We don’t always get what we want. We don’t always become the people that we aspire to be. We have goals of being rock stars, astronauts, writers and artists, only to end up working office jobs, struggling to pay our debts and living vicariously through celebrities who get to live out those dreams.
The problem is that we don’t think it’s possible to chase our goals while still keeping everything together in our career and our family. So, dreams become little more than hobbies that we hide from the world—we never reach those lofty goals we set for ourselves when we were young.
There is an alternative though. If you have a passion and a talent, then you might still be able to make money from it without giving up your current carer and livelihood. Here are three hobbies that can be turned into profitable part-time careers, giving you a chance to feel a little more fulfilled and successful and to make sure you have more money to pay the bills at the end of the month.
Dance music has populated the charts ever since the rise of techno and house in the 1990s. These days it’s all about EDM, a genre that peaked in 2015 when it was said to be worth in excess of $6 billion, but one that is still very much a big feature in mainstream music.
These genres have given rise to amateur DJs as everyone looks to create the next biggest hit. These bedroom superstars use basic equipment to release songs on platforms like Youtube and iTunes, but they can also earn a resectable income performing at weddings, birthday parties and even local festivals. From there, the sky is the limit.
How much you can make depends on how good you are at performing and marketing yourself. Amateur DJs can earn anywhere from $100 to $500 for local gigs, but shorter slots may only pay $50. It might not seem worth it, but it’s the only way to get a name for yourself and to get some experience, after which you can start targeting festivals, big clubs and other high-paying spots where it’s possible to earn tens of thousands a night.
It can cost you as much as $5,000 to get basic equipment, but you can cut costs by purchasing used and/or refurbished equipment and being very selective. You can buy turntables in all price ranges everywhere from Amazon to your local mall. Do your research, shop smartly and you won’t get stung.
If you love to write then there are many ways to turn your passion into something that pays the bills. The internet has allowed anyone with a talent to express themselves and to get their words to a wider audience.
A blog is simply a website with written content. It doesn’t have to be to a professional standard, you just need to have something interesting to say and an entertaining way of saying it. If writing isn’t your thing, then try vlogging. In any case, a blog is a way for you to create a platform and with Adsense, affiliates, sponsored placements and an eventual sale, that platform could make you a fortune.
You can make a few hundred dollars a month from a blog without much trouble. It usually takes a few months to get to this point, but you don’t necessarily need to put in a lot of work prior to that. There are blogging guides and SEO guides that can help you to cover the basics. Take these as your bible, learn as you go and within 6 months you could be turning over more than enough to pay the bills.
You don’t need much money to start your own blog. It’ll cost you less than $20 a year to get a domain name and about $10 a month to pay for a good web host. The rest is down to time. The more time you put in, the more money you can get out.
It’s all relative though and there is still a very real chance that you can make a six figure income from spending just a few hours a day on your blog. If that works, then you can always create another, and another, and another. The more blogs you have, the more adverts you can place and the more money you can earn.
The only limit is your imagination.
Playing an Instrument
It’s a skill that most of us wish we had and one that we all think takes a lot to acquire. Any musician will tell you that it takes a lot of practice, hard work and callouses to perfect any instrument, but that you can get to a basic level fairly quickly and easily if you are willing to put the time in.
Most people who can play an instrument have aspirations of being on stage, performing in front of thousands, or being in a studio, creating music that goes platinum. But it’s not black and white. It’s not “penniless musician” or “rock star”. There are a lot of gray areas.
You can make money as a busker, whether you’re playing on the streets or in pubs and clubs. You can earn as a session musician, essentially playing backing music so that a star singer can shine. Session musicians make very good money and get to play everywhere from big stages to recording studies.
And then you have teaching, because if you can play an instrument to a good standard then you have most of what you need to teach someone else to do the same. Tutors can average $30 an hour teaching guitar, piano and even the drums to kids and adults eager to learn. And with Skype and other video calling software, you don’t need to travel or to invite people into your home in order to give these lessons.
As with blogging, a lot of the investment is time. It has been estimated that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to perfect an instrument. This might not sound so bad on the face of it, but think of it this way: even if you play for five hours a day every day then it’ll still take you about 6 years to get to that point.
It’s not all that bad though. Take it from someone who learned to play the guitar in under 18 months, even though I only had time to practice for a few hours a week. It’s surprisingly easy to get to a point where you can play full songs and play them well. And if you have a little more time to invest each day, then you’ll be better, you’ll go further and you’ll make more.
You will also need the instrument, of course, but starter instruments are very cheap. You can get an acoustic guitar for $50 and an electric one for less than $100. You can get a cheap keyboard as opposed to a piano, a set of electric drums as opposed to the real thing. There are low priced options for all instruments and while they are not ideal for helping you to record your first number 1 hit, they will get you to an acceptable level.