If you’ve got a hobby that helps you escape the daily grind, then chances are you’ve dreamt of making it your main source of income. We’ve seen countless bloggers, vloggers, musicians, artists, and other creatives who have turned a passion into a career.
Whether you love to blog and dream of making it big as the next Olivia Palermo, or if you want to pursue that music career without turning to The X Factor, we’ve got 8 things to know when turning your hobby into a career.
1. Practise makes perfect
Spend as much time as possible honing your craft. This may be difficult to juggle with other employment, but will be worth it in the long run. You will gain experience only from doing, and if it’s what you want to be doing all the time, then do it.
2. Be realistic
Is there a gap for your business? Even if you’re passionate about it, is what you are selling going to ignite the same passion in enough people? These are important questions to ask yourself, and you need to be realistic about whether or not your business will take off.
3. Budget your time wisely
Judge each day individually, and prioritise tasks depending on your mood and external commitments each day. Be realistic about what you can achieve in a day and set goals.
4. Be fearless
Throw yourself in and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, see any mistakes as learning experiences. You don’t know until you try so get moving and take the plunge – you can learn as you go.
Surround yourself with a network of like-minded people who understand the business you wish to pursue so that you can build on their knowledge. Attend every event you can and see it as an opportunity to network.
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6. Get tough
Be hard on yourself and identify areas of weakness and where you need to improve. Seek out the opinions of others, whether they’re in the same field or are a family member, and take on board all advice and criticism. It’s important to get an outside view of your work from an objective source, and criticism will help you to grow.
7. Create a good work space
Even if you’re working from home, create a professional and comfortable working environment that will bring the best out of you. Surround yourself with inspiration and helpful tools that will make you thrive, wherever you’re working from.
8. Give yourself a break
Don’t forget to take time off and have a life, otherwise what was your hobby will start to feel like a chore. Avoid burn-out by taking time away from your business and engaging in experiences that are completely unrelated.