In 20 Ideas on how to make money after retirement I have been talking about selling your products. Let’s elaborate on that with ideas for hobby products to sell.
First of all, how to get ideas? I have written down 59 ideas here. Partly these are products I have made or am still making myself. And of course you can find loads of ideas on the internet. Great platforms for that are Pinterest and Instagram.
And a great way to develop ideas is to brainstorm. Writing this article I did that on my own, but brainstorming with 2 or more people produces a ton of ideas. Start writing down some keywords and from there go on and on. This is such a fun thing to do!
- Illustrations; from very realistic to abstract. Illustrating children’s stories are a great inspiration to make series.
- Cartoons; from single drawings to complete comic books.
- Patterns; think of tapestry patterns or wall paper decorations.
- Diagrams; when you are both good in numbers and drawing, you can make graphs and diagrams. For example for annual reports of businesses.
- Graphics; icons, symbols, favicons, pictograms. Little drawings in either black and white or just a few colors.
- Plans; builders, engineers and interior architects need plans to explain their ideas. The floor plan of a house or a cross section of an object.
- Maps; cartography to give information about landscapes or cities.
- 3D drawings; explain 3D space on a 2D paper.
- Exploded view; a way to explain assembled parts of a machine.
- Mandalas; these are an almost meditative state of drawing and the end result is often quite beautiful and peaceful.
- Etches and other printing techniques; a great way to duplicate your work while still being original.
- Cards; in this time of email and whatsapp, receiving a real card is highly valued.
- T-shirts; they can be hand painted, tie dyed or printed with texts and images.
- Posters; combinations of (informational) text and pictures.
- Books; cover, lettertype and lay-out. Books are great to design, whether with your own text or written by somebody else.
- Coloring pages; those are not anymore for children only. Lots of adults have fun coloring.
- Logos; companies need a logo and nowadays websites of private people too.
- Infographics; often a combination of symbols, little drawings and text. Have a look at one of mine about One well-spent hour before breakfast.
- Websites; even with all the available tools nowadays, good web designers are much-needed.
- Art; big and small canvases or on paper and cardboard. You can paint with oil paint or acrylic. Landscapes, portraits, still lifes, the subjects are endlessly.
- Decorator; not all painters are art painters. The painting of houses, fences or furniture is much in demand and just as satisfying.
- Short stories; fantasy, fairy tales and anecdotes from your own life.
- Book; write your memoirs. A suspense thriller or something about what you have learned in life.
- Blog; start your own blog or write for somebody else.
- Sales copy; a good sales letter or copy for a landing page is a skill in itself.
- Play an instrument; why should it only be the very young people that get discovered on YouTube. Record yourself and put it online.
- Write music; from simple songs to complex symphonies and everything in between.
- Be part of a band; this is one of the better aspects of making music – play together in a group.
- Make arrangements; playing gets more interesting for a band if not everyone plays exactly the same notes.
- Producer; recording and editing. Again, this could be your own music or that of others.
- Street performance; put your hat or empty guitar case in front of you and play.
- Apps; with all these mobile phones there is lots of inspiration to build an app.
- Games; adventure games, brain games, skill games. Enough to choose from.
- Pies and cookies; you could specialize in gluten free or sugar free pies.
- Catering; little bites for receptions and parties. (I am getting hungry!)
- Meals; simple or 3 course meals. You can have a living room restaurant or a table d’hôte. Or have a delivery service.
- Special meals; diet meals or special meals for the elderly. Meals for people that have an allergy.
- Vegan; or other specific food. Kosher food, Islamic or Hindu food.
- Organic produce; vegetables from your kitchen garden, fruits from the trees.
- Flowers; a specific kind or mixed bouquets. Flower plants, for example Geraniums. 🙂
- Prepared vegetables; such as pickled or fermented products.
- Seeds; seeds to grow plants from, but also seeds to eat. Your seedlings when you have an abundance of them.
- How-to manual; explain the tips and tricks from garden design to having a kitchen garden.
- Pictures; large ones from a photocamera. As with drawings both realistic and abstract pictures are possible.
- iPhone photography; apps on the smartphone have special effects. For instance Hipstamatic or Snapseed.
- Photography course; everybody makes pictures with the smartphone nowadays – not everyone can make good pictures. 🙂
- Dolls or toys; if they are not for decoration, but to actually play with they should be of safe materials and forms.
- Knitting and crochet; sweaters, cardigans, hats, socks and gloves. But also wall hangings or cushions.
- Woodworking; sculptures or furniture. With planks or with complete tree trunks.
- Metallurgy; as with wood you can make art pieces or make utensils.
- Ceramics; I have always made a distinction between ceramics and pottery. Ceramics is formed by hand, pottery with a wheel.
- Pottery; a potter’s wheel is such a skilled technique. Which I say because I could never master it! A potter will probably find it easy.
- papier-mâché; from toilet paper, old newspapers, magazines. In the Netherlands they make it on a big scale when it’s time for the Carnival processions.
- Workshops; it’s great to teach people what you know and a perfect way to socialize.
- Waste articles; waste is only waste if you waste it. Some years ago I made an eBook 100+ Ideas for Crafting with waste. You can have it for free.
- Repair Cafe; organize evenings to repair things that don’t function anymore, but are too good to just throw away.
- Invent; some people know a solution for anything they see. Something new or improvements to existing things.
- Ideas for others; if people are stuck they could use the help of an idea maker.
Something to think about
If you sell something occasionally I wouldn’t fuss, but once you start selling a lot, be aware of regulations and taxes. Turn your hobby into a real business then.
Do you have the 60th idea? Put it in the comment box below.