Bad news for anyone that spent their lockdown trying to find the end of Netflix. If you didn’t work on a new hobby this past year, you might not just feel left out in conversation when friends start talking about theirs. How’s that? You may also be falling behind in compensation. According to a new study, that new activity your friend won’t stop posting about might also be making them a decent chunk of side cash.
Researchers have found 60% of Americans have improved their skills in at least one hobby since last March, and one in four even claim to have received a prize, award, or money for a hobby. And they’re not done getting a return on their time investment. Just about 40% of folks say it’s “very” or “extremely likely” they’ll be able to make money from their hobby once long after COVID-19 is behind us. Who’s ready for the sourdough bread food truck boom?
Here’s hoping they do make some cash because they’ve definitely dumped a lot of resources into their new thing. The study found the average person spent $165 and 181 hours on their hobby since nationwide shutdowns first began. And speaking of a waste of money, 53% admit they spent money on a hobby they gave up on. On a related note, how are everyone’s rollerblades? Remember when that was “making a comeback?”