Students are always looking for new ways to make some money, either as a little extra cash for treats and nights out, or to finance their studies without getting into debt. University is incredibly expensive, even with online courses such as a marketing degree online. Hobbies can be a great way to relax and unwind, but they can also make you money. Here are some of the best activities to try in your spare time that could earn you money.
Blogging is a great hobby. It can be really good fun, a great way to learn new skills and meet new people. If you do it well, it can also make you money. Once your blog is set up, work on building a following before you think about monetizing. To do this you’ll need to employ a digital marketing strategy. If you are studying something like an online marketing degree, you’ll be aware of what to do. A great place to start is social media. Get sharing your blog and then consider using something like Google AdSense or affiliate marketing to make money
Crafts are a great way to make money whether it is using modern quilt patterns to create quilts and other fabric objects, or designing scented candles with personalisation in the wax. You can easily combine this with a blog and sell your own crafts using a plugin like WooCommerce. Or set yourself up as a seller on Etsy or eBay.
If you are a keen photographer, and take high quality photographs, you could advertise yourself as a freelance photographer, or sell your photos to stock photo sites.
Like photography, you could sell your skills as a freelance writer on sites like Upwork. It’s amazing how many people are looking for writers for projects such as writing reviews, advertisements or blog posts.
If you are a good baker, offer your services for functions, parties and events. This is especially useful if you are good at detailed things like birthday cakes. Advertise your skills on social media, but don’t forget to include photographs of any previous work.
Playing an Instrument
While music can be difficult to get in to, as there’s a lot of competition and you need to be incredibly talented to be successful, you could get work as a tutor. Advertise online and in local newspapers. Lots of children like to learn an instrument, and parents often prefer a friendly, local tutor than an expensive class.
Like writing and photography, design can easily be done freelance. Designers are often very expensive, which is an expense many start-up businesses can’t afford. Register with a freelance sites and list what you do. Make sure you have samples ready for anyone that gets in touch. Anything from logo design, to full website design is in high demand.
If there is anything you are good at and enjoy, ask yourself whether someone would pay for this? This may be because you have created a product people need, or because you can do something other people don’t like to do. Who knows, you might even be able to turn it into a career.