How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Successful Career

Editor’s Note: Unless your name is Robinson Crusoe-there’s no doubt that 2020 has been a very tough year for you and the rest of us. The pandemic has closed hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country. Many have lost theirs jobs and been furloughed. Does It sound crazy to want to start a business during Covid? There’s been a large uptick in new business applications. Millions of Americans are having that entrepreneurial itch.
There’s no doubt that taking that first step of faith is scary. I’m reminded of a quote by my friend and mentor Dan Miller. Dan is the author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days To The Work You Love and No More Mondays.  He has been a guest on CBS’ ‘The Early Show,’ MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Mathews,’ and Fox Business News with Dave Ramsey Show…to hit some highlights.  He hosts a weekly podcast that is consistently ranked #1 under Careers on iTunes.
Dan was the first person to encouraged me to step and quit my job at Nissan Motor Manufacturing. Dan has a quote, “Have fun in everything you do. Challenge
yourself to bigger and better things.”
I have always loved cars and been selling cars online part-time. Dan told me, “Mike, you need to follow your passion and quit that job.” I also sought advice from others such as the late Smyrna Mayor Bob Spivey. Bob told me, “Mike, go work for a year in the field that you want to be in.” I followed both of their advice and learned more about the car business before I went on to leave Nissan and start MidTn, Tennessee’s first ‘dot com’ car business.

Check out Dan’s website and podcast, hopefully, you can follow your dreams and passions as well.

I ask entrepreneurs how they overcome their biggest challenges.

The pandemic has shifted the global economy in many ways, so you might have nixed your dream of turning a hobby into a career. But according to The Wall Street Journal, Americans are starting their own businesses at record speed: Applications for employer identification numbers have skyrocketed past 3.2 million so far this year.

Although the climate remains in limbo, now could be the perfect time to shake things up and do something you love. But before you take the leap, make sure your hobby-based business is sustainable. Not all hobbies translate into viable careers, so evaluating whether you can actually make it work is important.

First, you’ll need to identify your interests and research carefully. What activities do you excel at and could reasonably profit from? Of course, many creative careers require some formal training, so take that into consideration. Make sure you understand any risks involved with your hobby before diving into the world of entrepreneurship.

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