If you’re someone who truly enjoys your current job, you might find it hard to believe a better career could be out there. However, if you have a hobby you’re really passionate about, you can parlay it into a thriving career. This isn’t a ploy to get you to leave your current job. These four examples will merely explore the depths of what’s possible for a new stream of income and fulfillment.
There are many people who enjoy time in the kitchen after they’ve experienced a long day of work. If you enjoy trying new recipes, spices and combinations, there are so many ways you can turn this hobby into a job. You can become a food writer and create your own cookbook. Become a private chef who cooks for others in the comfort of their own homes.
If you eat, live, breathe and sleep music, you’re definitely a musician. If you’re an excellent musician, you deserve to get paid for it. There are tons of opportunities to record your own music, get it produced and share it with the masses. Find a local church or synagogue that will pay you to play for their services each week. Join a union that keeps you informed regarding paid gigs in your local area.
Some children gravitate to the building blocks and puzzles. Other children love coloring and painting. If you are a part of the first group and still continue to love repairing and solving problems, you might want to consider becoming a welder, an engineer or a mathematician. If you’re obsessed with all things related to cars, consider getting a job in a garage. When you’re more enamored with the process behind the scenes, it’s an opportunity to solve problems for people. There are many who will easily pay lots of money to get a major problem solved.
Whether it’s an exhibit in a museum or the stunning illustrations in a children’s bedtime storybook, you can use your artistic skills to become a bonafide artist. Hone your craft in your free time. Learn to develop specific techniques and a distinct style. Once you start gaining a following on tumblr or Instagram you can open doors into studios, collaborations, and illustration work. Establishing yourself as an artist can take your work further than you may ever dream.
Consider your hobbies. In fact, write down a list of the hobbies you really enjoy doing. For some, there is a hesitation to monetize a hobby because you don’t want to put pressure on yourself. However, don’t be afraid to explore and try something new. You never know what may happen.