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03/01/2017 - High-paying side jobs that will put your hobbies to good use

By Rachel Gillett

Taking up a hobby can do you wonders.

Depending on what it is, your hobby could help you better perform mentally challenging tasks, reduce stress, and think more creatively.

Hobbies can also help you rake in some extra cash on the side.

There are many avenues you could take to turn your part-time passion into a side gig — plenty of people, for example, flock to sites like Etsy and Fiverr to bring their special skills to market.

We looked at real part-time, temporary, seasonal, or occasional FlexJob listings and pay data from Payscale to find 15 lucrative side gigs that could put your hobby to good use. Each pays on average several dollars above the US hourly minimum wage $7.25 an hour:

Voice-over artist
Hobby: Acting
Average hourly pay: $45

Voice-over artists read and interpret scripts and portray the tone required of their role in a variety of media like TV, movies, commercials, video games, and movie trailers.

Hobby: Singing
Average hourly pay: $38

Musicians create live music for people's enjoyment in a variety of venues like cabarets and lounges and sometimes perform as recording artists.

Freelance writer
Hobby: Writing
Average hourly pay: $20

Writers develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and TV scripts, songs, blogs, or other types of media.

Newborn photographer
Hobby: Photography
Average hourly pay: $15

Newborn photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images of newborns.

Freelance stationery designer
Hobby: Graphic design
Average hourly pay: $15

Freelance stationery designers create graphic designs for stationary products by computer or by hand.

Theater scene-shop carpentry and paint assistant
Hobby: Home repair
Average hourly pay: $15

Theater scene-shop carpentry and paint assistants operate power tools, build stage sets, and handle related tasks.

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