18 hobbies you can turn into a high-paying side gig

Your hobby could help you better perform mentally challenging tasks, reduce stress, and think more creatively.

It can also help you rake in some extra cash on the side.

There are many avenues you could take to turn your part-time passion into a side gig — plenty of people, for example, flock to sites like Etsy and Fiverr to bring their special skills to market.

To find 18 lucrative side gigs that could put your hobby to good use, FlexJobs looked at its real part-time, temporary, seasonal, or occasional listings and pay data from PayScale.

Each pays, on average, several dollars above the US hourly minimum wage of $US7.25 an hour.


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Job: Voice-over artist

Average hourly pay: $US45

Voice-over artists read and interpret scripts and portray the tone required of their role in a variety of media like TV, movies, commercials, video games, and movie trailers.


Job: Musician

Average hourly pay: $US38

Musicians create live music for people's enjoyment in a variety of venues like cabarets and lounges and sometimes perform as recording artists.


Job: Freelance writer

Average hourly pay: $US20

Writers develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and TV scripts, songs, blogs, or other types of media.


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Job: Newborn photographer

Average hourly pay: $US15

Newborn photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images of newborns.

Graphic design

Job: Freelance stationery designer

Average hourly pay: $US15

Freelance stationery designers create graphic designs for stationary products by computer or by hand.

Home repair

Job: Theatre scene-shop carpentry and paint assistant

Average hourly pay: $US15

Theatre scene-shop carpentry and paint assistants operate power tools, build stage sets, and handle related tasks.

Knitting or crocheting

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Job: Crafting online marketplace customer support

Average hourly pay: $US14

Customer support specialists provide support for crafting online marketplace customers and may respond to inquiries about knitting or crocheting.

Playing an instrument

Job: Worship assistant

Average hourly pay: $US14

Worship assistants help plan liturgies and lead the music during liturgies by reading music and playing instruments.


Job: Electronics expert

Average hourly pay: $US14

Electronics experts use their passion for gadgets to provide users with expertise and product recommendations.


Job: Child care center cook

Average hourly pay: $US11

Child care center cooks are responsible for creating nutritious meal plans and preparing the meals and snacks for children and staff at a child care facility.


Job: Swim instructor

Average hourly pay: $US11

Swimming instructors teach students how to swim or how to improve their swimming skills.


Job: Puppet specialist

Average hourly pay: $US11

Puppet specialists provide training in puppetry skills including lip syncing, animation, and choreography for puppets.


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Job: Boating specialist

Average hourly pay: $US11

Boating specialists develop and implement a boating skills curriculum in a camp setting.

Watching sports

Job: Sports official

Average hourly pay: $US10

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play.


Job: Tour guide

Average hourly pay: $US11

Tour guides memorise facts about travel destinations and share them with tourists.


Job: Pattern maker

Average hourly pay: $US18

Pattern makers design outlines for new clothing and creating samples.


Job: Food writer

Average hourly pay: $US17

Food writers write and edit various content about food.


Job: Museum educator

Average hourly pay: $US12

Museum educators design and oversee the attractions and events at a museum.

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