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5 Hobbies That Can Make You Money Whilst Studying

Dan Western



5 Hobbies That Can Make You Money Whilst Studying

We get it – you’re studying for your degree;

And you’re dedicated and committed to graduating in your chosen field.

You want to fly high in your discipline, and whether that’s business, fine art, sociology or literature – or anything in between – we do not doubt that you’ve got the skills and the focus to be able to achieve precisely that.

However, there’s nothing wrong with harboring other passions, cultivating other skills, or maintaining other hobbies in the meantime.

Not only are hobbies and activities great ways to make the most of your downtime or breaks between intense study sessions; but they’re also great ways to establish a ‘plan B,’ should your mind change. Or your long-term plans not work out the way you want to.


5 Hobbies That Can Make You Money Whilst Studying

Of course, the best types of hobbies are those who can make you a little extra cash on the side.

Whether your hobby leads you to make some seriously big bucks or not is beside the point; anything that you enjoy, and has some financial reward involved, is never a bad thing to get into.

What’s more, it may turn out that your beloved hobby ends up overtaking your degree regarding satisfaction and reward. Meaning you might even discover your true vocation by trying out one of these activities!

Check out our top 5 hobbies that can make you money while you study below, and explore a whole world of money-making possibilities.


1. Blogging / Writing

If you enjoy writing and have the ability to turn a phrase, you’re in luck – the blogging industry is on fire right now.

All over the world, business owners and website managers are on the lookout for bloggers who can produce quality, compelling, shareable content to bulk out their sites and boost their SEO.

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No matter what you like writing about, whether that’s okay wine, international travel, watches, toys, makeup or objective news. We’re confident that somewhere, someone is willing to pay for your work.

Don’t believe us? Have a look at one of the many leading freelancer websites out there, and type your passion or interest into the search box.

You’ll most likely find several calls for content or blogs on precisely that subject. So set up a profile, send off an introductory letter, and get writing! It can take a while to build up a portfolio of blogs or establish a readership, but once you have, you’ll see the dollars pouring in.

Another popular trend for young professional writers or bloggers – tutoring and writing assistance.

Some of essay writer services are looking up for talented and creative masters to help students overcome their academic hard times. Flexible schedule, online payments gives you freedom and ability to slide between your studying and job.


2. Live Music

Now that physical music sales of CDs etc. have died almost to the point of extinction, there is a higher call for live music than ever before, and make no mistake, there is some money to be made there.

If you’re a performer or a musician, check out your local music venues and find out how much they pay for gigs. You might be paid a flat rate or a percentage of ticket sales depending on the site. And you don’t necessarily have to be at the top of your game to get involved.

Lots of concerts need plenty of warm-up acts and unknown bands to fill out gaps on lineups, and it’s not that hard to get a space on stage.

Furthermore, if you want to be involved in the live music scene but don’t have the talent to play an instrument or perform, why not work on the flip-side of the industry, and organize concerts and events for your favorite bands?

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It is often more lucrative than playing the music itself, and you get to see loads of live music concerts… for free!


3. Get Crafty

Nothing beats the thrill of being creative… except maybe having people pay you for your creativity! Whether you like to paint, make cupcakes, decorate furniture, sew clothes or weave bracelets. There will always be people out there willing to pay you for your efforts.

You might not be able to become the next Damien Hirst overnight and charge millions for your creations. But there’s little doubt that some extra beer money can be made reasonably comfortable; so long as you’re willing to put the work into promoting your wares.

Have a look online and find out if there are any craft markets or similar in your area where you might be able to sell your creations; or find a leading craft website where you can make a profile and show off your stuff.

It’s fun, it’s rewarding, and it allows you to put more effort into a hobby you enjoy.


4. Photography

The world is full of photographs, and the internet demands new photos every minute of every day. Somebody’s got to snap those shots… so why can’t that person be you?

If you’re nifty with a camera and don’t mind selling your artistic masterpieces online, there’s a high chance you can transform this favorite hobby into a lucrative little business.

Your best bet is probably getting involved with a stock photo provider. You’d be amazed at how much money some photographers can make by selling their pictures to everyone from bloggers to news sites, web managers, advertisers, and a million others in between.

Other student photographers try their hand at being amateur photojournalists, heading to newsworthy locations and trying to be the first on the scene with a photographic scoop to sell to the highest bidder!

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5. Stock Investing

If you’re a university student with a head for numbers and a keen eye for a deal; it might be worthwhile making a hobby of stock investing and playing the stock market.

While this can be highly lucrative, there is – of course – some risk involved. So it’s best to start off small (and we mean very small) while you learn the ropes and the ins and outs.

There are countless advice websites out there teaching you how to get into stock investing. It can be a rewarding and educational hobby; which will show you plenty about the world of finance and business. Make sure you play safe and don’t get carried away!



Here’s a quick recap on the 5 hobbies that will help you earn money whilst studying:

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."



  1. Kari

    Apr 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I love blogging, but I would love to sell my creative creations on Etsy. There are so many people there killing it with their creativity!

    And, I follow a ton of creative people on YouTube who are earning money through their adsense but also their patreon, and making a lot of it. One women I follow, who does all Cricut vlogs, has 1,183 patrons, and she’s got to be making at least $3,000 a month from it.

    In short, there is a lot of demand for creative people who can share, teach, and sell!

    • Asad Meah

      May 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      I agree.

  2. Mark Young

    May 4, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I like your list of ideas, I have tried a few with mixed success. I really don’t have a musical bone in my body so I am going to have to rule that one out.

    Investing is one area where I should really focus more of my energy. Investing in cryptocurrency has been my most profitable investment so far, but you really should diversify into classical investments to spread your risk out.

    Thanks for the good ideas, and who knows I might even give arts and crafts a shot.

  3. Asad Meah

    May 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I think investing in stocks early is good, but most importantly investing in our dreams early will pay the greatest dividends.

  4. Dennis

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Very glad to learn that the hobbies can make you earn so well. Thank you for sharing the great ideas and the areas where we can become passionate about our hobbies to see a better tomorrow financially.

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