YOU ’VE UNCOVERED YOUR TALENT , NOW WHAT?
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!