Surely, you’ve ended up on this page because you’ve finally realized that a 9-5 job isn’t the only thing that can fulfill you financially! Well, you’re right – choosing to follow your passions and earn from it is a completely viable option!
Are you still trying to figure out how it can be done? Or are you probably wondering how you can take that leap and financially sustain yourself at the same time?
Believe it or not, following your passions is possible as long as you’re practical about it. Though it may seem like an unconventional road for some, the journey to making money out of your passions can be fulfilling for you and for others, too!
Find the time and energy.
While passion can motivate you to get the job done, it’s not always enough; you still need to be realistic about the things you can do while you’re starting out. Do you have funds that you can use for lessons and equipment? How much time are you willing to allot for your passion: are you going to do it on a full-time basis or will you go for it part-time? Keep in mind how much you have to sacrifice for your passion to come true.
Find that niche within your passion.
Look for a specialization in your chosen field. Know what you have over your competitors and vice-versa. From there, you can offer what they don’t have. Being a photographer, for example, isn’t enough if there are other photographers that market themselves the same way, so specializing in wildlife or wedding photography would be a more viable option instead.
Market your passion.
What you can do to help your passion sell? Artists, for instance, either post their content on social media, sell their art or create commissions for clients. You can even collaborate with others for future projects. There are endless possibilities. The trick is learning how to put yourself out there and connecting with others at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to crowdsource funds.
Need money to get your business started? You don’t have to limit yourself to investors or your local bank to get a loan. Kickstarter and GoFundMe are some of the best sites that can bring your ideas to the public, and you can even test your product from there.
Speak to veterans in the field.
Individuals who’ve been in any industry for a long time have years worth of experience at their belt, so don’t be afraid to ask them what you need to know about your passion! Ask them how they started out and what they’ve done to accomplish where they are now. Who knows – they might even collaborate with you in the long run!
You wouldn’t want to start your passion with a messy schedule, right? If you want to start and create more to achieve progress in what you’re doing, you have a greater chance of doing so by sticking to a time frame. Get a planner and plan ahead!
Take that risk.
You don’t need to wait to be a master to get started: all you need is grit and the courage to make it happen! Taking risks means stepping outside your comfort zone and you’ll have to leave it eventually. Are you afraid of being judged for marketing yourself on Facebook? Don’t wait ‘til somebody else starts practicing your craft! And learn to embrace both good and bad feedback – they can help you improve so just go for it!
Seriously, there’s nothing more fun than knowing how fulfilling it can be for yourself and for others to do what you love. Don’t stop doing what you love to do and don’t stop learning either! Your audience will always be able to see how much dedication is poured into any passion project, so as long as you never forget that, you’re good to go!