Do you want to find a new hobby or activity to increase your happiness, make or save money, or to try something new?
Finding a new hobby can open you to a world of opportunities. I started this blog without even really thinking twice. I had no idea that it’d eventually blossom into a full-time career.
Here are 22 activities to keep you busy.
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1. Get free samples
Did you know you can get free samples by mail just by telling someone what you think about the product?
PINCHme is a website that connects regular people with free samples. All you do is 1) Take a shopper survey and PINCHme will find the best samples for you 2) On Sample Day, choose samples to add to your PINCHme box 3) Samples are free. PINCHme asks for your honest opinion about products.
You can get started with PINCHme here. They’ve given out tens of thousands of samples and have over 500,000 followers on Instagram. People Love PINCHme! I just signed up too to get free samples.
2. Sell on Amazon
Selling items on Amazon can be an incredible online business where you can make great money with just a few hours per week.
My friend Jessica, of The Selling Family, has perfected the art of selling on Amazon and has made well over six figures profit by working just 20 hours a week.
Jessica even has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to know to get started selling on Amazon.
3. Professional Proofreader
Transform your passion for words and reading by becoming a professional proofreader, and help people like me who are terrible at proofreading.
I hire a proofreader for special projects which has been a must in my business. Proofreaders are a must for books, magazines, websites, and tons of other projects, so they’re always in demand.
Proofreaders can earn between $17-$30 per hour and offers competitive pay and flexible hours while working from home.
Here is a free workshop that will show you if proofreading is right for you.
4. Start a blog
I created this blog and made over $80,000 in my senior year of college (that’s me in my first major feature by Forbes!).
Blogging isn’t a get rich quick scheme and takes a lot of work, but with the right mindset and work ethic, you CAN become a full-time blogger.
I make money blogging via ad revenue, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, and selling my own digital products.
Are you not sure where to start on creating a profitable blog? I recommend checking out this course roadmap to figure out where you should get started first!
5. Freelance writing
I had no idea what freelance writing was (or that you could make money from it) until I met my friend Holly. Freelance writers make money by creating articles for websites and blogs.
There are hundreds of freelance writing jobs out there, but getting those freelance jobs isn’t as simple as saying “I want to freelance write for your website”, which is why Holly created Earn More Writing.
Earn More Writing helped me get started freelance writing, which helped me land on sites like GoBankingRates and many others. I went from charging $50 to $250 per article and now, I know I can charge much more than that with my writing experience.
There’s even has a free workshop to learn more about freelance writing, where you can learn the same techniques my friend used to earn over six-figures in her career.
6. Airbnb bucket ist
Create a list on Airbnb of places you want to stay at around the world.
Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.
I genuinely enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on things. I’ve always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.
Here are a few of my favorite surveys:
- Swagbucks ($5 bonus for signing up)
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- MyPoints ($5 bonus after 5 surveys)
- Springboard America
8. Teach English online
Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your schedule.
You get to enjoy the flexibility of a stable job, while not having to do any lesson planning or grading like most teachers do.
VIPKID is the leader in the online English teaching world, paying up to $25 per hour, and the entire curriculum is provided for you. Forbes even recognized VIPKID as one of the best places to work online.
9. Save money & time with meal prep and eat healthier
$5 Meal Plan is a meal planning service that sends you a delicious meal plan and shopping list every single week for just $5 a month. You learn how to cook healthy, delicious meals for you and your family on a budget.
I highly recommend trying this service, and if you aren’t satisfied, you can cancel at any time.
10. Time management hacks
Creating good time management practices doesn’t mean filling your day with more tasks, but instead limiting what you do to certain things to simplify your life.
Instead of working hard, you can work smarter.
Here are tips for better time management:
- time blocking
- creating a calendar ahead of time of your day, week, and month
- answer emails only once a day
- use social media only at night for a limited amount of time
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12. Task Rabbit
Task Rabbit lets you find jobs you love at rates you choose on a schedule that fits your life. Taskers can make up to $2,000 a month.
When you sign up for Task Rabbit, you’ll get notified of potential jobs nearby; you select the jobs you want to complete, confirm details with the client, and complete the work and submit your invoice.
Popular tasks include handyman work, cleaning, delivery, moving, furniture assembly, personal assistant, to name a few.
13. Join a Facebook group to get support with something you need help with
Join my Facebook community with hundreds of others who are improving their financial situation.
14. Become a savvy saver
- Use Ibotta to save money on groceries, clothes, books, and so much more. Get $10 in your account by signing up here. If you’re downloading Ibotta on your phone, the app will ask if you have a referral code. Use my referral code: lwyxxrb and you’ll get $10 for signing up.
- Use Ebates to get cash back on online purchases. Create an Ebates account here. Make an online purchase of $25 and get $10 as a welcome bonus! So easy.
15. Trade stocks with WeBull
WeBull is a free commission trading app with many benefits and features that make it superior to similar trading apps.
WeBull is designed for intermediate and experienced traders, with many tools that beginner traders will enjoy as well.
As an added bonuses, all new WeBull customers get free stocks.
How can I get started with WeBull?
- Sign up for a WeBull account here.
- Download the app on iOS or Android.
- Go to menu > “My Free Stock” > Click “Get It Now” which starts your registration and open a brokerage account.
That’s it! Getting started is really easy. When you sign up here, you get the option of depositing at least $100 and getting a free stock worth up to $1,000.
Do you have skills such as graphic design, social media, voice over, illustration, or translation?
Fiverr lets you create a profile and share your services with people looking to hire freelancers.
I’ve hired people from Fiverr numerous times and love that I can support someone’s dream online.
By 2020, the translation field will have a 42% expected growth rate.
If you’re bilingual, you need to take advantage of this career space.
If you aren’t sure how to get started, Turnkey Translator will teach you everything you need to know.
You learn a step by step guide to quickly launch your career and start earning great money in the shortest time possible from someone who is a full-time German and Chinese translator. ‘
You can turn your language skills into a full-time income.
18. Create a vision board
Gather some magazines and cut out people who you look up to.
Cut out quotes, clothes, anything that inspires you. Stick these onto a ‘dream board’ and look at it every day to get motivated.
19. Create YouTube videos
YouTube is not a way to make fast money by any means, but it’s a great way to build a community and do something you love.
There are kids on YouTube making millions just for reviewing toys, while others are cashing in by making vlogs.
Building up a following on YouTube can be tremendously difficult, but once you do, you can monetize in a myriad of ways, including affiliate marketing, sponsored partnerships with brands, or even by selling your products.
Aside from blogging, I’ve been a dog walker on Rover and have also used Rover to find people to take care of my furry family members.
You can earn up to $1,000 a month from playing with dogs. Seriously, that’s amazing.
Rover is one of my favorite side hustles because you get paid to take care of dogs or cats. I got paid well, had great customer support, and loved my clients.
21. Host an exchange student
Though families can no longer get paid for hosting an exchange student, you do get charitable tax deductions on your tax return.
You also get to invite in someone who speaks another language, is used to living in a different culture, and you get to show them your country or city.
22. Write down a list of why you are doing this and what inspires you
I have a list and I always look at it when I am not feeling my absolute best.
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