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In my spare time, I like to illustrate and paint. I have a Facebook page and an Instagram account showing my works and about once or twice a year I have someone interested in purchasing my works. I'm creating a large piece at the moment and someone is interested in buying it once it's finished. When people buy my works, I charge them by the hours that it took to complete the works ($20/hr). The estimated finishing time for the piece is about 150 hours ($3,000). Is that an excessive amount for it to be considered a hobby? Is there something that I can give to the buyer to prove I'm not doing it as a business?
I have read the "Hobby or Business" articles but I'm not clear where I stand. I have also done the 'calculator' and all of my answers are judged as hobby except for "I offer my creatives things under a name other than my own that is not formally registered" which came as an indication of either.
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