Turning a hobby into a career can be a dream come true! But it may turn into your worst nightmare and lead you to not enjoy your chosen hobby or excel in it as a career. You have to know how to switch your mind from loving something into thinking practically about it. There is a very fine line between emotions and practicality. So, here’s a bunch of questions to ask yourself to help you balance between both sides, and find out if your hobby can also be a lucrative profession.
1- Am I passionate enough? Or is it just a phase?
Many of us have our secret hobbies and activities that we enjoy doing, but some are just passing fancies. Sometimes our passions just fade away, sometimes we get attached to a certain hobby for a short period of time and not forever. Sometimes you like something and the next day you don’t. For example, I like photography, but not as a lifetime career. I like to keep it in my secret toolbox of skills (well, now it’s not a secret anymore). The point is you have to make sure you are passionate, consistent, and dedicated enough to pursue it as a career.
2- Is it the right time to turn your hobby into a career?
Turning something you like into a profession needs a lot of hard work and a lot of time as well. So is this the right time for you to take your hobby to a new level? Do you have financial or social responsibilities that may affect your new career? And most importantly, Is the business you are getting into growing or is it a wrong timing for you to enter the market? After all, a hobby is something you do when you’re in the mood to do it, it might be your getaway. But a career is something you need to do at any time no matter what you want to at the moment.
3- Can I stand the whole process or just the beginnning?
For instance, you may like to cook, you may like to chop the vegetables, mix the ingredients together. But, when it comes to waiting for hours while it’s getting cooked and cleaning up the mess after you’re done or calculating the expenses and the price of the meal, not so much. So are you willing to go through all the process? Are you patient enough to stand its ups and downs?
4- Do I have the right resources?
The resources do not only mean the financials. It could be having the right connections or your physical and mental ability. It could be a team of people if needed. It might even be the knowledge you need to enter the field. And most importantly, you just need to make sure that these resources will help you survive, and not only enter the field.
5- Do I Have a Unique Identifier? Or am I gonna lose it?
In every field, you will face competition, and having a unique identifier may be a challenge. But an identity is what gets you safely to the shore. So do not lose your identity, do not lose your details, and do not get affected by other competitors. At the end of the day, successful people have their identity. You can tell it’s Steve job’s work before knowing it’s an apple product, or that it’s a Picasso painting before noticing the signature, right?
7- Is it needed?
You need to evaluate if you’re gonna add something to this field before pursuing it as a profession. Is it gonna materialistically benefit people, or even inspire them?. Measuring the demand and supply is important to know if you’re offering something that is going to add to the market value or not.
8- Did I measure the risk associated, and do I know my target audience?
Other critical questions you need to ask yourself since you are now turning it into a legitimate business. So you have to research these questions before getting deep into your new career.
9- Am I confident enough to handle the criticism I may face?
Well, not everyone will understand your hobby and they may not even appreciate it. You need to trust yourself, and your goal. Don’t let anyone make you question your ability to achieve your dream. we’re all different, so do not expect everybody to agree and support you especially at the start. Do your thing, and make them wonder how you did it later!