When did your passion become your job?

This is how you turn your passion into a profession

Uh, Monday again! Few people long for this day of the week - it brings with it that the weekend is over and work calls with its obligations. But what if it looked completely different? Many people dream of turning their hobby into a profession and making money with their passion. However, you shouldn't rush this plan, but rather implement it step by step. This way you build a solid foundation for your project.

1. Act as an expert

In times of the internet and social media, it is not that difficult to achieve expert status. Carry out your knowledge and show yourself with your passion! A good way to do this is, for example, Twitter. You could use your own account for this. However, it looks more professional if you set up your own channel. Tweet about "your" topic, share articles and follow other users who have similar interests. Don't forget Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.

Another possibility is to set up your own blog and write about your passion there. This is technically very easy to implement and also possible free of charge. It does not matter whether you write about food supplements, dog sports or your self-made lamps - it is important that you show your interest in public and thus gradually build up a status as an expert. However, you should make sure to maintain your blog regularly: If new posts appear there only sporadically, the range remains manageable. If you don't like writing, you can also consider producing a podcast or setting up a video channel on YouTube. In the meantime, this is also technically very easy and does not require a great deal of effort. Here, too, the following applies: Post new content regularly, otherwise the effect will fizzle out very quickly.

2. Network with others

No matter what your passion is: there are guaranteed to be other people who are enthusiastic about the same topic. Network with each other. It's not just about following and writing to other users on the Internet. Try to meet these people in real life. There are various ways to do this: There may be industry-specific events, congresses or trade fairs that you can attend. Sometimes targeted network meetings are also offered.

If all of this is not the case, you can also initiate a meeting yourself. Write to users from their regional environment and suggest that they sit down once. Others like you may also dream of turning your passion into a job. In this way you can develop ideas, share your ideas and motivate each other. You may even meet future business partners or potential customers in this way.

3. Gain experience

In addition to a good network, you will also benefit from professional experience. So take every opportunity to gain experience in how you can develop and market your passion. Not all of these activities will be paid for - but they may help you on your way to self-employment. For example, if you enjoy sailing, you can offer help to a local sailing club. If you build lamps, you could help out in a repair café. Whatever you do should result in additional skills being acquired. Of course, this is not easy if you work full-time. Nevertheless, do not refuse every request for help that may be made to you. Perhaps you can spare a weekend or two to gain further experience and make new contacts.

4. Acquire qualifications

In addition to very practical experience, certain qualifications also enable you to turn your hobby into a profession. In some cases, these are even legally required. For example, if you enjoy swimming, you can be trained as a lifeguard. You can also supervise groups yourself and maybe offer swimming lessons at some point. This applies to every area: If you like to cook, for example, knowledge of food hygiene will help you.

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