This list will motivate and inspire you with simple ideas for ways of generating a bit of extra cash. If you need more details on any particular business or idea, we are always here to help.
With more of us working fewer hours and with a resulting earnings gap to close, there’s arguably never been a better time to set up a business you can run in your spare time from home.
Whether it’s to help make ends meet, or to follow your passion, or maybe even both, we’ve come up with 10 ways to make extra cash from crafts and hobby activities.
1 Cake making/decoratingIf you enjoy baking and have an artistic touch, making and decorating cakes can be a really satisfying way of earning extra money.
( I have a few friends who do this and only advertise on facebook. They are all constantly busy, so if you enjoy baking, this could be a brilliant idea for you. )
2 Biscuit/sweet making Homemade biscuits and confectionery can be a great seller. Bake and package them well, and try reselling through a local gift shop.
3 Flower arrangingImagine doing what you love and getting paid for it, which is what this idea brings to mind. “The nature of the product means you’re likely to cater to a local audience, so why not impress with a business card and delivery car adorned with flower power.
4 Making greetings cards If you’re the kind of person who loves making things, why not try your hand at cards? Ask a local shopkeeper what kind sells best and follow their advice, working to a distinctive style of your own. Then try selling to family, friends and local businesses. Be mindful of material costs and time taken though, as wastage can be expensive in such a low-value product.
5 Knitting/alteration/sewing services A big growth area, as more people come to appreciate the value in repairing and patching up clothes. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, there’s serious money to be made. Once you get known locally, word-of-mouth should do the rest.
6 Musical performanceIf you can play a musical (especially orchestral) instrument to a high enough standard, know a few choice solo pieces and look presentable, spread the word locally – weddings and other formal functions can be a lucrative source of performance income.
7 Pet minding/walking “Dog-walking is a fantastic earner if you love animals and enjoy the outdoors, on average you can make between £10-£15 per hour, per dog. Get good and you can be walking two or more at a time. Offer pet-minding as well and you can make a whole business out of it.
You’ll need public liability insurance in case something happens to the dogs or members of the public.
8 Scrapbook making Many people dream of having beautiful scrapbooks. They collect all the materials they want to go in them, but never follow through on the actual creation. You can step in here – take their ideas and materials and assemble a scrapbook for them.
9 Vegetable growing If you have some suitable garden space and the requisite green fingers, focus on one vegetable and sell the excess to local greengrocers and at farmers’ markets. “My nana does this with tomatoes and earns some solid extra money in the summer,”
10 Writing letters to magazines You can make between £10-£200 for a good letter or photograph to a weekly magazine such as Take a Break or Pick Me Up. “If you have a really juicy story you can make even more, and you don’t even have to write it, she says. Women’s magazines particularly are usually desperate for items for their letters’ pages, and even quite tame stuff often gets in