What do you want to be when you are older? That’s a question that we all hear throughout our childhood years, and even into young adulthood. Some of us had it all figured out. What we wanted, and how we would get there.
But life has a funny way of intervening, and soon enough you find yourself in a position that you never imagined. If you’re not happy with the way things are going in your career, there is a lot you can do about it, especially if you’ve made smart financial decisions over the years.
The digital age and the on-demand economy have opened up the possibility for more alternative careers than ever before. There are more pathways than ever to making your hobby or something you actually love into your primary source of income.
A huge portion of the American workforce either hates their current occupations or never planned to be in the position in the first place. There are only a lucky few who actually turn their hobbies into career paths.
Follow the steps outlined in this article and make a decision to better your life and make yourself happier.
Define Your Passion & Think About Its Potential
The decision to start a passion-based career can be stressful. After all, you’re giving up that glamorous safety net of a 9-to-5 job. It is not going to be easy, so don’t expect it to be. But it is possible.
The first step is to think of your favorite past-time. Whether it is woodworking, writing, painting, or helping out friends. Now, determine if there is an opportunity for your hobby. For example, if you love writing, why not start a blog? If you love fitness, why not coach people? The possibilities are endless.
One way to do this is to keep your day job while moonlighting your ideal career as a side hustle. Do this long enough, and you’ll have a relevant sample size to determine how feasible it is as a primary source of income.
Develop Your Skill Set To Ensure That You Are Ready
Most people who consider this route let fear consume their dreams. But we do suggest that you spend some time finding individuals with similar hobbies, who are doing what you want to do. Determine what they are doing that is enabling them to make a sustainable income, and even ask for help.
It may sound daunting at first, but you won’t know unless you start networking, researching, and further developing the skills that you’ll need to succeed.
What Do You Need To Transform Your Hobby Into An Income Source?
Solopreneurs have one distinct advantage when it comes to turning their hobbies into a dream lifestyle. We live in the digital age. Starting a business, or launching into a self-employed career has never been easier.
Depending upon, what industry you’re working in, you will need a few social media handles, a website to help create brand awareness, a sellable product or service, a realistic path to profit, and a plan to sustain growth.
Have these things in place, and before you know it, the checks will start to clear.
Developing Your Brand Image
In the beginning, there will be a lot of grunt work needed to get everything up and running. The good news is that once the foundations are paved out, the process becomes far simpler. The first step is to develop your brand name, image, and vision.
Once you know those details, you can start working on your social media handles. Instagram and Facebook are the two largest markets at your disposal. Both needing minimal investment.
Social media tends to be more important for visual work. Having shareable photos and videos of your artwork or the before and after photos for the person you’re training or a video of your patio construction goes a long way on social media.
Businesses that focus on products or more professional services, need to focus on on-page content. Quality content is sharable, ranks on search engines, is applicable to your business and solves a problem for the reader. For example, this page on AP automation clearly explains what the software is and why it beneficial for businesses. This page on bankruptcy is relevant to the site and its readers because it is the blog of a bankruptcy law firm. This sales page for a DRaaS solution clearly states what it is and answers questions important to the industry.
Think a lot about your content strategy and how that can turn readers into customers.
What About That Thousand Dollar Website?
Back in the day, the thought of having to get a team to create a website stopped many “could haves” from building their dream careers. But you don’t have that obstacle on your journey to success. After all, with website creation tools like WordPress and Wix available, it’s super easy to build out a simple website.
But it is important to find a fast WordPress hosting service that you can rely on. A hosting service is responsible for ensuring that your website is available to the public at a specific URL. Having a reliable, fast website is important to gain repeat customers and attract new ones.
Believe it or not, at the broadest scope – this is pretty much everything you need to know about turning your hobby into your sustainable career. It will take determination, and hard work – but you can pull it off if you’re truly passionate about making it work.