(Closed) Turn hobby into a job

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Me too!  I’m tired of being unemployed!  By The Way I love your avatar.  I have one too.

Post # 4
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I really, really enjoy cooking for large amount of people.  It can be pretty stressful, but I feel that’s when I cook my best.  I would be very interested in starting a small catering business and save whatever I can to put towards an actual business, location, etc.  

Post # 6
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I loooove hunting for vintage finds… I haven’t yet sold anything but my goal is to try to set up a little online shop on etsy or something. My friend buys boxes of jewelry from estate sales and sells the jewelry on etsy. She’s had over 250 sales and her jewelry is not cheap! Do the math 🙂 Good extra money.

Post # 8
335 posts
Helper bee

this is exactly what i hope to do with my degree in illustration! ha, i’ll let you know how it goes once i’ve graduated. *fingers crossed*

Post # 9
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

My husband really loves dogs, so he started a local dog walking, training, sitting type business. Its really just within our gated community and friends and family. He doesn’t have a regualr job and takes what he can get. There is always a family getting a pet and not having the time to train or care for. And people want to get away from town and know that there pets are in good hands and not at a kennel but rather in the comfort of their own home.

I love selling things on craiglist- and I have been doing some side work, selling peoples extra stuff for them. I take the pictures, post it and manage the inquiries and help with the final transacton for a percentage fee. Its great and really costs me absolutley nothing but my time and a battery charge maybe on my camera.

Post # 10
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m trying to start a career blogging, right now I have a blog about being a less-than-graceful mom-to-be.

I’m also looking into opening an Etsy business because I have tons of vintage stuff that doesn’t work for me.

Post # 11
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have an etsy shop for jewelry, but it doesnt do very well – I dont babysit it like it requires to be successful.

What does work, however, is selling the jewelry in my brick & mortar retail shop (I have a jewelry case, but my shop isn’t jewelry-focused, just FYI).  It took a fair amount of cash and time learning the technique, but I’ve more than doubled my investment over the last year, for sure – and now that we’re in holiday season I expect some pretty awesome sales.

I also took belly dance for several years and eventually became an instructor making $22/hour after my ‘day job’, but that was shorter lived and took MUCH longer to get into since I had to have years of training under my belt.


Post # 12
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I plan on building up my own fine art business from home. I believe I’m getting there step by step. 

I’ve had many clients in the past comission me to do paintings, drawings, etc. for them. My motivation is hearing how it touched/moved them, that’s one of the many things I LOVE about being an artist! I know it will take time, but right now I am trying get myself out there and just praying!

So many of my friends have told me (growing up and to this day) they believe I will be famous one day. But honestly, I’d just be happy in my own little studio in my home, making things for people! 🙂

P.S. Another dream of mine is to make hand-made/hand-designed cards for people. I just get a kick out of it and I love making people feel special–to see and feel their worth somehow through a little piece of paper…I usually make my Fiance and family home-made cards for birthdays, anniversaries etc. I can’t get enough of it!

Post # 13
4653 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I sell TuTu’s to friends and random people I am not “making a living” on it yet but I did sell 14 last month! And now its december I should get a few dress up gift orders. I started making them for my little ones. and for birthday/Christmas gifts but now. I get to sell them! 

Post # 14
849 posts
Busy bee

I like making cakes, and I took some classes to learn to decorate them with fondant and be hella legit. 

My extended family will ask me to make cakes for them, but then they don’t pay me! They asked how much the materials cost to make it (they’re pricey), then give me nothing. it’s really annoying.

Post # 16
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have done mini desserts for a few large events.  I make them because I love little foods and used to take them to work and parties all the time.  Several people passed the word and I have had several orders.  Not what I had ever intended to do and wouldn’t like it full time or even part time, but for some extra purse money it’s great.

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