Are you trying to become more productive with your free time and improve or learn a new skill?
This post was inspired by an article that I read that talked about how many hours a day is spent on social media.
This made me wonder how far a person could go within themselves if they spent time on bettering themselves and leading a more productive life. Those 2 hours spent scrolling through Facebook could be spent learning another language.
I often get asked by my readers what I like doing in my free time. When I’m not blogging, I love trying out new activities and foods. Getting out of your comfort zone usually leads to growing as a person and becoming stronger.
My go-to activity at the moment is browsing around at tiny houses on Pinterest. I recently visited a tiny house community in Austin, Texas (the largest in the country) and it blew me away!
Did you know that the average tiny house cost is $25,000, while the average American house is $285,000? Mind-blowing!
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Keep reading to get some inspiration to start a new hobby and fill your time with awesome activities.
1. Start a blog
Blogging is a great way to make money working at home.
What is something you’re really passionate about? Money? Fitness? Cooking? Animals? Start a blog about it and learn how to make money from it!
Are you interested in starting a blog and becoming a full-time blogger? If so, check out my FREE 7-day course that will tell you everything you need to know, including how to create your own blog from scratch, essential blogging tools successful bloggers use, how to monetize your blog, grow a loyal audience, and so much more!
Are you already a blogger? Below are the courses I absolutely LOVE and would recommend to my friends!
1. The Blogging Blueprint is the one course I wish I had when I started blogging. The Blogging Blueprint lays out everything you need to know about blogging in detail, one step at a time. If you have dreams of becoming a full-time blogger, this is the course to take! You can even sign up for a FREE preview of the course. I can’t say enough good things about this course!
2. Make Money Blogging is the perfect course for a beginner blogger who does not know how to make money from their blog. The course is incredibly in-depth and will teach you everything you need to know to make your first $1,000 from your blog. The creators of the blog made over 100k their first year blogging, so they know what they’re talkin’ about!
3. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. You’ll learn absolutely everything you need to know about affiliate marketing from a 7 figure blogger. Find out how to become an affiliate legally without breaking any laws, strategies you must implement to make six figures, and soooo much more! The course also gives you access to a private Facebook group, which in my opinion, is worth the cost of the course alone.
4. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – Pinterest is an absolute MUST if you’re a blogger. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche taught me strategies that actually work. My reach has been 2+ million for the past year and continues to grow. You’ll learn how to successfully drive 100,000+ monthly visitors to your blog, which means more readers which equals more money!
2. Teach English
In 2016, a teacher made $75,000 teaching children English. He did this by using an online platform called VIPKID.
VIPKID is currently ranked at number 5 on the Forbes list of best online jobs. The online service is currently hiring online teachers.
Requirements to become a VIPKID teacher:
- Exposure to the American or Candian K-12 education system
- Minimum 1 year of traditional teaching experience OR the equivalent in Mentoring, Tutoring, Alternative education, Coaching, Supervising, Pastors, Church Leaders, Nursery School Assistants, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree
If you pass these requirements, apply here.
3. Make money with surveys
A few of my favorite survey sites are:
4. Flipping Items
Melissa makes $133,000 a year flipping items.
These are a few of the things she’s flipped for profit:
- An item that they bought for $10 and flipped for $200 just 6 minutes later.
- A security tower they bought for $6,200 and flipped for $25,000 just one month later.
- A prosthetic leg that they bought for $30 at a flea market and sold for $1,000 on eBay the next day.
She even created a course called Flipper University that teaches students how to become a successful flipper.
Melissa says her students can expect to make $500-$2,500 per month in their first year.
5. Get creative in the kitchen
YouTube has a ton of free cooking videos where you can improve your cooking skills.
The quality of the videos match up to what is on TV, and is sometimes even better! You get to save the ingredients and step by step recipe and can press pause and play when necessary. A favorite among many, this tool will really come in handy for those lazy cooking days.
Related: Ibotta is an app that allows you to get cash back at any major store (actual cash to Paypal or can be transferred to gift cards). I made $12 cash back for buying a $40 product on Groupon, which means I only paid $28 for an already cheap product. It’s pretty awesome. Sign up here and get $10 in your account!
6. Sell on Amazon
The first year that Jessica’s family ran their Amazon FBA business together, working less than 20 hours a week total, they made over 6 figures profit.
If you’re interested in learning more about this side hustle (or full-time job), Jessica has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to get started selling on Amazon.
