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Advice on How to Turn Your Hobby Into Your Business


Have you been long dreaming of starting your own business doing what you love? You're not alone. BusinessNewsDaily talked to four successful business owners who told us how they turned their passion into the business of their dreams. Here is their advice to anyone who wants to do as they've done and turn their hobby into a business. You can click on each person's name to reach their whole story.

Don't talk about what you want do.  Take action.   You don’t want to look back one day and say "I could have" or "I would have done it".  Just do it.  It can be a scary move, but if you have the passion, commitment, and done your homework, there is a great chance that you will be successful.  We have all been patrons at other restaurant and bars and know exactly what we are looking for in terms of quality product, great service and a fun experience. -- Alan Nathan, Choice Hospitality Group.


To anyone who wants to turn their passion into a full-time business, this is my advice: Look at others who do what you want to do, and figure out how they did it. Read what they read, form business habits like them, and don't be afraid to work! I try to encourage my high school clients (I shoot mostly seniors) by telling them to figure out what it is they love to do, and then study the people who make a living from doing that particular thing. Yes, being a nurse or a teacher or a doctor or a lawyer are all wonderful options, but if you're only choosing a certain career because it makes sense on paper and provide you with a paycheck, you won't be happy long-term. Most of our time as adults is spent working, so you may as well spend that time doing something you love! -- Christina Adam, owner of Grace Designs Photograph.


Know your market well, get buy-in from others in your industry and persist like hell. It is always darkest before dawn but persistence will carry you through. And lastly, go for it. Get your ideas out of your head and into the market. Too many would-be entrepreneurs talk themselves out an idea before it ever sees the light of day.
-- Kelly Dachtler, The Clymb.


Intern at as many places as possible to learn as much as you can. You have to be extraordinarily passionate about designing. It requires a tremendous amount of energy as well as thick skin. The apparel business can be outright brutal at times and it will soon unmask your level of determination.  It is a lot of hard work and it will cost a lot of money to build a business. -- Amy Matto, Amy Matto.