Some of us may always wonder, ‘What if I have the courage to make a living doing the thing I love doing the most?’
There is no dream will happen in your life if you don’t take actions and lots of people do successfully turn their favourite hobby into a career, whether it be by starting their own business or making the decision to go professional.
Of course, it is important that you put proper consideration into your decision since not all hobbies make a profitable business and following a new career path is a big decision to make. Some may also say that hobbies and work are best kept separate, as they are an activity that we get to participate in in our free time as an escape from work, rather than BEING the work. However, it’s also been said that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, so perhaps it’s a gamble worth making!
If you’re thinking of turning your hobby into a career, here’s some steps how you could go about it:
1) Teach others
If you don’t see yourself taking up your hobby in a professional sense, that doesn’t meant that you can’t still turn it into a career. You can turn your skill into a job by passing on your knowledge to others. Depending on the skill and demand for it, you could set yourself up as a private teacher, or offer your service to an educational institution. Teaching can be really rewarding, even more so when you are teaching something that you love. If you are a good chef, skilled musician, have a good linguistic skill, you can turn these into your career by teaching others.
2) Sell your creations
Some of my friends having their business by selling something that they love to make. If your hobby is making some sort of crafts, artwork or even baking, why not sell your creations? You can sell it online or have a partnership with people on conventional stores. I guess, baking businesses also have potential to be really successful, as not everyone has the time to bake by themselves in these busy days and these people are more than happy to pay someone skilled to do it for them. Or you might want to consider to have a business that related to children needs or party. Cos moms can spend lavishly for their children.
This all being said, you don’t necessarily need to create your products yourself, if you are passionate about something, becoming a supplier could be just as good a way to incorporate your hobby into your career.
3) Write/speak about your passion:
If you’re passionate about something, then tell others about it! Whether it be through the written word, or talking about it at events; believe it or not, you can actually get paid for merely sharing your passion and knowledge with others especially in the rise of social media like nowadays. The social media has made it easier than ever for people to become experts in their field and there are lots of opportunities for industry professionals to speak at events, so be proactive and put yourself out there! Once you have built a bit of status for yourself within the sector, it could well be turned into a career.
4) Go professional:
People say that it is not easy to have your own business but nothing should hold you back from achieving your dream if you feel passionately enough about it! Though you’ll probably need to put a lot of the leg work in before you can make a career from it, it’ll be worth it in the end.
Contributor: Aprilia Patriani, Managing Partner – APG Consult