7 Hobbies You Can Convert Into a Business

7 Hobbies You Can Convert Into a Business
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    Wouldn't it be great to have a hobby that you love, one that would allow you to quit work and devote your time to?

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Well, don’t quit your day job just yet — you need to have a hobby that can be converted into something that brings in some money. And, just because you’re great at what you do, doesn’t mean that you have the skills to market what you do.

Let’s take a look at seven hobbies that can be turned into full-time businesses provided that you’re excellent at what you do:

1. Photographer — Camera equipment is expensive, but if you’re already skilled with taking pictures, you could be called upon to photograph a graduation, a family event, even a wedding. Build up a portfolio and begin to market what you do. If the demand is there, you’ll know if you can make this a full-time gig or not.

2. Foodie — Busy couples rarely have time to make meals, but if you’re a talented cook, you can take your foodie skills and offer them. The advantage here is that you’ll go into a home and cook on their premises and won’t need a food service license. Prepare both fresh and freezable meals that can be eaten at once or later in the week.

3. Musician — Whether you’re part of a string quartet, a rock band or you play solo, you can earn a living as a musician. Granted, you may have to offer lessons to supplement your limited income, but if you’re an expert pianist, a trumpet player or a flutist, there are young students looking for your guidance.

4. Automotive — You’ve restored you hobby car and you’re perfectly comfortable working around a 1967 LeMans as well as a late model Lamborghini. Likely, your friends call upon you for help when they need a knowledgeable hand. Offer your expertise by bringing your “fix it” service to your customers at work or at home.

5. Coach — Not a sports coach, but a personal coach is what you might be. For highly organized individuals, coaching or mentoring can help people get their busy lives back on track. Organize and individual or organize a business — find the type of organizing that suits you best.

6. Landscaper — You go well beyond cutting grass to keep your lawn in shape. Your garden is admired by your neighbors who note how carefully you choose flowers and plants for your garden. Gardening is a chore many people would prefer that others handle. Like the foodie, you can target busy executives with little free time on their hands.

7. Carpenter — Carpentry seems like a lost art or at least one where quality has been supplanted by quantity. Many people appreciate handmade tables, chairs and decorative fixtures and would be happy to pay a premium for unique pieces. Market your wares at home shows first to gauge demand.

Final Thoughts

When should you make the transition from hobbyist to full timer? When you’re ready to do so and believe that the resources are there to support what you do. If you’re not good at marketing what you do, your spouse or a friend may be able to help.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".