Do you find that you often have a lot of time on your hands? Perhaps you’re a stay-at-home parent or a teacher on summer vacation? Maybe you’re in between jobs or have a disability that prevents you from working? Regardless of your situation, there’s no reason you have to resort to mindless midday T.V. to fend off boredom.
There are tons of creative ways to stay busy for any type of person. Whether you enjoy writing, drawing, building things, or tinkering with technology, there’s something special that can bring you contentment. Not only will these six hobby ideas enhance your quality of life, they could also act as professional platforms in which your creative release could turn into some serious money.
Start an Arts and Crafts Project
Before you go pulling out your construction paper and scissors, stop and realize that arts and crafts can be far more extensive and creative than the paper snowflakes you made as a kid. Whether it be making jewelry out of old knick knacks, bibs out of vintage t-shirts, or stuffed sock creatures, there are tons of original craft projects you can get started on and sell at your local craft fair or farmers market.
Refurbish Old Furniture
With the wonderful creation of Craigslist there is a world of free furniture for the taking. Many times the free stuff you get on Craigslist can be transformed into something great for little to no cost. Once it looks like new, let its life on craigslist come full circle by posting it and seeing how much money you can make.
If you’re reading this thinking to yourself “I’m not good at anything crafty or creative,” tie dying might be the perfect thing to show you that you do have what it takes to make cool stuff that people want. Before you run out to Target to buy a craft kit check out some DIY videos on YouTube to see what experienced people recommend.
Start a Blog
If you always seem to have a strong opinion or even if you just love writing and reading, immersing yourself in the blogging community might be a perfect outlet for you. All you need to do to get started is to think about a topic to write about. There are tons of free sites to get started on, once you develop your voice you might want to consider paying for a domain in which you can begin to make money on hosting ads.
Create a Mobile App
I bet you didn’t know that there is a variety of free, user-friendly tools to aid anyone in mobile application development. You don’t have to be a tech guru to create a mobile app, all you need is a good idea and ample time to work on it. If your idea is unique and catchy enough, you could even make big bucks selling it in the Google Play or Apple Store.
Make Your Own Website
Creating a website is a great way for technical people to become involved online. Your first website doesn’t have to be anything special because you can develop it as you go. If you don’t know how to write code, have no fear, there are a lot of intuitive programs that can help you with the hard stuff. If you find you have a knack for web design, offer your services to small businesses and friends.
Hopefully at least one of these six activities will inspire you to get off your behind. While making money from your new hobby might be a bonus, its main purpose should be providing you a new sense happiness and fulfillment.
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