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How to Turn Your Hobby into a Job

Hobbies are activities we do because we enjoy them, whereas a job usually requires us to do some work we may not full-heartedly enjoy. What if you could turn your hobby into a job? It’d be the perfect blend of working passionately and earning money for doing what you enjoy. It’ll sure make the time at your job go by quicker and you’ll find yourself happier. Having a great entrepreneurial spirit can lead you to turn your beloved hobby into a lucrative job that can help you earn while you play instead of earning to play.

Many people have already jumped on the entrepreneur bandwagon and have begun to turn their hobbies into profit with the flourish of sites like Etsy.com. Suddenly, people with hobbies in handmade crafts have found an outlet to sell their goods and make a profit. If you have a hobby of making anything handcrafted, then Etsy.com would be a good place to start selling to a market of handcraft enthusiasts. You can take an even more entrepreneurial approach and sell your crafts on your very own website. This obviously involves more work in terms of marketing and branding, but you can turn it into a great part-time gig.

If you have hobbies that may be a benefit to others, then you should share by blogging about them. Blogging has also expanded in the last couple of years, where you can find a blog on just about any subject. Stand out with your blog by marketing it to your specific hobbies and give it a unique spin. The more of a following you have, the more it will spread on the internet, and that buzz will attract many people that may want you to blog for their site or pay you for your service. For example, if you love fashion and photography, you can start a fashion blog by posting pictures you’ve taken of fashion that inspires you. You may find your favorite local designers inviting you to fashion shows or other events to take pictures.

If you want to have a more hands on approach to creating a job out of your hobbies, consider teaching your hobby to others as Forbes suggests. Whether you’re a master carpenter or a well-trained violinist, consider offering classes in your community. Believe it or not, you may find that people in your community are interested in learning about your hobby. Turn your job search into the direction of positions open in your area seeking teachers in the hobby you have.

Whether it’s teaching, blogging or starting your own small business, you can steer your job search in the right direction by turning your hobby into a job. Your hobbies can give you real insight into what it is you truly enjoy and what qualities and skills you possess that give you an advantage in the job search.

Turning a hobby into a job is no easy task and takes time to really see a profit, but if you have the entrepreneurial drive and spirit, there’s nothing standing in your way of earning money in a job you love.

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Hannah is an intern writer here at Spark Hire. She is from the northern suburbs in Chicago and is currently studying journalism at DePaul University. She has always had a passion for writing which is why Journalism has proven to be the perfect career for her. She has written for the DePaulia Online on various topics such as fashion, music, movies and television. She loves living in Chicago because it offers exciting events to write stories on. In her free time she enjoys going to music concerts, watching movies with friends, cooking vegetarian food and walking her adorable Cocker Spaniel Coco.

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