How to Turn Your Hobby into a Career

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Careers are chosen in a variety of ways; some people pick jobs that are prestigious or pay well, while others choose jobs that they think will be easy. Yet the ideal career lets you get paid for doing something you love, and you already have an idea of what that might be because you’re already doing it in your free time as a hobby. However, turning it into a full-time income is not always easy. Here are a few tips on how to turn your hobby into a career.

Teach Others

If you enjoy doing something, there is a fair chance that others would enjoy it as well. One option you could consider is becoming a teacher, coach, or instructor. However, this may require earning industry credentials or earning a certification.

For example, if you love skiing, you could become a ski instructor. Whistler has some of the best instructor academies in the world. You can choose longer courses or shorter, more intensive courses, and you can train to teach people to ski on the beginner course or go backcountry skiing. Whistler skiing academies are all-inclusive, allowing you to stay at their facilities while you earn your ski coaching credentials. Then you can get paid to teach skiing as well as improve your own skill level.

In other cases, you could teach classes through a university or continuing education program. You could also create webinars or hold seminars to teach. Another approach is writing or speaking about your hobby. You could publish a blog on the hobby complete with how-to articles. The challenge is continually churning out content and standing out from the crowd.

Start Selling Something Related to the Hobby

Consider creating, selling or importing something of interest to your hobby’s enthusiasts. Another thing you could do is create tools or accessories that other enthusiasts will find useful. Or you could make hobby-themed T-shirts and paraphernalia.

Start small so that you can prove there is a sustainable market instead of quitting your day job. Sell online or at conventions related to your hobby instead of trying to open a store. Also, keep your product line simple and prove your business plan instead of adding products that may not sell.

Create a Series Based on What You Love

Do you love history? Consider creating a tour that takes other history enthusiasts to various locations of interest to them. If you’re a foodie, you could take people on tours of the best restaurants offering a particular type of cuisine. A side benefit of this route is that you can sell this service to tourists in addition to local hobbyists.

Provide Services Your Fellow Fans Need

If you’re knowledgeable enough, you could appraise items for others. You could be paid to tell people if they own an authentic original or a later mass-produced version. You could fix or repair items related to the hobby, whether it is spinning wheels, custom bikes, or top of the line gaming consoles. Or you could source rare items for those who want it. This approach may earn you a living, but it doesn’t require you to acquire and then sell inventory.

Transitioning from hobby to career is possible, and it allows you to live the modern dream of doing what you love for a living.

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