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How to turn your hobby into a new career

Over the last 15 years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching thousands of small businesses grow from the seed of an idea, to a blossoming brand, bursting with creativity ๐ŸŒˆ. Though they were all from different industries, there’s golden threads of similarity that are woven between them - their businesses started as hobbies, passions or opportunities.

I call this remarkable group the 'Good Life Companies'. They’re living their own dreams, taking destiny into their own hands, doing what they love every day. Turning passion into profit ๐Ÿ‘› is a dream that so many aspire to, but are often too afraid to take a leap of faith and try it. According to a recent survey for Guardian Money by the Start Up Loans Company and YouGov - 28% of British adults have considered turning their hobby into a business, but less than a third have actually gone on to try. But out of those who have, 86% of people said that running a passion-based business gave them greater job satisfaction. ๐Ÿ˜„

I mean, who would have thought that doing what you love for a living would make you happy?! Even with the pitfalls and bumps in the road, it’s still a journey to living your own dream. I thought I’d share a few tips on taking those first important steps:

  • Stand Out: think about what makes your product so unique and brilliant. What will you do differently to others? What problems will you solve? Is this business, going to last over a decade?
  • Research: what’s the market like? Will you have competitors? How do they price themselves? Start to paint a picture of the world you’ll be existing in. ๐ŸŒŽ
  • Make time for your business: start to carve out time in your diary that you solely dedicate to making your dream a reality. Small, considered steps towards your goal will help you put down strong roots that you can build your business upon. ๐ŸŒณDon’t go waiting for a sea of time in your diary to appear!

'Congratulations on your New Business' Card by Angela Chick.