The Best Hobbies to Turn Into a Business

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Countless people spend their free time participating in fun activities and fulfilling hobbies. Then, when it's time to go back to work, the party is suddenly over. Yet, that doesn't have to be the case. With enough experience and confidence, many people could turn their part-time hobby into a successful full-time career.

Cooking

If you are always in the kitchen creating a new masterpiece dish and your friends are always begging you to cook at functions, starting a catering business might be a great idea. Caterers prepare and set-up meals for a variety of functions, such as weddings, reunions, birthday parties and corporate functions. Some caterers run their own business; other caterers have managerial positions in hotels and casinos. According to Simply Hired, a caterer can bring in an average of $37,000 per year, as of 2011.

Event Planning

Event planning could be a great career for someone who is always the first to help plan family reunions or always looking for an excuse to throw a special function. Event planners must be creative, organized, decisive and have great people skills. Some work for corporations or start their own specialty business. Entry-level event planners or coordinators can expect to make between $28,000 and $38,000 a year, as of 2011.

Home Improvement

Replacing old cabinets and repainting a dull room are just a couple of home improvement ideas. There are actually people in the world who enjoy fixing up houses and troubleshooting home equipment. Most work on those projects during the weekends or after work, but according to PayScale, as of 2011, a full-time home improvement contractor can bring in $30,000 to $101,000 a year.

Photography

Anyone who has ever planned a wedding or another special event knows that photography is one of the most important aspects. It's the only way for guests to relive the moment. With that said, generally photographers charge $1,500 to $3,000 per event, as of 2011. Of course, not just anyone can be a photographer. If they're good, one can make a living of this trade.

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