Chances are, your full-time job isn’t your actual passion. Of course, you’ll do something tolerable to pay the bills, but your nine-to-five probably isn’t the highlight of your daily life. Some people get lucky, but most wish that they truly loved enough to make a liveable income.
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The truth is that not every passion can get you rich, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Even a small side business can use your passion and generate some additional income while you get to do something you love doing. So while you won’t be quitting your day job any time soon, your life will have a little more color which is worth all the extra effort.
Who knows, you might even be able to build a thriving business based on your true passion. Whether it’s art, music, woodcarving, or even video games, here are the steps you need to take to turn your passion into profit:
Put it in Your Calendar
The first thing you need to do is make time for your passion. Even if you absolutely love something, a busy schedule full of deadlines and responsibilities will often push your passion to the backburner. To make it a more prominent part of your life, you need to make time for it, even if it means sacrificing part of your weekends or the time you spend watching Netflix after work.
When working on your passion projects — write them into your schedule, and it will be easier to commit your valuable time to the work. Otherwise, you’ll keep telling yourself that tomorrow will be the day you begin. Add some persistent notifications, and you’ll finally start getting to work on that project you keep talking about.
You have a passion for baking but standing in the kitchen is the last thing you want to do when getting home from work. If this is truly your passion, you need to push yourself by scheduling time to bake in your Calendar. You can even schedule times to deliver cookies and cupcakes to friends and family so that you have some sort of deadline or goal to work toward in the early going.
Phone a Friend
Having a partner share your ambitions will drive you further than you could on your own. When you’re lacking motivation, they can pick up the slack and help you continue moving forward. The buddy system has worked for countless start-ups and successful projects throughout the years and will work for you today.
While a friend can help you turn your passion into a business, you should never rely completely on someone …….