(Closed) Has anyone turned their hobby into a career?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wish.  It’s so hard to do anything in this economy, I feel.  

Best of luck to you!!  What is the field, if you don’t mind my asking?

I am currently an interior designer, but I wish I could turn my crafty/art skills into something more lucrative.

Post # 6
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2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This might be better suited for a PM but oh well.

As I’ve mentioned, I own a few salon/spas.  I love it.  Buying decorating them (they aren’t your typical set ups) I’ve found I’m quite good at interior design.

After we opened our first location, I was bombarded with requests to work on clients homes.

After our second, I got more requests.

After our third I had as many design clients as I had personal salon clients.

Im now opening a different kind of business and will keep it and the salons afloat.  The economy has not made a difference in either of my businesses.

Pm me if you want to chat or bounce things off of someone.

Post # 8
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2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I workedsin a day spa as a hairstylist, then after an injury as a nail tech.  Then I was promoted to dept head, then spa manager.  Then managing two spas. Then I moved from Los Angeles/Orange County to Charleston, SC.  I knew I wanted to own my own business.  But at the time I was burned out.  So after a year off, I came up with our concept.  It’s a spa but it’s wildly different from the corporate spa I came from.

So, we opened a new business in a new city, without knowing anyone or having any experience owning our own business in the worst possibly economy.  It was scary, but I felt like…there was no option for failure.  Not what if, not just in case, but truly no option for failure.  Our first month, we made 7k.  I was so floored that we were making “so much money” in a small town, in the economy with not enough experience and we were giggling at how ridiculous it was.  

Now we Are a lifetime away from our meager first months and I  encourage everyone to step out of the box and try something scary.  We have about five ideas for businesses going forward.  I’m never afraid of failure because now I know how to run with success.

Post # 9
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2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also, I encourage you to share your ideas.  Get as much feedback as Possible.  Saying it the first 10 times is scary and nerve wracking, but do it.  Its good for you.

Post # 10
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Newbee

I liked speaking and writing spanish, and now I teach it!

Post # 12
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2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is.  But I try to weigh the risks and rewards.  That usually helps guide me where I need to be.

Post # 14
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2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Either take baby steps to ballsy or one big step. 

I promise it gets easier after you do it a couple of times!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I haven’t… yet. For a lot of the reasons you mention (i.e. fear of failure and guilt of wasting education). I have my BA and a law degree and am currently a lawyer. But what I want to do is be a photographer. It has been a hobby of mine since high school but it was never a real career option in my mind because it wasn’t “stable” enough. Then I got a stable job and realized it sucks. I’ve spent the last year trying to work my way into the industry. Mostly by practicing my skills and second-shooting weddings to gain experience and make sure i’ll actually be GOOD at what I want to do before I try to do it. I’m hoping to ease my way in basically, to minimize the risk of failure. I know it is going to take a LOT longer this way. The faster way would be to quit my day job and invest a chunk of money into everything I need (all the equipment, website design, branding, advertising, etc) and really go at it– sink or swim. But I feel like it isn’t fair to my husband to do that when my loans are still so oppressive. So I’m just going slow, booking what I can by word of mouth, putting every cent I make from photography back into the business to build up what I need, and hopefully eventually I’ll start booking enough on a steady enough basis that it makes sense to fully transition.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes. My passion was dogs, so I opened a pet care company. I do mainly dog walking, but my services include all aspects of pet care/house sitting and home security.

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