Could You Take Your Hobby To The Dizzy Heights?
September 9, 2016
Hobbies are passions we devote our spare time to. But what if you could turn an interest into a job? Do you have a hobby, which could start earning you money? If so, why not take things to the next level, and try and start a job, which makes every day enjoyable and exciting? If you follow your dreams, the days of clockwatching could be long gone.
Before you hand in your notice and clear your desk, think about whether this move is viable. Is it possible to convert something you do in your free time into a profession? Are you good enough to make it? Can you afford to give up a salary? Are you prepared to work hard? If you’ve answered yes to all or most of these questions, why not give it a shot?
If you’re elevating a spare time activity to a full blown job, you may need to think about buying new equipment and finding business premises. If you’ve got an entry level DSLR camera, for example, you may want to upgrade it. If you want to become a full-time photographer, do you need to hire studio space? Or could you convert a spare room and work from home?
If you want to start blogging professionally, have you got the tools you need? Initially, it may be best to combine your normal job with trying to make it. You’ll have money coming in, and you can get a sense of what your new venture will involve.
The best way to improve your chance of success is to spread the word and get your name out there. There’s no point in having incredible talents if nobody can see what you can do. There are so many different avenues you can pursue when it comes to marketing your business and showing off your work.
Are you in a band or are you a solo singer? If so, you could contact local venues and organize a gig. Upload your music to social media, and investigate new talent discovery schemes. Are you a budding artist? If so, set up a website and offer clients access to a virtual gallery.
Plan a showcase event at a local gallery, or inquire about renting a stall at a local arts and crafts market. If you’re a keen amateur photographer, create a Facebook page and upload an online portfolio. Ask friends and followers to share your page. If you want to attract more leads, it may be worth researching advertising packages.
For many of us, the dream is to find a job that doesn’t feel like work. If you’re passionate about something, it may be worth considering turning your hobby into a career. Before you give up everything, make sure you’re prepared. You may need to buy new equipment and take some practical considerations into account before you launch your new venture.
Once you’ve taken the plunge, make sure you get your name out there. Listen out for opportunities in the local area, showcase your talents online, and take advantage of the power of social media.
*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.