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Turn Your Hobby Into A Profitable Home Business

Turn Your Hobby Into A Profitable Home Business

Have you ever wondered whether your hobby or special skill could turn into a profitable business? If the answer is yes, then what has stopped you from giving it a go?

Many successful businesses have started as weekend hobbies and have become successful part time and even full time businesses for their owners.

And the only difference between where they are now and where you are at the moment is that they took the first step.

Setting up a shop or renting out office space and fitting it out can be costly, so unless you are absolutely sure and have done your research, it’s best to test the waters first. And the easiest way to do that is by setting up a web-site. You can either hire a website design­er or do it yourself. There are many online tools which will help you do that.

Two of the most important things that your website should have are:

1. Clean design and easy navigation.

2. All the information your potential cus­tomer may need to make a decision whether to hire you or buy your products. When people are looking online, they don’t want to wait until they can contact you by phone, they want the details right there and then.

Remember on the internet, you are competing with thousands of other websites, so it’s critical that you prove you are the expert in your field and that you have credibili­ty.

Ensure you:

  1. Include testimonials from current customers. If you don’t have any yet, give away your products or serv­ices for free in return for feedback.
  2. Before and after shots – show problem pictures and beside them show how your product/service resolved the problem.
  3. Offer Money Back Guarantee ­the longer the better.
  4. Privacy Policy – let your vis­itors know how you will use any infor­mation they provide you.
  5. Contact Details – ensure you clearly display how they can contact you.
  6. If you belong to a trade associations, display their logo and details.
  7. Media – include any articles or photos that have appeared in online and offline media.
  8. Return/Refund Policy – Ensure this is easy to understand and spelt out step by step.
  9. Awards – if you have won any awards, include their details.

Here are some ideas of hobbies that can you turn into a great business:

  • Baking cookies / cakes for local cafes and restau­rants.
  • Chocolate making.
  • Flower arranging.
  • Teaching kids how to play soccer / net­ball / tennis / surfing / skateboarding.
  • Jewellery making or teaching.
  • Cake decorating. – Candle making.
  • Renovating houses.
  • Designing stationery.
  • Book writing.
  • Plants / flower / herb growing and sell­ing.
  • Teaching photography / dancing / sail­ing / knitting / pottery / computer skills to adults.
  • Running fitness classes.
  • Babysitting.
  • Event planning and organising.
  • Writing for online publications.
  • Being a tour guide. – Film making.
  • Fixing things.
  • Restoring furniture.
  • Creating gift hampers.
  • Personal training.
  • Collecting and selling antiques / art.
  • Hairdressing.
  • House organising.
  • Event planning.

So if you’ve ever thought of starting your own business, why not just go for it. What have you got to lose?

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