5 Fun Hobbies You Can Turn into a Home Business

Turn Something You Love Into Income

One of the best parts of starting a home business is the ability to turn something you love into your career. Not only will you be able to spend your days immersed in something you enjoy while making a living, but also it's often an ideal business to start because you already know how to do it, thereby shortening the learning curve and start up time. 

While there are many hobbies that can be turned into home businesses, here are five common hobbies that you can easily start to make money from. If your hobby isn't listed, no worries. With some creativity, you can turn nearly any hobby into a home business

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Photography

Photography is One of the Top Hobbies for a Business - Photo by Stockbyte
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Is your camera strapped to you at all times? Are your friends and family always asking you to take pictures? Photography is not only a viable home business ideas, but also there are many different forms it can take. Do prefer to take landscape photos? Then you can sell your photography to online photo resources. Do you like to take portraits? Consider having a studio in your home. You can even specialize in children or pets. Or maybe you like to get out, in which case you can be a wedding or event photographer. 

Learn more about starting a photography business:

How to Start a Home Based Photography Business

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Reading

Book reviewer
Get paid to review books!. Credit: CareyHope | Getty Images

Are you an avid reader? If so, imagine turning your love of books into income? There are several ways you can make money from books. The ideas that specifically target reading include becoming a freelance book reviewer or starting a book blog, in which cases, not only can you get paid, but often you'll get free books as well. 

Another option is to start an editing service, where you can read and fix errors and help writers improve their work. 

Maybe instead of reading, you enjoy writing as well. If you have a story or information inside you waiting to be told, you can write a book and either work with a traditional publisher or self-publish.

More information on starting a reading-related business:

6 Ways Home Business Ideas for People who Love Books

3 Ways to Make Money from a Book Review Blog

Be a Book Reviewer

Making the Leap into Freelance Copy Editing

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Gardening

Lawn, landscaping, garden home business
Get paid to make the garden grow. Getty/Stockbyte

Do you have a green thumb? Many people want to have nice yards with green grass, colorful flowers and even home-grown vegetables for their dinner table. But not everyone has the time or talent to create a beautiful garden. Turning your enjoyment of gardening into a home business can be a fast and easy way to make a living, especially if you already have the tools and nice yard. You can focus on specific types of gardening, such as lawn and yard care, or you can help people design and develop a vegetable garden. Or you can start a landscaping business. Another option is to start an indoor plant care business.

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Art/Creative

Creative Home Business Ideas
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If your hobby involves artistic endeavors, there are many ways you can turn your creativity into income. You can sell your finished products online through resources such as Etsy, or consign them to local shops. Instead of selling your completed works, you can get paid to teach others how to enjoy the hobby. 

More information on starting a creative home business:

8 Home Business Ideas for Creative People

Scrapbooking Home Business

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Pets/Animals

Start a Home Based Pet Business
Turn your love of animals into a home based business. JGI/Jamie Grill | Getty Images

The pet industry is $60 million a year strong. People love their pets, and if you do too, there could a home business in it. There are a variety of ways to indulge in your love of animals and get paid, including pet sitting services, grooming and boarding, creating and/or selling pet accessories or food, pet photography, and more. 

In most cases, a love of animals is all you need to get started. However, other ideas, such as groomer and boarder may require additional licensees or permits, and possibly training or certification.

More information on starting a pet-related business:

6 Home Business Ideas for Pet Lovers

Start a pet sitting business

How to Start a Pet Grooming Business

How to Start a Pet Photography Business

Have Fun and Get Paid

If you dread getting up and going to work, turning your hobby into a part-time or full-time home business is a great way to have fun and get paid. One word of warning though; starting a home business related to your hobby means you'll be turning something you enjoy in your free time into your career. You run the risk of reducing the fun and calming aspects of your hobby by putting pressure to create income. For many people, however, turning their hobby into a business creates more overall enjoyment and satisfaction in life.