This post is dedicated to my personal story on becoming an online entrepreneur. It all started by taking a hobby of mine (knitting beanie hats) and then recognizing a demand for the product.
I have been knitting scarfs, sweaters, and beanie caps for as long as I can remember. It all started by spending too much time with my grandmother but that’s a completely different story. Anytime I became stressed or simply had some free time I would take some yarn and begin knitting away fun little projects. It wasn’t uncommon for friends and family to receive one of these as a gift for a birthday or for Christmas. I never thought anything of it until one day where my sister gave my phone number to a couple of her friends who called and asked if I would be willing to knit a few items to sell. I figured, what the heck, who can’t use a few extra bucks.
After the first few orders I still enjoyed knitting and the extra cash was really coming in handy. I put up a few ads on craigslist and a few more orders came rolling through. I even completed about 20 various beanie hats and hat success selling them on EBAY. At this point I finally decided to make this hobby into a money making machine. I started by having a website built. The first one built was DiscountCowboyBoots.org
Cowboy Boots? Why cowboy boots? I noticed a trend of young men wearing beanie hats everywhere I went. Beanies were no longer a cold weather hat but now a fashionable accessory. The best part is that beanies are very easy to make and aren’t very time consuming. I could knit a single hat in less than an hour which costs me less than $5 and then I could turn around and sell them for about $10.00. The more complicated the beanie hat (pattern or color) the more I could charge.
Finally, after about a year of running an EBAY store, friendly referrals and the various knitting websites I set up I was able to generate enough income to stop working. My husband always worked full time and I always wanted a way to stay home with the children. Building a career out of a hobby of mine was a win / win situation. I enjoy what I do every day and I get to make a decent income from it. Talk about an amazing career!