We’ve all heard the saying, do what you love and the money will follow. That’s never been truer than it is today.
The internet has enabled thousands of people to start their own businesses and make a living doing what they love. Whether you have a knack for knitting, teaching, organization, or motivating others, your audience is waiting for you to put your products or services out there and start impacting lives.
Talents are meant to be shared, so think of businesses you can start that require no more than your passion and dedication.
Here are 10 Ideas for Making A Business from Your Talents:
Etsy is an online store that allows you to sell your own vintage or hand-made products. They create the website and financial transaction portal. You create your products, prices, and take care of shipping logistics. This is a perfect option for anyone who has a craft-based hobby like knitting, jewelry making, pottery, woodworking, or painting. It’s also great for reselling vintage or rare items. Think online craft or flea market.
Love exercise? Earning your fitness instructor certification is a very real possibility. This includes everything from yoga to CrossFit®. Whether you’re hired at a mega-gym or open your own small studio, fitness is a trend that is always in high demand.
If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, Amazon has made it incredibly easy to become a published author. They offer free courses to help guide you through formatting, imagery, and even sales and marketing of your book. You pick the price point and earn royalties on every book sold. They recently rolled out a print-on-demand option for anyone else who loves turning actual pages.
If writing is your gig but you don’t have a book burning inside you, consider copywriting. This is a profession that has gained popularity in the past few years because of how easy it is to work from home. As long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection, you’re all set. Contact local businesses and offer your services as a writer for blogs, emails, web copy, news stories, case studies, and more.
Are you a positive person who has a way with words? Do you love helping people become the best versions of themselves? Many cities in the US have professional speaker organizations looking for fresh talent. Reach out to your local chamber of commerce for ideas on where to get started.
This was personally a dream of mine for years. And if you don’t mind the holiday schedule and a constant stream of summer weddings, becoming a floral designer could be a dream come true. With the low cost of wholesale flowers, it doesn’t take much to test the market from your kitchen before you open your own store.
Growing up in a small town, I remember driving over to the neighbor’s house to get my hair cut. She had converted a bedroom into a small salon with a separate back customer entrance. While this may still be an option in small towns, it’s becoming more common to rent a space in a strip mall or shopping center set-up for just this purpose. Hair, nails, waxing services, massages, all from a small rented studio downtown.
Planning vacations may be fun for some, but for others, it is a nightmare. If you love the research that goes into finding the perfect flights, restaurants, and activities in a location you’ve never been, travel planning could be for you. Set your own hours. Work from home. Choose your own clients, will you focus on family vacations or large corporate retreats? It’s all up to you.
It takes a patient, compassionate person to tutor both children and adults. If you have a desire to give back to your community, becoming a tutor could be for you. And while a lot of tutor services are volunteer-based, there are plenty of paying gigs available. Or, set-up your own online tutoring service and work through Skype or another online video chat service.
Do you sing or play an instrument? Whether you offer in-person, one-on-one lessons or online workshops, this is a business that can be incredibly fulfilling. Choose your instrument, choose your audience, choose your price point, and start telling everyone you know about your new endeavor.
Have you made a living from your talents, or do you have other ideas on passion-driven businesses that have big rewards? Leave them in the comments below!