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How to Turn Your Hobby into a Business?

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September 28th, 2022 10:40

Thinking about your hobby as a business idea can be game-changing. Commonly, people engage in various hobbies—from playing video games to learning how to play the guitar. Monetizing your hobby as a business can be a profitable business activity for you.

There are options available for you to turn your hobby into a career. Do you like photo editing? Start a gig on Fiverr or Upwork offering your Adobe Photoshop skills. Perhaps it is analyzing the news that interests you? Start a blog by selecting a domain on WordPress and eventually monetize it by enabling ads. Or maybe you’re into marketing? Start offering your digital ad-setting skills on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn (or other online platforms) to individuals looking for such assistance online. 

The way to go about this is to consider the skills and the social media platform you can use to reach out to potential clients in the said field and get cracking on building a presence in it!

How do I monetize my hobby?

If you’ve decided that turning your hobby into a side business is for you, you can engage in several activities. Here are some essential skills that you might pick from:

Create a course on Skillshare or Udemy: 

It ranges from learning how to draw on Procreate on an iPad to learning specific skills in popular video games. If there is a community that engages with you, then you have a market for turning your hobby into a business!

Learn about digital marketing:

Learning how to market your offering through platforms like Google’s AdSense, Facebook, and Instagram’s advertisement services is a must. Learn how to reach out to people and use digital ads to open your business to the entire online world as a potential market. The good part? You can get enough information, including step-by-step lessons, free on YouTube.

Get started by creating a presence on social media: 

Use this as proof of work while conceptualizing your hobby as a business. If you are into photography, create an Instagram account demonstrating your skills. If you’re into editing and digital art, create a portfolio on Behance and link it to a website on WordPress. 

If you’re into writing in specific niches, like traveling or learning languages, you can create a blog for yourself by getting a website domain from WordPress or Squarespace. An online presence will give your work the sense of legitimacy to thrive.

Monetize the process: 

If you’ve learned how to make digital ads, you can create a course on it as well! It will enable you to garner income from the skills you wish to offer, and you can be a master of your services online. As a result, you will not worry about how much money you can make before a hobby becomes a business. 

Monetizing your learning can be an excellent way of supporting the primary business activity.

20 hobbies to turn into a business:

To help you out, we’ve created a list of 25 hobbies you can monetize as a business! You can go through this list as an indicative practice to see if there is anything that you might already know. If not, you’ll at least get a sense of various activities that you can pick from when looking for something that might qualify as a hobby or a business:

  1. Photography
  2. Language Translation
  3. Language learning
  4. Video-editing
  5. Cinematography
  6. Learning to play a musical instrument
  7. Productivity book lists (if you’re into reading books in this sphere)
  8. Creating digital ad-sets
  9. Playing a sport
  10. Fashion
  11. How to verify high-end purchases
  12. Financial information
  13. Traveling
  14. Debating
  15. Boxing and other martial arts
  16. Analyzing sports matches like football, cricket, etc.
  17. Writing for online literary competitions
  18. Painting
  19. Playing chess
  20. Fitness
  21. Designing logos
  22. Public speaking
  23. Vlogging
  24. Cooking
  25. Crafts & Painting


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