A lot of people who have a hobby wish at some point that they could do that hobby full time. Instead of waiting until after work is done to indulge your hobby, maybe creating business card designs or original ladies' casual clothing, wouldn't it be nice to just work on that hobby all the time and live on the proceeds?
Well, turning your hobby into a small business may not be a just a dream. In fact, many people have made a good living off of what was once just a hobby. Musicians and painters are two easy examples, but the world of hobbies is fraught with opportunities for those who want to make a living doing what they love. Maybe you love fish and want to open a shop to sell aquarium test kits and supplies. Or, someone who is interested in building websites could make a career in realtor web design.
The key to turning your hobby into a small business often lies in discovering where you can market the talents or knowledge that you learned while engaging in that hobby. Many times, hobbyists will find that their ideas are appealing to those who engage in the same hobby. A person with a collection of Bobby Orr memorabilia, for example, might find a great niche among other hockey memorabilia fans. It's not unheard of for this type of scenario to lead to a shop that specializes in all things hockey.
Sometimes, turning a hobby into a small business will mean you need a bit more than just practical knowledge. If you love to cook, there are multiple opportunities for you to create and expand your own business. Before doing so, however, you might want to enlist the services of someone who can further your knowledge through a cooking lesson. Toronto and other places have strict policies about food safety and so on, and even just one or two classes can really prepare potential business owners when it comes to the legal aspects of a catering business. Or maybe you love kids and want to turn that into your own nanny agency in London or elsewhere. This would take some research into regulations and training.
The point is, almost any hobby has the potential to grow into a small business. All you need is knowledge, some luck, and a little bit of marketing skill. The first step is identifying which needs other people who practice your hobby might need filled.