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How to Turn Your Hobby into a Small Business


You have likely heard many success stories when it comes to individuals turning a hobby into a small business. However, you may be nervous about giving it a try. These tips can help. You do not have to quit your day job and start dedicating your time to a small business based on your hobby. In fact, this is usually not a good idea. It is usually best to try to balance working full time with getting your business going. Eventually, once the business takes off, you may be able to quit your day job. Take time to plan and make sure that you do not get ahead of yourself. The last thing you want to do is have a bunch of money invested in a small business and not have any income. It will take time.


It is good to start things slowly. See what kind of customers you can get in the local area. For example, start spreading the word that you will offer a certain service or product. For example, if your hobby involves fixing appliances, start telling your friends, co-workers, and neighbors that you offer this service. Make sure that you take time to look around at the replacement parts and tools you will need to save money. For example, it may be less expensive to purchase RF power dividers online than at a local store. This is something that you will need if you repair microwaves.

Another option is to advertise your product or service online. Of course, this is going to depend on the product or service that you offer. If you make something physical, like scarves and hats, decorative birdhouses, or a wide variety of other crafty items, you may be able to set up a store online where individuals across the nation and around the world can purchase the products you make. If you offer a service, you may want to use social media sites for advertising in the local area.

Geneva A. Crawford
Twitter nerd. Coffee junkie. Prone to fits of apathy. Professional beer geek. Spent several years buying and selling magma in Miami, FL. Spent a year lecturing about psoriasis in Las Vegas, NV. Managed a small team writing about circus clowns in Las Vegas, NV. Garnered an industry award while writing about lint in the financial sector. Spoke at an international conference about getting my feet wet with dust in Libya. Spoke at an international conference about researching rocking horses in Bethesda, MD.