It Can Be Done
Starting your own business isn’t easy. Turning something you enjoy as a hobby or pastime into a lucrative career can be even more difficult – you know people collect challenge coins, but not many of them are millionaires. But at the same time, it can be the easiest thing in the world. What you need to do is find a means of supplementation which allows you to develop that about which you’re passionate.
You can use conventional income as a means of supporting you until your secondary career takes off. This is exactly what Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson did before the iconic comic strip took off. Watterson worked for a newspaper until the money he made from Calvin and Hobbes equaled his income from the paper.
At that point, he was able to focus on the cartoon strip exclusively. It took a number of years, and the journey was an uphill climb; but in the end, Watterson saw the success he was seeking. You’ve likely seen it too if you’ve ever run across Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes in any media.
Now, this is likely a situation you already find yourself in. If you’ve got a hobby, you’ve likely got enough of a dependable job that you can afford to indulge that hobby every now and again. But your job is probably designed around the schedule of the business you’re working for, meaning you have to ration out time to pursue the hobby.
This means you may gain skill, but it’ll never really be something viable into which you can pour the energy you’d like. However, if you can find ways to underwrite your hobby on your terms while still putting food on the table, you’re golden. You can do what Watterson did and coast off those means of underwriting until the hobby takes off. If it doesn’t, you’ve got an occupational failsafe.
Supplementary Income Possibilities
One way many are underwriting various exploits is through cell tower companies that need to install towers at various strategic locations. You might consider renting a cell tower to get you the maximum rent possible for your cell tower lease. Advice is good—results are better.
It’s possible to get anywhere from $100 a year to $150,000 a year, depending on where your property is located. Even if you only brought in a few hundred extras annually, finding a dozen such solutions could be the key to maintaining your hobby until it becomes career material.
There are other means to make money as well. Many who are traveling abroad learn how to make money online at their discretion, and to fit their varying needs. Task-related jobs are available—consider Uber, Lyft, and TaskRabbit just to name a few crowd-sourced services. You could sign on with all three and work just when you need the cash—some of these are even doable overseas.
Then you’ve got writing solutions, like blogs. A travel blog can be lucrative if you build up enough of a following or can finish assignments on time. Content writing of a more general nature is also available. Then there are sites like Guru.com and Fiverr which allow for specialized tasks to be performed and paid for digitally.
Getting Your Mind In The Right Place
Finally, once you’ve found something you can schedule in at your discretion, you want to ensure your mental faculties are as sharp as they can possibly be.
When it comes to boosting mental performance there are different preventative care solutions to maintain cognitive health and enhance human intelligence. Neuroprosthetic, nootropics, and stem cells therapy are currently leading the race to enhance human intelligence.
Between online occupational solutions, varying supplemental solutions, and your own passion, you’ve got a real chance of seeing your hobby take off as a career. Just be diligent about it, and don’t forget why you started doing what you do.