Are you a creative kind of person? If so, there are plenty of things you can do both as a hobby and a way to earn money. Even if you have a job you’re happy with, you could set up a business that allows you to earn money on the side while letting your creative juices flow. Here are a few ideas.

Design

Whether you use Photoshop to design clip art and logos, or PCB design software to design electronics- there’s plenty of money to be made in design. It’s fun. It’s creative, and it’s something that you could really utilise if you have the skills. You could work part-time online for a company, or you could open an Etsy store and sell all of your creations.

Blogging

Blogging can be incredibly lucrative if you have passion and patience. You will need to grow your blog, and from there you will eventually be contacted by sponsors and advertisers who want to work with you. You will receive money in return for things like sponsored posts or sidebar ads. In the meantime, while your blog grows, you get to perfecting your writing style and connecting with an audience, as well as meet like-minded people.

Gardening

Gardening is a fantastic hobby in many ways. It helps to keep you fit and teaches you patience- there’s nothing quite like waiting for plants you have sown to germinate, grow and bloom. It teaches you how to nurture something from seemingly nothing into something incredible. But as well as being a fun hobby, there are lots of ways you can earn money from your craft too. You could grow plants for medicinal purpose, or even just ell them as they are, You could grow edible plants, and make them into jams, jellies and chutneys which can be sold. As well as the growing side of things, there are other ways to make money from gardening too. You could start a business offering landscaping, cutting grass, trimming hedges, weeding, laying lawns and digging ponds and more. This is a particularly good way to earn money over the spring and summer when most people need a helping hand.

Baking

Baking is another fun hobby, and is something that will always make you popular amongst friends and family. But baking also sells well too, people always need occasion cakes for things like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and christenings. You could offer celebration cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and more- invest in some nice jars and boxes to sell them in. If you’re a good baker but need to take your skills to the next level, you could go to a workshop or class to learn how to make decorations which will make your creations extra sellable. Just be sure to register with your local council if you want to sell cakes from your home, there are certain health and safety rules which you will need to follow.