It may sound impossible – and it probably is if your main hobby is playing football or flying remote control aeroplanes – but there’s every chance you could make some money from your hobby, and even make a career.
For many making the move from hobby to career can be incredibly scary, but if you’ve the talent, determination, and passion for the thing you love, there’s no reason you can’t make your pastime a full-time job.
We take a look at some of the world’s favourite hobbies and how you can make the most of it…
Millions of people have a passion for gardening. It’s soothing, relaxing, and standing back and looking at the end product fills you with gratification.
But what if you could turn that into money? Well there are plenty of opportunities to make money from gardening. You could take care of other people’s gardens, sure. But what about starting a class to help gardening beginners, taking them through pruning, sewing, and all of the other must know info to turn them into a green-fingered whizz? Teaching at local centres, and even garden centres for a small fee would not only cover the price of your own hobby but could even turn into a franchise and make some serious money.
There’s a lot of method to the madness which is the gambling industry, and if you’ve managed to figure out the poker table or slot machines, then it could be an extremely lucrative new career. Practicing your trade, and even picking up a few dollars playing online video games could see you fully equipped to hit the Las Vegas casinos.
It’s a career that has seen many make a lot of money, and if you’ve the right mentality like Daniel Negreanu or Phil Ivey, you could go a long way.
Sitting in front of the television, needles in hand, and sewing your niece flowers onto a jumper is incredible relaxing. But if you’re good you can really earn from your love. Take Megan Duckett, she began sewing at her dining room table as a hobby. Before she knew it she was designing silk chandeliers for the Mirage in Las Vegas, and earning more money than her full-time job.
Today she owns Sew What? and Rent What? earning over $6.2 million per year and managing 44 employees. Not bad from starting making drapes for her bedroom.