Would you call yourself a handyman? Do you enjoy fixing other people’s household problems? Have you considered turning it into a business?
While it might not be something you have thought about, taking your hobby and turning it into a business is much easier than you may think and can be a great way to make use of any extra time you have or to make a small amount of additional income.
Believe me, I’ve done it.
When I was just coming out of high school I completed a carpentry course. While I wouldn’t say that it turned me into the world greatest builder or even woodwork designer, it did teach me the basics and how I could build on those skills to take the action even further.
Once I had completed the course I did build on those skills by building anything and everything I could. If I needed something around the house, I Would do my best to build it. If my friends needed a new piece of furniture, I would offer to make it. I did it because I enjoyed the work and the reward of seeing what I had created.
I wasn’t until a friend of a friend asked me if I had considered charging for my services, and not just for the materials. He himself had recently completed a barber course and was needing me to help him build a small salon in the back area of his home. To be honest, I hadn’t given it one thought. But I sure did after that. I gave it a lot of thought and then decided to jump right in and do it!
I stocked up on building tools and materials from warehouses and places like the Groupon Coupons page for Lumber Liquidators, created a basic website with my contact details, and I gave my details to anybody and everybody that I saw. Whether it was a new friend at a party, a work colleague, or even the person bagging my grocers, if they were listening, I was telling them about my services.
While it didn’t really take off at first, after a month or two I started to get some small job. Those small jobs lead to other small jobs, which began to lead to much larger jobs. Before I knew it, something which I enjoyed doing had turned into a profitable business and was a great second income stream to me and my family.
While my success story shouldn’t be taken as a guarantee, it should be taken as a testament that turning your hobby into a business is achievable, you just have to take the chance and go for it!
If you have a natural talent, be it for wood work, baking, or even designing your own clothes, don’t be afraid to explore any business opportunities which may be available. It’s just like they say, ‘if you don’t something you love then you never work a day in your life’.