Nobody should be afraid to wake up in the morning. Everyone deserves more than being trapped in a job that they hate. One thing is for certain: if this sounds like you, you can organize your exit route – whatever it might be – as soon as you can. Why don’t you consider turning your hobby into a career?
The phrase ‘if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is’, is often uttered, but when it comes to selecting a career path, it is not as cut and dried as that. The decision to turn a hobby into a job can be the best one ever for some people, but for others, it can be the biggest mistake that they make. If you are trying to go it alone, in whatever form, turning your hobby into your livelihood can be a complex and confusing business.
Hobbies are essential for personal development and relaxation, so placing a bit of a damper on what you enjoy the most can be a frustrating experience. Perhaps you need to find a job that gives you more space to pursue your hobby, or maybe you are destined to turn your hobby into your career.
Don’t rush in
If you decide to take the plunge, it is important not to rush in, and to spend some time doing your research. For example, if you are an artist who is wanting to make some money, make sure that you find out where you can sell art commission free.
You also need to make sure that you do have a market out there with a gap ready for you to slide into. Just because you like what you do and that you are good at what you do does not mean that it realistically, it is a good basis for a business.
If you do decide to go ahead and think that you can make money from it, do your research into the various processes and any regulations that you may need to follow. Depending on where you live, there may be strict laws or associations that you have to join, and there is the issue of things like paying tax.
One way of testing the waters before you quit your job and jump in headfirst is to build up a portfolio and pick up some clients in your spare time. As well as knowing for sure that you can make money, you can also put that money aside to invest in your new venture. You could also consider going part-time in your day job, to begin with, and build things up slowly. After all, good things come to those who wait!
Working for yourself and being your own boss comes with many challenges, especially when you are thinking about making your hobby your career. You don’t want to end up feeling disillusioned and hating your hobby! However, if done with lots of time and care, it can be a lucrative way forward – and one that will have you leaping out of bed every morning.