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How Your Hobby Can Pull In More Money Than Your Wallet Can Hold

Aug 17, 2007
What is your hobby? Are you passionate about it? Does it give you lots of pleasure? Your hobby could also give you lots of profits on the Internet. Hobbies are a great subject for information products to sell online.

People spend lots of money on their hobbies, and they buy stacks of information about their hobbies - books, videos, plans. Hobbies make people happy, and they like to learn more about them. Information products help them enjoy their hobbies to a greater extent.

A Very Large And Diverse Market

The hobby field is a huge market, filled with opportunities for how-to books, videos, and audio products. There's a gigantic selection of niches. The well-known hobbies range from amateur radio, through radio-controlled models and home brewing, to woodworking. Then, there are the more eclectic hobbies like tombstone rubbing, dumpster diving, bell ringing, and urban exploration.

Drilling Down To A Focused Niche

For your first information product, you'll want to drill down to a small, tightly focused niche. You need to find a more specific subject, so you can get a strong foothold in the market.

For example, with a widely popular hobby like homebrewing, you need to find a tight focus in that large market. You could bring out a product that shows how to brew gluten-free beers. This would appeal to the growing number of people who suffer from celiac disease, but would still love to quaff a tasty home-brewed beer.

Looking at the hobby of radio-controlled models, you could drill down through cars, into off-road vehicles, and end up at the specialty of gas powered radio-controlled off-road four-wheel drives. You could then enter this market with an easy book or video showing how to, "Beef Up Your Off-Road Gas Powered RC To Survive Rugged Desert Racing And High Speed Collisions".

A look at the seemingly bizarre hobby of dumpster diving turns up an interior designer who specializes in turning castaways into unique furniture and ornaments for the home. How about a guide to, "Creating A Hip Living Space With Recycled Treasures".

Generating An Idea

Take a close look at your hobby. What could you teach?

Building cedar strip canoes? Making natural herbal soaps? Painting classic flames on a hot rod? Baking a moist and delicious carrot cake? Taking dynamic photographs of ordinary landscapes?

Researching Your Market

After you decide upon an idea for an information product, you need to research the market some more. You have to be sure that there are people spending money on a product similar to yours. You want to sell people an information product that they are already buying - only slightly different.

Go to the places online where how-to books and videos are being sold. Go to Amazon and see whether your idea has a market there. If you find a few books teaching the same thing as you want to teach, you're in luck. Whatever you do, don't jump in with a product if there is no one else selling something similar. There most likely is a very good reason for that.

Your hobby can easily put a lot of money in your bank account. It will definitely bring in a lot more money than could ever fit in your wallet. And the nice thing is, with an information product, you only have to do the work once - after that, you can sell it over and over and over again.
About the Author
Kevin Riley is the Mission Leader at Mission: Make Money Online. Receive tips and techniques that can turn your hobby into a money-making information product. Claim your FREE Product Creation Labs newsletter today, at productcreationlabs.com
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