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Turn your hobby into a career

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The Beginning

Many people wonder how to Turn their hobby into a career. When you love your job, it is never really “work”. When you turn your hobby into a career, the impossible becomes possible, and life starts to have a full meaning. I remember when I had a traditional office job for a big gas company. It was a job I juggled before the twins showed up, and I truly hated every second of it. The only thing that mattered to me was my monthly pay check, and that was so little, it was pretty much gone few days after payday. Then the wait for the next pay check started.

 

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It was soul draining

Life was hard. It was a long commute to the office everyday, and I was miserable.I spent long hours indoors at work trapped in a call centre with a headset permanently on my head. To simply describe, it was soul draining.  It was so hard in the summer. I never got the chance to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I got to work for 9am everyday and sometimes I would work until late in the evening. The only good about the job was the free vending machine on some days, and the building itself. It was nicely furnished with roof lanterns in some rooms which allowed me make the most of the amazing weather when we had it.

I had no interest in the job or the business, but it was the only job I had so I had to hold on to it. Then I stated Fashion and Style Police, and that gave my life a whole new meaning. I had something that was mine own and I put my heart and soul into it. This blog got me through that job, and even though it hardly brought me any income in the first year, it didn’t matter to me. It was a hobby that gave me hope.

 

Turn your hobby into a career

Most times, we don’t see how our hobby can become a career but most times it can. I enjoyed reading and writing from a very young age, and setting up a blog allowed me to create a home for my hobby. And now, that hobby has become a career. I write on her here for myself and my readers. Many of the articles are sponsored by brands, which allows me to continue to work from home and be there for my twins. I also write for my other websites, manage marketing campaigns for many clients as well as managing their social media platforms. My working life has become a dream come true and many times I still pinch myself when amazing collaborations land in my email.

 

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Yes you can

This post is not about me bragging about my working from home life and living the dream. I wrote it to motivate anyone thinking of turning a hobby to a career. I would say go for it. You never know until you try. To be safe, you can start working on growing your hobby into a career by the side, while you hold on to your regular pay check. If you like writing, set up a blog. If you have a good eye for fashion designing and are good at sewing great designs, think of setting up your clothing label. And if makeup is more your thing, think of setting up a makeup artist business.

The internet has made it super easy to start off any type of business with various useful content online and social media platforms you can utilise to help grow your brand.

 

No regrets

I am happy I took the leap of faith to work for myself. It has not been a walk in the park but I rather do this walk than any other. No regrets here. I would do it all over again if I had another chance.

 

What is your hobby?

 

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31 responses

  1. Totally love this! I am in the same place you spoke about. You know going to a job I hate just for the check. I have already started a blog but haven’t’ really gone the self hosting route because I am afraid to loose my content. However, soon enough I will take that leap of faith and just do it so I can do the same. This was a great and motivating read! I wish you and your family much success.

  2. Giiirl thank you for this. I really needed this. I’m in that same state of mind you were describing about dreading to go to work and dreaming of turning my hobby into something. I been feeling so unmotivated lately and bummed out lately so this post was definitely a motivation boost!

  3. Love this 💕 I’m currently in the same mind, I’m in my last year of uni and everyone is applying for jobs. I feel so unmotivated and just want to work for myself although I’m not sure what to do or where to start.

  4. Hi, I Just read your post & I agree I started 5 years ago online internet marketing.. This was just a part-time hobby to make a few bucks, then 3 years ago I decided to quit my job & now I’m full time.. Being online pays more than a 9 to 5 job that my experience anyway

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  6. I started blogging about a year ago and really wish I had started sooner… absolutely love curating meaningful content and being able to express myself this way, is everything! Thank you for this wonderful article. x

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