Most everyone on the planet has at least one hobby or more for exploring favorite, leisurely pursuits. Whether you collect stuff, create art, play a musical instrument, make things, etc., you enjoy doing this hobby for pleasure, but did you know that hobbies can often benefit you financially? Keep reading along for some excellent advice on how certain hobbies can deliver some instant cash right into your pocket.

1. Coin Collecting

The real word for this fun hobby is called numismatics and includes coins, tokens, paper bills, and medals. Kids and adults alike have been collecting coins for many decades now and get a big thrill when finding “the perfect coin.” In addition, you don’t need a lot of coins (or big investments) to begin this hobby.  Whether it’s the history of a 1921 Peace Dollar coin or learning about the exciting official Trump coin 2020 review, special coins like these carry significant value for years to come.

Coin collecting is fun to do as a family hobby because it’s educational and can yield fascinating information about our history, politicians, culture, and society. Coin collectors come from all walks of life and all ages, including some very famous people. Paul McCartney, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Black, Tony Blair, and Nicole Kidman are just a few celebrities who spend time on their numismatic pursuits. Kidman favors collecting coins from ancient Judea, according to several sources.

2. Gardening

If your passion involves a green thumb, then this one’s for you. Most people who have a favorite hobby say that the activity relaxes them and helps them tune out the realities and challenges of daily living. Gardening is a popular past-time, and growing it green can yield an abundant crop of cash.

Best of all, you have tons of options to choose from. For instance, you could develop an herb garden and sell herbal blends. Depending on the laws in your community, you could sell your herbs right out of your backyard one day a week or set up a website to advertise your crops online. Or maybe you would prefer to sell vegetables to folks in your neighborhood or community. People today are looking for affordable and fresh produce grown locally.

Here’s another money-making tip: You could make and sell other foods with your produce from the garden such as baby food, salsa, or jams.  An additional, great idea is growing gorgeous, showy plants for flower bouquets like peonies, roses, tulips, hydrangeas, and more and selling them. You could also offer plant holders, pots, gardening tee-shirts, plant kits, terrariums, and other aspects of the gardening business that you can sell at an online shop like Etsy or eBay, for example.

3. Auto Repair/Detailing

Maybe in your spare time, you envision yourself as the neighborhood auto mechanic, where folks can bring their vehicles to you and get a good deal, great work and an honest value. Some of these small jobs may include changing the oil, changing the brake pads, installing a new battery, changing bulbs and other expired vehicle accessories, installing a sound system for the car, etc. Other simple repairs could feature installing a new water pump and wiper motor.

Some people are busy and don’t have the time or equipment to clean their car interiors or even take the vehicle to the car wash. You could perform those services and also explore doing detailing for both the interior and exterior of vehicles brought to you if you have that talent.

You want to be aware of any regulations in your community regarding home auto repair or detailing. Keep it legal, especially if you lack the insurance or proper zoning to do the work at your home and garage. In other words, don’t advertise your side hustle to the public. Keep it limited to personal friends, family, and referrals. Having a hobby can make a difference in your life and allow you to explore new skills, talent and have fun during your leisure time. Sticking to a routine day in day out can get boring. Doing something unique that brings pleasure to you is key, and if you can earn some money on the side, why not? Go for it!

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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