Our Guest Post today comes from Heather Redding. Heather Redding is a part time assistant manager and freelance writer from Aurora, Illinois. She is a coffee-addict who enjoys reading and running. Street photography is her artistic outlet and she likes to capture everyday little moments with her camera. You can reach Heather via Twitter.

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While you may need extra money from a side hustle, you may not want to spend long hours working at a job that you find boring or uneventful. It’s not really a secret that doing something that you love is the best job there is. This is why monetizing your hobby into a side business may be a great idea.

There are several wonderful hobbies that you may enjoy doing and that you could use to generate some extra money. Here are a few excellent hobbies that can easily be converted into moneymaking side jobs:

1. Blogging

Blogs are increasingly popular, and there are a seemingly endless number of them available. You may not realize it, but many people actually hire a ghostwriter to write their blogs. Therefore, if you enjoy writing, you could easily partner with a blogger who writes about topics that you are interested in, and you could generate steady income by writing a few blogs per week for an established blog.

Another great idea is to launch your own blog. With so many options available these days you can easily build your own site and begin posting content. Make people notice your blog by stoking emotions and engaging your readers on social media. When you do this, you build a loyal following and encourage sharing online. As a result, your blog will have more pizzazz than you have ever dreamed.

There are different ways that you can generate income from writing your own blog. For example, if you develop a large following, you can sell advertising space on your website, or even promote products inside your blog posts. The larger your following is, the greater your income potential may be.

2. Photography

While some people enjoy writing in their free time, others enjoy taking beautiful photos of people, urban scenes, nature scenes and more. You may not realize, however, that you can monetize this hobby in multiple ways.

If you have excellent photography skills and can produce impressive images, you may be able to do portraits in an in-home studio or even offer wedding photography services. You can also sell your images online. Some websites allow you to copyright your images and then sell them online to businesses and others who might need them for marketing or other purposes. The more images that you offer for sale, the greater your income potential may be.

3. 3D Printing

If you have tinkered with 3D printing recently, you may be excited to take your hobby one step further. Whether you are into jewelry, toys or 3D printed artwork, you can use your passion to sell the products you make.

Nowadays, 3D printers are almost unmatched in their ability to create customized items. Therefore, selling unique and personalized items that are made to order is a great way to make some money on the side. You can create a line of your own products, and then sell these items on Etsy, eBay, and other e-commerce platforms. Hosting a booth at local arts and crafts show may draw even more interest to your 3D products. 3D printing is an exceptional way for you to turn your creativity and passion into a potentially lucrative side business with minimal upfront expenses.

4. Baking

While some of the famous TV bakers and chefs make it look easy to create impressive cakes and pastries, the reality is that this is more challenging than it initially seems. If you have mastered you cupcake toppings and know how to keep your soufflé from collapsing, why not offer your services to moms struggling to create birthday cakes or businesses in need of delicious snacks for their events?

You can get the word out and even offer samples of your products at local fairs and community events that allow you to set up a booth. Keep business cards handy at these events, and include a link to your professional baker’s website to further encourage others to place orders.

These are just a few home-based side businesses that you can pursue if you want to monetize your hobby. However, there are other hobbies that may easily be monetized as well. Focus on a hobby that you enjoy, and explore different ways to turn your hobby into a moneymaking side business.