7 Hobbies That Can Make You Money Online
Posted May 26, 2016 by Daria Kasatkina

10 Hobbies That Can Make You Money Online

Every day, people are searching for other ways to make some extra income but are seemingly unaware of how to bring in that extra cash. But have you ever thought about your hobbies? Since we are living in a time where almost anyone can set up an online store, you can use your random hobbies as a way to make extra money. Whether it is baking cookies or making Christmas wreaths, other people might find your work to be valuable and pay you for it.

Here are the 10 money making hobbies that you may already be doing, but that could give you a nice steady side income.

Handmade cards

There are numerous times throughout the year when you need to get a card. Whether it’s for a birthday, a wedding, or anniversary, the act of taking the time to think of someone special and giving them a personalized message will never go out of style.

If you love to draw, come up with witty sayings, and have a sense of design, then creating handmade cards might be for you. It doesn’t take that much of investment either. Just go down to your local craft and art supply store, and they will have everything you need to get started.

Baking cookies

What’s better than a dozen homemade cookies? Maybe a dozen homemade cookies and a glass of milk! If you have a knack for baking delicious pastries, you should consider making batches and selling them online. Once you have the winning recipe, you still have some more work.

If you do decide to sell your batches of double chocolate chip cookies, there are a few things you should be brought to your attention. Depending on where you live, there are a number of laws and permits that may be required. When your operation gets too big, you may also need to rent an industrial kitchen. While that may sound like a lot of work, the rewards are more than worth it!


If you have been making handmade cards for a while or taken more than a few graphic design courses, then maybe getting into printmaking might be for you. The creative endeavors with prints are virtually endless. You can make prints with quotes from your favorite authors, make creative maps of your city, or even draw a picture of a dog, and people will buy it!

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Knitting and embroidery

There’s no secret to why knitting and embroidery are such popular pastimes — It’s a low-impact, easy-to-learn hobby. Custom made knitwear, such as sweaters, scarves, or hats make perfect gifts for anyone you love and care about.

Embroidery may be a little trickier than knitting since it requires a bit more precision and practice, and there’s also the possibility of hurting yourself with the needle. But these clever DIY embroidered patches have been really popular among teenagers for a few years, and are worth the trouble of learning.

Jewelry making

While it can take years to create a jewelry masterpiece, you can start right now with your own creations. If you want to get started on creating your own line of rings and necklaces, you can get started! You can start by watching tutorial videos, buying the supplies, and collecting pretty pictures on your Pinterest board.

The only limit is your imagination. Surprise a friend by giving her a pendant with her pet’s picture on it. Don’t forget to make your own jewelry boxes if you decide to sell your pieces! There’s always an opportunity to go the extra mile.

Candle making

Candles might seem old-fashioned, but they still have a place in any contemporary home. Some look to candles as a way to relax. Other are simply looking easy ways to make their homes smell nicer. You probably have some of your own! Did you have any idea how easy it is to make your own scented candles? Do a little bit of research; you might surprise yourself.

Candle making supplies are rather inexpensive and can be easily found online or in local arts and crafts stores.

Soap and bath bomb making

Just like with the candles, making soap and bath bombs will appeal to the stressed, but this time it takes us from living rooms to hot tubs. Neither pursuit is that hard, and the shapes and scents of your product are endless when you experiment with ingredients and come up with new ideas.

With proper molds and scents, you can even make your soap look and smell just like candy and cakes. Don’t forget to put the non-edible label on these!

Tip: check out our post on packaging ideas. They are just as important in the selling process as the product itself.


Cooking can easily become a profitable hobby instead of a chore.

Whenever people try to think of ways to combine cooking and e-commerce, the first things that come to mind are those fancy bakeries that sell artistic, over-the-top cakes. However, selling food items online isn’t just for bakers. Imagine selling your grandma’s famous sauce or making raw vegan date energy bars. Put them in pretty packaging, set up an online store, and before you know it, you’re in business.

Even pets need some cooking done for them. That’s why more and more people have started selling fancy home-cooked treats.

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Vegetable Gardening

If you happen to live on a farm or just have a large backyard, try growing and selling vegetables and herbs. What’s more organic than veggies grown on a small local farm down your street? If you want to try something very contemporary, you might also set up a local organic vegetable subscription service, keeping your customers mailboxes filled with fresh fruits and veggies on a recurring basis.

Floral design

With nothing more than a class or two in floral design, you can make extra money decorating weddings and baby showers with beautiful flowers. You can even start a flower delivery service. You don’t need to be snobby about things — don’t shy away from using faux flowers as you get started. As your business grows, you be able to sell your arrangements as home decor pieces.

If any of these hobbies seem appealing to you, don’t hesitate to look some tutorials up on YouTube, buy supplies, and start creating. We also recommend you to do some research on other profitable hobbies. Explore other things that interest you, and see how you can leverage them into moneymaking pursuits. The list of potentially profitable activities can go on and on  maybe it’s making T-shirts? Writing books and articles? Art? Making furniture? It’s always up to you!

If you’ll want to start selling your creations, don’t forget to check out our article on how to make your first sale online! In the meantime, good luck exploring your interests and seeing which of them can turn into a business, and we here at Ecwid are always happy to help you sell with pleasure!

About the author
Daria is a writer and editor. She's keen on writing articles helping people make their lives safer and more fulfilling. In her free time, she records song covers and cooks vegan stuff.