Hobbies That Can Become Careers
Many––if not all of us––have a hobby of some sort. Whether you enjoy taking pictures or gardening, there’s something out there for everyone. However, a lot of people either forget or don’t realize that their hobby could be a money-maker in addition to their career, or could ultimately replace their career. Continue reading to learn some hobbies that can become careers.
If you’re good at working with computer code, you’ve never been in higher demand. There are a ton of companies––specifically small businesses––that need your help. Small businesses usually don’t have the budget to hire a full-time IT staff, so they usually hire freelancers for one-off projects or finding bugs in their websites or software. All of which are relatively simple tasks, and the best part is you get to name the price.
Now, maybe you’re a creative writer. You could begin writing that book you’ve always wanted to write and self-publish, or better yet, work with a small local publisher and support a small business. Of course, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be an overnight success, and you likely won’t be, but everybody has to put in the legwork. In the midst of writing a book, you could also take on freelance work as a copywriter and help other companies create content.
There are a few routes you can take if you’re musically gifted. First, obviously you could be a musician or vocalist on your own, in a band, or with a symphony. Second, if you’re great at storytelling in short pieces, but not such a great singer, you could be a songwriter and sell your work to other musicians. Last, if you know the music industry and have basic business skills, you may be talented at managing a band. Many bands are great at writing and performing; however, they have no business skills whatsoever.
One of the most common hobbies that people make careers out of is photography. One reason is because it's such a versatile skill. For instance, corporations could hire you for professional headshots, or couples could hire you for engagement, wedding, and baby photos. Like many other businesses, you’ll need to know how to start a photography business before you can get your idea off the ground.
If you have a green thumb, you could certainly make a living as a gardener. After all, the majority of Americans were employed in agriculture a century ago. There are two popular ways to make money as a gardener. First, the rates for renting a booth at most farmers’ markets are relatively affordable, and you could sell your fresh produce to the community. On the other hand, you could be one of the produce suppliers for a local restaurant. Farm-to-table restaurants have become increasingly popular in recent years, and your hobby could help nourish the community.
While we only mentioned five hobbies that can become careers, there are dozens more out there. You’re an entrepreneur at heart, so challenge yourself, get creative, solve problems, and provide value to others through your skills.