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3 Hacks for Turning Your Hobbies Into Your Income

3 Hacks for Turning Your Hobbies Into Your Income

Many people work at jobs that they don’t enjoy. Their decision to choose to work at their current job is usually done for a variety of reasons. For some, they need to make a certain amount of money, and the jobs they like simply do not pay enough to pay for their lifestyle. For others, it is all that they are qualified for. It doesn’t have to be that way. A lot of people in the world make money of those things that they once considered hobbies.

Here are three interesting ways you could make money off of your hobbies.

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Website or blog

What is probably the best way to make money off of your hobby is to build a website or blog. If you are familiar with the internet, you have probably ran into dozens of websites and blogs as you search for different things. You probably follow a few websites that talk about things that you are passionate about.

Those websites make money every time you come to their website, or every time they give you advice on purchasing certain products. They don’t make a lot, but if they can get enough people to their site, then the small amount they make per person adds up pretty quick.

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Websites are pretty cheap to get up and running these days. The first thing you will need to do is get hosting so that your site can be posted online. Pricing depends on the hosting company, but there are many companies build for small personal businesses that charge just a few dollars a month.

There are also many free websites that teach you how to actually design your website. Once you have chosen your host, and built your website, you can start researching how to get people to come to your website. If you have good content that people find valuable, it will eventually take off.

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Teaching

Most people don’t consider themselves teachers. However, everybody is an expert at something. You don’t have to go teach math or science, there are plenty of ways you can use the internet to teach people about things that you are actually passionate about. Even if you are passionate about something like online gaming, there are ways to teach online and make money off of that.

Outside of the internet, you could try starting some sort of in-person class in your neighborhood where you teach people to do something that you are good at. Many people have done this in a variety of industries.

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A great example of this is this flower shop in Utah. They built a quick website and now offer classes to work with flowers. They turned their passion into an income through teaching and they did it in a niche that many people would have not thought was possible.

Affiliate and networking

Many companies will actually pay people to recommend their product. It is likely that you use multiple products already that are willing to pay you to recommend your products to others. The way people typically do this, is through networking.

Try joining clubs and organizations with people that are just as passionate about your hobby as you are. As you connect and work with other people you can recommend programs and products that you use on a daily basis. Each time you do this you have the potential to make money. Software companies are particularly notorious for this. Many will pay as much as $100 for a single referral.

If you go this route, be sure to always tell the truth. Never recommend the company because it pays a lot, only recommend companies because you genuinely love and use them. This way of making money off of your hobby requires you to have a name built up for yourself as an honest helpful person.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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