Today I will be talking about my thoughts about converting hobby into job (as you haven’t read it in the title of this post already 😉 ). This might seem to be a perfect idea (at least to me it seemed to be so, till I started analysing it more), you are doing something what you love and you are getting paid for it. What can go wrong here?
And in some conditions it could be the perfect thing. But before I will explain to you what this conditions are, let me talk about possible dangers I can see in this situation.
Firstly, I understand hobby as something you do to relax and rest after all the struggles of everyday life. Some activity you do, to have fun, forget about your problems and everything what’s going on in your life. Considering hobby to be your source of income, you are adding some stress to it. You are not performing it just for sake of having fun, you need to be sure that it brings you money, so you can at least pay your bills and buy food.
The other thing is that you might work for someone and this will mean that you need to follow your boss’ vision on how to perform your thing. This could make you burn out quickly and simply – start hating your hobby. You wouldn’t like it this way, would you?
Even if you have your own bussiness, you still might find it difficult. Having your own company is connected to necessity of doing a lot of work not even similar to your hobby’s subject, like accountancy, book keeping, dealing with customer’s problems and taxes. All this might leave you with little time to actualy focus on your hobby and make you feel worse than if you were to work in someone’s company.
However, I can see two conditions, when having hobby as a job could work for me. First, is to set it up such a way that I can work on my own pace. Someone standing over my head and hurrying me up (whether boss or customer) would take all fun off of my hobby. It would turn it into normal nob-hobby job very quickly.
Second, is that I would like to have it as one of my sources of income, rather than the only one (or have a lot of savings, so it doesn’t make any difference any way). Again, just for peace of mind. So I don’t have to stretch myself too much to figure out how am I going to pay my rent or what am I going to eat for the entire month.
I believe that, if I would be able to find myself in the place, where both of this conditions are being met, this would bring a lot of peace of mind into my life. I know that money does not bring you happines and it is true. But they can ensure that you and your family have roof over your head, so it is worth it to carry about your incomes (and savings) at least a bit.
And this is everything for today’s post. I hope that you enjoyed reading it. As always I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.