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Why You Shouldn't Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

If you are in business and you have  read any books by entrepreneurs or been to a seminar about being successful, then you have probably heard a few people, probably myself at some point too, saying that you should be passionate about what you do and the product or service you offer.

Now, you have to have a lot of passion to be able to start a business - even if that means not earning as much money as you thought initially and going through a series of challenges before you reach your goal.  

Being passionate is a prerequisite to being successful.

However, there's another angle to look at this from that a lot of people miss.

Starting a business about something you are passionate about or is a hobby of yours that you can turn into a business seems like good advice most of the time. If you are able to turn something that you do for fun into an income, then that is a good thing and lots of people have become very successful doing that.

However, sometimes it is better to keep a hobby as a hobby and not turn it into a business because it means you start treating it and looking at it very differently when you add money and clients into the equation, and that does not always work out as nicely as you think.

I was talking to a client recently who started a nail bar where she offers manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments.

She was very passionate about nails and beauty treatments which inspired her to start the business in the first place but after a while, she started to lose that passion when it started to become 'work' as opposed to a hobby.

Suddenly, she had to treat her hobby like a business with overheads, suppliers, profit and loss, tax, accounting, and more.

That could happen to any of us for lots of reasons - difficult clients, chasing invoices and even staff problems and before you know it you have lost the passion for what was once something you loved to do.

So the moral of this post is to be careful not to ruin a hobby that you enjoy by turning it into a commercial venture.

We hear all the success stories about people who are passionate about their hobbies which they turned into successful businesses, but for a lot of people it can ruin something that didn't need to be ruined.

Sometimes it is better to keep a hobby as a hobby.

Suraj Sodha

Suraj Sodha

International Speaker & Internet Entrepreneur

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