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5 Educational Hobbies That Can Turn into a Career

5 Educational Hobbies That Can Turn into a Career
Posted By: Rayanne Morriss on July 22, 2020

If recent events have taught citizens anything, it is that we need to be flexible about our employment. The ability to make money from a variety of sources has moved from a luxury to a necessity in light of the current world situation. Additionally, if you have a part time hobby that you love, why not turn it into an income stream that could overtake your current job in income potential?


Food


Are you a great cook? If you are particularly skilled at cooking a particular cuisine, or simply skilled in making simple, healthy meals that busy professionals can keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, consider becoming a personal chef. Maybe you love to do more than cooking. If you're a world-class party planner, put together package offerings that offer themes. From high-end birthday bashes to anniversary celebrations, you can offer your potential clients the chance to host a big dinner party that they can simply enjoy with their guests. Make sure to factor in your shopping time, consultations for food choices, prep, service and cleanup when putting together your bids.


Fitness


If you have worked hard to get in shape, be aware that you can make money off this effort. You will likely need to gain certification to become a personal trainer. While you are busy getting stronger and gaining your training, consider some specialization. For example, could you serve as a professional trainer for other professionals, traveling to their home early in the morning or late in the day? Would you be willing to work with senior citizens in their home on a program of core strength, balance, and good nutrition for bone density? By being willing to travel, skilled in nutrition and caring for a particular group of people, and offering a flexible schedule, you could set your own schedule.


Organizing


If you are great at decluttering and would like to help others, becoming a professional organizer has great appeal. You can also offer a cleaning service, or line up cleaning professionals to partner with you.



The steps of helping a senior citizen downsize a large home to a cozy apartment may be daunting to family and friends, but with a professional in the mix, you can add to your bank account and reduce their stress. You can also give people the chance to help those who are struggling. When guiding empty nesters through the process of reducing their household, you can offer your services in donating items. Many people want to donate but don't have the time to wait for a receipt at the thrift store. You'll need a vehicle and to properly value your time to offer this service effectively for all concerned.


Music


If you love music, check out the best music production tutorials you can find to build your skillset. Study the great recordings of your favorite music to figure out what really captures your attention. Offer to tag along with other professional music producers so you can learn the craft. Take very good care of your ears as you learn. Many concerts can be crushingly loud, and once your hearing is damaged by extreme noise, it may not come back. Travel with earplugs or noise cancelling headphones to protect your ear. Also, attend live music performances. Listen closely to the sound of fingers on an acoustic guitar. Watch and listen as members of a string quartet pass musical themes back and forth. Live music offers a magic that only happens once. As a producer, you can capture this magic for all time.


Crafting


There are many crafts that have died out, or are fading. If you're interested in learning to make bobbin lace or to spin wool, your first step must include finding a teacher. Check out local senior centers and see what classes they offer. By doing some volunteering at the site, you may find someone with a skill you can put to use. It's important to remember that many of the old-time skills, such as quilting, were actually born of thrift. With the right teacher, you can learn to produce crafts for very little money while you build your business.


If you're looking for a new past-time, building an additional income stream, or going to work in a completely different field, there are many ways to learn your new skill. Make time for this endeavor. Block out time each day to learn new processes until your new business becomes a habit.


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