Turn your love into your livelihood. Isn’t it true that the dream for each of us is to make money doing what we love? There’s nothing better than pursuing what we enjoy, and then being able to make a living from that thing—that’s the ultimate goal! But how, exactly, does this work? And how can we get started?
Whether you’re thinking about launching a career or starting in a completely new direction, you must first determine what you’re passionate about. This will help you carve a future that excites rather than discourages you. From there, you’ll want to research career avenues, professions, and projects that will support this vision. And, of course, you’ll also want to be realistic about where you see yourself currently, and where you want to be down the road. Once these tasks are set into motion, you can begin to move forward in the direction of your dreams.
Ultimately, making money doing what you love is possible, but it comes from a lot of hard work and dedication to your craft. If you find yourself nodding an enthusiastic ‘yes’ to any of this, then you’re in the right place. And your future is closer than you think.
1. First, you have to know what sets your heart on fire.
Knowing what sets your heart on fire is different than knowing what, exactly, you want to do—that will come later. This is more about knowing what you love and how you can begin to integrate that into your daily life. Are you passionate about art? Can you start drawing/painting etc. once per week? Can you determine what types of art you can create, perhaps, as products for sale? Or, can you start thinking about ‘alternative’ ideas that can make you money or get your name out there?
Once you know what you love, doors will begin to open for you. (But, of course, you’ll have to open them, too.)
2. Start researching potential opportunities and available careers.
Open the doors. Once you know what you want to do, the research begins. Start by determining whether you want to do something traditional, or innovative. Do you want to work a 9 to 5, or something remote-based? Are you interested in becoming a freelancer, or have a steady salary? Do you want to be in a corporate space, or something independent?
The career search can begin in a myriad of places. Start with job sites like LinkedIn or RemoteJobs, for example. Also tap into local avenues, social media pages, hiring boards, and, of course, your community/network. Be prepared to spend a lot of time looking, and not always receiving an immediate response. How bad you want it will reflect in how hard you search.
3. Determine what makes sense in terms of workload.
Consider the time you’ll have, and, of course, whether this will be passion project/side hustle or a full-time position. From there, gauge how much you can realistically accomplish in a given time. For example, if you’re going to create custom art, you might want to limit yourself to a few pieces per month to start so that you don’t overcommit.
4. Take into account the (necessary) work-life balance.
This is huge. Pursuing the ability to make money doing what you love means that yes, you’ll enjoy your work—but it will still be work. You’ll want to super intentional, then, about creating space between what you’re doing professionally vs. personally. There needs to be a healthy balance between the two or you’ll risk burning out.
5. Be prepared to work really, really hard.
You’re going to have to work hard to profit from your passions. Especially if you’ve industry, you’ll have to create a need for your products or services—which isn’t always easy, especially if your products are more for enjoyment or self-care.
This doesn’t mean you can’t be successful, it just means you’re going to have to work hard(er) for that success.
6. Set up a budget and schedule to organize and get you off the ground (especially if you’re independent).
Whether you’re going to pursue a passion project or a full-time career doing what you love, you’ll need to create a schedule (for organization) and have a budget (for a strong foundation). This is super important if you’re going to be working for yourself or freelancing, but useful, even if you’re not.
7. Market yourself and network like crazy.
This. Is. So. Important. If you seriously want to make money doing what you love, you’ll want to market yourself. Use social media as a tool. Network among friends and colleagues. Do what you can to share your products/services with the world and build connections (which will ultimately translate to future business opportunities).
8. Pursue all that you can and don’t be afraid to say ‘yes’ to the unfamiliar.
Above all, you can’t be afraid of the unknown. And whether that makes taking on a project you’ve never done before or saying ‘yes’ to something that’s out of your comfort zone—do it. This will help you (and your business) grow.
That being said, don’t be afraid to say ‘no,’ too, especially if something doesn’t feel right. You have that power.
Featured Image Credit: Kevin Grieve