How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

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One of the best ways to make some extra money is to start generating income from a business. So, where do you look for ideas when trying to start a business? Why not start with your hobbies?

You can take a part time hobby that you love and turn it into a full time income. Here’s how to do it…

Figure out what you love to do

First, you need to start by identifying a hobby that you love to do. Select something that you are good at and enjoy doing. If your creative maybe you can design paintings, build websites, or construct furniture.

If you’re good at cooking maybe you can bake and sell cookies, pies, and cakes from home. Are you good with computers? Why not freelance as a computer repair specialist?

Figure out how to make money at your hobby

Next, you need to determine how you will make money from your hobby.  This requires doing some research on what others charge for their services and then coming up with competitive pricing.

You should also determine if you are going to start your business from home or lease an office space. Will you offer your business online or do you have to be physically present for your business to work? You also need to consider whether your business is one that people are used to paying cash for or is something that people consider to be a free service.

Figure out how much money you need

Every business venture requires some form of capital investment. Some businesses can be started for just a few bucks while others may require hundreds of thousands of dollars. Make a list of all of the items, equipment, and supplies that you need to get started with your business. You should be able to come up with an estimate so you know how much money you need to save or borrow. One thing to keep in mind is that home based businesses cost a lot less to start than businesses with building costs and inventory requirements.

If you need to borrow money from a bank be prepared to submit a business plan, a budget, and a debt management plan. The more prepared you are, the more likely your bank will finance your new business.

Figure out the structure of your organization

Now you need to determine what legal form your entity is going to take. You may want to set up a sole proprietorship if you want a simple business structure with limited filing requirements. Forming a partnership may make sense for a business with more than one owner. For those concerned about liability, you should look at forming a limited liability company or a corporation. Once you have figured out the structure of your business is, you need to file the necessary paperwork with the state.

You are ready to start promoting your business once you have it legally set up in the state. Your hobby could go a long way towards meeting your retirement goals if you select the right business.

Good luck Penny Hoarders!