Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Career Insights | 0 questions

If somebody asked you what your ultimate career goal was, what would you say? Perhaps you’d like to reach the top of the tree, you’d love to earn a huge salary, or maybe your goal is to have a job you absolutely love. If the latter sounds familiar, have you ever thought of trying to make money from your passions and interests? If you’re hoping to change career and use your talents or your hobbies to earn an income, here are some tips to increase your chances of success.

Planning ahead

The idea of leaving your job and starting a new adventure based on doing something you love may seem idyllic, but there’s a lot of hard work involved in turning a passion into a career. It’s not as simple as handing in your notice and starting a new job the next day. To make things work, it’s always advisable to plan ahead. Running a business, especially a new one, is incredibly difficult and it’s no secret that the vast majority of new ventures fail. The first thing to work out is how you’re going to make money. If you’re a singer, for example, you could start teaching, or you could try and make it as a musician and look into laying down tracks to sell or lining up gigs. If you’re a talented writer, you could start your own blog or look for paid freelance opportunities. Look at what other people have done and find out more about the demand in your local area.

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Financing your career change

One of the most daunting aspects of a career change is facing financial uncertainty. If you don’t have savings put aside and you need a steady income, start planning your next move while you’re still gaining a wage. You don’t need to rush into giving your notice. If you are thinking of setting up a business or you need to invest in new equipment or rent premises, think about how you’re going to finance the venture. If you’re an amateur photographer, for example, you may be thinking about investing in a new camera.

If you make personalized gifts or jewelry at home and you want to start selling your creations, it may be useful to take a look at a Boss Laser review online and get an idea of costs. If you plan to start a cake making business, get some quotes for equipment and look into store rental prices. It’s imperative that you have an accurate idea of startup and running costs before you take the plunge.

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Getting yourself noticed

If you’ve got a new business up and running, shout it from the rooftops and start drumming up interest. Advertise your store, online shop or any events you’re organizing on social media and try and establish a following by encouraging friends and fans to like and share your posts. If you’re targeting a local audience, post flyers through the door and put adverts in local papers and stores.

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What could be better than doing something you love every day to make money? If you have an interest you want to turn into an income, take time to plan ahead and work out how you’re going to get to the point where you’ve got a stable income. Get your finances in order, make sure you’re ready and equipped for your career change and start spreading the news.