– A Very Profitable Hobby
There is a huge difference between having
a hobby and a full-time occupation. Still, there are certain people who
manage to metamorphose their spare-time activity into something quite
profitable, feeling themselves rewarded both from a financial and an
emotional point of view. These are indeed the lucky people in life and
we should all learn their lesson.
There are millions of people out there, all of them having different
hobbies and each trying to figure out if there is a hidden potential
behind their interest. For a large percent of them, that specific hobby
is collecting stamps and as incredible as it may seem, the number of
stamp collectors increase with every day that passes. Stamp collecting
is a wonderful hobby and at the same time, it represents one of the many
hobbies that offer immense opportunities for money making.
Stamps have different prices and values, dating from varied periods of
time and they generally increased in value as the demand for them grows
on a regular basis. A lot of people start to collect stamps in order to
improve their education and end up by making a true passion for those
little things. The boundary between passion and occupation is thin;
thus, stamp collecting can provide incredible financial rewards
representing an awfully interesting experience over the years.
No one says that hobbies should be necessarily be transformed into careers
and occupy all of your time. Nevertheless, there are plenty of people
who have taken their hobbies and started out a business, knowing all the
secrets of the job and having already built an extensive stamp
collection. Experience is extremely important when it comes to such a
hobby and most of the genuine collectors have started out their hobby in
childhood. In time, they’ve learned the beauty of being a passionate
stamp collector. But they have also learned how to transform it into a
If you too are interested in stamps, then it is never too late to
overcome your hobbyist status. Grow your collection and then open up
your own business; teach other people how they can develop as human
beings having such an incredible hobby and demonstrate how they can make
a living from stamp collecting. Present them with all the information
you need to know and show them what kind of tools are essential for a
stamp collector (stamp albums, hinges and magnifying glass). The prices
for albums vary but you should be able to get your hands on some truly
great ones at local stamp dealers.
Once decided to pursue stamps not as a mere hobby, but as a full-time
occupation you can try and find out how you can preserve your stamps as
much as possible, including how to handle them. There are various
conditions that stamps can be in and having stamps in spectacular
condition can help you make a true fortune. You must always handle
stamps with extreme care, as they can deteriorate quite easily and you
can greatly reduce their value by not paying enough attention.
As a beginner, you might know what stamps are valuable and which are
not. This is why you can always resort to someone who is already a
professional in the field and also the Internet. If you are serious
about seeking out the money bringing opportunities of stamp collecting,
then there is one more thing you could do and that refers to buying
stamp catalogs. These catalogs have listed different stamps from all
over the world, stating their value and other precious information. It
can represent a valuable addition to your library, allowing you to
consult it whenever you feel like it and appraise your stamps properly.
So, what are the exact sources where you can find some stamps? You could
first resort to your friends and family, asking them if they have old
letters. Who knows that kind of stamps they were used and how valuable
they actually are? Check out flea market and why not, garage sales.
Discuss with other people who are in the same business as you and swap
stamps between you. Involve yourself in stamp clubs and discover a lot
of other people who have the same passion as you. Advertise yourself and
your business; tell people what they should expect from your store and
make sure that everyone understands how great it really is to have a
If you can’t afford to open up your own store but you still recognize
the potential of stamp collecting, then you can always go to the local
stamp dealer and present him/her with what you’ve got. At the same time,
you can subscribe to philatelic magazines and different newspapers,
getting in contact with other philatelic geeks and most importantly with
those who are specialized in the field. They might offer to you a better
price for your stamps than local stamp dealers and also allow you to
enter a world where diversity is too short a word.
Not many people perceive stamp collecting as having a potential for
investment, but that is actually true. Those who are dedicated stamp
investors go to great effort to find expensive and rare stamps, paying
important sums of money for them. For such people, it is quality that
matters and not quantity. They concentrate on several areas of the
business, purchasing stamps that will become even more valuable as the
years pass. This is indeed something we should all take into
consideration; why not have hobbies that can bring us tons of pleasure
but also help us to make money? We should definitely think about that.
A lot of people say that they would really like to have a hobby, a
spare-time activity, something that can give them rewards they are not
offered at their current workplace. Tired of the boring and
unsatisfactory jobs, a large majority start to consider the possibility
of transforming their hobbies into a career and most of the times they
succeed. That is also the case of many stamp collectors, who have
learned that stamp collecting can be an expensive hobby but at the same
time incredible rewarding and profitable. It is all about taking a
chance and trying to do something you actually like. That is far greater
than occupying any leading position in a company and being always
stressed with having to work there.
We pursue hobbies because they make us feel whole, offering to us
recompenses that we would never imagine. It does not matter if we decide
that we want to be stamp collectors, book readers or cowboys, we can all
take a turn and make a profit from our hobbies. We just have to be
dedicated and committed to our goals, taking challenges as they come and
always try to improve our chances for success. This is the only way we
can transform our hobbies into genuine professions, forgetting all about
having a nasty boss that breathes down our necks, never allowing
ourselves to express our opinions and most importantly, not paying us
enough for what we are worth it. So, think about what has been said and
try to figure out what you are truly passionate about.
My wife's "everyday - driver" car. See pictures and read the
||Cars: 1971 Porsche
911-T, Targa - Read about and see pictures of the restoration project!
This Jaguar was my every day driver for five
Pam's car before the Boxster.
This is a great story.
||1964 Chevy Truck:
This truck was a one-owner for almost 40 years.
This is an XLT Super-Cab 4x4. Everyone needs a
South Carolina - June 2006 Pictures and stories of some of our trips!
||St. Simons Island:
Christ Episcopal Church.
The Boardwalk in Atlantic City is a wonderful place. We visited
there in 1993. Check out the pictures!
Summer 2006 - We stayed at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
||Two tickets to...
Opryland, 1993, just four years before they closed their
A 1962 Colt Python, 1992 Colt Mustang and a 1968
Baby Browning. Pictures and stories about guns!
On the high seas. Harbor Pilot boat pulling
along side our ship on approach to the Georgia coast.
Greg, standing on the deck of the American Eagle,
a super-cargo ship crossing the Atlantic in March 1985.
REFORGER: The Diary of a
||A BAT Missile:
Pictures and stories about anti-aircraft missiles!
REFORGER was the code name, which stood for
"Return of Forces to Germany".
I took this picture from ship deck while
entering the harbor.
The Cold War:
January and February 1985 was a very tense time in the Cold War, and
it was about to get colder!
Greg on stage New Years Eve 1994, Guntersville,
Alabama. The same stage where Ricky Nelson gave his last performance!
Knife Collecting: If you're thinking of starting a
knife collection, consider this tip.