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Have you considered turning your hobby into a job?

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Are you skilled at something that may appear at the bottom of your résumé, under Hobbies? Whether you’re a weekend photographer, painter, potter, illustrator, jeweler, confectioner, baker or woodworker, your creative outlet could supplement your income.

Besides the raw materials and inventory for your craft, here are some of the things you may need:

You’ll also want to consider a way to process credit cards. Susan Sanford of Sew Darn Simple uses the Square. The Square is about one square inch and fits into the audio jack of the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and some Android phones. The device is free with enrollment, there are no monthly fees and the rate is only 2.75% for all swipes.

If you do decide to participate in a craft show, keep in mind that most fine arts and quality craft shows are juried, so you’ll need good photographs of your products. If you’re accepted, expect to pay about $100 a day for a 10’ X 10’ booth-rental fee. Depending on the size of your merchandise, you also may need to rent a van, trailer or hotel room.




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