Tips on Turning a Hobby into a Business

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The Holidays are right around the corner. I know it is only August but they will be here before we know it! It is a great time to start planning on how you are going to pay for things though. Below you will find some tips on turning your favorite hobby into a moneymaker! Amee and I love teaching people hot to save money and thus turned Madame Deals into a business. It is entirely possible to turn a hobby into a business- but don’t be fooled. It does take a lot of time and effort and most likely you will not have overnight success. Passion and hard work do pay off though!

Make Money Doing What You Love!

by Mrs. Not Made of Money

How many times have you been in the midst of your favorite hobby and thought to yourself, “Gee, I wish I could make money doing this!” With the help of the internet, and the other resources available out there, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to turn your hobby into a financially lucrative business. All it takes is a little marketing knowledge and the determination to be a success. Here are some of the most popular hobbies and ways you can make them lucrative.

Everyone needs help and encouragement from time to time. Whatever your strength, whether it is public speaking, physical fitness, art or something else, you can find people who are willing to pay you to monitor them and give them helpful tips and inspiration. Turn your prowess for whatever you do best into a moneymaking business.

Feeling Crafty?
Not only can it pay to sell your scrapbook and other creations online, you can also become a consultant for other creative types who inspires and teaches others how to profit from their hobbies. Charge a fee to hold weekly classes in your home. Teach classes online. The craft industry is truly booming online right now.

Sell Your Gourmet Goodies
Do you still have your Aunt Mabel’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe from when you were a child? Chances are, if it is homemade with high quality ingredients, you might be able to find a specialty food shop that will stock it for you. Do you have a penchant for homemade jams or jellies? Package them in attractive containers and sell them online. People are getting more accustomed to buying food online and willing to pay top dollar for that special food item that is fancy and unique.

Dog Trainer
In today’s fast-paced world, people often do not have the time needed to properly train their dogs. Dog lovers can now attend a vocational school that specializes in dog training on a career level. Skills taught range from obedience training to how to open up a pet day care facility. Once you are trained, put an ad in the paper or online and start making money while having fun with animals!

If you are musically talented, there are numerous ways to turn your talent into cash. Recording studios are always on the lookout for studio musicians to accompany singers. There is a constant need for wedding singers and instrument players or for people who can play the piano in the background during cocktail parties. The possibilities for making money with music are almost unlimited with a little creativity and thought.

Capitalize on Your Collection
Do you collect Barbie Dolls or Star Wars toys? Entire clubs are based on all types of collections. By starting an online business that deals in selling and trading components for popular collections or posting your collectibles in online shopping centers, you could cash in on your collections.

With a little imagination and creativity, you can turn your hobby into a fun business that can be successful as long as you are serious about it and vow to stick with it!

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  1. says

    One of the best ways to turn a hobby into a business is to get an MBA, there are dozens of online MBA options that can be earned in your spare time.

  2. Hannah says

    I’d be interested in hearing about others’ experiences selling food. I looked into getting a slot for selling baked goods at a local farmers market, but was told by the operators that I would have to have the VA Health Dept. do an inspection of my kitchen and get a certificate to sell the food.

    I guess that kind of legal rigmarole intimidated me, so I just dropped the idea. I love to bake, though, and everyone who tastes my baking raves about it. Is it worth it to try to sell it?

    • Madame Deals says

      Hi Hannah,
      I have not sold food myself. I would recommend visiting your local farmers market and asking the people that do sell food about the process. They will be able to give you insight on how difficult it is to get started. I know my local farmers market has several booths with homemade goods.
      Good luck!


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