How to turn a hobby into a career?

Some time ago in the answer, encountered such a problem.
Some readers asked questions and said, “I like writing novels very much. I hope to use it as a way to expand my income. I have written a lot of works and achieved some results, but I still can’t meet my expectations.” On the contrary, because the intensity of work is too high, resulting in great anxiety, writing has lost its former enthusiasm. Should I go on?
This question touched me deeply. Many readers have asked me similar questions. In a word: I have a favorite hobby, and I seem to be doing it well. How can I“Monetize” it?
Especially in recent years, with the booming development of self-media, many people have begun to try to explore the possibility of nine-to-five outside, … I hope I can become a reading blogger, travel blogger, food blogger, visiting blogger, photography blogger…
Or, set up their own studio, rely on their own skills to feed themselves, live a life they like, get rid of office intrigue and intrigue;
For example, turn their hobby into a sideline, so that it can provide their own income, expand their income channels, so that their lives more relaxed and comfortable…
After all, isn’t it the best life in the world for many people to imagine doing something they love and making money at the same time?
If you have such thoughts, I would like to say to you: be careful.

Why? There are three main reasons.
Number One: competition.
A simple truth is: any industry, its degree of competition and threshold is necessarily inversely proportional. The higher the threshold, the less people can enter; conversely, the lower the threshold, there must be more people can flood in, try to get a share of the spoils.
So, if the bar for your hobby isn’t high, maybe you can try asking yourself: What is my competitive advantage? What is the reason why I can do better than others?
Many of the industries that look good are actually the top 1% of the industry we see (or far below 1%) , but there are other industries where more than 99% of the industry is struggling that we don’t see.
There is no such thing as a low-threshold, high-return industry. If there is, it will be gone by the time you know it.
So when you want to get into an industry and start“Monetizing” your skills, you might want to ask yourself: Why Do I believe I’m the Lucky One? What makes me think and do this?
Point Two: input.
When you take it as a hobby, you have plenty of time to develop it, to perfect it, to learn, to get information, to challenge yourself, to expand your experience and experience.
But once you get into the“Monetization” mindset and commit to it as a career, it’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae, being“How to sell it” takes up most of my time and energy, and I don’t have the leisure or interest to think about“How to make it better”.
Take writing. Does the content in writing come from nowhere? No, they must require input. It may come from your reading, your thinking, your life practices, your work and experiences… … Once you cut them off, your writing will quickly become water without a source and will have to repeat itself over and over again.
Or novels. Did the inspiration and inspiration for the novel come out of thin air? Not really. They may come from your daily reading, TV shows, topic study, and conversation. How can you get creative inspiration once your life is filled with creation itself and you have no time to gather and live?
Any skill, once you’ve commercialized it, the time and energy that you can devote to learning and inputting, is going to get squeezed out — so, the amount of time that you’ve accumulated on it, can you sustain your commercial efforts?
This is probably the most important thing to consider and be wary of when you go into business.

The third is the mindset.
Turning something into a job (or a source of income) is a completely different mindset than turning it into a hobby. Even if you like something very much, once you try to turn it into a side business, as a means of monetization, as a business, or even try to start a business — you may not like it as much.
The reason is simple: When you just take it as a hobby, you pursue only one thing: to make it better. But when you think of it as a means of monetization, you may also have to worry about user demand, the business environment, cost-effectiveness, continued growth, scale…
It used to be very attractive to you, maybe only 30% , 20% , 10% .
And you’re under a lot of pressure. You have to live with the pain of not being able to write, the pain of not being inspired but having to write, the pain of having to do a lot of things on your own, the pain of coordinating with different parties, the pain of… The pain of swinging back and forth between“I want” and“The client wants”…
This pain will magnify your anxiety, increase your stress, dilute your passion and love for it, let it from your hobby, become your burden.
So ask yourself again: Can I bear the pain? Can you accept such a price?
。This is not alarmist, but true.
Take myself, for example. I’ve been writing for more than a decade, and writing has been my“Soul Mate” for my entire life. But until now, weekly updates have been, to be honest, a pretty painful experience. Every time I finish writing an article, I feel like I’m“Bleeding Myself Dry”.
Of course, it is actually“Pain and happiness”, after all, write the article, put their knowledge system combed out, put their own point of view to analyze and understand, get feedback from many readers… … these are powerful rewards that make the pain well worth it.
But I may have been lucky. If you were destined to face a period of lack of interest and feedback, would you be able to get through it?
If you want to try to monetize your hobby and commercialize it, think about these three questions.

