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How to Turn a Hobby Into a Career

Love to cook, make crafts, take photographs, repair cars? Like to tinker around the garage on weekend home improvement projects? How about sewing or knitting, planning parties, or troubleshooting your friends' computers?

These are all skills that can be successfully turned into full-time careers given the right amount of time, effort, and lots of passion.

"Love what you do, and the money will follow" is an old adage that still holds true. Legions of small business owners have taken the attitude to heart and eventually followed their dreams to greater and greater success. No reason you can't.

Turning your passion or hobby into a full-time business

Just up ahead, begin with more information in our guide to the most popular hobby-to-career topics offering tips, advice, and related resources about working your way out of your present job, and following the money doing what you love:

Tour guideStart a career as a tour guide photographerStart a photography career
party planningStart a party planning business computer troubleshootingComputer services business

Animal careAnimal care careers Auto repairAuto mechanic careers craftsSell your crafts
chefStart a career as a chef Cleaning servicesStart a cleaning business interior designInterior design careers
fashionStart a career in fashion gardeningStart a gardening career natureNature conservation careers
knittingSell your knitting music businessMusic business careers sportsStart a career in sports
Careers in the theater CarpentryStart a carpentry career Writing careersStart a writing career

Discovering your career potential

A little creative thinking is all that's needed to begin breaking out from your 9-5 routine.

First, get down to the nitty-gritty economics by developing a small business plan detailing budget, time, and costs of starting up your own business. How big a budget do you actually need to begin? Where are your customers and how do you advertise and market to them? Who's your competition?

Next, find out about setting up shop, any applicable taxes, or if you think you will eventually need to hire employees. Ask friends or family for help. Also, don't hesitate to visit related online organizations and associations, or seek additional help in small business forums where you may find other interested people who share your same goals.

If you're not now in a position to open your own business, consider writing about it for industry or hobby magazines, or teaching your skill at local schools or community centers. This can also serve as a testing ground to see if your energy equals your passion —the two most necessary assets for a small business owner. It will also help build up your "cred" as you announce to the world that you're ready to strike out on your own.

also see in Small Business -> Starting a Small Business

Starting a Home Business

More about turning hobbies into careers around the Web:

How to turn your hobby into a job - Check out the basic issues to consider including marketing, funding, and growing your skills into a full-time career.

Fuse Different Interests Into a Career - Here's the guide to following your own star, with real-life examples of those who have tried and succeeded.

Home Business Center - Find information on dozens of different careers with tips and resources for how to get started.


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