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Are you that girl who follows too many beauty YouTube stars to count? Or the one who has religiously read every fashion magazine since high school? Or the one who started wearing her mom’s red lipstick at age four?
Here’s the thing—if you have a passion for fashion, why not take it from a hobby (ahem, obsession) to a money making venture? Use your knowledge and personal style to break into the industry – here’s how:
Start with an Established Company
One of the best ways to put your hobby to work—literally and figuratively—is to partner with a well-established company. For example, Amway offers Independent Business Owners the education and experience they need to make it on their own.
Known for its Artistry line of skin care and cosmetic products, you can make money online with Amway by selling their products on the side or as your full-time money making venture. With training programs and even a mentor, you can join the industry and be supported right away.
Find Your Niche
To turn a love for fashion into a money making venture, you also have to decide what you want to do, and what type of void or niche your fashion-related products will fill. For example, if you want to use your sewing skills to create a line of handmade and retro purses, take an honest look at your goals and ask yourself if they are different from what’s already out there or if they fill a niche that no one has tackled before.
To narrow down your specialty as much as you can, speak with as many women as you can about what they are looking for in a handbag—you might get some tips and ideas that you had not considered.
Through a combination of your own great ideas and skills and data collected from potential customers, you can come up with a business strategy and niche product that is more likely to succeed.
Start Making Your Products and Sell them Online
One of the best ways to transform fashion from a hobby into a money making venture is to, as Nike says, ‘Just Do It’. If you are a talented seamstress, start making sundresses or blouses and sell them online via Etsy. You can either take custom orders from your customers and/or have certain basic clothing items in stock.
If you have worn handmade necklaces and bracelets that constantly get compliments from friends and strangers at the grocery store, try listing them on Amazon Handmade. You can start off small by selling a few selections and then, over time as your new company takes off, you can expand your inventory and the number of hours a week you spend in your fashion business.
You’ve Got This!
One of the many great things about transforming a hobby into a money making venture is that you don’t have to quit your current job and/or spend hundreds of hours a week doing it.
By moonlighting and working weekends for an established company and getting your basic business skills underway, while simultaneously deciding what fashion products you want to sell and working on your inventory, before you know it you will be a fashionista that is earning money by doing what you love most.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.