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So many of us spend our weekdays slaving away at a job we cannot stand. Commuting into the same old place to take on the same old tasks. What’s the point? Sure, it may be a steady wage. But is that really worth wasting your days building someone else’s dreams instead of your own?
Of course, you should never just throw in the towel and expect for everything to fall into place immediately. Especially if you have responsibilities, such as children, pets, your own home, and bills. But you can test the waters of a new career alongside the nine to five of your ordinary job.
If things go well, you can start to focus more of your time and attention of the work you enjoy and start minimising your hours of unwanted work until you are free.
So, where to start? Well, take a look at your hobbies. Many activities that we take part in during our free time could actually earn us a fair few bucks, especially if you hone your abilities and market yourself correctly.
Here are a few hobbies that can easily become careers if nurtured in the right way.
Photography is a fulfilling pastime that more of us engage with than you’d imagine. We live in an age when people want to share everything that they do on social media. From our meals to the places we travel and large-scale events, such as weddings.
So, if you find that you have an eye for angles and take some pretty good quality pictures on your smartphone, why not take things a step further? The first decision to take? A specified area. While it’s beneficial to be able to take pictures of anything, you will do the best marketing yourself in a distinct field.
This could be catering, music photography, photographing nature and animals, or sticking to special occasions. Next? Hone your art. Learn different skills: The best settings for landscape photography, the ideal lighting for portraits, how to capture high-speed events. The more you know, the more impressive your portfolio will become and the more business you will draw in.
If you get regular compliments on your makeup, you may well have a hidden talent. The makeup industry is bigger than ever. People are spending more of their disposable income on makeup products and are trying out looks inspired by celebrities and socialites the world over.
While people are happy to dabble and experiment with their looks for small-scale occasions and events, they will often search for a helping hand when they can’t afford to mess up. For example, graduations, weddings, and birthdays. You could even try out special effects makeup and rake in cash around holidays such as Halloween.
People are willing to look standout at events, and you could easily capitalize on this. What’s even better? You don’t have to outlay a large amount to get into makeup artistry. You just need a few brushes, products and a whole lot of creativity.
These are just a couple of hobbies that can earn you money. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, it’s likely that you can make a living from it if you’re good enough. So, test the waters! Start building a portfolio and things could take off a whole lot sooner than you expect.