Thursday, March 23, 2023


Do you earn money from a part-time hobby?

Last week we asked you if you have a hobby and, if so, what kind of hobby? The highest percentage of those who answered said their hobby falls under the “sports or outdoors” category, followed by “reading/writing” and after that “arts and crafts.” Now, since we’ve got hobbies on our minds, we want to know if any of you make money from your hobbies.

As we said last week, we’ll be asking you soon to tell us about your favorite hobby, so keep an eye out for that in one of our upcoming newsletters.

And in the meantime, please vote in our poll below. Thanks!


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2 years ago

LOL! I spend money on a part-time hobby. Never enough computers.

2 years ago

I have too many hobbies!!!! I do make a little money making crappie fishing jigs. I also sell the Silicon tape called Rescue Tape (Called F4 Tape in the USAF). We used to sell several products while Full Timing. The major one was the Cordpro. We did about 30 shows/events per year. While doing this we fished all over and now have a world record for catching a crappie in all 48 states and catching a fresh water fish in all 50 states. We have had a ball while RVing for the last 20 years!!!!!! Does anyone remember us from RV Rallies or State Fairs?

Last edited 2 years ago by Dennis
Jim O'Briant
2 years ago

I have two hobbies. One takes up a lot of my time and makes me a very small amount of money. The other started more than 15 years ago as a “lark” and then got out of control. It turned into my full-time retirement income.

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

I don’t make money but sure have saved a lot of it. I tell other people how they can too.
One hobby I’ve had since being a kid was antennas. The change of the TV signals to digital sparked me into seeing what I could receive with an antenna. Living in a rural area, I only got seven stations before the switchover. One day, I hooked my decades old antenna to my new flatscreen to find I got 18 different programs. To make a long story short, I put up a better antenna with a rotor to aim it in the direction the station are in and now get 36 programs over the air for free. Basically, if you were able to get at least a few stations with an antenna before, you would likely get many more programs now. Savings over having cable, more than $1,000/year, every year. Initial investment, $200 – $500. I even have a 12 volt flatscreen in my motorhome that’s hooked to an antenna.
The new TV antennas are smaller than the old ones. Try to avoid the 100 plus mile ones.

2 years ago

Dog rescue, government says it is a hobby. About $6000 a year LOSS in having the rescue.

2 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Well I said no but I guess we have a similar one to you as we feed every roaming dog in the neighborhood. Just can’t help ourselves.

William Braxton
2 years ago

No. Simply hobby for pleasure and relaxation. I also enjoy giving plants and vegetables as well as some woodworking projects to friends.

2 years ago

Our part-time hobbies include Workamping for 5-6 months of the year with salary and free site plus I make and sell Power/Pedestal Testers for RVer’s. Both provide a small income to offset expenses.

Neal Davis
2 years ago

My current “hobby” is clearing fallen trees from our property and my parents’ property. We clear the trees with a chainsaw creating firewood that we cure and later burn and brush piles that also are burned. Doing all this ourselves saves us hundreds of dollars, but, of course, we don’t get paid. We also have the pleasure of making the property much more attractive.

Jim Knoch
2 years ago

I’ve been a professional musician since the mid 1960’s (I call it a hobby) but I put myself through private high school and university on the earnings. Then as a professional electrical engineer for most of my working life, it was truly a hobby and I’m still into it.

Judy G
2 years ago

Always use my part-time hobbies – knitting, crafting, clowning, writing – just as an escape from monotony/negativity given away for free to bring pleasure to others.

2 years ago

You should ask how many of us have a part-time job, virtual or actual.

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