Who said you can’t make a descent living doing what you love? there has never been a better time than now to make money doing what you love. The internet has given you so much power as to turn your passion into money spinning venture.
Everyone has at least one thing they are passionate about. But only few have figured-out how to make money doing what they love. They’re living up the dream.
And you wonder if you could ever make money doing what you love. There’re over 8.3 million articles, blogs, and people searching on how to make money from their passion.
You see, You’re not alone.
I’ve been there also, and I know how it feels – to wake up every morning and rush out of the door to a job that no longer feels right, getting stuck in Lagos mad-traffic and feeling depressed and sad.
In fact, there are days when I wondered if this is how life is going to be. An unending cycle of depression with unsatisfied longing. I wanted more, I knew I deserved more, and I was willing to take a chance at life.
That chance came in form of a sack letter – I remember that beautiful Tuesday morning. I got in as usual and tried to sign into our company’s social media accounts to check for updates and messages, but I couldn’t. I knew I was sacked. There was no two ways about it. I began clearing my desk, and by 12 noon, I was summoned to the HR office and handed my sack letter. I took the letter, smiled at the manager and walked out the building without looking back.
I knew at that precise moment life has handed me the chance I was waiting for.
Honestly, it was tough at the beginning – even with the knowledge that this was what I wanted; I was scared and worried.
During the course of three days, I took inventory of my skills, my contacts, and likely people to offer my services to.
Steps to Make Money Doing what you Love
Here’re the steps I took to move from a scared, worried bag of mess to a confident, enthusiastic happy man. I hope you find these tips helpful in your quest to make money doing what you love:
STEP 1: Choose One of Your Marketable Skills and Focus on It
I had many interests. There were many things I enjoyed, but there were not many things that I could trade off on. And at that point, I needed something that wouldn’t take long in making me money and something I can comfortably do from home.
I already had a list of all my hobbies and interest:
- I loved swimming – but there’s no public swimming pool around I could go offer my service to.
- I enjoyed reading – book clubs here don’t actually pay to read but there’s an opportunity to review books online, though I don’t have much knowledge about it.
- I love selling – but offering to become a sales rep would get me outside, which is not what I wanted at that point.
- I enjoyed researching new topics and writing – this perfectly fit the picture.
I took up writing. I was able to do this from home, there’s huge demand for good writers, the opportunity is endless, and I was able to make money almost immediately from it.
In turning your passion into business, you must ensure that there’re people willing to pay you for doing what you love.
STEP 2: Get on with Offering Your Service for a Fee
At this point, don’t worry setting up a structure; don’t waste time trying to figure it all out. Just go ahead and sign on your first clients. Your focus at this stage is to validate whether you can actually make money doing what you love or not. So getting your first clients or order will just do that.
The thinking behind this is: if there’s one person willing to pay for this, then, there’re other people who will also pay for it.
This leads us to the next step.
STEP 3: Figure out How to Reach Your Ideal clients
Remember you’re in business already! It’s time to go do some marketing. It doesn’t have to be anything fanciful or sophisticated: it could just as well be a little chat with a friend where you casually ask them, if they need what you offer or know someone who does.
For me getting my first clients means I have to be where they are: I started out by joining several Facebook groups that are relevant to writing, working remotely, content development, etc. you get the idea?
When I come across any profile that I think would be a best fit; I always reach out by send a casual message to them and asking if they would need a writer.
It was tedious at the beginning, I was rejected several times – but the breakthrough came when I landed my first client from a Nigerian Facebook group, then another client. I have worked consistently with these two clients for over 5 months now.
STEP 4: Up-date Your Online Profile
With these two clients in, I knew it was time to take things further. I updated all my social media account with the new role. I am a Freelance Writer.
Why do you need this step? There’re people on these social networks searching for services like yours. In fact, I would recommend using these platforms as your primary marketing channels. All the clients I’ve worked with came from social media. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. I was active on all of these platforms. I reached out, and built relationships.
But the beauty of this strategy is: Your clients reaching out to you themselves. My first international client was through LinkedIn. She searched for Freelance Writers and my profile came up, she sent a connection request, I accepted, She sent a message asking if I’m available to write, and the rest is history.
Step 5: Now, It’s Time to Consider Building a Structure
To really make the kind of money from your passion that would give you the freedom you seek, you need a structure. Now it still doesn’t have to be a complicated affair.
A simple blog where you show case your expertise would do just fine. If you’re into physical products – an online store front (think: Konga, Jumia, Esty (international), Ebay (international). Nowadays, it is easy to set-up your own online store, even, with little or no tech knowledge.
This structure gives your business a sort of legitimacy and projects you as a professional that knows what he is doing.
Deciding to make money doing what you love is a great leap of faith – you could fail, you may not find the happiness you seek, and worst of all you could end up poor.
But, if you never try, you will never know how far you could have gone. You’ll always wonder what could have happened, if only you were bold enough to pursue your passion.
So, there you have it, these are practically the same steps I took when I first started out to turn my passion into a money making venture. I have largely accomplished that, in fact within three months of writing, I’ve been able to reach and surpass the salary I got in my previous jobs.
This journey is not going to be easy. There will be days when you feel like you’re not making progress; there will be days when you just want to give it all up; and times will come when fear, uncertainty, a doubts will drive you into abandoning it all to get a paid job – but if you hold on and keep pushing, you would either make enough money to finally be free or live your life enjoying what you do.
So hit me up with your comments, let’s talk about this!