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5 Tips to Help You Succeed In Making Money with Your Passion

5 Tips to Help You Succeed In Making Money with Your Passion

The biggest criticism that this generation of ours faces is that we are selfish. Many of us are running after money, and we are obsessed with technology. This criticism primarily comes from a generation of people who did any work that was available to them, instead of following their hearts and doing what they loved. This passion for doing what we want to do, to me, is a blessing for our generation.

Every one of us can find a job and start earning money. Any person can find a 9-5 job and follow the same routine all week every week; however, there are others who don’t want to be a part of the rat race. They want to pursue what they are passionate about. Nevertheless, following your passion isn’t that easy in this world, especially if you want to make money from it.

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The lines below discuss some tips that can help you in making money with your passion by giving taking the example of a person who has a knack for writing.

1. It won’t be overnight.

The first thing to remember pertaining to following your passion for making money is that it wont happen right away; rather, it will take time. For instance, writers who wish to make money by blogging or freelancing will have to make their name known in the highly competitive internet-based world. If a person plans on being a writer, they will have to utilize social media platforms; however, like the conventional market, the online market is also very competitive. Building an online presence in order to make money from writing requires some time. Once you have made your name on a particular platform, then writing jobs will follow and you will monetize your passion.

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2. You will have to sacrifice.

Like everything related to love, there are certain sacrifices a person has to make. Similarly, pertaining to making money with your passion, you will have to sacrifice a little at the start. In the case of the writer who applies for online jobs, initially, the writer will have to post a bid that is low compared to the others, so that the offer of the writer stands out in front of the employer. For a couple of months and few jobs, the writer would need to sacrifice on the rate of work, no matter how good the writing is, until the reputation of the writer rises to a higher level. Once the reputation rises, the writer will reap the bounties for every sacrifice made and earn money with their passion.

3. Difficulties will be there.

We face difficulties in our daily lives, so it goes without saying that the thing which you love will definitely come with difficulties and challenges. You will face challenges in the form of people not appreciating your passion, judging you, not appreciating you and being biased about your passion. Many successful writers before us tell us that the writers who search for work online face lots of problems and difficulties in the form of people not paying them enough for the worth of work they do, not appreciating the creativity and being biased towards writers because of their demographics. Therefore, if you are following your passion as a writer for moneymaking, then you must be ready for all the difficulties and hardships that await you.

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4. Take a stand.

Let me be honest, keeping passion and money abreast is a hard thing to do. You will find people who, because of money, will leave their passion. On the other hand, there are people who take a stand and choose passion over money. Once they take the stand and give all they have got to their passion, the ultimate result is passion giving them back much more compared to what they had when they were conscious about the bottom line of their bank account. Therefore, when it comes to opting between the two, take a stand and vouch for your passion.

5. Give as much time as possible.

If you aren’t one who would take stand for your passion, then the least you can do is give it as much time as possible in your daily routine. For instance, if you as a writer think that your writing won’t give you enough money to quit your crappy job, then you should continue with the job and give time to your passion after work. Therefore, give as much time as possible and increase your knowledge about how you can increase the money-making potential of your passion, and then scale up.

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Now it’s your turn!

Do you have any other example for making money from your passion other than writing? What passion do you have and how have you monetized it? What kind of difficulties did you face and how did you cope up with them? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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