4 Ways To Turn Your Hobbies into a Full Time Career

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By guest writer Norah Martin

People generally do not have too much time for hobbies nowadays, with being stuck in the office most of their day. However, if you find yourself out of a job, or if you are in need of some additional income, you might want to explore turning one of your passions into a profitable career. Depending on where your interests lie, today’s market still offers plenty of opportunity for any hardworking individual.

1. Writing

It may surprise some people that children start exhibiting writing skills at a preschool age, but recognizing and developing these skills may be beneficial on many levels once they grow up. Encouraging them to read and form their own vocabulary and style sometimes inspires them to seriously consider literature as a career.

When you are older, however, good at writing and stuck at a boring job, there is a variety of options for you: freelance writing, ghostwriting, journalism, working in advertizing as a copywriter or a content writer – or even blogging for a living! More and more people are getting interested in blogs as a way of making serious money, and it is all because writing used to be their hobby for a number of years.

2. Beauty and Makeup

So many girls are good at doing hair and makeup and there is no reason why they should not elevate it into a fully-grown business. On the other hand, they can choose beauty therapy as their vocation and open a small spa center or a massage parlor. If you consider yourself fit for this job, it does not take long to learn beauty therapy skills and find work in this profession.

3. Graphic Design

Having a working knowledge of programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or CorelDRAW can come in handy when you want to slightly manipulate a bad picture of yourself or crop an image in order to fit it on your wallpaper, but there is more to it. People with artistic skills and abilities often become interested in transforming this hobby into a full-time job.

With more and more websites and forums that seek graphic designs – logos corporate identity, website templates, etc. – you can have a chance to earn a paycheck if you like drawing. And there is some good money in this, too – it may sound crazy, but Australia-based SitePoint-turned-99designs is a multimillion dollar venture with hundreds of contests on a daily basis, so there must be a place for you, as well.

4. Sports on a Higher Level

Most people was involved in some kind of sports when they were young, but not many become professional athletes. What you can, however, do, if you are a sports-enthusiast, is start an amateur club or even an entire mini-league. Gather up a couple of friends to form a team, find sponsors and dedicate your time to managing and training. The money in this sector is not as big as in professional sports, but you will be able to earn enough and, additionally, spend time with your friends involved in the game you like.

Why Should You Do This?

These do not have to be your only choices, but are example of successful businesses that initially were hobbies and then rose onto a new level. If you want to make a living out of something you are already easily and naturally performing right now – and having fun while doing it – do not look past your hobbies when starting your own business.

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