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Career Goals: Could You Turn A Hobby Into A Full-Time Job?

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

For many of us, our career dreams center on doing something we love and getting paid for it. If you have creative talents, or you’re tired of doing a job you find uninspiring, why not turn a hobby into a career? More and more people are choosing to work from home and become their own boss. Could this be your next career step?


Practical considerations
Before you take the plunge and hand in your notice, there are some important practical considerations to bear in mind. You may be incredibly excited about the prospect of pursuing your dreams, but is your goal viable? Do you have the necessary skills to make things work? Are you equipped to start your own business financially? Do you know what path you’re going to take?


Giving up a full-time job is a risk. You could be missing out on regular paychecks for a prolonged period of time. Do you have savings or a nest egg to help you get by? Do you have the credentials to get a loan if you don’t have savings set aside? If you’re thinking of applying for a loan, make sure you have a solid business plan ready and waiting. You’ll need to convince the lender that your plan is sound, and your business will make money. It may be beneficial to see a business consultant or a financial adviser before you submit a plan.



Getting started
It’s likely that you’ll need to invest in equipment to propel your hobby to the next level. If you’re a photographer, you may need a better camera or some professional development software. If you enjoy glassblowing, for example, you may need to order safety equipment, torches, and burners. Contact firms like Chemglass for advice. When you’re converting an interest into a career, you may benefit from wholesale prices and bulk buy deals.


You may also need to think about business premises. Do you need a specific type of space, such as a laboratory or a studio? Or could you run your business from home in the short-term? If you’re able to work from home, this will reduce your start-up costs.



Getting your name out there
To succeed, you’ll need people to buy your products or services. You’ll need to take steps to get your name out there, and increase interest in your business. There are many ways you can do this. Develop a marketing strategy. Organize an exhibition if you’re an artist, carpenter or glassblower. Put on a concert if you’re a musician or a singer. Upload examples of your work to websites, and embrace social media. Set up pages and profiles and post regular updates. Encourage people to share them and you’ll soon build up your contact list. Put flyers through doors, and adverts in local stores. Find out about festivals and events in your area and ask about running a stall or displaying your work. If you do get a slot, you can invite followers by setting up an event page on social media sites.



Sometimes, to achieve happiness and career success, you have to take risks. If you dream of turning your hobby into a full-time job, you may encounter difficulties. You may struggle for money initially, and you’ll have to work hard. But if you put in the hours and make the right decisions, you can get there. Good luck!

This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

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