How you can you turn your skills, hobbies and passion to be a freelancer, blogger, entrepreneur and develop a business around them.
Programming is one of my hobbies and I have a passion for debugging.
How I manage to transform my hobbies and passion into a business and how you can you turn your hobby, skills and passion to be a freelancer, blogger, entrepreneur and develop a business around them.
Understand how you can convert your hobby and passion into a business that pays and pays well.
1. Every passion may not be a viable business
You may have heard like love what you do and do what you love but understand that every love may not be a viable business.
Let us take an example of being passionate about cars or love driving fast cars.
Can you opt for being a driver in Uber or Ola for driving those cars? I don’t think it’s a good business model.
You may like driving cars but as a business, you may want to write about them or you can opt to be a car photographer or any other business that relates to cars.
2. Hobbies and passion change over time
Selection of what you love can be limited to your worldview but as your worldview evolves, you can develop new love. As a kid you may love your mom the most but when you become a parent, your worldview can change and develop new kind of love towards your kids.
Same applies to what you do for a living.
In those non computer days, I was passionate about watching bollywood movies. When started with computers my passion changed to strategy games like Age of Empires, Commandos and Diablo.
In college, I was passionate about C++ programming. When I quit my job to become a freelancer I was passionate about PHP. As of today, I really love to write. I am also developing a hobby towards study balance sheets of companies.
The point I want to make is your hobbies and passion can change over time or can be bored with one of your passion and so you find a new one.
3. You may not like deadlines
I love debugging but at times, I have to complete the project which may leave more questions in my mind as to why something is not working like it should and that can be frustrating.
To satisfy my inner needs, I even work on clients projects silently and not get paid for it because it is not something clients want to know why something is not working and all he cares about is – if the issue is fixed. I work because I want to satisfy my curiosity of knowing why.
As a business you will always work on getting things more efficiently but as a hobby you don’t want to hurry on with your creativity.
As a hobby I may like to know why but if you don’t fix the issue on time, I won’t be paid and that can take the fun out of the hobby.
The same can be applied to any creative hobby. As a photographer you may want to click a perfect shot but if you have a deadline, you may not end up getting that perfect shot which can be more frustrating than satisfying.
There is a difference between doing something for fun and doing something for a business.
4. It’s all about money
We may read all the time it’s not about the money, but I disagree when it comes to business. If you want to be converting your hobby and passion into a business, the success of your business is determined by the cash it can generate.
If you can do everything you love and convert your passion to help you pay the bills, you can be doing what you love for an elongated period of time but not otherwise.
You have to find a business around your passion that can help you make money.
5. Make use of Internet
We live in the age of internet where you can write about any hobby or passion of your choice and still can make a business out of it.
I was passionate about C++ and so I created www.go4expert.com where I wrote C++ tips that I learnt. As a freelancer I mainly worked in vBulletin and PHP and I did write about them. Moved to Xenforo and doing the same till date.
Moving away from programming I have developed a keen interest in investments and so I write about them on my Investment Analysis blog.
There are many bloggers who write what they love and have made it a business to help fund their passion with their writing.
- Travel bloggers where people share about their stay in different places. They love travelling and so blog has helped them do what they love. An example: http://cheeseweb.eu/
- Body building blogs where people share how they have achieved great results with the process they have followed. Example: http://stronglifts.com/ (was my client).
- Cooking recipes where bloggers share what they have cooked and how they cooked and has developed a business around it. Example: http://whatanindianrecipe.com/ (My Wife’s blog partnered with her friend)
Writing is one of the most effective ways of converting your non-IT passions into a business but if you have a passion for IT Skills, you can be a freelance service provider in sites like Upwork.
Freelancing does not need huge investments and is really very easy and quick to get started. It can help you pay a few times your salary.
Whatever you are passionate about, try to work out a plan to convert your passion into a business.
Share your passion in comments below and let me help you with a business idea out of your passion.
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