If you are wondering about your career options, or looking to make a change, it may help to base the choices on your hobbies. Remember, your pursuits serve as clues for learning about your interests and can guide you towards making the ideal career choices. Your hobbies are windows into what you love doing the most, and they come naturally to you – an important aspect of building a flourishing career.
Some people prefer to keep their work and their hobbies separate, but there are various ways of monetising your hobby if you wish to do so.
Conducting classes for groups of people and teaching them skills such as cooking or playing an instrument is a good way of earning income from your hobbies. In short, if you are good at something, share it with others and make money from the enterprise.
In the modern world of mass-production, there is a real desire to find something unique and beautiful. If you have a talent for a creative hobby such as jewellery-making, you can find a market if you know where to look. Many people swear by online stores, but the internet is a huge resource and sometimes it’s hard to get visibility. Consider finding a local craft fair where you can have a stall and display your goods. When people can touch and see the items, they are more likely to buy them – and you can try out your sales pitch at the same time. If you can’t find a craft fair, try to make an agreement with a local independent shop to display and sell your creations for you. Once you have started to build a customer base, selling online will get easier.
If travelling is your passion, consider funding your trips by purchasing exotic items when you are abroad, and selling them when you get back home. Make sure you check out all the regulations on importing items, but if you buy from certain places at a low price, you can be sure to make a profit.
So, if you can teach, make or buy and sell, you can be well on the way to making your hobby not just a pastime, but a source of income as well.