10 creative hobby ideas to help your bottom line

Make your talent pay with a money-spinning hobby

Saving money doesn’t necessarily have to be an exercise in drawing up boring spreadsheets and skimping on the things you love. There are plenty of craft hobbies that make money. Who knows, you might already enjoy some of them without realizing!

These hobby ideas are all about spending time, not money. Getting creative is inherently rewarding, but with dedication it can be lucrative as well. Here are ten creative hobbies which could help you pull in some extra cash.

Stock photography

If you’re an avid photographer, you may be missing out on an opportunity to monetise your snaps. Selling your photos through a stock agency is quick and easy, as the companies do all the marketing for you. Plus, there are already thousands of people who surf the stock websites every day.

Thinking of turning a hobby into a career? Selling stock photos on iStockPhoto or Getty Images is a great start. Although many stock photography websites only offer royalties of between 20 and 60 percent, it’s a useful stepping stone for anyone who has considered investing in a website to showcase or sell their photography.

Aspiring photographers can monetise their best snaps on stock photography sites

Monetizing a blog

It’s easier than ever to make money by sharing your hobbies online. And creating your own blog is a satisfying hobby in its own right. There’s nothing like watching your audience grow as people learn more about your passion, and it’s one of the cheapest hobbies to take up.

For dedicated bloggers, there are different ways to monetise your blog. Incorporating adverts is one way to go, however you will need to build a following first. Another option that has become popular in recent years is affiliate marketing: the process of receiving commission from products or businesses you recommend. Again though, this won’t make you rich overnight, and requires you to build a reasonably large – or at least active – readership first.

Websites like YAYWORLD can help writers to make money

An alternative is YAYWORLD, a guest-posting website that connects creative writers with companies who need quality blogs. It’s an exciting way to make money from anywhere in the world by writing about businesses you love.

Becoming a fashionista

Got an eye for the latest trends? If your fashion sense sets you apart from your friends you could consider making money buying and selling clothes on Depop or eBay. Investing your time into finding a vintage bargain and using your creative juices to sell it at a profit is sure to keep you busy.

For some entrepreneurially-minded people such as Ciara O’Doherty, flipping clothes on Depop can become something of an addiction – as well as a lucrative way to use your time. Visiting car boot sales is an exciting way to snap up a trendy bargain which could sell for more online.

Hit the flea markets on the weekend and start flipping those vintage pieces.

Selling handmade products

There are plenty of hobbies that can make money for those with an artistic streak. Whether you’re a textiles whizz or a prolific baker, it’s easier than ever to turn your passion into something more.

Just check out this list on Pinterest – you don’t have to be an expert to create something that other people will love! Between Pinterest and Instagram it’s easier than ever to showcase and promote products that other people will love, and it requires little investment! You could design anything from handmade wine racks to bespoke patchwork quilts.

Bonus tip: If you’re looking to buy craft materials online, one of our Hobbycraft eGift Cards could help you save money on your supplies!

People love handmade goodies as gifts. It's just a question of marketing your talents!

Grow your own veg

Looking for a hobby that requires very little effort for a lot of reward? All you need is a garden and a bit of sunlight to grow your own fruit or veg – and it’s sure to save you money! The fresh, organic produce you cultivate will taste even better knowing that you grew it yourself.

It’s a fabulous way to reduce your food bill while you reconnect with nature. If your primary objective is to save money, then start with produce that you regularly buy or find you spend a lot of money on. Tomatoes and courgettes are favorites as they are easy to grow, and you get a lot of veg for your efforts. If you have a patch of land available to you, producing your own foodstuff is one of those cheap hobbies whose appeal you’ll only really appreciate once you get started. So, what are you waiting for?

Making music

You don’t necessarily have to be the next Mozart to earn money from your talent. For competent musicians, teaching others – especially youngsters – is an ideal way to make money. You can work as much or as little as you choose and it’s easy to fit lessons in around your work schedule.

It’s worth heading over to the Musicians Union to find out more. Here, you can network with likeminded people and find out how to start offering your services as a music teacher. The going rate for private tuition is quite lucrative – £20 for a half-an-hour lesson is a reasonable fee for a good teacher.

You may never become a rock star but your musical skills might still be lucrative.

Become a referee

For sports enthusiasts who don’t have the time to train or play as much as they’d like, refereeing is a great alternative – it’s an ideal way of getting paid whilst staying active.

If you’re a football enthusiast whose playing days are over, you can find out more about how to become a referee from the FA right here. Anyone over the age of fourteen can get involved – Sunday league matches won’t interfere with your weekly working schedule and can make you a bit of cash over the weekend.


There are countless benefits to jumping back on your bike. You’ll save money on petrol and help conserve the environment – whilst improving your health and fitness! Those who cycle to work are less stressed and more productive in their jobs.

So how much could you save by cycling to work? A surprising amount! Research suggests that the figure could be upwards of £3,000 per year, which should be motivation for anyone looking to improve their bottom line.

Learning to cook

How much do you spend on takeout or dining at restaurants? It isn’t cheap. On the other hand, learning to be a great cook is absolutely free and well worth the time it takes.

Cooking is an immensely satisfying hobby that WILL save you money!

The is host to a vast collection of recipes from all over the world which you can try out in your own kitchen. Check out the list that the BBC has compiled. Swap out your Friday night Chinese takeaway by having a crack at creating your own dishes. Not only is it cheaper and more fun but the skills you learn will stay with you for life.

Couch surfing

If you’re looking to go on holiday for less and meet the locals at the same time then couch surfing is a great alternative to booking a hotel. You simply search for locals with spare bedrooms (or room on their couch) and ask if they would mind you staying a few days – anywhere in the world!

Couch surf your way around the world

It’s a great way to connect with people from other cultures and make friends on your travels – all the while saving you money, as Couch-Surfing works through the good will of other travelers. As with all traveling, your safety is paramount – we recommend you read the Couchsurfing safety advice page.

Have you got hobbies that make money? Why not share them with us and other readers in the comments below!

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