We spend a lot of time working. We also have special talents that differentiate us from others. Some people are good at writing. Others are good at taking photographs. Some of us are good at running marathons. Some could sell a snowball to a snowman.
Most people would like to be doing something they love. Guess what? You can! There is a realistic way of turning your talents into a career. As the saying goes, “if you can do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
Are you ready to take the plunge? Here are some recommendations for starting your dream job:
Prepare to Work Part Time
It’s good to have a backup plan. So yes, you may have to start by keeping your day job and working on your preferred career on the nights and weekends. Starting an entire career is difficult no matter what the industry. Quitting your day job to pursue your dreams may not be possible for everyone. This way you will always have a steady income in case you need to regroup or change direction. That being said, sometimes when the rug is pulled out from underneath us, we tend to work that much harder.
If you want to turn a hobby or an interest into a business, you may need to think outside the box. If you really love hockey, but don’t have the skills, consider starting a blog or a skate shop. Although you may not have the ability to hold the Stanley Cup over your head, you will likely still love your job because it deals with the same subject matter. You may need to modify your hobbies or interests in order to create a stronger career.
Create an Online Presence
It’s important to create a website and social media channels for your new business. A professional looking website will show that you’re serious. Create engaging content about your hobby/area of interest through a blog and repost these tidbits on Facebook and Twitter.
Network: Virtually and In Real Life
It’s no secret that networking is extremely important for any business. You can do this by setting up a LinkedIn profile, as well as attending local networking events. Make sure all of your online information is included on your business cards. Go out and search for professionals who you think might like to help you jumpstart your business—you may be surprised who you can get on your side.
Hire Help and Advertise
This step doesn’t come into play until your business is making enough money to become your full time career. You may want to take out a small business loan if you feel your company has the potential to grow. These are usually available for most brick and mortar businesses. If you work from home, this may be a bit more difficult. This will allow you to hire experts to keep track of your business finances, legalities and other tasks.
Starting a business is one of the most difficult things you can do, yet one of the most rewarding. These suggestions are simply the stepping stones to help turn your talent or skill into a career. Good luck!
Are you ready to find your dream job? Call Clark Personnel Services! We’ll work with you to find the right job for your talents, skills and passion.