The course includes:
- Understand WHY Amazon is the perfect platform for building a business
- How leveraging the fulfillment power of Amazon leaves your home free from piles of inventory
- The way we buy inventory that built over six figures in profit our first full year
- How to choose the perfect items to sell that people want and will make you money
- What tools we use to save time and be the most efficient in our business
7. Learn a new language
Learn a new language with Babbel, Duolingo, or italki, which is great if you’re serious about learning a new language.
You get a 1-1 session with a native speaker of the country’s language you want to learn. Sign up here for $10 towards your sessions.
8. Freelance Proofreader
In 2014, Caitlin made slightly over $43,000 by being a freelance proofreader, while als1o going on several fun vacations.
You can find out how she makes a full-time income as a freelance proofreader below.
Caitlin has a FREE 45-minute workshop that will give you tons of great info on becoming a freelance proofreader. Check it out the free workshop here.
9. Become a dog walker
Being a dog walker is not only decently good side income, but gives you a great workout as well.
Working as a Rover dog walker was so awesome and the dogs easily made it one of my favorite jobs.
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Becoming a bookkeeper has several benefits, such as low startup costs, high profit, freedom to work remote, and plenty more.
As a bookkeeper, you can expect to earn an average of $62 per hour.
Click here to get access to a free 3-part video series that’ll reveal the keys to success in the Bookkeeping business.
12. Start living a healthier life
Since losing 60 pounds myself, my entire life has changed.
Your body definitely changes throughout weight loss, but more importantly, your mentality improves.
Check out my all-time favorite ebook that talks about everything and anything related to weight loss here. Or, you can just head straight over to Hannah’s page and check out her extreme transformation here.
13. Plan a road trip
Going on road trips is so exciting and one of my favorite things to do in my free time. A simple road trip a few hours away can be really exciting and be such a stress reliever. Start planning your road trip now! If you want to start traveling more on a budget, I recommend reading this book.
14. Become a penpal
Penpalworld is a site where you can find a penpal anywhere in the world.
I had a penpal when I was little and she often sent me gifts and goodies from her country. It was definitely one of my favorite memories as a child and I totally think it should be brought back into adulthood.
15. Learn how to knit
Knitting, crocheting, or sewing is such a relaxing, therapeutic activity. You can either learn on YouTube for free (which can be difficult) or you can take a class at your local knitting or art store.
Related: Ebates is a website that you must use if you ever online shop. It’s so incredibly easy to use (check out the photo below). You get $10 just for signing up using my link!
16. Take a bath
Taking a relaxing bath has so many benefits. I’ll light a candle, read a book, and throw in these cruelty-free vegan bath bombs.
I got these for Christmas from my boyfriend’s mom and they were amazing!
17. Learn how to save on groceries
I regularly use Ibotta and make sure to buy foods that are in season and discounted.
18. Set a daily meditation habit
Daily meditation has so many benefits to the mind and body and it’s FREE. Headspace is a free app that will guide you through your practice.
19. Call that old friend that you’ve been missing
We all have that one friend that we haven’t spoken to in years. Give them a Skype call, which is free and easy to use.
20. Do a puzzle
Puzzles are a great stress reliever and improve cognitive and problem-solving skills. Win-win!
21. Read a book on personal development
I seriously cannot say enough good things about the book “You Are A Badass”. This book isn’t your typical self-help book. I love the humor and wit the author has. I learned so much about myself in one book than I ever have with a self-help book.
22. Play a board game
Playing board games can be both educational and exciting.
23. Join MeetUp.com
MeetUp is such a cool, free site to use. You can join a bunch of free groups pertaining to what kind of hobby you’re looking for.
This could be rock climbing, hiking, plant-based living, and so much more. I used this site when I moved to Chicago and it was really helpful!
24. Rent a bike
If you don’t have a bike, renting one is so easy. Going on a 2-hour bike ride throughout trails is one of my favorite physical activities to do. Such a great workout without it necessarily even feeling like a workout.
25. Find hiking trails near you
I lived in Colorado for a year and became addicted to hiking while I lived there. Hiking is free and a great workout, Such an awesome stress reliever.
Hobbies and daily activities don’t have to be costly or dreadful. Not only will a new hobby or activity get you outside of your comfort zone, but you’ll also gain confidence, make new friends, and discover how much you’re actually capable of. Get out there and do something you’ve never done before!
What’s your favorite activity to do in your free time?
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