By Hannah Ruben
Whoever told us, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” clearly wasn’t an entrepreneur. It is possible to earn a living while doing what you love. I think we all know the story of the the hyper teenager who became a skateboarding master, eventually considered one of the best skateboarders in the world and went on to create a successful line of video games (*cough cough* Tony Hawk). Or the story of two sisters that pursued their shared childhood passion to open a famous cupcake shop and star on their own reality TV show? There are countless examples of entrepreneurs that turned their hobby into a startup and grew into a successful business.
Is my hobby startup material?
Whether your hobby is the foundation of your business or if it simply sparks another fantastic idea, it is safe to say most interests can serve as an inspiration for something big. Many entrepreneurs start their business by solving a problem they encounter frequently or noticing a talent they excel at. Their biggest challenge is turning it into a viable business. A whopping 70% of U.S. employees reported that they hate their job and don’t feel engaged at work. This could be a result of company culture or a sign that the job is not a right fit. If you generally feel very positive and passionate about your hobby, then why not create the opportunity to do what you love every day...and get paid for it? Plus, passing time with creative activities is proven to produce many health benefits.