How to make money from your hobby

Ever thought of taking your hobby in photography, writing or cake decoration to a higher level? Maybe even turning professional?

Perhaps you’ve never really taken the idea seriously as you wouldn’t know where to start. Well that’s where we can help.

COBRA  (COmplete Business Reference Adviser) is a site you can log on to using your library card which will tell you how to get started in almost any kind of business you can think of – from music tutor to mobile hairdresser to martial arts trainer.

It’s also got lots of factsheets telling you all you need to know about things like VAT, setting up a web site, intellectual property law and all the other tricky stuff. As a first step it’s a great way of seeing whether your dream really is viable, and how to go about making it a reality.

And even if it’s not something you’d use yourself,  we’re sure you can think of someone who could – so do them a favour and let them know!

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