Make Money Out of Your Interests

In this age of connectivity and diverse interests, you can find so many things to do to take in some extra cash. And it need not be something that’s boring or uninteresting to you. Do you know that you can actually make use of your hobbies to make money? Well, it is possible! What you have to do is zero in on what you like to do and start making money out of that.

To help you start up with your own ideas, here are some avenues I’ve discovered for myself:

Internet Jobs

Since I’m hooked on the internet, it’s very efficient to find jobs that uses it. Are you aware that there are now a lot of clients who will pay you to do some copywriting, read or organize their emails, do some web searches and other online activities? It’s all true. So, go online right away, search for a probable client and get paid for your online stay. Just make sure they’re legitimate clients who will value and compensate your work properly.

Tour Guiding

I love the outdoors and I love going to places I’ve never been before for adventures. I began accepting tour guiding jobs when a friend’s friend asked me to. And I don’t have to go that far. I happen to live near an ecopark, so on weekends, I’m signed up to tour people around the trails, the lagoon premises, and the mini-zoo. Nothing beats stretching your muscles by walking under the sun, through nature trails with the company of new people. And I’m getting paid. What could be better than this?

Photography

I’ve always been interested in photography, so when a friend offered to take me in as a photographer for her newly-opened business, I was ecstatic. The pay was relatively low compared to the other seasoned photographers, but I’m not complaining. Everybody has to start somewhere, and I’m looking at it as a way to build my portfolio and improve on the craft. And like my other part-time jobs, I’m enjoying every minute.

I hope this entry inspired you to re-evaluate what interests of yours can actually give you extra cash. It’s like playing while you’re getting paid at it. 🙂

Some Camera Lovin’

One of the things I can never live without is my camera. A lot of my friends don’t understand my fascination with taking photographs but that’s cool with me. All I know is that taking pictures of stuff that made an impact on my life is something that I truly enjoy and will keep on doing for as long as I can. 
 
My love for photography started when I was eight years old. See, my dad was a photojournalist during his golden years and he had a bad habit of taking his work home. Being the rascal that I was backed then, I became curious with his craft and later did I realized that I was shooting things on my own with a point and shoot cam that came from my old man. Although I never had the chance to develop the films I used, it was enough to get me interested on the craft. 
 
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(photo courtesy of favim.com)
The thing that hooks me the most with photography is that it allows me to immortalize precious moments. Yes, memories are good and all but the human brain (especially mine) can only store so much information. Its like I stop time whenever I click my cam and everything just stays still on my lens. I have tons of pictures with me in my computer and old albums and each one of them recorded an important part of my life. Heck, I even have pictures of events that I barely recall. They are sort of a personal reference for yours truly.
 
Pictures are also something that I can pass onto my future children. I still remember the days when my parents would take out a dusty album full of photos of people I didn’t even know or care about. Still, it was a moment of bonding between me and my mom and dad which I will forever treasure. I still have that album of strangers (yes, it was handed down to me) and it still takes me to a walk down memory lane every now and then.  I want my kids to have that kind of moment for their them selves. Something to remember me by when I’m six feet under.
No one can ever take my precious camera away from me. They can try prying it from my cold dead hands but its never going to leave my side for as long as I draw breath. Its my passion, my legacy, my life.