How to Turn Your Hobby into a Money-Making Machine

What could be better than making money from your hobby? It's so easy nowadays, you won't believe all your options! Check out this list to get started.

Back in the day, living the American dream meant finding a great job that let you buy a home, vacation every year, and take care of your family.  Nowadays??  What a different picture!  For most of us, the American dream now means finding a way to make money from what we love, work anywhere and at anytime, and still take care of our families. And it’s totally possible! I see it happening every single day.

So what’s the first step towards achieving this dream?  Turn your hobby into a money-making machine.  Believe it or not, there are a ton of ways to make money from your hobbies, whether it’s just pocket change or a full-time income.


Here’s where to start if you’re ready to make money from your hobbies:

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Why You Need to Focus on Small Wins Instead of Big Ones…and the Ones You Should Focus on First

10 Small Wins that will Ripple through your Life

I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life (at least not in my adult life) where I haven’t been trying to accomplish something. Whether big or small, there’s always something going on – paying down debt, learning new things, weight loss, clearing my head, running more often…the list goes on and on.

So I’m sure it’s not surprising that I love coming across new ideas and ways to accomplish more, especially if it saves time or effort.  And I’m always on the hunt for new ideas. My last source of inspiration (from The Power of Habit…not as amazing as The Miracle Morning, but still a great read!) has me really excited because it outlined a brilliant and simple way to accomplish anything and everything:

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5 Documentaries that Will Inspire Minimalism

Ready to take the plunge into minimalism? These documentaries are great inspiration for helping you get there!

I’m a total documentary junkie, so there really aren’t any that are off limits.  But my absolute favorites are the ones that inspire big lifestyle changes or somehow manage to change our perspective of the world. They can be amazing sources of motivation if you need that extra push!

So this is for the aspiring minimalists out there! If you’re looking to downsize your life, or more importantly find more with less, this list is for you.  All of these documentaries inspire minimalism in one way or another.  

So are you ready to purge your house, focus on happiness, and live more simply? Here’s where to start:

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8 Benefits of Using a Credit Card Instead of Cash

Using a credit card instead of cash can have a huge positive impact on your personal finances. You just need to do it the right way! Here are the reasons you should be using a credit card instead of cash.

In the personal finance world, I feel like all I read are posts about ditching the credit card and shifting to an all cash world. I’m not going to deny the potential downside of credit cards (or the upside of cash), but I just can’t stop myself from laying out all the benefits of doing the opposite – exclusively using a credit card instead of cash. The only important rule you have to remember with this method is that you have to pay off your full balance every month. But if you can do that then you can seriously improve your finances. This is what I do and I’ve never had a moment where I regret it.  In fact, I think it’s the smartest way to manage your money.

Here’s why:

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10 Easter Basket Ideas for 2-Year Old Boys

Looking for Easter basket ideas for your 2-year old boy?? These are the winners in our house!

It’s that time of year again!  The Easter Bunny is on his way and more importantly, spring will soon be here!  Easter can be a really fun day, especially with little ones.  This will be the first year that my son will understand what’s going on (kind of), so I can’t wait to pull out all of the stops!  We’re going to be decorating eggs ahead of time, hiding them, and of course opening up an Easter basket from the Easter Bunny!

In my excitement, I’ve already ordered the fixings for my son’s Easter basket this year and I know how tough that can be when you don’t want to spend a lot and you just don’t really know what a toddler would like.  So here are some great Easter basket ideas for 2-year old boys!  Happy Easter 🙂

 

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How to Make Money Creating Gift Guides

Creating gift guides are a great way to diversify your blogging income, but they're also easy to do for people without a blog! Here are my tips from years of creating great (and not so great) gift guides!

Before I ever started blogging, I created gift guides using a micro-blogging site that would give you a portion of ad revenue and referral income.  They would hold contests for the best gift guide and I’m a sucker for a contest, so why not?  Before long, I was making a small (very small) side income and learning a lot about what worked and what didn’t in the world of gift guides.

Related post: How to Make Money Writing Articles on Hubpages

Fast forward to now where gift guides generate a decent and regular amount of money for me and my blog. It’s a great way to diversify your income, especially if you’re a blogger. But not every gift guide will work!  There is a secret to making them successful.   

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How to Create an Effective & Inspiring Vision Board

What if you could look at a picture of your dream life and in an instant it became your reality? That's exactly what a vision board can do! Here are some tips to make a truly effective and inspiring vision board that will be sure to change your life.

What if you could look at a picture of your dream life and in an instant it became your reality?  It may seem far fetched, but there is tons of research suggesting it’s possible. Not to mention anecdotal evidence coming from some of the world’s most successful people. People that attribute much of their success to their daily routines… which, for them, include vision boards.

Vision boards have a simple but amazing concept.  If you visualize the life you want, then you’ll ultimately obtain it. They’re an amazing source of inspiration and motivation for basically any goal you could possibly have.

Here is how the classic vision board works:  You gather pictures that embody the life you want to have and you create a collage of the images on a bulletin board.  You should spend time looking over your vision board at least once a day and voila! You’ve got instant inspiration to achieve your dreams.

While creating the classic vision board is pretty easy, I’ve found that they don’t always look that great over time or they’re pushed aside as yet another unfinished project. This is a huge shame because they truly are very effective!  So if you’re ready to create the most effective, inspiring vision board, follow some of these tips to ensure the inspiration sticks:

 

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Where to Find Cute Baby Boy Clothes

Shopping for baby boy clothes is easier than you think! There are so many fun options. This list includes all my favorites!

Whether you find out ahead of time or at the moment of delivery, hearing that you’re having a boy is an amazing feeling.  You’re life’s about to change!  Amidst the excitement though, you are bound to experience one tiny twinge of disappointment – no bows, glitter, tutus, or accessories. But it’s ok, you tell yourself, because having a boy will be more fun anyways. And trust me, IT IS.

But what you don’t know is that baby boy clothes can actually be way, way cuter than anything you can find for a girl!  Not only do boys have their own adorable accessories, but they can pull off being dressed like mini versions of their dads, something little girls just can’t seem to do (or maybe it’s that yoga pants and an oversized T-shirt just don’t pack a punch ;-)).

Here are some of the cutest places to get baby boy clothes (and accessories) that you may not have thought of:

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How to Make Swagbucks Worth Your Time

Swagbucks can be an easy way to earn some extra money throughout the year, but you need to make sure you're doing the right things and not wasting your time. Here's what to focus on if you want to make Swagbucks worth the effort!

I’ve been using Swagbucks for a while and I’ll be honest with you – it’s not a game-changer and it’s not going to make you rich.  BUT it’s still an easy way to earn some extra money, especially if you use it for things you would be doing anyway. If you’re lucky it will put a couple hundred dollars in your Paypal account each year, and it can definitely earn you some nice Amazon gift cards that will help out come Christmas time. The key is to know what is worth your time and what isn’t.  

Lucky for you, I’ve wasted enough time for both of, so take my advice and ignore most of the bells and whistles that Swagbucks has to offer.  There’s really only a couple of features that are worth your time, so if you focus on them, you’ll pad your wallet without even thinking about it.  

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The Next Book You Have to Read: The Miracle Morning

It's rare that you come across a book that will truly change your life, but The Miracle Morning will do just that. Click through to find out what you'll get out of this amazing book!

I set out this year with a few different goals. One of them: Read more. I had been making a list of books I’d heard good things about, so when the New Year hit, I knew exactly which book I’d be starting with: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I even paid for it because I couldn’t find a free copy anywhere and I had a feeling about this one.

Holy Moly.

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