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10 Side Businesses You Can Start from a Hobby

Posted By Miranda Marquit On 04/30/2012 @ 12:10 pm In Business | 14 Comments

What many people don’t realize is that the hobbies that they have can be turned into legitimate side businesses. If you enjoy doing something, and do it well, there might be someone willing to pay you for it. One of the great things about technology now is that you have the ability to get the word out on your hobby, and your ability to provide something of value to someone else.

As you consider how your hobby might be able to help you make a little extra money on the side [3], think about how you could sell it, and how you can turn it into a real moneymaker. And, to get you started, here are 10 side businesses that you can start from a hobby (in alphabetical order):

  1. Blogging: This is one of the most popular side businesses. If you set up a blog, and enjoy writing, there’s no reason not to try to monetize your blog, and try to make money from your hobby.
  2. Catering: Do you like to cook? You can provide your culinary services to others. You can bake and cook for others, including providing meals for others. Even if you don’t want to do everything that comes with catering, you can still providing cooking services, including specialty desserts, and putting together freezer meals for others.
  3. Event planning: I know people who thrive throwing parties. However, it can get costly to always be entertaining. If you are talented at putting on events, hire out your services. This way, you can enjoy putting together great parties — and save money as well.
  4. Furniture refurbishing/refinishing: Many people enjoy projects that allow them to refurbish furniture. However, there’s only so much refurbishing you can do before you run out of room in your house. Instead, sell the results of your labors — or hire out to do custom jobs for others — and you can enjoy your hobby, keep your house clutter-free, and make money. I have a friend who makes money by refinishing furniture to look antique, and she loves it.
  5. Garden consulting: If you have a green thumb, and love to garden, you can offer your services as a garden consultant. Help others learn how to lay out a garden, and help them learn how to fertilize, as well as figure out the best plants for a particular region. If you specialize in organic gardening, even better.
  6. Instruction: If you have knowledge to share as a result of your hobby, you can teach classes, or provide one-on-one instruction. I used to be a piano teacher. This is a great way to earn money from a music hobby. Other hobbies that are friendly to instruction include fly-tying, furniture-building, dance, theater, and painting. Teach others how to do what you enjoy, and you could earn.
  7. Knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, etc.: These hobbies offer great opportunities to make money. My sister-in-law sells crocheted doll clothes on Etsy. Additionally, she creates her own patterns to sell. This is possible with knitting, sewing, and quilting, as well as crochet. If you spend a couple hours knitting while watching TV each night, go ahead and start selling what you make.
  8. Personal shopping: Like shopping? Go ahead and do it for someone else. There are plenty of people out there who don’t have the time and energy to go shopping. You can turn your love of shopping into help others. Become a personal shopper, and get extra points if you can be deal consultant, getting your clients the best bargains.
  9. Photography: One of my friends used to take pictures for a hobby. She began taking pictures of her friends’ children, and soon she had a business on her hands. You can hire out to take pictures of weddings and other events, as well as provide portraiture for families. You can also do something similar as a videographer.
  10. Scrapbooking: If you know how to make attractive scrapbook pages, some people might hire you to create beautiful pages for their memories. You can even assemble entire themed scrapbooks for clients who want an attractive way to display milestones, but don’t know to do it.

What home business ideas do you think you could start from a hobby?

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