15 high-paying side jobs that will put your hobbies to good use

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Put your knowledge of seemingly trivial details about your city to good use as a tour guide.

Taking up a hobby can do you wonders.

Depending on what it is, your hobby could help you better perform mentally challenging tasks, reduce stress, and think more creatively.

Hobbies can also help you rake in some extra cash on the side.

There are many avenues you could take to turn your part-time passion into a side gig — plenty of people, for example, flock to sites like Etsy and Fiverr to bring their special skills to market.

We looked at real part-time, temporary, seasonal, or occasional FlexJob listings and pay data from Payscale to find 15 lucrative side gigs that could put your hobby to good use. Each pays on average several dollars above the US hourly minimum wage $7.25 an hour:

Voice-over artist

Hobby: Acting

Average hourly pay: $45

Voice-over artists read and interpret scripts and portray the tone required of their role in a variety of media like TV, movies, commercials, video games, and movie trailers.

Musician

Hobby: Singing

Average hourly pay: $38

Musicians create live music for people’s enjoyment in a variety of venues like cabarets and lounges and sometimes perform as recording artists.

Freelance writer

Hobby: Writing

Average hourly pay: $20

Writers develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and TV scripts, songs, blogs, or other types of media.

Newborn photographer

Hobby: Photography

Average hourly pay: $15

Newborn photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images of newborns.

Freelance stationery designer

Hobby: Graphic design

Average hourly pay: $15

Freelance stationery designers create graphic designs for stationary products by computer or by hand.

Theater scene-shop carpentry and paint assistant

Hobby: Home repair

Average hourly pay: $15

Theater scene-shop carpentry and paint assistants operate power tools, build stage sets, and handle related tasks.

Crafting online marketplace customer support

Hobby: Knitting or crocheting

Average hourly pay: $14

Customer support specialists provide support for crafting online marketplace customers and may respond to inquiries about knitting or crocheting.

Worship assistant

Hobby: Playing an instrument

Average hourly pay: $14

Worship assistants help plan liturgies and lead the music during liturgies by reading music and playing instruments.

Electronics expert

Hobby: Gadgets

Average hourly pay: $14

Electronics experts use their passion for gadgets to provide users with expertise and product recommendations.

Child care center cook

Hobby: Cooking

Average hourly pay: $11

Child care center cooks are responsible for creating nutritious meal plans and preparing the meals and snacks for children and staff at a child care facility.

Swim instructor

Hobby: Swimming

Average hourly pay: $11

Swimming instructors teach students how to swim or how to improve their swimming skills.

Puppet specialist

Hobby: Puppetry

Average hourly pay: $11

Puppet specialists provide training in puppetry skills including lip syncing, animation, and choreography for puppets.

Boating specialist

Hobby: Sailing

Average hourly pay: $11

Boating specialists develop and implement a boating skills curriculum in a camp setting.

Sports official

Hobby: Watching sports

Average hourly pay: $10

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play.

Tour guide

Hobby: Trivia

Average hourly pay: $11

Tour guides memorize facts about travel destinations and share them with tourists.


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