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Passion Project: Turning your Hobby into a Side Hustle

A side hustle is making money alongside one’s main form of income. Some side hustles include blogging, making videos on Youtube, investing, online selling, being a social media influencer and providing local services. You can turn almost any of your hobbies into a side hustle by doing something you love all while making extra cash and having the flexibility to work whenever or wherever.

Here are some ways you turn something you love into a side hustle:

1. Youtube:

Video content is the most engaging type of content. Youtube has about two billion monthly logged-in users. If you are part of the Youtube Partner Program and are eligible for monetization, you will earn some sort of income. You can create a Youtube channel in three short steps:First sign in using your google account; the second step is to go to Youtube settings and click on your profile icon and click create either a business channel or a personal channel, thirdly you would just have to name your channel and further customize the channel-adding a description, uploading a profile picture, and adding links to the sites. You can use Youtube to showcase any of your skills and hobbies and share them with others, whether that be photography, fashion, travel, etc.

2. Online Selling:

Online selling is the act or process of selling goods or services via the internet. Etsy is a website where you can sell a wide range of items such as bags, jewelry, stickers, food hampers, art or whatever you please.If your hobbies include cooking, DIY's, making art, etc you can use Etsy to make cash from what you do for fun. The average income for an Etsy seller is $44,380. The steps to create your Etsy account are:

  • Go to sign in

  • Fill out the form to register

  • Use your email address to create an account, or just select Continue with google or continue with Facebook, and confirm your account through your email.

3. Social Media Influencer:

Utilizing resources is an essential part of owning a small business, and one of the best resources is right at your fingertips: social media. Creating an account for your business is the perfect way to expand your audience. Instagram has new, wonderful features just for business owners. Instagram allows you to switch to a professional account, which makes it easy to see all your account insights. Insights tell you how people come across your account, how many times people interacted with it, and how many times it was shared with others, so you can watch your business grow. To help you gain some buzz, try doing small giveaways. Having others repost your work in hopes to win will help you reach accounts that might not normally see it.

4. Providing Local Services:

Flea markets and farmers markets are a great way to get involved in your community while expanding your business. Flea markets are where small, local vendors gather to set up booths and sell their products. On average, flea market vendors make $200-$00 a day. However, you do need the right kind of products for a flea market. Products that sell well at flea markets are hand-crafted items, vintage finds, clothing and jewelry. While the locals get to see your work, you also get to see all the local talent around you. Flea markets are filled with so many creative, talented people who can offer some inspiration for your hobby-turned-side-hustle. So Google local flea markets or farmers markets and go see all the talent in town.

Thanks to the internet, we have options available for us when we want to make extra cash. We have the flexibility to work how much we want and choose in what areas to work in. Making time for even one of these side hustles can be a great way for you to do something you enjoy all while making extra cash. Shout out to Caroline from HerCampus at Virginia Tech for Partnering with us, please do check out their website and Caroline’s page to learn more about what they do!

Caroline’s Page: Caroline Reed | Her Campus

HerCampus at Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech | Her Campus

By Ranvitha Divi and Caroline Reed

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