Turning your hobby into cash – part 13
Today’s blog is slightly different to the previous ones in this series. Lynne from ‘Look After Me’ did not turn her hobby into cash when she became a parent, but turned her parenting skills themselves into an income stream.
1) What is your hobby?
It’s not really applicable to my business, but traveling is my hobby/passion
2) Was this a hobby you started when you became a mother or something you have always done?
I have always loved travel & children, so when my daughter was born, I started to set up my own childminding business ( i started my pre reg training when my daughter was 4 months old) as I wanted to care for her myself & offer parents in the local area the kind of service & attention I would expect if I was placing a child of mine in a setting.
3) What motivated you into monetising your hobby?
I was not in a position to not work, so I put all my energies and effort into setting up Look After Me, so I could be up and running as a business before our savings ran out.
4) How did you develop your hobby into something more?
I have spent more hours than I could imagine into every detail of my business from, exceptional care, resources/equipment, paperwork (oh my word, soooo much more than I could have anticipated, but worth it knowing you are doing everything & more), marketing, social media i.e. facebook/twitter (very important) hard work, and telling people what I am doing, word of mouth.
5) Do you consider what you are doing now to be a business or a self-funding hobby?
It’s definatley a business, but I consider myself very lucky to be in a position that I can look after my own child, set my own working hours (how come they are longer hours than I have ever agreed to with an employer??? )and days that I work, also have the flexability as and when my family needs i.e. doctors appt, etc
6) What do you gain from this venture?
Much personal satisfaction, being my own boss, im with my child every day, Im excited about my job on a daily basis and I have met some amazing people already through my job, I have also had friends say how proud they are of me for setting out to do something and actually acheiving it (we the beginings of it anyway) and now earing as much as my partner.
7) Who is your target audience/customer?
8) What advice would you give to another Mum who was thinking about turning a hobby into something more?
Have the confidence to do it & go for it & believe in yourself, if you set your mind to it you can achieve anything, be prepared to put in all your time, effort & energy as you will only get back what you put in, and accept support form family members & friends when they offer
9) How do people contact you/find out more about your businesses?
Email, phone, facebook, twitter
Find Lynne on twitter: @lookafterme