5 Simple Steps to Turn Your Hobby into a Career
We are often told that success comes from doing what we love and pursuing what we want. If your daily grind is getting out of hand and you are tired and thinking of quitting, then it is time to consider a change for the better.
If you have a hobby you love to do, why not work at turning it into your next job. What could be better than making money doing something you love? Is it not the wish of everybody?
I know what is holding you back and here are few;
The fear of failure.
Nobody to push or motivate you.
You have no idea of how to go about it.
You think you don’t have what is needed to get started.
Are these really excuses? How long will you hold tight to these?
With the world now at your fingertips courtesy of the internet, more and more people are turning hobbies into career. Whether you will be using the computer as one of your tool to turning your hobby into a career or for research to getting started, you have everything you need to get started making money from something you are doing already for free.
Turning a hobby into a career is one of the most exciting and fulfilling things to do on the path to becoming an entrepreneur. I am a living example. I turned my love for writing into a business and now I am happy with whom I have become.
If you enjoy writing, you can become a freelance writer. If it is drawing, you can become a paint artist and start making money selling your arts.
Whatever hobby you have, you can turn it into a careesr, and in this article I am going to show you 5 steps to turn your hobby into a career. Are you ready? Let’s get started!
Here are the 5 Simple Steps to Turn Your Hobby into a Career
1. Do your Research
This is a must-do if you don’t want to regret later on in the future. If you have a hobby or hobbies that you would love to turn into a career, you will first need to research the market to see if people will be interested in purchasing your product or service. Because you love your hobby so well and people are applauding you for it does not mean people will patronize you when you turn it into a career.
You will need to check if there is a high demand for the type of business you are about creating with your career.
Try and see if there are already successful people doing it and the kind of wealth they are experiencing. The internet is a good place to surf for information in this regard so you will be on the safe side when you launch.
2. Sharpen the Skill
We all need it no matter the hobby. Before I became a freelance writer, I took so many writing courses, and watch so many YouTube videos of top international writers to know how to create contents that grab the reader’s attention and at the same time SEO friendly.
Not every writer can do that and this is what makes every one of us (writers) different. No matter how good you are with your hobby, there is always room for improvement. Sometimes you need special training to ensure you can meet your full potential when you finally make your hobby your career.
Irrespective of your hobby, it would be wise for you to take an internship or course on sharpening that hobby of yours. Dedicate time to your hobby and get yourself equipped before launching.
3. Sell your Hobby
This is the most important part of the article, isn’t it? After you must have researched which hobby has a high market demand and you have already worked on sharpening that hobby, it is then time to monetize it and make money from it.
There are so many ways you can monetize your hobby and here they are;
- Converting it into a Product
If your hobby involves making artwork or even baking, why not sell your creations? Your hobby involves playing piano or drum? Why not create a video course and sell them? There are so many people turning their hobbies into products and making money selling to people that need them.
You can sell your hobby by writing a book about it, selling and making money. I have made so much money selling my eBook on helping people become freelance writers. If you don’t like writing, you can create either a series of audio or video course and sell them. This is one way many people make money from their hobbies.
- Selling it as a Service
If creating products doesn’t go well with you, you can sell your hobby as a service. Instead of writing an eBook or creating anything, you can host a paid offline or online seminar.
You can offer cooking classes, teach piano lessons or become a consultant or coach if that is your passion. I know someone who makes a living teaching people everything about the import and export business because she has once worked there before.
Speaking at niche event centers is also another way of selling your hobby as a service. You get paid for your time. Even with the rise of blogging, people have been able to earn from their hobby by creating a blog around it and earning through different means.
4. Set a Fee
This is business so you must be honest with how much you will be charging for whatever you will be doing for people. Talk to others doing what you want to do to get an idea of how much to charge your clients.
For example, if you want to become a graphic designer, you should go and ask graphic designers how much they are charging or how much you could charge as a beginner.
If you want to treat your hobby as a business, then you will have to spend time marketing it too. You will need to engage in social media marketing as well as other means of marketing to bring you people that will patronize whatever you will be doing.
Turning your hobby into a career will not bring you overnight success, but if you are persistent and determined, you will surely succeed. I hope this post was helpful. Please let me know via the comment box.