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View Poll Results: Hobby or Job
Hobby 77 53.47%
Hobby(maybe a job in the future) 57 39.58%
Job right now 10 6.94%
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:56 PM   #11
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Brewing and running a LHBS are two totally different things. With the cheap shipping these days I don't see how it's possible to earn a decent living running a LHBS. Online retailers are where it's at.
Most LHBS that I know of do online sales as well and most online retailers are also LHBS
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:01 AM   #12
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It's a hobby and a BIG maybe over turning it into a profession. I think it would be fun but i fear turning it into a chore. I'll cross that bridge when i get to it. It's all just wishful thinking at this point.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:31 AM   #13
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+1 this! I tried turning a previous hobby into a prefession and quickly lost the 'fun' factor. I made a profit and met my customer's needs but it just wasn't fun anymore.

I refuse to do that with any of my current hobbies.
I did the same thing. Totally turned something pleasurable into a job that lost the fun factor. I will never do that again...

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:41 AM   #14
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I want to have my own brewery someday when I retire......but it has to be on my terms. I envision one of those "open when I am here, closed when I am not" kind of places. If you make great beer people WILL seek you out.
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:51 AM   #15
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I do fantasize about working as a brewer,as far as putting it together myself? NO thanks. Although I think I live in a starving/lacking indirected community that could use somethin somethin, but most here only seem to want to spend their money at Walmart or McDollars. So a buisness oportunity in this town is not a good future,especially seing local buisnesses never last more than a few months. If it paid good I would love to work at a good quality brewery. But as far as now?,I will stick to my secure income and just homebrew.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:55 AM   #16
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Just a fun hobby, along with my hobby of pipes/pipe tobacco, cigars, wet shaving and cars; I've got a profession and a job, brewing is just a fun thing to do

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Most LHBS that I know of do online sales as well and most online retailers are also LHBS
You aren't going to beat the big online sites on price, shipping, or being able to eat the cost of returns. My LHBS stays in business mostly through convenient location and price gouging; I avoid them unless I just need some tubing or a fermentation bucket. I'd never spend big money on them when online is not only cheaper, but has coupons to make things even better

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:55 AM   #17
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I'd love to be able to sell my homebrew, like at a farmers market or something... But I'd hate to have to brew to make a living. No thanks.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:58 AM   #18
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I'd love to be able to sell my homebrew, like at a farmers market or something... But I'd hate to have to brew to make a living. No thanks.
Yeah same here. Some planned brew days I just end up procrastinating because other aspects of life get in the way. Doesn't really work that way if it's your job and you have production contracts to meet.

 
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:12 AM   #19
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I turned my hobby into a business 18 years ago. I still like to brew and make wine although finding the time is much more difficult. I wouldn't change a thing.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:04 AM   #20
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I understand that some people can lost the passion if their job becomes a chore but I feel like with brewing it is fun and if you love doing your job then its not really work. Also, the feeling that people from different areas like your beer and are willing to pay for it would be cool because it is something you spent time on and created. Homebrewing will probably end up as a hobby for me but I can always dream that it ends up as my way to make a living.

 
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