10 Hobbies You Can Turn Into a Remote Side Job

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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.

If you’re looking to make some extra money, you may want to consider getting a side job. Not sure where or how to begin your search? Start by thinking about your favorite hobbies! There are tons of great side jobs associated with some common activities people enjoy doing in their spare time.

Whether you call it a side job, a side gig, a side hustle, or a part-time job, now may be the right time to start getting creative and putting your knowledge to work. Even before the pandemic, about half of Americans had side hustles.

Below we’ve listed 10 common hobbies and matched them up with job categories on our site that can make use of your skills and interests. It’s important to note that many of these roles require prior related experience, specialized expertise, training or even a certain degree — so you’ll need more than just an interest in these hobbies to successfully land most of these jobs!

To find these side gigs, we looked at our part-time, temporary, seasonal or occasional listings for perfect opportunities you can do in your spare time if you have the background, skills and experience they require.

1. Writing

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Writers are typically responsible for providing written content for companies in the form of articles, blog posts, manuscripts, website text and other creative content. Many roles are available on a part-time basis, making them easy to do on the side.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • News writer
  • Marketing writer
  • Copywriter

2. Sports and Fitness

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Your love for sports could take you in a few different career directions. For example, you could teach a fitness class, report on your favorite sports team, sell sports products and more.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • Gameday monitor
  • Personal trainer
  • Reporter

3. Photography

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With a photography hobby, you can always start your own business and find your own clients. But you can also scope out companies that are looking for photographers on a part-time or occasional basis.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • Photographer
  • Photo assistant
  • Reporter/photographer

4. Travel

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If you take great joy in traveling the country or the world, your passion could translate into working as a travel agent or a travel writer. And though this may be on hold during the pandemic, these are typically remote roles when travel is in full swing.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • Weekend travel adviser
  • Destination leader
  • News and travel writer

5. Animals and Wildlife

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Think outside of the typical dog walker side job, and consider a few other ideas for a pet lover: writing about animals, working at a veterinary office or even working for an animal rights nonprofit.

Recent jobs:

  • Home, pets, crafts content update editor
  • Animal consultant
  • Veterinary technician

6. Art and Creative

Painter's tools
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A lot of categories fit into an art hobby, like graphic design, painting, drawing and video. Let your creative side consider a few different possibilities, such as teaching or creating websites.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • Art history instructor
  • Production artist
  • Art model

7. Music

Music cello
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You don’t necessarily have to join a band to pursue your hobby of music. Whether it’s teaching or working at a radio station, your music knowledge can lead to a great side job.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • Voice instructor — adjunct
  • Radio announcer
  • Bassoon teacher

8. Reading

Woman drinking tea and reading a book
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If you’re a voracious reader, many roles may involve teaching or tutoring, but don’t rule out editing and proofreading jobs as well.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • Tutor, reading
  • Reading specialist
  • Educational sales program adviser

9. Movies

Movie projector
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You can quote “The Godfather from beginning to end, so how do you turn your love of movies into a side gig? Consider writing about movies, transcribing movie audio or working on digital media projects.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • TV and movie theories writer
  • Cinematographer
  • Audio transcriptionist

10. Shopping

Woman shopping gives thumbs up
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As a shopping enthusiast, you likely stay up on the latest trends and are always looking for the best deal. Perhaps your shopping hobby extends into fashion and style, and you could work as a personal stylist or a model.

Recent remote side jobs:

  • Shopping news writer
  • Stylist
  • Model

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