In an economy as unstable as the one we’ve been living in over the past ten years, it’s always nice when you can make a little extra money from your hobby or something you enjoy doing. For example, some artists paint or sculpt for pleasure, then sell their art and make money to finance future projects. Handy people can fix things for pleasure or for the challenge and charge a fee for their repairs. Many people wheel and deal, buying things at a low price, cleaning it up, slapping on a new coat of paint, and selling it with a profit.
Those opportunities are wonderful for talented people, and they take the guilt away from spending a little down time doing something you love rather than working at your more serious job. But what if your hobby is riding your motorcycle?
Well, don’t despair — after looking around for ideas, we found several ways motorcycle riders can make money.
One of the easiest ways to make money is to buy used motorcycles, fix them up, a sell them. Or better yet, build your own collection and rent your bikes to amateurs who haven’t decided what model to purchase yet. That way, your motorcycles will make money, even when you are not the one riding them.
If you’re not into sharing your toys — or you are too attached to your motorcycles to ever consider selling one of them — then you can still make money by documenting your travels. Blogs and vlogs are the craze these days and motovlogging is very popular among tech savvy bikers. If you happen to travel around beautiful landscapes, strap on a Go Pro and start recording.
This could evolve into guided tours if your descriptions are interesting enough and other riders want to live similar experiences. You can organize guided tours in various cities and your fees pay for all of your expanses. You might even get sponsors or app providers approach you to use or promote their products on your tours.
Another way to make money when riding your bike is to take advantage of all the promotional events or shows. If your motorcycle and gear are unique or distinctive, consider modeling or selling photographs. You could also perform at shows, doing tricks and showing off.
Finally, if none of those options appeal to your riding style, but you still want to make money from your passion, why not share it with others? Become a motorcycle instructor who will take pride in forming new riders the right way, promote the sport, and make money in the process.
Obviously, the activities presented here are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making money while riding your motorcycle. And if you’re truly determined to turn your hobby into a side job, you’ll find a way to make your dreams a reality.
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