Job vs. Hobby: How much can you make?

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Job vs. Hobby: How much can you make?
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We've all had those days when we feel like a cube monkey and think, "there must be a better way to make money!" Well, there might be a hobby that not only makes you money, but makes you more money than your current job. Test your knowledge and see what hobbies might pay your bills in our quiz.
Would you make more money photographing a wedding or in two weeks of answering phones in a call center?
Photographing wedding
While the average call center associate takes home $1,000 every two weeks, a freelance wedding photographer can average $2,700 a night.
Call center associate

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True or False: A gardening hobby could be more lucrative than working as a paralegal.
TRUE
FALSE
Unless you're an award-winning gardener and landscaper, you have a better chance making a living as a paralegal.

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Which of the following professions would likely make you more money than online gambling ?
Registered nurse
Executive vice president of marketing
Fitness trainer
All of the above
Although some people can make a killing at online gambling, the majority lose money so you'd be more likely to make money at most any job.

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Designing just one Web site could pay more than the monthly salary of what occupation?
Teacher
Lab technician
Florist
None of the above
Freelance Web design can pay well, but creating just one site probably won't pay more than the monthly salary of most full-time jobs.

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Would you make more money indulging your passion as a freelance writer or teaching writing to middle school students?
Freelance writer
The income of a prosperous freelance writer can be higher than the salary of a middle school teacher. However, the stability of a salaried teaching job can be more attractive to some.
Middle school writing teacher

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Is it better for your wallet to bartend or play guitar for a night at a local bar?
Play guitar
Bartender
The tips alone from bartending would most likely be more than what you'd make playing a music gig at a bar. Sorry budding-musicians.

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Would you most likely make more money as a part-time nurse or selling your knitted creations on sites like etsy.com?
Part-time nurse
A part-time nurse would most likely make more than someone who sells crafts online. A part-time nurse also has the stability of regular income.
Freelance crafter

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If you turn your love of baking into your full-time job, you could make more than which of the following jobs?
Jewelry salesman
Taxi driver
Sports reporter
A job as an entry-level full-time baker averages more than working as an entry-level sports reporter.
None of the above

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Would your weekly salary be more if you started a dog walking business or continued working as a marketing coordinator?
Dog walker
Marketing coordinator
Although the business of walking and caring for man's best friend can be quite profitable, you're still better off, on average, working as a marketing coordinator.

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If you're an iPhone fanatic, creating applications for smart phones could score you more than which of the following jobs?
Lawyer
Physicians assistant
The business of creating apps can be very lucrative, more so, in fact than working as a physician's assistant.
Criminal scientist
None of the above

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Would you make more money indulging your cycling interests as a bike courier or as a college professor?
College professor
You'd be surprised how close these two salaries are, but college professor wins out.
Bike courier

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True or False: If you love cars, a job as a car salesman would make you more than a receptionist.
TRUE
Car salesmen average a great deal more a year than most corporate receptionists.
FALSE

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True or False: If you love clothes, opening a retail store would make you more than a job as a pharmaceutical salesman.
TRUE
FALSE
Aside from the clothing perks, owning your own store can be extremely difficult and doesn't pay very much on average.

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Working as a personal shopper would make you more money on average than which of the following?
Information technology specialist
Pool cleaner
The only job in this list that pays less than a personal shopper is a pool cleaner.
Executive assistant
None of the above

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Would you make more money as a choreographer or a hotel concierge?
Choreographer
If you love to dance, you're in luck. Work as a successful, full-time choreographer can make you a fairly decent living.
Hotel concierge

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Would you make more as a retail sales associate or as a successful freelance photographer?
Retail sales associate
Freelance photographer
The hobby wins out again. Photography can be more lucrative than your job a J Crew.

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True or False: Working as a nanny would not make you as much as your hobby of arranging flowers.
TRUE
Even though the average wages of a florist is only slightly more than most nannies, florists still do make more.
FALSE

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