A Guide To Starting A New Hobby

Posted on: 14 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

If you’re looking for a fresh approach to life then you’re probably due for a new hobby to sink your teeth into.

Yes, we know; you hardly have enough time on your hands to finish the tasks you're assigned or you don’t want to. Not many people are so bored that they need to search for ways to fill up their extra time, but that doesn't mean that you can't make yourself even more complete.

When talking of hobbies, coin collecting probably comes to mind. But a hobby doesn’t have to be one of those ordinary collections; there are many hobbies out there that can serve to expand who you are, develop your interests and perfect your skills. You just have to discover what that is, and work from there.

Your Next Step

Turn your ideas into reality with our guide to kick-start your new hobby.

There's a reason interviewers ask about your interests, other than devoting your life to the greater good of the company. Employers want to see that you have interests beyond what you do in the office and it proves that you're a well-rounded person.

There's also a whole social aspect to hobbies; how many times have you been at a cocktail party or social event where making conversation was like pulling teeth? Well, if you have a hobby that you're passionate about, it opens up the possibility of a conversation topic and can say something positive about you at the same time.

Not only can they serve as excellent icebreakers, but hobbies also serve as venues for meeting people, be it at salsa lessons or Star Trek conventions.

If you're really passionate about your hobby and begin attending trade shows, you're bound to meet people with the same interests, which can serve as a great networking tool or even getting to know new friends.

So if you’re looking for a fresh approach to life then you’re probably due for a new hobby to sink your teeth into.

What Is Your Hobby?

The first step in starting a new hobby is selecting what you want to do. You can ask the Magic 8 Ball but for a more sensible approach, take some time out to consider:

Your Interests

Choose a hobby that derives from your interests and greatest skills, which will, in turn, motivate you.

If you're athletic, you can have fun running or cycling, and if you're fascinated by airplanes, then build model planes. The trick is to delve into a hobby that you know you'll enjoy rather than force yourself to get into.

Your Friends

Those you know may be involved in hobbies that you never would have thought of; ask them what they do to pass the time, and even if none of their hobbies interest you, hearing about them might inspire you to think of your own.

Hobby Specialists

Your local hobby store probably has hobbies you never thought possible.

Check out hobby magazines and literature, read up on popular hobbies and see what floats your boat. From self defence to painting, see what's out there.

There are so many different kinds of hobbies, the only trouble you'll have is actually choosing one and sticking to it. To make your hobby hunt a little easier, we’ve split some suggestions into four categories - physical, artistic, intellectually stimulating, and collections.

Physical & Social

  • Learn to ski
  • Practice Yoga
  • Be taught self defence
  • Contemporary dance
  • Volunteering
  • Travelling
  • Walking


  • Taking up an instrument
  • Starting pottery
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Construction and D.I.Y.
  • Sculpting
  • Model building

Intellectually Stimulating

  • Learn a new language
  • Research a topic
  • Create a personal website
  • Creating a comic book
  • Songwriting/ poetry
  • Completing crossword puzzles
  • Becoming a chess master


  • Wine 
  • Shot glasses
  • Postcards
  • Comic books
  • Memorabilia – CDs, DVDs
  • Beer bottles
  • Antique lighters
  • Cigars

Starting A Collection

As you can see, the range of collections is endless; just choose whatever interests you most, and you'll someday boast a collection worth more to you than its actual monetary value -   although that can be pretty high too.

If you're interested in a collection, here's how you can get started:

Sift Through Belongings

Go through your stuff, new and old - you may already have the makings of a collection in your basement, without even knowing it.

Set A Budget

Don't spend your life savings on a must-have accessory that you don’t necessarily need. Set your limits; unless you can afford it, you might not want to start a Ferrari collection - just stick to the associated merchandise.


Read magazines and subscribe to newsletters dedicated to your collection genre, so that you remain informed on the prices of each new addition. Always make sure you are getting what you pay for, especially if it claims to be authentic and therefore demands a high price.

Shop Around

Visit online auction sites like eBay and make a point of going to local garage sales, flea markets and bazaars in your area; they may have that Elvis LP you were hunting for.

Tell Your Friends

Show off your collection to your friends, so they'll know what to get you come Christmas.

Join A Network Or Online Community

Become part of an online network, consisting of fellow collectors and sellers.

Complete Yourself

Whether you decide to study Tae Kwon Do, learn Portuguese, or gather a collection of Beano memorabilia, a new hobby can make a whole new person out of you.

Are you looking to start a new hobby? Have you just started a new hobby?

If so, let us know about your experience by leaving a comment in the box below or share your thoughts with other readers in the 50connect forums.

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