How to Run a Business As a Hobby

You can operate your business as a hobby by keeping it small, home-based and personally fulfilling. Applying minimal business structure to your hobby, and keeping accurate records, can help you maintain business status. 

Running your business as a hobby can let you build friendships with customers, work on your own time, avoid the need for more employees, and stay passionate about doing what you love.

Great But Small

Your “hobby business” might just remain a one-person operation. Or your operation can end up becoming a small giant in your community if your product is stellar and in demand. Small giants are small businesses with huge profits that prefer staying lean and local. Owners remain passionate about the products or services offered. Customers and employees develop close-knit friendships with the owner and with each other. For example, a furniture restorer can profit for years operating from his own property, hiring family members as employees, and building long-term relationships with a small community of customers who visit in person or order online.

Limit Projects

Businesses build themselves one client and one contract at a time. As an entrepreneur running a business, you research your market, develop objectives, and market your products and services in order to gain as many customers as possible. As a hobbyist, put a limit on the number of projects you’ll take on in a given time-frame so the quality of your work doesn’t suffer. Limiting the number of projects you accept makes for more personal service. It also avoids jamming up your long-term schedule and gives you flexibility in case your day job, a family matter, or your own desire to take a break takes precedence.

Keep Costs Down

Keeping your costs low and controlled is sensible. For example, a blogger writing about pet care can earn steady income from affiliate marketing and paid subscribers, while her operating expenses might be no more than the cost of an Internet connection and blog hosting. Conducting business from your home or garage can also be cost effective. One reason to keep costs down is because if your business is classified as a hobby, money you lose while operating that hobby cannot be used to offset your income when it comes time to file taxes.

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