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How to turn your hobby into a career

Written by Ashworth College on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Posted in Career, Why Ashworth

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Career

The standard approach to life is for a person to take a job doing something they can do rather than something they love to do. To put it another way, most people spend 40 years in a job or jobs they hate, just so they can retire and finally do things they love. This does not always give them much time to do what they love.

What if you could figure out a way to do something you love for work, turning your hobby into your career? One could argue that you would never have to retire because you love it. Or one could say that you are already retired because you are making money at your hobby.

So one of the first things you need to ask yourself is what would you do if money was not an issue. What would you do if you could be anything, go anywhere or do anything and money was not an issue or the focal point? The answer is your passion or your hobby. This could be golf, travel, sports, writing, home building, fishing, flying or any number of possibilities. Only you can answer that.

If you have a passion or hobby, then you should ask yourself if there is a market for it, would anyone be willing to pay for information about it and could I do it as a business. Let’s take fishing for example. My son loves to go fishing, although not his primary career. His degree is in environmental studies. If he could fish every day all day, he would.

So let’s explore this. Could he transition into this by starting a blog about fishing, his experiences with it, his ability to share information about it? Yes, he could. He is starting digital products. If he started a membership website about fishing, could he charge for it? Yes, he could. How about starting weekend classes on proper fishing techniques with young people or even adults? How about starting a local chapter of Junior Bassmasters? He would need to understand marketing. The possibilities are endless.

So what will he need to start his hobby out as an income-earning side business? He will need great English writing skills. He will need to understand business, income and expense statements. How about learning teaching skills and speaking skills? All of these can be learned on top of his passion for fishing. These skills can all be learned online through distance learning. It is in Marketing, Business, and Psychology degrees that all of these can apply to converting your hobby into a career.

Almost any hobby can be thought of as a career. If you love it, chances are high that someone else will love it and would pay to know how to enjoy their hobby more or gain additional proficiency. You now have a demand for your expertise. I will invite you to also check out a great article that reinforces the need to be an educated person in creating your hobby as a business.

If you are interested in learning how these can work for you, then contact a counselor at Ashworth College, and set your hobby plans into motion. Who knows, maybe you will never retire because you love your work!

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