Updated: Jan 24
Hobbies are a good way to spend your time, develop skills, make friends and explore your creativity. But have you ever considered turning your hobbies into marketable businesses for a side income? Many activities that are suitable as a hobby are skills that have value and can be monetised. Here are some hobbies you can turn into businesses.
Woodwork gives you the opportunity to create interesting furniture and home decor pieces for houses. If you do not have space in your house for large scale woodworking projects, consider creating smaller items like cutlery or toys. Places like Onemaker group and Ground-Up Initiative also provides space and some equipment for you to do your woodworking projects.
SkillsFuture Classes for Woodworking can be found at National Silver Academy. Places like Tomabalek and The Common Bench also have workshops that are not under the SkillsFuture scheme.
Flowers are necessary for many occasions like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. Floral arrangement requires knowledge of the types of flowers and decent planning skills in order to execute the design.
SkillsFuture claimable classes for floral design can be found at Fleuriste, Lifeskills academy as well as Community Centres.
Sewing is a good skill to pick up, especially for people who are looking to improve their fine motor skills. Apart from improving dexterity, it also improves mental well-being. Consider working on smaller textile projects like headbands, plush toys or pouches that are easier to market. You can also provide altering and repairing services as a business.
SkillsFuture claimable classes can be found at community centres, Fashion Makerspace, Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre and Sew Fun.
There is a wide range of media you can choose from. From the simple pen and paper to more complex use of oils and canvas, art provides multiple ways for you to express yourself. Art materials can be expensive and it takes time and effort to create each piece. Thus if you were to sell individual art pieces you may have to sell them at a premium. An alternative is to make merchandise out of the pieces. Things like postcards, pins, stickers are a good way to sell your brand and are relatively cost-effective as they can be bought in bulk.
Apart from community centres, National Silver Academy has many types of art classes that are SkillsFuture claimable.
Source: Sixty+Me, Small Business Trends, The Well-Being of Women Who Create With Textiles: Implications for Art Therapy
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