by BAD Community Member
When I was struggling to pay off my debt, I felt as though I had no time for the things I loved. Devoting one’s effort to making money to pay lenders usually doesn’t leave much time and energy for pleasant pursuits, and whenever I took a weekend, a day, or even a few hours off to indulge my hobby, I felt guilty about slacking off.
As luck would have it, I was able to adapt my love into a side job. Harnessing the power of the Internet — and the fervor of craft fairs — I could easily and inexpensively find customers eager to pay me to do my favorite activity.
Plenty of interests can be adapted into part-time or even full-time jobs that pay well enough to help you become debt-free fast. Here are a few popular hobbies I’ve seen my friends transform into profitable enterprises — including the one that helped me overcome my debt.
If there is anything Hope, Ashley, Matt, and everyone else on BloggingAwayDebt have taught me, it is that writing is an excellent way to let off steam and keep yourself accountable to your goals. Writing can also be a source of income. Good writers are hard to come by, and nearly any publication (blogs, magazines, newspapers) will pay for a good piece.
Playing an Instrument
Most children practice an instrument, but few adults maintain the diligence and creativity to continue playing for a lifetime. Even if you aren’t an orchestra-level performer, you can use your skill to bring in some extra cash. That’s exactly what one of my friends did. Parents are always looking for experienced players to help their children learn the art, and she tutors for $50 per hour, although she started out at $25. If I had any musical talent, I would definitely be gigging with my instrument, playing weddings, parties, and bars.
There’s taking pictures, and then there’s being a photographer. Anyone can snap a pic with her smartphone, but only a few understand lighting, color and focus well enough to capture a beautiful scene. There are dozens of occasions throughout life that call for a professional photographer, from graduations to births to weddings. Alternatively, you can sell your better images to stock photo sites like Shutterstock for a hefty chunk of change.
In many ways, moving pictures are even more difficult to get right than photographs. So, if you have a knack for making videos, you could stand to profit wildly. For example, popular YouTubers earn millions of dollars every year from advertising. However, if you prefer to stay behind the camera, you can shoot and edit videos for a significant fee.
For years, this was my guilty pleasure of choice. I would spend hours (and a large portion of my budget) on beads, yarn, and cloth, producing all sorts of crafts that cluttered my house. When I finally recognized the detriment of my debt, I was able to use my skill (and vast inventory) to generate extra income. By managing a couple online stores and working craft fairs with my mobile credit card reader, I was able to scrounge enough cash every month to pay off my debt in two years. My words of wisdom are this: If you can make something, you can sell it.
Fitness is currently one of the biggest fads, which is a boon for all those lifelong fitness freaks out there. With an unprecedented number of new members, gyms around the country are desperate for knowledgeable personal trainers. Though becoming a trainer does require a mild amount of certification in most states, the payoff is worth it; personal trainers can earn as much as $30 per hour whipping people into shape.
Many people are so addicted to social media that they have a hard time getting anything done. Fortunately, Facebook addicts can turn their infatuation into a full-time job by devoting their social media talents to companies who need them. Social media marketing is a new and powerful way to build a loyal following, and companies are searching left and right for individuals who understand the ever-changing tides of social networks.
Surprisingly, there are dozens of ways avid shoppers can get paid for their expensive habits. Mystery shoppers are paid by consumer interest groups or corporations to spend time in a store, make a purchase, and rate their levels of satisfaction. Additionally, shoppers can lend their talent and tastes to wardrobe websites, helping subscribers build better style.