No one can agree on who said it, but people love the adage: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Regardless of the source, it’s a true statement — but most people are still trying to find a way to accomplish it. If you’d like to get paid for doing something you love, look to your hobbies to find the solution with these two simple steps:
1. Decide what you're good at.
Do you often hear people say “you have an eye for that,” or “you are so good at that!” Sometimes, you may be puzzled when you hear those words because you’re doing something that just comes naturally. You think that everyone is good at that thing that amazes your friends and colleagues.
That’s your first clue that you have a skill that sets you apart.
2. Determine if your hobby is marketable.
Look for a hobby that other people would love to delegate. Find something other people don’t do well or don’t have the time to do. Then, make sure that people would be willing to pay you to do it for them.
Here’s an example: I once knew a woman who worked as both a hair stylist and a part-time national pet store groomer. Over time, she enjoyed being a hair stylist less and less; she started to feel more like a therapist for her customers rather than a stylist. Her solution? She combined her skills as a stylist and pet groomer to open her own high-end pet grooming boutique. She hasn’t "worked" a day since.
It’s always safest to turn your hobby or skill into a business that already has a proven market. If you’re really good at extreme ironing, you still need to be realistic enough to realize that no one will pay you to iron their clothes as you're doing something "extreme."
Here are some hobbies that you can potentially turn into a career:
- Organization. Many people are terrible at getting organized and they will pay someone to help them remove the clutter from their lives.
- Shopping. Become a personal shopper or stylist for all those people who can’t successfully match a blouse with a skirt.
- Photography. Love Instagram? Offer to take professional photos for your friends, then use that portfolio to expand your clientele.
- Exercise. Get certified as a personal trainer. You can work as a freelancer for a gym to get your business started.
- Writing. Become a freelance writer or start your own monetized blog.
Today, we spend more time at work than with the people we love or with activities we enjoy. It makes sense to take a hobby and turn it into a career. Find your passion and kick-start your new career today!
Wanda Sealy created Multi-Task-Her Coaching and Consulting Services to assist ambitious working mothers like herself. An experienced coach, Wanda has an uncanny ability to help women identify and address the core issues that are holding them back, allowing them to be the inspired and empowered people they were born to be. If all you have are questions, Wanda will help you find the answers. To learn more about Wanda and her company visit www.multitaskher.com or email her at [email protected].