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Turning Your Creative Hobby Into A Business

Mark Anderson on Turning Your Creative Hobby Into A Business

Sunday funny papers were a real treat for many in their childhood who would read them religiously, enjoying the humor as well as the artwork. To this day, there is still something quite endearing about them and many find themselves drawn to them – whether it’s online or in print. It’s amazing how something visual combined with something written can have such a powerful effect.

Cartoon work can have the same powerful effect and be used for a variety of reasons – one of which is business. Cartoons can add an element of humor to your business brochures and flyers, your website or blog, your newsletters – the possibilities are endless. And if you are a cartoonist or artistic individual, you can turn your creative hobby into a successful business.

Mark Anderson, Founder of Andertoons, is our featured guest in this Episode of The Small Business Trends Radio. Mark is a professional cartoonist and his work has appeared in publications such as Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Forbes, Harvard Business Review and the Saturday Evening Post – just to name a few. Mark shares his personal story of how he took his love of drawing cartoons and turned it into a successful business.

Here’s a sampling from the show:

  • Social media sites — can really benefit individuals that are in the process of growing a business or marketing an existing one. Small Business Trends originally learned of Andertoons and made contact with Mark via Twitter and made this episode possible.
  • Creativity — and online technology has endless possibilities and can lead you anywhere your heart desires. Mark’s creativity doesn’t end with cartooning and eventually led him to create a Facebook application after joining and using the site.
  • Mark has made some mistakes — along the way as each of us does. His advice is to focus on what your good at and don’t try to be a jack-of-all-trades. Focus on your talents and build upon them. And the most important thing a creative individual can do – is to get your creations online.

Mark shares his personal story, some mistakes he’s made along the way, when and how his love of cartooning began and he talks about harnessing his creativity and growing a successful online business doing something he loves – and doing it all while being a work at home dad.

You can learn more about Mark and Andertoons by clicking the red and yellow player below and listening to his full interview.

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11 Responses to “Turning Your Creative Hobby Into A Business”

  1. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    Interesting to see a hobby could develop into a business. Talking about cartoons, I am a big fan of John Cox & Allen Forkum’s editorial cartoons. I have interviewed them:

    http://egoist.solidvox.com/?p=7
    http://egoist.blogspot.com/2003/12/interview-with-john-cox-allen-forkum.html

  2. Chris Says:

    I was most impressed by the fact that Mark has accomplished all of this while being a work-at-home dad. Not to mention the publications his work has appeared in. Is the avatar an accurate representation of you? 🙂

    Picked my very own favorite from your site “‘I can’t, I’m grounded. My mom heard me say woof.” Love it!

  3. endearing Says:

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  4. Anita Campbell Says:

    Martin, one of the reasons I like the Andertoons cartoons is because they are about business.

    Cox and Forkum had good cartoons, too, but they were about politics and rarely covered business topics. I think Cox and Forkum are out of the cartoon business, though, now.

    Anita

  5. Amanda Says:

    It’s great that someone can take a talented hobby with a good sense of humor and turn it into a successful business. The cartoons are hilarious. I noticed that Mark has a Typepad widget available for my blog, so I think I’ll go add it.

  6. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    Anita: John Cox is still doing cartoons. He has illustrated cartoons for Allen Forkum’s auto paper.

  7. Domonyi Says:

    Hi,

    Your site is one of my favorites seen around blog explosion. Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading your blog. It is great to find someone who can find the fun things in life! I wish you all the best in all years.

    With Regards,
    Karoly Domonyi

  8. Bruce Colthart Says:

    It’s great to hear a real *solopreneur* success story (I’m assuming the business is essentially just him). I’ve listened to many if not most of the shows here, and other than authors and consultants (all noble professions), this strikes me as the first one-person business you’ve featured. As a creative professional who designs and writes (and loves to draw), this one was special. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  9. Sherry Borzo Says:

    Great interview. I enjoyed hearing Mark’s story and have made his side a favorite so I can go back for more. Thanks for having him on as a guest!

  10. Chris Says:

    I recently saw an “Andertoon” widget in use on a blog and I must say that each time I visit. . .I look forward to the “daily” that’s there! Puts a smile on my face each time.

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