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How To Get Paid To Do What You Love

Making money is the very essence of all we do as humans. Our entire life is governed by the desire to accumulate wealth or simply establish a means of livelihood and sustenance. 

Right from out conception to now, we have been trained with a money consciousness and the rest of our lives are dependent on it. 

Hence, we go to school, study specific professional courses and use those degrees to secure monotonous jobs and ultimately continue in our stereotyped approach to money making.

However, making money should be seen more like an art and should not exert as much pressure as it does on us. The main problem is that, many times, we are stuck in a profession we chose in our earlier years and not what we would rather get paid to do now. 

The best way to obtain a good trade off, is to make money by doing our hobbies. In essence, whether it would be used as a side gig or a principal source of income, there are many ways to get paid to do what you love.

Here is a list of 5 regular hobbies and how you can get paid to do them.

Singing is one of the very common talents across the globe. A number of people have grown with an inborn talent in singing while some have painstakingly taken time out to learn the art through voice lessons and proper coaching. 

However, compared to the plethora of people who have been blessed with this talent, only few have made a fortune out of it.

The music industry has evolved over time; nevertheless, it is still one of the hardest to break into as you need more than a good voice to make it as a musician.

 You require branding, marketing, and even sheer luck to make it as a musician. What we often neglect is that there are many ways to get paid to sing other than being a professional recording artist.

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Here is a list of ways to get paid to sing:

Tutor younger aspiring singers

Sing at local bars and restaurants

Apply for back-up singing roles

Sing at kids parties

Sing covers of other people’s songs and post them on your monetized YouTube page

Perform at churches and wedding ceremonies

Be a karaoke host

Write songs for people

Start a band

Street singer

Be a recording artist

Classical music performer

Making music jingles for movies

Enter singing competitions

There are many more ways to get paid to sing and they need not be primary jobs. They could just be side jobs before you decide to advance to a fulltime career in music.


Dancing is also another common hobby that people fail to utilize to its fullest capacity. The great part about dancing is that there are different types of dancing. Hence, depending on your preference, you can focus on one part and get paid to do it.

For example, as a ballet dancer, the kind of jobs you would get paid to dance for would be different from that which a hip-hop dancer will be required for.

Here are different ways with which you can get paid to dance:

Ballet dancing for classical and theatrical performances

Tap dancing for stage performances and bonfire events

Dancing for various types of corporate and casual events

Cultural dancing for tourists (e.g. Hawaii dancers or Spanish dancers)

Dancing tutor (e.g. teaching salsa to couples)

Music video dancers and vixens

Open your own dance studio

Street dancer

Dancing competitions

Get paid to dance through online platforms (e.g. net and dancers pro)

Dance for advert


There are too many ways to get paid to dance and thanks to the internet, even more are available. Even though there are professional writers, many others have used their writing skills to garner huge sums of money. Here are simple ways to get paid to write:

Write a book and sell it


Become a freelance writer

Ghost writing

Content creation

Make use of job boards to get clients

Write songs

Write columns for newspapers and magazines

Write short stories for clients

Write comics for cartoonists

Write scripts for movies

Own a blog and monetize it

Become a feature writer


You did not think you could make money from your love for cooking? Well, you actually can! If you have great cooking skills, there are also many ways to make money from it. 

So rather than solely bless your family members and friends with your skills, you can make substantial amounts from cooking. 

Here are ways to get paid to cook:

Start a recipe blog

Show your cooking skills in videos and post on your monetized YouTube page

Work in a restaurant as a chef

Open your own small restaurant

Cook for a school or office canteen

Offer a food delivery service

Start a home cooked me delivery service

Cook or bake for weddings and parties

Operate a food truck

Get a column in a newspaper for cooking

Enter a cooking competition

Start a food review website


Do you love to talk or can you talk well? Well there are also ways to make money from it. While I have never seen or heard someone say talking is my hobby or talent, I have seen many people start and build solid careers where they are basically required to talk. 

Here are ways to get paid to talk:

Become a TV or Radio host

Audition for radio adverts

Make podcasts on specific topics and sell them online

Get voice advert jobs

Public speaking appearances

Host a kiddies party

Network marketing and all other types of marketing

Get a customer service job at a call center

Start a vlog (video blog)

Adult chat services (e.g. mygirlfund and lipservice)

Start a talk show or forum

There are many more ways to get paid to do any of these hobbies or more. All you have to do is think outside the box.

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