Ever wondered if you could make bank just by doing the things you love? The answer is a big Y-E-S. We guarantee that no matter what it is you spend your free time doing, you can start earning some major dough just by putting yourself out there. Here are four ideas to get ya started.
So you're...a tech whiz:
$$$ Pretty much everyone older than you needs a little help with technology from time to time. Start by helping relatives hook up home theatre centers, troubleshoot computer problems and learn how to use their smartphones. Then, ask ‘em to tell friends who are having similar problems that you’d love to lend a hand.
No gig? Try this: If you’re addicted to social media, see if there’s a charity in your area whose Faceook page or Twitter account could use a facelift. Use your super social skills to get them moving in the right direction. Two thumbs up!
So you're...a super skilled writer:
$$$ Love to write? Go around to local businesses and see if they’d be interested in having you help to write up a pamphlet or revise their website copy. Talk to small-town newspapers to see if you can get in on their Kid’s Corner section. More of a creative type? Try your hand at poetry and short stories and send ‘em off to be published—there are tons of kid and teen anthologies out there.
No gig? Try this: Non-profits are always looking for a little help. Volunteer to write newsletters, design flyers promoting upcoming events—anything. You might not get paid, but the experience will be pricless.
So you're...a champ in the kitchen:
$$$ Start taking orders! Set yourself up with an free website like Weebly (a FB page or Etsy store would work, too) and chat up your goodies to locals. Tell your neighbors you’d love to bake a flag cake for their big Fourth of July bash, or that you know your rocky road brownies would be a huge hit at a bridal shower. Bake up big batches to take to fairs, sporting events, block parties and farmer’s markets.
No gig? Try this: There
are tons of folks in your town who could use some cheering up. Be a cookie
fairy and bake up treats for those who have family members in the hospital, or
just had a new baby or lost a beloved pet. Deliver anonymously to their
mailboxes and treasure your good deeds.
So you're...a totally talented athlete:
$$$ You don’t
have to be a straight-A student to get in on the tutoring market. Spread the
word that you—star point guard, ace goalie or super server—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: There
are tons of sports camps looking for experts. Hunt around for the coaches—try
visiting rec league HQ 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!
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/14/2015 1:16:00 PM
POSTED IN hobby, On the Job, How to get a job, Make more money, June/July 2012