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Hobby Business Ideas: Turn Any Hobby Into a Niche Business 

 May 14, 2022

By  Jake Lang

Turn Any Hobby Into a Business (The Hobby Business Idea Niche)

In this blog, we are looking at hobby business ideas. I will show you how to turn your hobby into a profitable business.

This is similar to the board game niche that I recently posted about, except in this blog we go beyond board game hobbies. You can turn any hobby into a business.

Find Your Hobby Business Idea

Look at your hobbies: all your hobbies throughout your entire life, from the time you were a child to the present day. There is a wealth of business potential there. I have lost count of the number of hobbies I have seen turned into successful businesses. It is an easy place to find business inspiration.

No matter what your hobby is, there are other fanatics pursuing the same hobby. There are others spending countless hours and thousands of dollars on the same hobby as you. The market is there waiting for you; you just need to build the business.

In Step One, I pose a series of brain dump questions to the readers. I ask readers to answer the following questions; trying to provide five answers to each question.

  • What are your hobbies?
  • What hobbies are you interested in but have not yet pursued?
  • What do you collect?
  • What sports do (did) you play?
  • What games do (did) you play?
  • What instruments do (did) you play?

My Hobby Business Ideas Brain Dump

Here are my answers to this set of questions.

  • Hobbies: Sports, boating, outdoor adventure, travel, reading, fantasy football.
  • Future hobbies: Telescope, space, bird watching, underwater drone.
  • Collectibles: Baseball cards, rock collection, national park memorabilia.
  • Sports: Baseball, softball, basketball, golf, soccer, snowboarding, skiing, hiking.
  • Games (Board games): Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Risk, liar’s dice, cribbage, backgammon.
  • Games (Yard games): Spike ball, cornhole, ladder ball, horseshoes.
  • Games (Video games): Nintendo 64 games, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Party, Mario Kart.
  • Instruments: Acoustic guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, clarinet.

Hobby Business ideas

I see a ton of potential here on my list. I could build a business about bird watching, underwater drones, or The Settlers of Catan board game. Any hobby you love can become your business. That’s why I love the hobby business idea.

When looking at my brain dump list, I see some areas where I can go deeper. For example, I listed travel and basketball. That’s okay for now in this brainstorming, but ideally, you want to find a niche within a niche. I do not want to start a business about travel; that is far too broad. A business about traveling to every national park in the United States just might be niche enough to work.

Baseball Cards

Baseball cards are a good example of the hobby niche. In researching the viability of this business idea, I found that people search for “most valuable baseball cards” (9,900 per month), “baseball cards worth money” (8,100 per month), and “sell baseball cards” (3,600 per month). From this research, I can clearly see that there is an underserved niche opportunity here for people trying to value and sell baseball cards. A lot of people search for information on the value of baseball cards every month, but there are very few online businesses in this niche space. I would absolutely consider this a good online business opportunity for beginners.

Boating

Boating is another opportunity I see on my list. I have been boating for as long as I can remember; my dad has been buying and fixing boats my entire life. There are hundreds of things I could do with boating. I could have a niche site about motorboats, pontoon boats, houseboats, boating trailers, boating on lakes in New England, boating accessories, learning how to boat, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, used boats, buying new boats, buying and fixing old boats, or repairing boat motors. Those are just a few niche ideas off of the top of my head from my own experience. There are ample niche opportunities in boating. There is a great opportunity to build this into a niche blog.

Board Games

You will notice that I listed three different types of games: board games, yard games, and video games. You should do the same if you play various types of games. There are a lot of opportunities in the game niche. Again, you can find a niche within a niche there. You could create custom backgammon pieces. You could create how-to guides for Fortnite. You could create a retro-gaming business that focuses on Nintendo 64 games. You could even design your own board games, like Ellie Dix from TheDarkImp.com. She loves games, so she created a series of family board games that she sells online, and she has fun doing it! She gets to use her imagination and create new worlds for others to enjoy. She sells everything from coasters containing strategy games to downloadable print games (print on demand niche) to full-blown board games with little character pieces that look like gnomes. She even wrote a book, The Board Game Family. If you like games, you can be like Ellie. There is plenty of potential in the game niche.

Your hobby can become your business. There is a whole group of people pursuing and spending thousands of dollars on the same hobby you are. The market is there; you just need to build the business.

Ready to Start With Your Hobby Business Idea?

If you find yourself saying “I want to start a business, but I don’t know what to do,” this is the book for you.

In Step One you will come up with over one hundred and fifty business ideas, you will conduct market research to narrow your list of ideas down to one viable idea, and you will validate the idea so you can hit the ground running and launch your business.

Ready to start your business? Pick up your copy of Step One today, and get started building your business.

Jake Lang


Jake Lang is an author, entrepreneur, and founder of over seven online businesses. Jake now helps new entrepreneurs start and scale their first online business at TheEntrepreneurRideAlong.com where he shares his experiences along the entrepreneurial journey starting and growing new businesses.

It’s Jake’s mission to start a new online business every year and share everything behind the scenes on The Entrepreneur Ride Along Podcast and The Entrepreneur Ride Along Blog so that new entrepreneurs can learn from Jake’s mistakes, understand the struggles of starting a new business, and find the path to entrepreneurial success.

Jake Lang

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