Turning your hobby into cash: Part 1

After the success of our ‘Flexible Working Mums’ posts that we ran last year, we thought we would run another blog series featuring inspiring Mums who have monetised their hobbies to enable them to do something they love.  the hobby has been turned into a fully fledged business, or whether they are just making some pocket money or covering costs, the Mums featured on Fridays over the next few weeks have all turned their hobbies into cash to enable them to keep doing something they love.

There are so many of you inspiring Mums out there we already have a number of stories to share over the next few Fridays, but please get in touch if you’d like to be a part of the series. morethanamum@gmail.com

Today is the first post in the series and it comes from Nicola and Siobhan at Rock and Rubble.

1) What is your hobby?  
My hobby is sewing.
2) Was this a hobby you started when you became a mother or something you have always done?
I have always sewn, even before becoming a mother. When I was a teenager I used to turn old clothes into new clothes by sewing different pieces together.
3) What motivated you into monetising your hobby?

I was motivated to start this business as more and more people were coming to me asking if I would start taking orders. My son’s school asked me if I would make some story sacks for school, I did this for a year, for free, and a lot of parents saw the bags and asked if I would do some for them too. A lot of people told me I should start my own business creating the bags, and after much persuasion, I did.

4) How did you develop your hobby into something more?

To be honest, turning my hobby into a business happened quite quickly. My daughter set up a website and Twitter page and was soon taking in orders. My daughter voluntarily manages all my admin, so it has made things a lot easier and a lot cheaper. It also means that I can spend more time sewing.

5) Do you consider what you are doing now to be a business or a self-funding hobby?

I class what I am doing as a small/micro business.

6) What do you gain from this venture?

I gain a lot from my business, my favourite thing is hearing the feedback, seeing their reactions and just making people happy!

7) Who is your target audience/customer?

My target audience/customers are parents and schools. We have had orders from authors though, which is nice.

8) What advice would you give to another Mum who was thinking about turning a hobby into something more?

If another mum was interested in turning their hobby into a business, I would advise them to just go for it! If you don’t try, you don’t know. I would also advise to seek free advertising where ever they could. Local newsagents are usually a good start, we have also had a lot of help and support from U-DO.com. It won’t all be plain sailing. We have encountered legal problems, but we got through it. You just need to believe in yourself and your product.

How do people contact you/find out more about your businesses?
9) People can get in touch with us through Twitter: @RockandRubble, email: rockandrubble@hotmail.com and Telephone:01623819681
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