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Chapter 9. The Collector/Trader > Turning a Hobby into a Business

Turning a Hobby into a Business

The step from hobby to business is a matter of setting up yourself to sell the things you collect, and then doing that selling in volume. If you’re a serious collector, you’re probably already using eBay to purchase items for your collection—it’s the world’s largest marketplace for collectible items, after all. Well, if you can buy collectibles, you can sell them, too. And there’s your business model.

There’s a comic book store near my house. The guy who runs it started out as a collector, amassing huge boxes full of old comics in his basement. One day he realized he had enough comics collected to start his own store, and that’s what he did. People come into his store to buy vintage comics and also to sell him old comics from their collections. Is he running a business or indulging a hobby? Both, actually. It’s as good a reason as any to open a business; his business is buying and selling those things that he loves.


  

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