FRUGAL hobbies-29 Hobbies For Men That You Can Make Money From

Some people struggle to stick with a hobby because they want more from it than just the activity.

Basically, they want hobbies that make money. Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in luck. Try a few of these and have a blast while making a little cash.

Here are 29 hobbies for men that can make money:

26. Taking Paid Surveys

Tell people what you think and get some money for it. You may even get some free samples out of it.

27. Distilling

Imagine being able to produce your own unique, delicious scotch or bourbon… well, distillation allows you to do exactly that.

There are three steps to distillation:

A liquid (usually beer or wine) is heated until the alcohol in it becomes a gas, and rises

The gas that rose in step one is then cooled, condensing it back into liquid form

This condensed liquid is collected, giving you a distilled version of the liquid in step one

In other words, distilling an alcoholic beverage, like beer, turns it into a liquor (by taking the alcohol percentage from around 5% to 40%).

Distilling can be insanely fun, especially if you create and test your products with friends… but there is a catch: by federal law, distilling alcohol at home without a permit is technically illegal.

28. Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is the ancient art of forging metal into a usable form. During the medieval period, the blacksmith was the heart of a village… making swords, armor, and farm tools for the people.


Modern-day blacksmiths still command a lot of respect, but mostly through producing custom metal pieces and fine art.

The fact that blacksmithing is somewhat of a lost art makes it an even better hobby… because I can guarantee that very few men you know can create beautiful things out of metal with their bare hands.

29. Public Speaking

You can share what you know about the world, help some people find themselves, and make some money while you’re at it.

30. Programming

For the computer whizzes out there, programming is a fun way to code constructively, and for some extra income.

31. Woodworking

Here’s something we can both agree on:

There aren’t many hobbies that are manlier than shaping wood into something useful with your hands. Here’s why:

Real, classic men throughout history have been able to provide for loved ones with nothing but their hands. They could build cabins, furniture, wagons, etc. out of simply trees. What’s classically manlier than that?

And there’s another benefit to woodworking:

It can easily turn into a side business, or even a career like cabinetry or interior finishing… earning money, in the manliest way.

hobbies for men – woodworkingImage via: Unsplash / Ian Schneider

 32. Home Brewing

Home brewing is exactly what it sounds like: the process of making your own beer at home.

Pretty aweome, right?

Here’s a few reasons why brewing your own craft beer at home is such a great hobby for men:

It’s relatively easy to get started

You can creatively combine ingredients to make unique brews, specific to your tastes

The end product is delicious, refreshing beer


When you start home brewing, I recommend buying a pre-made starter kit like this one. These kits are pretty inexpensive, and come with the equipment, ingredients and instructions you need for your first brew.

The best part of home brewing?

Unlike distilling your own spirits, it’s completely legal.

33. Proofreading And Editing

For those of us who actually enjoyed studying grammar in school, this is a great way to make money while getting some reading in.

34. Investing

You probably think investing is way too complicated to be a hobby, right? But look: It’s a lot easier than you think.

And there’s so many ways to invest like:

Real Estate. Buying property is a great way to invest. Real estate usually increases in value and you can rent it out for extra cash.

Buying stock is another good investment… since stocks can really take off, giving youhuge returns.

Just remember that learning how to invest is always a good idea. I mean think about it… what other hobby lets you develop these kind of powerful financial skills?

35. Lock-Picking

Lock picking is a hobby that combines the satisfaction of developing a unique skill with a sense of adventure.


It’s really tough to pick a lock… especially these days with all their security features.

But being able to do it anyway makes it all the more impressive. And having that skill makes you feel like no matter what kind of situation you got into… you’d have the skills to get yourself out.

Just remember:

Never use your lock-picking skills to break into anything that doesn’t belong to you.

36. Graphic Design

If grammar wasn’t your thing but art was, try your hand at some part time graphic design to get your art out there.

Hobbies for Men – Graphic DesignImage via: Pexels / LinkedIn Sales Navigator

37. Building Electronics

This site talks a lot about developing classic manly skills… but what that really means is that it’s important to learn the skills that make you a useful and well-rounded person… and learning how to fix and build electronics is one of those new, vital skills for this day and age.

There’s a ton of cool stuff you can do once you learn the basics of circuitry.

You can rig your house up to do things like turn the lights on for you… and even build your own gadgets or robots.

38. Coding

Learning to code computers is an extremely powerful thing in this age of technology. But while it might seem complicated at first… it’s like any other skill that you can learn with time.

And check this out… There’s a ton of stuff you can do with some basic coding skills:

Write computer program to automate boring parts of your job.

Develop your own apps.

