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Could you enjoy your hobbies? These YouTubers might inspire you

Have you ever thought about turning a hobby or interest you’re passionate about into a way to earn some extra cash? Whether you’re looking to set up a side hustle or find a new primary income, there are various ways to reach willing customers online.

Eric Jong and Adam Sayner of Devon-based GroCycle post informative videos on YouTube about their low-tech mushroom growing business.

They started using YouTube Shopping on Shopify, which allows merchants to sell their products through live streams and videos, among other methods.

(Eric Jong/AP)

Viewers can, for example, access a “product shelf” below the videos to learn more about the products.

“When finally, in September 2019, the first video came out, the goal was to reach 1,000 subscribers – a big moment,” says Jong. “Now, with 3.6 million views, we enjoy posting monthly videos on growing mushrooms and enjoy serving the tight-knit community of growers, who share our fascination with all things mushroom.”

He says people can find a wealth of free mushroom information on both GroCycle’s website and YouTube channel.

YouTuber Gabriella Lindley, who started Juniper Moon, an online home decor and stationery store based in Brighton, said: “I always had a keen interest in art growing up, and when the pandemic hit i decided to go back to my roots and take up art as a hobby to pass the time it very quickly became something i wanted to pursue as a career and thought about my small business , Juniper Moon.

It very quickly became something I wanted to pursue as a career.

Gabriella Lindley, Juniper Moon

“I opened a storefront with Shopify and designed art prints, stickers, enamel pins, and more to sell.

“The ability to now link my store to my videos also allows my audience to shop almost instantly, so if they see a new launch they like, it’s there to buy.”

Budding sellers also have a range of other options when selling their wares online, with websites such as Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and eBay also in the mix.

If you only plan to bring in small sums from your business, it’s also worth knowing about the Trading Allowance – a tax exemption of up to £1,000 a year for people with trading income from a self-employment or occasional services, such as babysitting or gardening.

More information on the application of this rule can be found on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website (

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