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7 Tips to Make Real Money From a Hobby

7 Tips to Make Real Money From a Hobby

If you’re looking for a way to earn extra money, consider turning your hobby into an income stream. Whether your goal is to generate a little extra income or turn your hobby into a full-fledged business or somewhere in between, these tips will help you make a profit from your hobby.

Make sure it’s something you enjoy doing. When you choose a hobby you enjoy – rather than one you think will make money –you’re more likely to put in the effort it takes to generate income. Otherwise, your hobby will be just another job you wish you didn’t have to do.

Figure out how you’re going to make money. Don’t limit yourself to selling products or offering a service. Although those are great options, they’re not the only ones that can generate income. You can also teach others to do what you do, speak or write about your hobby, or offer repair services based on your hobby. For example, if you’re passionate about photography you can teach a photography class, start a photography class, or offer photo-editing services.

Create a plan. You don’t necessarily need a full business plan to get started, but having a general plan will help. Detail the products or services you’ll offer, get an understanding of your ideal customer and competing products or services, list the resources you’ll need, and list your costs.

Get the word out. If you expect to make money from your hobby, people have to know you exist. Start with your network, letting your family and friends know what you’re offering. Be creative and take advantage of opportunities to let your target audience know about your business.

Set up your web presence. Many consumers start their buying process online, so it’s important that you can be found. Set up a website where potential customers can learn more about you and what you’re offering. Social media pages – like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – offer additional opportunities to give more information about what you’re offering and create a way to interact with your customers.

Solicit feedback and tweak your process. Pay attention to what your customers buy and don’t buy. Spend more time and effort on the products and services that are most popular with your customers and don’t be afraid to drop those that aren’t selling well.

Don’t let obstacles derail you. Expect to maneuver some roadblocks especially early on, but don’t be discouraged by hurdles. As you overcome challenges, you get better at your craft and experience more success.

 

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Comments 1

Frank on Friday, 26 August 2016 13:20

From my experience, this is very hard to do. You have to really love the hobby and be very passionate about it. What I have found is people who try this find out the hobby was only fun to them because it was a "hobby", and when they tried to make money, it became a "job". There is always a fine line, but if you enjoy enough you can make money off your hobby.

From my experience, this is very hard to do. You have to really love the hobby and be very passionate about it. What I have found is people who try this find out the hobby was only fun to them because it was a "hobby", and when they tried to make money, it became a "job". There is always a fine line, but if you enjoy enough you can make money off your hobby.
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