Make Money, Honey! How to Turn Your Hobbies Into Hundreds

By Britanny Taylor

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Ever wondered if you could make bank just by doing the things you love? The answer is a big Y-E-S. No matter what you spend your free time doing, you can earn some major dough just by putting your products and services out there. Here are four ideas to get ya started:

So You’re…a Tech Whiz

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$$$ Pretty much everyone older than you needs a little help with technology from time to time. Start by helping relatives hook up home-theatre centers, troubleshoot computer problems and learn how to use their smartphones. Then, ask ’em to tell friends with similar problems that you’d love to lend a hand.

No gig? Try this: If you’re addicted to social media, see if there’s a charity in your area with a Faceook page or Twitter account that could use a facelift. Use your super social skills to get them moving in the right direction. Two thumbs up!

So You’re…a Super Skilled Writer

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$$$ Love to write? Go around to local businesses, and see if they’d be interested in having you help write up a pamphlet or revise website copy. Talk to small-town newspapers to see if you can get a paid internship or work as a junior reporter. Try your hand at poetry and short stories, and send ’em off to be published—there are lots of kid and teen anthologies out there.

No gig? Try this: Non-profits are always looking for a little help. Volunteer to write newsletters or design flyers to promote upcoming events—anything. You might not get paid, but the experience—and published pieces for your writing portfolio—will be priceless.

So You’re…a Champ in the Kitchen

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$$$ Start taking orders! Set yourself up with a free website, like Weebly (a Facebook page or Etsy store would work, too), and chat up your goodies to locals. Tell your neighbors you’d love to bake a cake for their big bash or that your white-chocolate brownies would be a huge hit at a bridal shower. Bake up big batches to take to fairs, sporting events, block parties and farmers markets.

No gig? Try this: Tons of folks in your town could use some cheering up. Be a cookie fairy, and bake up treats for those who have family members in the hospital or just had a new baby or lost a beloved pet. Deliver anonymously to their mailboxes, and treasure your good deeds.

So You’re…a Totally Talented Athlete

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$$$ You don’t have to be a straight-A student to get in on the tutoring network. Spread the word that you—star point guard, ace goalie, super server or prima ballerina—are available for training seshes. Set up hour- or afternoon-long appointments for one-on-one or group workshops to hone the skills of eager young athletes. If you have a record of athletic excellence and a kid-friendly demeanor, parents will be thrilled to have you help junior along.

No gig? Try this: Rec leagues are often looking for experts. Hunt around for the coaches—try visiting your local parks-and-rec headquarters or scanning grocery store bulletin boards for deets—and get in touch to see if they need any help.

How will you turn your talents into a biz? Let us know below!

Reprinted with permission from girlslife.com.

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