Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius*
Was Confucius confused?
Not really. Any successful person will tell you that they’re “all in”. They pour their mind, body, and soul into their work day in and day out, but because they love it, they don’t consider it to be work. When you enjoy what you do, you’re essentially getting paid for having a great time. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
What does this mean for you?
It means that with some dedication and thinking outside of the box, you can turn any hobby into a business and actually get paid to have fun. It doesn’t matter what your idea of fun is. There are people who get paid to watch movies, ride roller coasters, and test beer. Obviously, some of these professions pay more than others, but a beer tester could turn his love of tasting into a blog and make more money doing it. A professional roller coaster rider could take videos while on roller coasters and publish them on YouTube for people looking to get that dizzy feeling from the comfort of their homes. There’s always a way to expand on a great idea.
What if you don’t have time to do what you love because you’re working too much doing what you don’t?
This is where the waters get a little muddy, and each person’s situation is unique. By all means, unless you have a sizable savings account, don’t just quit your job because you read a blog post telling you that you can make money doing things you enjoy. Rather, find an extra hour in your day to make it work, even if it means you’ll lose an hour of sleep. Use that hour to research, network, and invest your mind, body, soul, and a little bit of money into your idea. It’s great to sit around and dream, but unless you put actionable steps behind that dream, it will always just be a dream.
Be aware that the process of transforming what you love into a successful business isn’t always a fast one. For some, it takes years. With the right support and under the right circumstances, however, turning a profit will take considerably less time.
One way to make things move along a little quicker is to hire someone to help you. A Virtual Assistant can give you a hand with everything from naming your business to website development to finding clients who need your services. Each VA has a different specialty, and all you’ll have to do is make contact with one. Most (myself included) will be happy to help you find someone appropriate if they don’t have skills in that area.
Thousands of people all over the world have already made their dreams a reality. Are you next?