Hobbies are good. No question about this but let’s decide whether what you’re doing as a writer/creative is a hobby or a business.
Count up the hours spent doing it. Give yourself an hourly wage greater than working at a fast food place. Figure out what that is a week (number of hours spent writing or associated acts such as Facebook marketing/networking etc times amount) then multiply that by 52 to give yourself a yearly wage. Can you live on this? Increase your wage until you can live on it.
Tally up the costs of your hardware, software, and connection costs.
Toss in 10% of your insurance, home heating, car gas and maintenance and all the other things that you use a bit here and there while writing. Make sure you get them all.
Add all those numbers together. Those are your costs.
Add up all the money you made as a writer.
If your expenses are greater than the income you’ve got a hobby. If your income is greater than your expenses, then you have a business.
And yes, you do have have to count your labor. Without labor included, it’s a hobby.
Important point! In my mind, it’s perfectly acceptable to treat your writing as a hobby. We all start somewhere. Just don’t confuse the two states.