How to turn a hobby into a job
One of the rules of the business says that you can make money from everything you do. Have you ever thought about applying it to your hobby and making a pastime a real job?
In this article, we will give you some tips to make money from your hobby. Of course, this is an unusually capitalist approach to a hobby, but if you want to make your hobby a job you have to indulge in a bit of greed. After all, there’s nothing wrong with that and you can always retrace your steps if that’s not your thing.
How to make money from your hobby
First, you need to try to create products or services that others are willing to pay for. You can do this in several ways and this article we explain how.
Sell your creations
Some hobbies are naturally perfect for this purpose, as they consist of creating salable products. Passionate pastry chefs, for example, produce cakes and sweets, artists make paintings, sculptures and jewels, and so on. Just by indulging in a hobby, these enthusiasts are creating perfect products that can be sold in an online shop.
A hobby can give you the chance to do what you love by improving your skills more and more while supplementing your earnings. You can start slowly during your free time and grow your hobby to the extent you want, like Franzi and Maria, two Jimdo users who are passionately dedicated to creating hand-decorated paintings, postcards, and posters that they sell in their shop online.
“It’s a hobby, so even if a little hiccup happens it’s not that bad. In the end, the most important thing is to do what you like.”
Hobbies that allow you to make money from selling products:
- art and craft
- handcrafted cosmetics
- pastry shop
- wooden creations
- casino online
If you choose to go this route, you will need to create the right products in line with your customers’ tastes. Over time you will find the target customer who loves your style and will start entrusting you with projects, but in the meantime, we recommend that you produce as much as possible to start the sales of your shop.
- create products for sale
- obtaining assignments
What makes the difference is advertising: showing products in a shop and sharing them on social networks is essential. You can show images on Instagram by synchronizing your shop with this platform: in this way, followers can buy your products directly from the app. Furthermore, if you are an artist, we recommend that you share the photos of your creations or the address of your site on specialized platforms for the sale of art objects.
Main marketing channels for artists:
- create a site for your portfolio or an online shop
- social media
- themed blogs and platforms
Sell specific products
Where would you look for curling equipment? A lathe for ceramic pots? The latest Japanese anime to come out? These products, while extremely different, all have one thing in common: they are essential for niche users but mostly unknown to the general public. Also, most people who need them to pursue a hobby are willing to pay them well.
If your hobby is in a niche category, you will surely know which are the best suppliers in the industry and which are the products that interest your community the most. You can then make money by selling specific, hard-to-find items to practice your hobby. In this case, you will certainly have an advantage, that is to know the products and your community very well, so you will be able to recognize trends and anticipate them.
Selling specific products is a new adventure. You will have to spend a lot of time selecting and supplying products, but you can start with a small range of products to get started. Once you’ve started attracting customers and shipping your products, you can proceed to broaden your product range based on the feedback you receive.