make sure that you can make a profit, try checking what similar items are being sold for on eBay or other auction sites.

The basic idea is to be able to double your money so if you spend £10 on an item, try to sell it for £20 or even £30. By doing this you will be able to make a nice little profit by the end of the month.


If you fancy yourself as an aspiring vlogger or product reviewer with a knack for making interesting content then why not start making money from platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo.

The more videos you post that are good quality, the bigger your fan base will become, potentially leading to your own personal YouTube revenue stream.

Let us know if you’ve managed to make your hobby pay by tweeting us at @Hitachi_Finance or leaving a comment on our Facebook.

Hitachi Hints and Tips is intended to be informative and interesting. It does not constitute financial advice, and you should always do further research when making any financial decisions. All information was correct at date of publication.
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