Do What You Love, Be Your Own Boss

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How many times have you heard someone say “make sure the career you pursue is something you love?” Well, doing what you love so you can be your own boss takes research.

While you may enjoy your job, you probably have more fun working on your car or molding your own beads for handmade jewelry. Why? Because you choose to work on your hobbies.

According to career coach Phyllis Mufson, hobbies can be an important factor in choosing a career because your hobby is “a window into what you love and value and do most naturally, which are all important components of a career where you’ll flourish.” Whether you’re currently searching for a job, or thinking about making a switch, consider turning your hobby into a business so you can be your own boss.

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Take a Moment to Reflect

Turning your hobby into a business is your dream, but it’s important to remember that starting a business is about more than just the activity you enjoy doing. Before you jump right in, take a moment to ask yourself some vital questions. Can you handle a deadline linked with financial pressure?

When your hobby is a fun outlet, there’s no rush to get things done. You can take your time perfecting the rose petal technique on your cupcakes. However, when you have clients and deadlines, you’ll have to churn out a product much faster. You may even have to trust others to meet your quality standards. There’s also the added pressure for income, especially now that your hobby is responsible for paying some or all of the bills.

Are you ready for the challenge? Starting a business based on your hobbies and interests can be rewarding, fulfilling, and also trying at times. This is not to deter you from starting a business, but it’s crucial that you’re realistic.

Starting your own business is an amazing journey, and by planning ahead, you’ll be ready to face your obstacles. The most successful businesses are those that have addressed every possible angle.

Take Your Hobby to the Next Level

To monetize your hobby, you’ve got to create a business plan. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, and it’ll change along the way, but it’ll be your road map when you hit inevitable bumps. Part of the plan will be how to get your first sale. Maybe you can offer a free trial or use low-cost advertising such as social media or word-of-mouth. Become your own walking billboard by creating a shirt with your business name and logo, and give them away to friends and family to wear. The key is to reach your audience with minimal resources you may have as a start up. Getting creative is part of your strategy.

In the beginning networking will be absolutely necessary. Having a business website is great but actively networking and doing self-promotion is what will get people to your website. Look for clubs, conferences, and groups related to your business. When people ask “So, what do you do?” have a pitch along with a professional business card. Your hobby is now your job so you should treat it that way. Set aside time to work on your business, research your industry, brainstorm sales and marketing tactics, and dedicate yourself to improving your skills for positive results. Even if it’s a part-time gig, you should be dedicated to success.

Your hobby is your passion and it makes sense that you want to turn it into a business. Before you jump in, make sure you have asked yourself all the important questions and created a plan for success. With the right amount of planning, you’ll be an entrepreneur in no time.

This guest post was delivered by Aimee Lyons.

Aimee Lyons loves DIY and spends every bit of her free time on pet projects–crafting, refurbishing furniture, remodeling rooms, turning her yard into a landscaping masterpiece. She created to share her DIY knowledge with other enthusiasts.

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