Turning hobby into the job – is it good idea?

Hi guys,

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 πŸ˜‰ ). 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.

Daria

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How to find hobby?

Hi guys,

Today I am returning after another break. It took me a lot of time to adjust to new routine, which becoming a mum forced on me. I thought I got it, but soon I’ve realised that “Naaah πŸ˜‰ “. Fortunately, it seems that we are getting there. I started to understand what each kind of my son crying means (yeah, children really have different kinds of crying, for different needs; amazing!) and life is starting to get a bit easier. At least till we’ll get to the teething stage πŸ˜‰

Although my son is the cutest human being to me and I could talk about him without any break (I know, I know… it sounds like every mother in the world), but he is not a subject of this post. Actually, I would like to talk about some aspect of life, probably every one had a problem with at least once. And this problem is: What to do?

Very often we hear from our friends or family members that they have an amazing hobby to spend time on. Even if we don’t know anyone with such hobby, we are bombarded with stories of successful people, who turned their hobby into work and they are earning money by doing what they love. I wouldn’t like to talk about my feelings about turning hobbies into job now (I might write another post on this subject, as it is actually quite interesting subject), but today I will focus on how to find a hobby, if we don’t have one. The way I will present to you just in a minute isn’t my invention (I actually saw itΒ here; video is in polish, but I will attempt to present you this idea).

Author of this video suggests to look around and find some interesting things, which could possibly become our hobby. We still are not sure, whether we are going to like it or not so we should give it a go and test it. If after 30 days of doing any particular activity we’ll decide that this is not your thing, you can simply leave it after this period of time and try another activity. However, if you will decide that this is something you really enjoy doing and you are looking forward to do it again, you spend more time on performing this activity while still looking for other.

Why 30 days? This time will allow you to decide, if you like doing something. Sometimes beginning is hard and as soon as you will start understanding basic rules of doing this activity, you are starting to enjoy it. Or some activity will seem to be perfect, but as soon as you will start learning more about it, you might actually realise that you don’t like to do it any more.

Why shouldn’t you stop searching? You have found your dreamed activity, so why should you? Well, you are right, but at the same time, you found it because you’ve tried. How do you know, if there isn’t any better activity? Or maybe you will like something as much as this first one? This way, you might be sure that you are doing things you have chosen, not because of someone advised you. You’ve tried it yourself, so you know that given activities are perfect to such unique human being, which you are.

I haven’t tried this technique yet. I’ve presented it today, but I will share my opinion on it after testing and when I’ll have some thoughts. I have already prepared list of potential activities I can try and wish me good luck πŸ˜‰

And this is everything for today’s post. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria