They say if you can find a job you love, you’ll never work a day. There is some truth to this, as working on a career you’re passionate about is a lot more fun than just paying the bills. However, finding a job you can truly fall in love with is easier said than done. For many, it’s difficult to be truly satisfied in any role where they’re required to follow the rules and restrictions of a boss or manager.
Often, these people find they’re much happier in roles where they can choose their own hours, pick their own projects, and grow at their own speed. The process of looking for a new hobby to pass time is vastly different than turning your existing hobby into a business as a sole trader or small business owner. The latter is one of the best ways to monetize something you love doing and turn it into a career. However, there’s a lot more work involved in this process than you might think.
Is Your Hobby Suitable to Become a Business?
The first step in deciding whether you can turn your hobby into a genuine business, is to find out whether it can actually pay the bills. You might love playing video games and streaming them online for other people to watch, but if no one is paying attention to what you play, and you don’t have any options to monetize what you’re doing, then you can’t feasibly choose this route for your career. You’ll need to spend some time doing your research and determining whether the thing you love doing can really make money.
In most cases, there will be an opportunity to monetize your talent, but you may need to put a lot of time, money, and work into making your plan a success. If you want to become a millionaire selling handmade hats, you can’t expect to be a one-man-band forever. You’ll need to think about the cost of materials, how quickly you can scale, and whether it’s possible to earn a viable income on your own. Sit down and start working on your business plan, conducting a full feasibility study as you go. This will involve looking at:
- Potential customers (where are they and how many of them are there?)
- Competitors (who do you need to fight against for your share of the market?)
- Earning potential (how much you can reasonably earn on a daily, weekly or monthly basis).
Are You Ready to Invest?
If you think you can make a profit from your hobby, then you’ll need to decide whether you’re ready to invest in making it a success. Small business loans are an excellent way to gain funding for your small company, so you can access important things like materials, websites, and marketing tools to help your brand stand out online. However, it’s not just money that you need to be able to spend. You’ll also need to be willing to invest your time. Ask yourself whether you have what it takes to work anywhere up to double the hours you do now to make this new venture a success. If you’re not willing to commit yourself to your new venture, you’re not ready to launch.