The idea of turning hobby into money is surely enticing. Who wouldn’t want to get paid for doing what they love to do, right? However, turning your hobby into a money-generating activity is not for everyone. You should allocate sufficient amount of time to think whether it is really the right idea for you to start and run a business related to your hobby.
Things To Ask Yourself
Many people think that the very first thing you should ask yourself when planning to turn your hobby into a business is “How to turn hobby into an income?” Unfortunately, this is not the first question you have to ask yourself. This question should be asked only when you have finally decided that this is the right route for you to take. Below are the things you have to ask yourself before making a decision to turn hobby into your career:
Will I still enjoy doing this thing even if I have to do it repeatedly?
Hobbies are things we usually do during our spare time. Therefore, these are the things we do not get to do most of the time. However, if you plan about starting a hobby business, this means that you will have to do it repeatedly. Worse, you have to do it faster than how you usually do it since you have to catch up with the given deadline. If you think you can still do it repeatedly on a fast-paced manner without losing interest, then go for it.
Can you see yourself doing it for a very long time?
There are hobbies that we only enjoy now and then, we no longer enjoy in the future. Before turning a hobby into a business, you should make it sure that you can see yourself doing it for a long time or much better, for a lifetime. Remember, you are planning to make it as a business and business is not something you can just start and end anytime you want.
Can you sell your product or your service?
No matter how great you are in what you are doing, it still does not make sense if you can’t market and sell it. The great thing is that you do not have to be great in selling at first. It is something you can learn and master through time. You just need to have the willingness to learn, practice and master the art of selling your services and products – whatever it is that is related to your hobby.
Identify Potential Hobbies
There are a lot of hobbies that can become careers. In fact, I think that all hobbies can become money generating hobbies if the person is guided by an expert entrepreneur.
If you love to cook, there are so many things you can do to earn money. You can start your own restaurant. You can write and publish cookbooks. You can even conduct a seminar, webinar or trainings on how to cook. There are so many hobby business ideas. You just have to be open about it and to fully embrace and make a decision that you are going to do this to make your first move as a hobbyist-slash-entrepreneur.
If you’d like help starting a business out of your hobby, I’d love to speak with you!
“Bert is a brilliant business coach. I don’t know many people who would be as invested in your business as you are. And that’s what you get from Bert. 100% involvement from day one. Plus the amazing opportunity of ‘plugging into’ Bert’s experience and vast knowledge of sales and marketing, which is what helped me see my business from a completely different perspective.“
Beata Drezek, PhD