From Part-time to Full Time: 4 Ways to Turn a Hobby into a Career

What do you love doing?

If the answer to that question involves one of your “hobbies” rather than you regular 9-to-5, then it may be time you do some reevaluating and make a bit of a switch.

While there is a lot of pushback right now on transitioning a hobby into a profitable career option, there literally is no better time than now to make the switch, especially if your interests lie in an already marketable arena, like coding or another form of technology.

You’ll hear all kinds of recommendations when it comes to making your hobby your full-time profession, but the reality is if you employ a few simple strategies and focus on an already profitable option, you could be a success story too.

1. Develop your Photography Skills

If you already have a photographic eye, why not really go for it? The most successful wedding photographers make upwards of $100,000 a year.

Obviously, you won’t start out at this point, but if you’re innovative and focus on being a little strategic, you could definitely get there. As a photographer, you’ll need to do two primary things: set yourself apart and make connections. People want a unique look when they’re choosing a photographer, so be sure to invest in yourself by taking some classes, practicing your skill, and really developing your own style. And once you are comfortable, start networking.

Create a website to market your skills, go to local events, and advertise your services effectively. As you begin picking up clients, you’ll be able to start making the transition to a full-time photographer.

2. Go into Videography

An offshoot of photography, videography is one of the next big things on the market. People are looking for video producers to make everything from family films to wedding day memoirs and more. Likewise, companies are constantly looking for innovative ways to market their products and set themselves apart.

To break into this field, you’ll want to invest in effective equipment and start building your portfolio. Even creating your own YouTube Channel can be a great way to start bulking up your portfolio and get your name out there.

3. Establish yourself as a Data Specialist

Information technology readily lends itself to hobby-turned-job opportunities. If you’ve always had an interest in technology and pursued professional training in the field, data analysis and support is a field that is rapidly expanding today.7

Having a master’s in computer science and more specifically a master’s in database systems opens the door for you to establish your own technical support and data analysis business. Start marketing your services, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you can transition into a full-time career with this option.

4. Become a Virtual Assistant

Many businesses today have the understanding and desire to create content but not necessarily the means to effectively provide it. Few people have the skills to effectively create a website and code it to make it unique and effective.

If you already have these skills, consider developing them a step further and going into business for yourself by offering your skills as a virtual assistant. There are a number of other tasks that you can tie into this position, but the understanding of website creation and development will set you apart in the market.


If you dread going to work every day because you’re not doing something you love, it’s high time that you start making your hobby your job. Consider these four options and employ a little innovation to start creating your own options today.

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Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family. Kara recommends looking into reviews for Success Path for more information on a careers you can get without a degree.

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