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8 Signs Of People Succeeding In Turning Their Hobbies Into Jobs

8 Signs Of People Succeeding In Turning Their Hobbies Into Jobs

Kim Lavine was making microwavable heating pillows as presents for her kids’ grade school teachers in 2001, putting them together at her kitchen table in Grand Haven, MI, with a corn kernel filling. But when her husband was laid off, she felt prompted to consider turning her pastime into a hopefully steady income source.

She advanced from selling pillows out of an old truck to setting up kiosks in malls and then incorporating her company, which she named Green Daisy, in 2002. Within two short years, Lavine’s Wuvit pillow brand was in national retail chains, such as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bed Bath & Beyond, and four years later, in 2006, it had generated over $1 million in sales.

Who says you can’t turn what you love doing into a paycheck – and more than just a paycheck? What’s your dream hobby? Do you collect stamps, write poetry, or whittle bird calls? Whatever you do in your spare time, away from work, can become a steady source of income and a dream career!

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Here’s a few examples of what people have done to successfully turn a hobby into a greenback (or two):

1. They put their dream career in writing

Make it a positive statement. Such as “I will sell my wooden bird calls at flea markets and farmer’s markets every weekend from now on.” A written goal becomes a reality. An unwritten goal stays a dream.

2. They turn a vice into a business if they don’t have a hobby

Terry Finley liked betting the horses. Some people think that’s a weakness, but Terry was good at it and never jeopardized his work salary. He bought his own racehorse in 1991, and soon parlayed that into a stable of thoroughbreds. Today he’s worth over $6.5 million.

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3. They pursue it, and do it – to the max!

Half-hearted won’t get you loved, paid, noticed, or happy. Uber poet Maya Angelou says:

“Pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”

4. They don’t think ‘job’; they think ‘fun’

Whatever you can think of that appeals to you, you can find a way to do it and get paid. Even lying in bed all day. 

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5. They use their green thumb to hitchhike to their own successful business

Craig Jenkins-Sutton liked messing with garden stuff. He was working for a lawn service when he decided to put a small ad in the paper offering his own services. He now has his own thriving garden design business.

6. They work at home sweet home

A surprising amount of people dream of working from home. No commute. Work in your bathrobe. What’s not to like? You can do customer service or sales. Or even a healthcare job, 10 different types of which you can find at Anna Maria College. If that’s your dream, go for it – and use a website like Rat Race Rebellion to find dozens of long-term legitimate at-home jobs.

7. They look beyond their ‘dreams’

Megan Duckett dreamed of a Hollywood career. She was thrilled when she got a job as secretary to an event planner. But she started making more money in her spare time by sewing costumes and other clothing props. She didn’t abandon her dream; she saw the bigger opportunity and went for it. Today her sewing company gives her a fantastic 7-figure income.

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8. They take it one step at a time and still reach their dream career

Forbes staff writer Jacquelyn Smith suggests that you can keep your daytime job and still pursue your hobby passion simply by teaching it in your spare time. People want to know about woodworking, playing an instrument or writing haiku. Take on some pupils and see how it goes; it may just be a satisfying part-time money-maker, or it may lead you to bigger and better things like full-time entrepreneurship!

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

4. What are my goals in life?

Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

6. What do I not like to do?

An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

“What do I want to do with my life?”

So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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