Okay, so with all the obstacles, I’m trying to convince you to give up on cashing in your hobby and go back to work?
No. What I want to tell you is that this road is not easy, but we can take the“Curve” approach.
What do you mean? To put it simply: find a job that is relevant to your hobby and that brings out some of your strengths; then, develop your hobby as a hobby in your spare time, take the time to learn, improve, practice, and try to make it work.
Hobbies need to be developed continuously. Might as well take it as a seed, in the work of the gap, to take care of it, water it, nurture it, long-term cultivation, patience to wait for it to grow fruit.
If it does one day suddenly pay off, that’s great — it means you’ve probably reached a tipping point, and maybe it’s time to try to“Get in.”.
And if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry, because what does that tell you? That you may not be suitable for this field. So, either you keep plowing or you expand your possibilities. You’ll have more leeway to think about what to do next.
In fact, this is a way to have a higher success rate.
Why? It’s simple: if you’re in a hurry to commercialize it, you’re bound to give yourself a deadline. This could be a few months, it could be six months, it could be a year, and you would expect to be self-sufficient for a short period of time, recouping your costs and getting adequate returns.
But as you can see from the above three points, this is not a simple thing. So What’s the result? You could fall on your face — maybe in a few months you’ll see the light, but you can’t go on.
So, regret exit, leaving the opportunity to be wasted.
On the other hand, if you are only taking it as an amateur interest to cultivate and develop, then for you, what is your biggest rely on? You can afford to wait.
Six months, one year, two years… … As long as you don’t fail, you’ll always have time for luck.
In fact, many people who have achieved a certain amount of success rarely suddenly one day tell themselves, “I’m going to give up everything to do this,”“I’m going to be All in on this career,” and they succeed; conversely, they tend to do their own thing first, on the one hand constantly in a certain area“Thick accumulation”, waiting for one day it suddenly“Thin hair”, and then as a starting point to start their second life.
Success often comes naturally, not on purpose.

In addition to time, there is a very important factor: you can make this hobby more“Pure”.
What determines whether we can continue to improve in one area, one skill? To a large extent, it depends on whether your attitude and perspective are“Pure” enough. That is, whether you can keep your passion for it, driven by your passion and interest, and focus on doing it well.
Once you look at it through the lens of monetization, what does your perspective become? How are its figures, have they brought substantial returns, have they met my expectations.
The purest, simplest joy and joy it brings you may be gone.
You’ll probably never feel the joy, the Passion, the cold reality.
This can be an even scarier thing, and it can stop you from moving forward.
On this basis, we can actually get an inspiration:
What if I keep investing in it as a hobby, but it never produces enough results?
It doesn’t really matter, because you can still use it as a way to relax, as a“Garden of the mind,” as a place of your own, as a way of healing and restoring energy.
I’ve written a lot about this: what’s a great way to combat stress? It’s about finding an activity that brings you a constant stream of joy and happiness, and having fun with it, and using that positive energy to dilute negative stress.
No matter what setbacks and problems you face in your work and life, you will know that there is one small area of your life that is your own. You can always get feedback and strength from it, supporting yourself to face and overcome one difficulty after another.
It will be your“Firewall”, maintaining your sense of control and autonomy in life.
So rather than asking your hobby to be productive for you, keep it pure, as the light in your life, the anticipation you feel every night before you go to bed, the comfort you feel when you get home from work, the stuff that makes your life more fulfilling.
。What is a person’s happiest state? It is a time to be unrestrained, to immerse yourself in the things you love, without asking for results or asking for returns.
Use Your Mind and hands to invest in the things you like, be happy with your progress and small achievements, be glad that you have opened a“Fog”, be excited that you have improved a step…
This pure, clean joy is the truest sense of happiness in our lives.
Go get it, protect it, don’t let it go.

Finally, simply share a few useful tips to help you better practice this lifestyle.
1. Stick to your“Prime time”
One of the most critical requirements for developing your hobby is to be able to devote some time to it.
So, instead of working, set aside a“Prime time” in your life-whether it’s spread out over the day or focused on the weekend-during which time you can spend, cut Out Entertainment and pastimes, leave yourself undisturbed, and focus on your hobbies.
The extent to which you can protect your prime time from other people and things determines the extent to which you can develop your hobby and turn it into a career.
2. Cultivate industry and business thinking
All sideline, monetization, commercialization, the end result is to“Sell”. Well, you have to be exposed to business operations, including marketing, marketing, management, collaboration…
If you have the opportunity, tilt your job in that direction — , preferably to give you the opportunity, to get in touch with the industry that you want to grow, to understand how it works, to know the basics: What are the criteria, what is the industrial chain, market conditions, business model is what, how to balance costs and benefits, and so on.
。This is especially true if your skills and strengths are geared toward content creation and production. Try to contact as early as possible, to avoid their own closed door.
3. Focus on people and influence people
What is the final destination of all products? People. It’s your users who decide what you can do, and it’s your users who decide whether you can do it or not.
To make your product successful, you must find three types of people: users who are willing to support you, partners who can work with you, and audiences who can spread your voice.
So while you’re at it, set aside some time, to reach out to your potential target audience and users, to get to know them, to be friends with them, to try to help them, influence them, deliver your value, build your brand.
Including but not limited to:

Share your insights and thoughts;

Participate in online or offline activities;

Offer your help to others;

Try one-on-one coaching;

Try to prototype your product and offer it for free;

;Try to find people who can cooperate and communicate deeply

Try to find a place where you can magnify your value and let others know you;

KK said: 1,000 die-hard fans, can let you live a good life. Although this is only a rough rule of thumb, consider it a goal.

Finally, I’d like to share some of my thoughts and messages:
Long-term cultivation, such as night walk by Candlelight. You’ll be in the dark until dawn.
But as long as you keep doing it, every day you put in will increase your chances of success.
Plant a seed, take care of it, wait for it to grow.
With time to water it, with enthusiasm to cultivate it, with joy to look forward to it.
When the melon is ripe, when it breaks through the soil, it is also a natural time.
With you.

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