How to turn your hobby into a business
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” - Ella Fitzgerald Most entrepreneurs say that the reason behind their success is the fact that they were so passionate about what they were doing. More and more people are finding their own way to make a living doing things that they truly love. They turn their hobby into a business.
The explosion of the internet has certainly helped with this, especially if you have a creative hobby and you can produce items that are saleable. However, you don’t need to be an artist or craftsman to use the internet as a medium to help turn your hobby into a career. Many people offer services via their own websites, and these can range from global enterprises to very local, niche ideas.
If you already have a business idea don’t be afraid of telling people about it and asking for help, remember: A successful business is 1% idea and 99% execution Ones you know what you would like to do it is a good idea to test it out on others and gauging their responses as this will give you some good feedback. Ask them if they would be willing to pay for your product or service. If they are, ask them how much. Any information that you can gather will stand you in good stead further down the line.
Real life stories of mums who turned their hobby into a career:
Jo says: “I have never been able to sit still for too long without being creative. As soon as my first daughter was born I was finding lots of creative projects to keep myself busy when she was asleep. I would make cards, decorate the house and sew!” “If you don’t sell much at first, don’t give up, keep trying and listen to what your target market wants!” Read the full interview here.
Lisa says: “I started the business when I was made redundant from a full time PA role and a friend suggested the idea. My friend knew someone else who was doing it and thought that I would be really good at it, having been a PA already. It allows me to pick my daughter up from school every day and we now have a much better work/life balance”.
The most important thing when starting something new is not being afraid of failing. Many feel that the pressure of running a business will be too much to cope with, but you don’t know for certain until you try. It is far better to try something out and then realise that it is not really for you, than to not try at all. Even the thought of success can prevent many people taking the plunge and starting their own businesses. The thing is that there are ways to get help no matter what level you are at. Take a look at 'First steps to take when starting a small business' for lots of useful information to get started.