Americans spent an average of more than five hours per day on leisure activities in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And activities vary widely: Music, food, travel, reading, and arts and crafts are among America's most popular pastimes, according to Statista.
Many Americans who find themselves with more free time to fill at home these days have more chances to pursue their favorite leisure activities and hobbies. Luckily, there are ways to make money from a lot of those hobbies.
To turn a pastime into a money-making opportunity, figure "out what platforms are available to sell your product or services," says financial expert Andrea Woroch. "Are you going to use social media to find people, are you going to do some cold calling?"
Here's how to turn five popular hobbies into money-making side hustles.
Do you spend your free time lost in New York Times' bestsellers and have well-articulated opinions about the titles you read? Many publishers are willing to pay for honest feedback about their forthcoming books, so you could make some money from your love of reading.
Try signing up to read and review books on sites like OnlineBookClub, which typically pays $5 to $60 per review. You could also search for book review jobs on sites like Bookjobs.com or check out I Like to Dabble for other ideas about how to get paid to read.
A lot of people who have a hobby and want to turn it into a side gig get held back by impostor syndrome, says online marketing and business expert Amy Porterfield. They may think, "I'm not good enough to teach this," she says.
"And the thing is," says Porterfield, "if you know something that other people want, yes, you are good enough to teach it. Yes, you are the person that should be doing it because if you don't, someone else is going to."
More from Grow: