How to Turn Your Hobby or Vocation Into a Profitable Business Online
Did you ever hear that people do best what they like to do the most? It is really true, and it probably has to do with doing something that makes you happy, as well as gratification from doing something well. Certainly in creating and developing an online home business this is your chance to have it all!
Working from home online in itself will tend to make you happy, particularly if you have had a long and not so satisfying career working at 'jobs'. There is something to be said for doing something because you want to rather than that you have to, that surely contributes to the overall feeling of well-being.
When starting out to plan your business, you may not really even know what it is you could do to earn money online. We will explore some possibilities at least so that you can have a few examples and you can 'shrink to fit' or whatever to make it work for you. A few different hobbies could be developed into good businesses.
For example say you like to play golf - You could start a blog just discussing golf - tournaments, scores of the latest matches, biographical information about the golf pros. As a service and as a way to attract traffic to your blog, you could even post schedules of local, state and/or national matches and tournaments. Are you saying, swell, fun - but how would that make any money?
To monetize the site you could look into becoming a distributor of golf equipment and supplies - golf clubs, bags, shoes, hats, accessories, etc. You wouldn't have to buy the inventory if you found wholesalers who would more than likely be willing to drop-ship for you - so you name your price, factoring in your profit of course, and create an online order form - or use a trusted, secure payment option like a free account with Paypal.com where they also have the payment buttons and graphics you can use.
Actually for this scenario an even simpler way would be to become a free Amazon.com affiliate and then you could advertise their golf equipment etc. and they would pay your commissions - Again Amazon is trusted and secure so it is not like just anybody saying send me the money and I promise to send you the clubs, or etc. You could apply this idea to any sport - baseball, tennis, soccer, fishing, etc.
Not into sports? How about crafts? Like baking? If you have a recipe that people rave about for example for brownies or chocolate chip cookies (or any cookie) or candy, you could start making them as you get orders. This is a little more involved because you have to consider packing and shipping it and having it ideally arrive in one piece! You could create gift baskets for holiday gifts that include for example a batch of your cookies, a nice festive coffee mug and a bag of gourmet coffee or hot chocolate. Then you just create a blog website and take pictures of your baked goods and the baskets all done up; include a 'buy now' button and order form.
There are various ways to promote/advertise your site online so that when people search for 'gifts' or 'home made baked goods' they will find your link. Again, a blog lends itself to this scenario really well - you could publish various recipes (except you probably don't want to publish the ones you will use for your service) - you could have interesting discussions about challenges to baking and some remedies, etc., and tips on entertaining for the holidays, etc. There are loads of things people would love that you could probably make - jams and jellies, breads, cakes, and maybe you could expand into these areas slowly after you see how it goes with the original idea.
Again - if you don't like to bake or cook, you could apply these same principles to anything - stained glass gifts, candle making, soap making - and sell baskets with little sets of things. Whatever you decide, make it fun, make it profitable and most of all share your blessings (talents) with others! An extra perk for them is they can shop online from the comfort of home - no traffic jams, parking problems or mob scenes at the mall and/or post office! Enjoy!