Making Money from Hobbies or Interests by Betty Wong

Can You Make Money From Your Hobbies or Interests?

Our guest speaker, Betty Wong, a Columbia Business School alumna,  startup coach, and new products marketer will answer that question as she shares various strategies and opportunities to turn your hobbies and interests into money-making opportunities.


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This session will

  1. Identify common hobbies and diverse ways to generate income from those hobbies.
  2. Offer a few case studies of what people have done in pursuing their interests/hobbies.
  3. Provide a list of questions for you to consider as you weigh the options of a side hustle vs. a full-time startup.
  4. Help you identify market research opportunities to refine your market and assess the potential for your hobby/ idea.
  5. Provide a list of resources to help you grow your business.
  6. Give you an opportunity (at the end) to share your idea(s) and get feedback.

Join us to start considering how to make money from your hobbies!

About The Speaker


Betty Wong is a serial entrepreneur, startup coach and new products marketer. She is currently the founder of Stage2Startups, an organization that is focused on helping experienced professionals to enter the world of social impact and “for-profit” startups. She moderated our Transition to Founder session in October of 2019 and returns again to talk about the startup process from a case-study and personal perspective.  When not working on Stage2Startups, Betty works on marketing assignments or is an advisor and a coach for startups.

Ms. Wong graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a BS and has an MBA from Columbia University’s Business School. She focused the early part of her career working in advertising and product management for companies such as General Foods, International Playtex, Fleischmann’s Distilling Company, and Mars. Her public relations company’s client list included the Colgate-Palmolive Company, Rockport Shoes,  the New York State Economic Development Corporation, the New York Times Magazine Group and Allied-Signal Corporation, now part of Honeywell. Her nonprofit experience includes Chief Marketing Officer at World Education Services and Interim Executive Director of World Cares Center. Betty has been on several non-profit boards, including Care for the Homeless, Graham Windham, and the New York Chinese Cultural Center.

January 07, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


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