Build your own games.

Plus… once you master coding those possibilities open up even more. In fact… an expert coder can do amazing things with the right code.

39. Tattooing

Another way to use your artistic skills and leave a permanent artistic mark on someone. It’s something they’ll never forget.

40. Coaching

You can make a surprisingly good amount of money coaching kids in a sport you love.

41. Practicing Photography

Photography is a skill that’s easy to pick up…but takes a long time to master. Anyone can pick up a camera and start snapping photos. But to really become a master photographer (which means learning how to play light and filters to get incredible photos) takes a lot of practice.

But here’s the thing:

The practice is still a lot of fun.

And you can still capture great memories or beautiful moments while you hone your skills.

42. Ceramics

Ceramics is a truly hands-on art form, where you can create something three-dimensional (that can be both beautiful and useful).


There are many forms of ceramics, but the most popular is probably wheel throwing… shaping clay with your hands, on a spinning wheel. You can make objects like bowls, candlesticks, or decorative items.

Here’s a tip for men who want to try ceramics:

Kilns (the furnaces used use to dry and harden ceramic art) can be overly expensive to buy, so look for a local hobby center or ceramic/pottery studio. Many will let you dry you projects in their kiln for a fee, plus you’ll meet other artists in a social setting.

hobbies for men – ceramicsImage via: Deposit Photos / odua

43. Landscaping

Get outside, enjoy the weather, make nature a little more beautiful, and make a good bit of money while you’re at it.

44. Stone Working

Stone working is the art of shaping stone with traditional hand tools. You’re also using ancient techniques that men have been using for thousands of years. But here’s the thing:

There are so many incredible things that you can make with those ancient stone working techniques.

You can make ornate stone art or tiles… Or even make decorative handles for tools. And here’s the best part:

You can easily make a lot of money as a master stone carver… Selling your work to make a living in an incredibly manly way.

45. Making Electronic Music

Making electronic music is a hobby that combines a chance to develop musical skills with an opportunity to learn more about computers. And basically you’ll take programs on a computer and use them to create complex beats and bass drops… making them into songs.

It’s an awesome way to be creative and if you’ve ever struggled to learn a musical instrument but still want a way to make music… then electronic music is probably for you.

46. Bargain Hunting

If you like looking for bargains, find the best ones, then sell what you don’t keep to finance the next hunt.

47. Furniture Making

So much of the furniture we use these days is cheap and mass-produced. That’s why antique furniture is so valuable.

It speaks to a tradition of craftsmanship that’s hard to find these days. But check this out:

What if you could make things yourself that would be antiques one day?

Making furniture by hand is not only a manly hobby that can become a career… but it’s also a way to leave your own mark on history.

48. Theatre Acting

Acting on the stage is a chance to get a sense of the thrill of performing. And you get to bond with a troupe of local actors. Plus… it’s easy to get into since local theaters always need talent.

And I get it:

You might be afraid of freezing up… that’s what stage fright is.

But moving past your barriers and becoming a stronger person is what a good hobby is all about.

Hobbies for Men – Theatre ActingImage via: Unsplash / Peter Lewicki

49. Refinishing Furniture

Use your hands, return the elegance to beautiful objects, then sell them on to new, appreciative owners at a nice profit.

50. Blogging

Blogging is a great way to start sharing your thoughts with the world. Simply put:

It’s about finding something that appeals to you and starting a personal space on the web that speaks about it.

It lets you engage with followers from around the world… and can even be a good way to make money.

You can make a great living out of it if you are good!

 51. Making Videos

Making your own videos is a great way to spend some time with your friends. You can exercise you creative muscles and practice your acting chops at the same time. And the videos you make are a great way to capture memories for a lifetime.

But here’s the best part:

If you can create good enough content… you can totally turn film making into a career.

52. Metal Detecting

Metal detecting is all about the thrill of finding valuable things that others leave behind. And even if you don’t find anything that’s worth a lot of money… there’s still plenty of interesting possibilities.

You can find antique coins or Civil War bullets. And tinkering with the detector gives you a new skill to learn.

And here’s the thing:

Hunting for hidden objects is always a ton of fun.

53. Upholstery

You can update furniture, give it your own particular style, and then get it settled in someone else’s house.

54. Podcasting

Have you ever dreamed of having your own radio show? Well here’s the thing:

Podcasting is like having a radio show that can reach way more people.

Podcasts can be downloaded by anyone at any time… so there’s a huge potential audience for your show. And it’s so easy to get started. All you have to do is record an episode and send it into iTunes.

And here’s the best part:

If you get enough listeners you can start advertising on your show for extra income.


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