One of the good things about having hobbies is that you are rarely bored. Engaging in hobbies also relieves stress, and can be used as a replacement for negative habits.
So Should You Start Blogging?
When people hear about blogging or what a blogger is doing they might think about blogging themselves. They might see it as something they should do. They need to ask themselves if blogging is right for them.
If someone has something to write about, is committed to blogging regularly and has the time to do it, blogging is probably for them. There are no rules about how often you have to blog but if you want to be a success and build an audience you need to be blogging regularly.
Blogging regularly can mean different things to different people. Some like to blog once a day, others only a few times a week. It just depends on what type of blog you have and what your readers expect. Try to come up with a good amount of posts for the week and stick to that.
You need to make sure you have the time to blog. This is more than just writing the post. You will need to figure out what to post about, do any research you need to do and figure out what you want your post to look like. After you hit publish you should take some time to share your blog post on social media sites.
If you are thinking about blogging, you should make sure you have something to write about. This could be anything from your daily life to a how-to type of blog. Find something you know a lot about and start with that. Make sure it is something you enjoy writing about.
A lot of people will start a blog, add one post and forget about it. That is not the way to get started. Before you even write your first post you will want to have a list of post ideas. Take some time to make a list of what you think you want to blog about.
Don’t feel badly if blogging is not for you. It is not for everyone. It takes patience and a love of writing. If you don’t want to mess with writing you are going to burn out pretty quickly.
There are other ways to run a blog if you do not like the writing part of it. You can purchase a blog post or have one written for you. You will have to pay for this but it might be worth it. Even if you write your own posts you might want to buy one every now and then.
Blogging can be a great way to get going in the online world. It can give you a platform for your voice. It can help you not feel so alone in the world. It can lead you to other people going through what you are going through.
If blogging interests you and you think you have what it takes, start figuring out what type of blog you want to have. That is the first step in starting your blogging career. Once you have that figured out it will be time to start writing.
In order to counteract this, some people find ways to turn hobbies into money-making enterprises. However, doing this is not simple. It requires research, a commitment of time, and the willingness to do what it takes to develop the skills one needs to go from hobbyist to entrepreneur.
If you are looking for a new hobby that will also bring in some money, or looking to monetize a current hobby, follow these 6 steps below.
Here are 5 ways to monetize your hobby:
1. Determine what your interests and talents are
While enjoyment is important, in order for you to earn money from a habit, it must be something for which you have a natural talent. If you have a current hobby, you must ask yourself honestly if you have talent or if it is simply something you love to do.
If you are looking for a hobby, make a list of your talents and skills along with your interests and see where these things intersect. This may be where your profitable hobby lies.
“There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.” – Honore de Balzac
2. Do some research to determine what others have done to make money
Once you have identified a hobby or two that are candidates for making money, do a bit of research. You want to know if other people have successfully made money doing this, and what they have done to make it happen. If they have made mistakes, you can also learn from those mistakes rather than making them yourself.
There is no rule that says you must follow the path of others exactly, but doing this research will certainly help you to create a roadmap that will help you to get started. As you research, you may want to determine whether or not people are successfully making money with your hobby of choice today.
You don’t want to invest time and energy in a hobby that is no longer profitable due to trends and fluctuating market demands. For examples of this, consider Beanie Baby collecting or baseball cards. Both were once very lucrative hobbies for those who educated themselves and took the time to find desirable products.
3. Check your local and online market opportunities
Your next step is to determine where to market your products or services. Your options include, the internet, space in a store, flea markets, trade shows, or through direct sales. If you know what others are doing, you know what is working for them.
If there is room for you where others are marketing that is great. However, what you don’t want to do is try to sell your product or service where there are too many other people trying to do the same thing. Remember that your best marketing opportunities may not be where others are selling the same product.
Instead, it may be where others are failing to sell that product. If you are interested in freelancing in college, there may be on campus resources to help you get started.
4. Take a class or work with a mentor
In order to maximize your ability to profit from your hobby, you cannot simply settle for being good at your hobby. You must hone in on your talents until you are better than your competitors. The best way to do this is to take a class or to find somebody who is willing to be your mentor.
Remember that you will not only need to be able to produce a quality product or offer a quality service, you will also need to be prolific enough to meet the, hopefully, increasing demand.
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” – Bob Proctor
No matter how you determine you should sell your product or service, you should create an online presence for yourself. What is appropriate for you depends on the hobby you are trying to monetize. For example, if you are selling arts and crafts or photographs, you should definitely look into opening an Etsy shop.
In most cases, you will want to create a website or WordPress account. Many people find it easiest to use WordPress to set up a website, and to become e-Commerce ready. You may want to create a Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter for your new startup as well.