Essentials (South Africa) - - YOUR LIFE | SMART IDEAS -

De­vel­op­ing your ta­lent as a hobby may be enough for you – but could it also be­come a source of in­come?

Match It To Your Val­ues

First, match your raw ta­lent to your val­ues and per­son­al­ity. You may be a mo­ti­vat­ing keep-fit fa­natic, but if you are risk-averse and have de­pen­dents at home, you prob­a­bly shouldn’t branch out with your own busi­ness as a per­sonal trainer. We are not all bud­ding en­trepreneur­s – while some of us are, oth­ers would rather work for a com­pany or even take on a fran­chise.

Con­sider The Whole Range Of Re­lated Ca­reers

List all the ca­reers and part-time jobs that would best utilise your tal­ents and match your val­ues. Nar­row it down to cre­ate a short­list of around 10.

Re­search , Re­search

Now, take each op­tion and find out ev­ery­thing you can about it. Speak to peo­ple who are al­ready do­ing it. If you want to start your own busi­ness, where is your mar­ket? What is the com­pe­ti­tion? What can you of­fer that’s unique? How will you tell peo­ple about it?

Find A Cheerleade­r

All too of­ten, our nat­u­ral re­ac­tion to a new idea is to fo­cus on all the rea­sons not to do it. You’ll need oth­ers to bounce ideas around, mo­ti­vate and sup­port you. A qual­i­fied coach is a great op­tion – qual­i­fi­ca­tions to look for are As­so­ci­ate Cer­ti­fied Coach (ACC), Pro­fes­sional Cer­ti­fied Coach ( PCC) or Master Cer­ti­fied Coach ( MCC).

Dip Your Toe In

Don’t try to change your life overnight – start small with a re­al­is­tic plan that doesn’t tie you to fi­nan­cial tar­gets, such as sell­ing your prod­uct in a week­end craft mar­ket, or vol­un­teer­ing in your cho­sen ca­reer.

Don ’ t Give Up

When you’re blaz­ing a new trail, there will be set­backs and times you want to give up. One water­shed mo­ment is find­ing that first client or mak­ing that first sale. Once you re­alise that it is pos­si­ble to get paid to do what you en­joy, there’s no go­ing back!

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