The world today is full of luxuries. On the other hand, it’s also full of struggles. Both of these things warrant some side income to either stay afloat or provide you with nonessential items and experiences that make you happy. Sometimes people have more time to fill than work to do. If you’re one of these people, why not use your spare time to generate extra income?

The eight ideas below can all turn a hobby into a lucrative business if you are committed to making it work.

Printing T-Shirts

Custom prints and designs are all the rage. Why not get in on it and reap some rewards? If you have some design skills, you can contract with a T-shirt printing service to do all the printing work for you and receive a percentage of the profits. This is an excellent option if you want a hands-off business that doesn’t require you to keep inventory on hand or invest time in filling and shipping orders. 

Or you can do the work yourself and keep 100% of the profits. You can find out about a cost-effective T-shirt printing method called dye sublimation. Cosmos Ink sells the correct type of T-shirts, sublimation inks, and even has a helpful video of how to go about doing the process if you’re interested. 

Become An Online Seller

Websites like eBay and Etsy are perfect for people with extra items lying around or who have a crafty side. On eBay you can sell old clothes, games and household objects for a set price or to the highest bidder. And you don’t have to stop with your own stuff. Instead, ask friends and neighbors if they have items they’re willing to allow you to sell for them in exchange for a percentage of the profits. 

On Etsy it’s usually not that simple – it’s more about selling arts and crafts than the old stuff. Here’s where you can shine if you like to knit, do woodworking or make jewelry. There are also options if you like to curate unique items, such as vintage jewelry or clothing, and sell them for a profit. 


You no longer need a degree to share your expertise with the world. Hosting platforms like Skillshare and Udemy are options that allow you to create a course and monetize it for eager learners to watch. You can teach anything from basic math to coding to how to build a treehouse. If there’s an audience for it, you can teach and make income from it.

Manage Social Media

If you consider yourself a master of hashtags, media posts and social media in general, you might benefit from managing social media for small businesses. Many small-business owners don’t have time to do it themselves, so they employ someone else to do it.

Small-business owners will sometimes post job openings on various websites, or you can cold pitch them yourself. Either way, it can serve as an efficient and remote way to make some extra cash.


You might not consider yourself the next great novelist, but writing isn’t all fiction in books. Starting a blog is something almost anyone can do, and as it gains traffic, it can become a great source of passive income. Ad revenue and affiliate revenue are two main sources of potential income with a blog.

Alternatively, you could become a freelance writer and create content for other peoples’ blogs and businesses. ProBlogger, Craigslist and even bigger sites like Upwork are great places to find long-term writing clients for both regular and occasional work.

Be a Virtual Assistant

There’s a high demand for virtual assistants. VAs take on tasks, such as answering emails, making phone calls, scheduling appointments, and more all from the comfort of their own home. If you’re good with people and organization, you’d probably make a great virtual assistant. There are ads all over the internet searching for them, so why not take a shot and reply to one?

Sell Your Art

Are you artistically gifted? You could sell your art. Physical art can be sold on eBay or Etsy, but digital art is also a hot commodity. Plenty of content creators, fans of popular media, and even brand websites are always looking for custom artwork and graphics. You could create logos, avatars, scenes, or even illustrate books and comics.

Build and Sell Websites

With all of the hosting platforms like Wix, WordPress and Squarespace, anyone can build a website these days. But there are certain features none of these drag-and-drop websites will ever have.

If you know how to code, you could build specialized websites for clients. Or you could opt to purchase domain names, make accompanying sites and sell each one to the highest bidder. Coding is becoming more and more in demand, so why not use your highly valuable skill to earn some money?