“Your dream job does not exist, you must create it”
Although I am not participating in the Blog Everyday in May Challenge, I have most definitely been inspired by a prompt from the other day: Passion Projects - What Do You Love, What Would You Like To Make Money From?
I was in my first year of university when I first decided I wanted to work for myself. I’d just started reading Gala Darling’s blog and she thoroughly inspired me. I’d started my own blog at the time and while there was no hope of ever monetising that particular project, reading the blog of a female, self-employed entrepreneur made me realise that being an employee forever is not my style.
It’s certainly something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. Although I adore my Arbonne business, I’m acutely aware that I’m selling another person’s products and dream. I like to think of myself as a creative person and I know I won’t be truly satisfied until I’m making money from something I made.
While I know my end goal is owning a business I can live and enjoy life from, I’m not entirely sure what this business is going to be yet. As it stands, I’m planning to go away on 2-week long retreat all by myself in June while James is gallivanting around Europe again to try and figure it all out.
It’s not that I have no ideas, it’s more like I have too many ideas! There are a lot of things on this earth that I truly love doing and luckily for me, I can even see ways to earn money from these passions of mine. What I need to do, is hone in on exactly what I’m best at and maximise my potential.
One of my favourite quotations, which I have chosen as the title of this post, particularly inspires me in this area. Your dream job doesn’t exist, you must create it. Paired with the idea that the ideal job is one you would do for free, I have a very good base to work on.
Perhaps the hobby I find most enjoyable is writing. I’m lucky enough that my day job actually involves writing and I am eternally grateful that while I build my own business, I’ve got something enjoyable to pay the bills with in the meantime.
My other favourite hobby is one that I do not spend enough time on and a lot of people are surprised to hear that it first began at the lovely young age of 11 years old.
I love web design. I asked for a domain name for Christmas aged 11 or 12 and I would spend hours and hours every day making the site as perfect as I could manage. Content was secondary at the time, it was playing Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro and learning HTML and CSS that I really loved back then.
With that in mind, blogging sounds like the perfect career for me doesn’t it? However, I’m not sure I want to go down the sponsored post or advertising route because I’m fussy about the content I write and how my blog looks. So...I need to come up with something a bit different.
In the vein of some of the people who inspire me most, I’m thinking of offering useful eBooks or even blog design services. I haven’t quite decided yet.
Now, what use is this blog post for you? I want to make it absolutely clear: you can do anything you want to do. The Internet is a beautiful thing that has really changed the game for business owners and those who would be. Somehow, there is a way to turn your passions into an income. It’ll be hard work, but if that’s what you want from life, you can do it.
In the meantime, I’m a member of Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Biz and Life Academy, which although I’m not yet strictly a business owner, I find highly, incredibly, wonderfully useful and inspiring. Leonie is one of my favourite bloggers and her products are the best digital investment I’ve made. Not only is her forum great for chatting in a safe, non-judgemental and like-minded space, Academy Membership gives you access to every product she has ever made and anything she releases in the future. I can’t recommend it enough!
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