Keep This in Mind Before Turning Your Passion into a Job

It isn’t impossible, but you have to be prepared.

Maybe you love to brew coffee. Perhaps embroidery is your favorite thing. It’s even possible you want to dedicate your life to raising alpacas.

Whatever your passion, if it results in a product or service, there’s someone out there making a living off it.

However, before you quit your job to paint or to open your own clothing boutique, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. What’s Your Passion?

The answer might seem obvious, but a passion isn’t just something you enjoy doing. A passion is something you’re meant to do; it completes you.

Say you love to drink coffee. You might think that would mean you should open a coffee shop. But there are ton of jobs connected to coffee, from coffee tasting to coffee farming to working in a coffee shop. Basically, there are many, many jobs that could fulfill your passion; so don’t focus on only one position.

  1. Is This Something You Can Do All Day Every Day?

Doing something for fun is one thing. Doing it to pay your bills is another. You may love embroidering shirts or pillows and selling them online, but could you handle embroidering every day for eight or nine hours? Would you still enjoy it? And will the demand for your products be enough to pay the bills?

Basically, if you can be happy keeping your passion confined to a hobby or side gig, do that. The life of an entrepreneur isn’t an easy one. Be realistic, and make sure there’s a target market that wants your product. It might be wise to keep your current job and build up your hobby until it becomes something you can pursue fulltime.

  1. Be Open to Change

Pursuing your dream career isn’t easy. There are sure to be surprises along the way. Be open to those surprises! Let your goal change as your path changes.

Think of it this way—every year thousands of people flood to Los Angeles to pursue their acting dreams. You won’t see all those people in your favorite TV shows and movies. Some will give up. But others will decide to work behind the scenes, becoming production assistants, directors, sound engineers, production designers, or any one of many other jobs. And they’re happy. You can be, too. Just be open!

What’s your passion? Do you want to make it your job? Let us know why in the comments section below!

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