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    18 Things That’ll Help Turn Your Hobby Into A Business In 2021

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    1. A copy of Mind Your Business if the whole process of starting your own business is a little overwhelming and you don't know where to start. The workbook is filled with useful information about everything from pricing to taxes, and it includes exercises so you can better plan and grow your business.

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    The author, Ilana Griffo, turned her side hustle into a six-figure design studio after leaving a full-time job as an art director in 2015.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.99+. Also available in a spiral-bound version.

    2. A Udemy subscription that'll help you learn a new skill you can turn into an online business. There are over 130,000 courses in subjects ranging from marketing to coding, taught by experts around the world.

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    You get lifetime access to each course from your computer or phone.

    Sign up for courses from Udemy starting at $16.99+.

    3. These silicone moulds that’ll make chocolate-covered cookies a snap, so you can create beautiful treats for any occasion. Who knew being your own boss could be so sweet?

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    You can also make soaps, bath bombs, cake pops, resin art, and so much more!

    Get a pack of two trays from Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    4. A Cricut so you can make stickers, vinyls, stencils and more—the possibilities are endless! Your creations will have people asking "where did you get that?" and you can proudly say "I made it!"

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    Make sure you pick up some vinyl and a vinyl weeding kit.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $293.06+. Available in two colours.

    5. A spool of macrame rope that'll help you live your best boho life by creating stunning plant hangers, wall decorations, and more.

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    It comes with a booklet of design ideas and tutorials.

    Get a roll from Amazon Canada for $25.99. Available in 11 colours and six lengths.

    6. These candle tins that are just begging to be filled with your scented mixtures. Add your own labels and stickers to level them up even more.

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    These lil' guys would also be great for body butters and bath salts. Don't forget to pick up some wax and wicks.

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon Canada for $40.47.

    7. A hand-lettering set so you can make greeting cards, wedding invitations, prints, and all things artsy fartsy.

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    The kit includes two pencils, four markers, a kneadable eraser, and a tips-and-tricks guide, so you can start right out of the box.

    Get an eight-piece set on Amazon Canada for $18.09. Also available in a 13-piece set.

    8. A heat press to personalize your clothing brand. It transfers decals onto fabric to create custom designs, and this mini version is great for smaller projects.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $107.49.

    9. An epoxy resin starter kit, so you can create anything from jewelry to coasters. Reviewers love how fast and smoothly it hardens.

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    The kit comes with 8oz bottles of casting epoxy resin and clear coating, two measuring cups, four mixing sticks, gloves and detailed instructions. Make sure you follow the safety instructions and wear the appropriate protective gear.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $46.99.

    10. A set of merino wool felt sheets that'll help bring to life any character you can imagine. Reviewers even used them to create hair accessories and tree ornaments.

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    The sheets are 9x12 inches.

    Get a set of 20 from Gingermelon on Etsy for $37.33.

    11. A matte screen protector that'll feel like you're drawing on paper. If you're a digital artist, then it'll probably make your illustrating experience so much better.

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    Reviewers say that it reduces glare and makes their drawing pencils slip less.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon Canada for $33.99. Available in seven iPad sizes.

    12. A ring light, if you're planning on growing your social media career this year. It'll instantly improve your production quality and it comes with a bluetooth remote to help you film from a distance.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $65.99.

    13. A set of essential oils to mix into candles, bath bombs, soaps and other scented products. Use the scents like lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint alone or combine them to make your own custom blends.

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    Get a set of 18 from Amazon Canada for $39.99.

    14. A set of glass jars to start up your jam-making business. You could also whip up some spice mixes, pickles, or candles.

    jars filled with various jams and jellies.
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    The jars come with labels so you can add some branding.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon Canada for $35.99.

    15. These lipgloss tubes that'll help you launch your own cosmetic line. Reviewers love how their colourful creations can easily be seen through the clear tube.

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    The pack comes with two funnels. Make sure you pick up some lipgloss base and pigments!

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon Canada for $14.29.

    16. A microphone, so you can finally start recording that podcast or song you've been putting off. It plugs right into your USB port and is really good at reducing background noise.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $51.99+. Also available in red.

    17. A set of dotting tools to create mandela art on whatever surface your heart desires. Reviewers used everything from bowls to notebooks as their canvases.

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    Get a set of eight from DIYMandalaStones on Etsy for $28.

    18. And lastly, a set of holographic packaging bags to store your creations. They'll make your product look seriously professional and the resealable top will keep your products fresh.

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    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon Canada for $21.99. Also available in black.

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