Do you have a talent or skill that you’d love to turn into a self-employment opportunity? Fortunately, a lot of people are making money these days in just that way. Here are five great hobbies you can turn into a home business:
Gift basket business.
Are you great at gift-giving? Do you have a knack for putting together eye-pleasing ensembles? Do you love to shop? If so, then you could turn these loves into a home based business. Many people fret over what to give for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. You can be the person who puts it all together, and makes it pretty on top of that.
Baked goods business.
Let’s face it: we’re not all proficient in the kitchen. Some of us can’t even bake a cake from a store-bought mix. If you love to bake and are good at it, then you can advertise your services to local businesses (think cafés, coffee shops, delis, convenience stores, office buildings, and caterers), or even to private parties who need some delicious sweets for events like birthdays, holiday dinners, and more.
If you have a good camera and a great eye, then you can turn a photography hobby into a money-making home-based venture. There are a number of ways you can use your shots to bring in an income. Consider advertising your services for events, headshots, or family photo ops; or, you may sell still shots on stock photo sites like Shutterstock, Fotolia, Pixmac, and BigStock.
It is possible to turn your web design hobby into a lucrative home business, whether you are fluent in a variety of computer coding languages, or just proficient at WordPress. Advertise your skills on sites like Craigslist, through your own website, and on freelancing sites like eLance and DesignCrowd.
Sure, it may not seem like blogging is a business, but the truth is that you can make a lot of money off a successful blog. If you maintain a blog and have a lot of followers, then there are a number of ways you can monetize your blog so that it makes money for you. For example, you can place ads on your blog site, become an affiliate for a product (or products) that are related to your blog topic and advertise those products on your blog, offer premium content for a membership fee, sell products featuring your blog’s logo/brand image, offer a consulting service for other bloggers who are trying to be successful, write posts for other blogs (for a fee), speak to groups about blogging, and much, much more. When you think about it, your blog can be a major cash cow if you do it right.
As you can see, it is possible to take something you do for fun and make money from it. Consider this list of great home business hobby ideas to see if any of these great ideas are a match for you.