How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business (And Mistakes to Avoid!)


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Owning your own business is a career-defining experience, whether you choose to stay on this path or not. If you want to give your entrepreneur journey the best chance of succeeding, you can turn your hobby into a lucrative business.

This way, you do something you like and make a living out of it.

However, you need a bit more than just passion for getting things rolling and sustaining a constant flow of income. But if you’re determined to give it a try, here are a few tips to keep in mind and a few mistakes to avoid. 

What’s Your Reason?

Why do you want to turn your hobby into a business? Is it because you think there’s a solid chance it will bring in serious money, or is it a way to get rid of a boring and soul-crushing 9-to-5?

While there are plenty of good reasons for owning your own business, you have to understand the difference between doing something for a living and doing it for pleasure. If your hobby is your way to escape from work-related stress and social pressure, turning it into a business may suck all the fun out of it.

So before you start anything, try to imagine your life after making the change. Will you still enjoy your hobby when it becomes something you have to do on a daily basis?

Side Hustle or Full-Time Business?

The main difference between a side gig and a full-time business is whether you have a full-time job alongside it. If you keep your 9-to-5 and do YouTube in your free time, that’s a side gig. But if you quit your 9-to-5 to make YouTube videos, then you’re a full-time content creator.

This often implies hiring a team to support your creative process, having an accountant to take care of tax purposes, and, most likely, collaborating with a copyright law expert to avoid any case of copyright infringement. 

Another example of a hobby that can turn into a lucrative side hustle is the collection and transaction of sports memorabilia. Since baseball is America’s favorite pastime, MLB memorabilia is a great starting point.

You can easily keep track of MLB auctions in your free time and learn about what items are the most valuable and how to find them.

Mistakes to Avoid

Every entrepreneur will make mistakes, but it does help to know the most common pitfalls. Here are a few that never seem to get old:

No Plan in Sight

Having a business plan is crucial to the success of any business. Also, doing thorough research about the industry, competition, and market demand.

A well-thought-out plan will help you identify your target market, pricing strategy, marketing tactics, and financial projections. It’s also a great way to understand your prospects of success and find the appropriate marketing channels (aka, where your audience likes to spend their free time). 

Moreover, when you write your business plans, goals, and strategies down, it will become clear how much effort and hard work you need to invest.

No Budget for Professional Advice

Accountants, lawyers, and business advisors may not seem as important when you can barely make enough money to support the business, but it is a huge mistake to ignore their role in the success of your endeavor.

Moreover, it is essential to keep accurate records of your income and expenses and to set up a separate business bank account to manage your finances. Without this, you won’t be able to attract investors, get a business loan, or understand how your business is faring.

Wrap Up

If you’re thinking about turning your hobby into a business, make sure you understand the difference between the two. Without this knowledge, it will be difficult to move forward.

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