This past weekend I attended the university graduation of a young friend. I was happy for her and her parents that the 4 years were completed with honors and no debt but I was so disappointed with the graduation speeches. The faculty talked about careers and jobs but there wasn’t one mention of innovation, curiosity or creativity. As I watched these young people cross the stage and accept their diplomas, I thought of all my friends and clients with advanced degrees who/ve spent decades in jobs that didn’t fit because they’d invested the time and money and didn’t know what else to do. Many eventually contacted me or another career consultant with a desperate plea for help. I hope these twenty somethings will take the time to try out several different options before jumping into a job in their major or worse, whatever job they can get.
Yesterday, I was helping a client with web copy for her career coaching business and I started thinking about all the innovative, unconventional ways people have created thriving, profitable businesses from their hobbies and passions and I want to share a few of these with you. The stories below are proof-positive that you can make a living doing just about anything if you put the focus, energy and love into it. .
Nineteen-year-old Tommy Dement bought and restored his first rare Corvette forty years ago. Today he and his brother Donny are not only still driving classic Corvettes, they’re making money doing it. They’ve restored and sold hundreds through their Murfressboro, Tennessee
business, Dement Vintage Vettes http://www.vintagevettes.net
When Kate Rothacker moved from Ca to Pa she brought her scrapbooking hobby to her new town and started a scrapbooking BnB for girls’ getaway weekends with lots of pampering and cropping plus all the scrapbooking materials and supplies. Cozy Crop House also holds mom-and-child overnights for slumber/scrapbook parties. She opened a second location http://www.cozycrophouse.com and is considering franchising.
Holly Bartman made ten superhero capes for her son’s birthday party and is now running a multi-million dollar business selling custom superhero capes to Old Navy and other companies.
Are you drawn to help others? Chances are, someone steered you to a career in social work or counseling but what if that doesn’t feel like a fit for you? Ketra Oberlander turned her desire to make a difference and her own vision disability into Art of Possibility Studios, an art brand agency that represents handicapped artists.
Here are few more inspiring stories about “Turning Hobbies into Million Dollar Business”