Do you hate your job? Do you dream of a day when you can make money doing what you love?
Hey, great news – you’re not alone.
A staggering 70 percent of people don’t like their job or their boss. And most people have days where they’d “rather be fishing” (or doing something else they love.
Seems like being miserable at work is just a fact of life, but is it really? Absolutely not. You can break the miserable-at-work cycle by learning how to make your income from the very activities and hobbies you find the most fun.
What Do You Love?
Here’s the secret to getting started: figure out what stirs your passions. What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? What could you do seven days a week without getting bored?
- Would you do it for free?
- Could you read thousands of books on the subject?
- Are you good at it?
- Can you visualize yourself doing it?
- Did you love it as a child?
- Does it get your blood pumping?
Jot down a list of a dozen occupations, hobbies or passions you think you would love doing. Examine each one against the questions above, crossing off the ones that don’t measure up. Once you get your list narrowed down to a few good contenders, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Can You Make Money Doing It?
Now, it’s time to get real. Sure, you love it, but can you make money doing it? After all, you do have bills to pay. You need a living wage to survive. If you’ve chosen something that other people are already making money doing, you’re off to a great start. To see if you can make enough money to support your family while following your passions, compare salaries in your area on job boards, such as Glassdoor.
If there aren’t many or any others making money doing what you want to do, you must decide if it can be monetized. Is there a way you can charge or earn money for doing what you love?
Is There a Market?
Finally, you have to find a market that will fork over money for your product, services or ideas. If your passion solves a problem that many people are facing, you already have a built-in market. All you have to do is target people you can help.
If the market is not begging for your product or service, you must figure out if you can create enough buzz to get people to open their wallets. You can do so by conducting market research. If there is a clear need but your target market is unwilling or unable to pay, you may want to think about starting a non-profit and obtaining government funding.
If you want to make money doing what you love, your passion must address a need or want in the community. What’s more, you must be able to monetize it. Remember, there are many ways to turn your passion into a money-making venture. Be sure to think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to ask for help or ideas from others.
~Here’s to Your Success!