Making money out of something you enjoy doing

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This is a question that has been going round my head a lot this week. Lots of people spend a lot of money on the things they are interested in or enjoy doing. I now want to take my passions and the things I enjoy and work out how to make money out of them.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t need the money and I enjoy my job and am not looking at replacing my job, I just have an urge at the moment to see if I could make money out of something I love. Sometimes I think it will be really hard to do it, because I am in to a lot of niche things and I know many others have struggled to draw a profit doing businesses around them, but for some reason it doesn’t stop me from wanting to try.

Figuring things out

If I could run a business doing something I love and not lose money, even that would be amazing. Anything I do, I am not going to risk money or do something which requires spending a lot of money up front, but I do want to do something. It is now just a battle in my head to figure out, what people that have similar interests as me want and what they would spend money on.

I know a lot of people who are running small businesses and following their passions. Some of whom have a lot of trade but little to no profit, but I am in awe of those people who are trying to do something and make something happen. Making your time pay is a very hard thing to do but it would be a nice feeling to know I was doing something I love but getting paid for it at the same time.

In no hurry

It’s going to take a while but I am in no rush and I believe one day that I will get there. Not many businesses are overnight sensations and with not wanting to put

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What are you doing this weekend?

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This must be the most popular question asked in offices around the world today. Normally the answers are “not much” or something big and exciting. It seems that if you aren’t doing one or the other, it isn’t worth mentioning. I personally think it is a shame that we seem to only be able to answer in one extreme or the other.

My favourite answer to that question used to be “spending time with my wife” now it is “spending time with the family.” When did people start deeming these things not exciting enough to talk about? When did people think they weren’t worth mentioning? When did people get embarrassed to say these things?

I live for and love the weekends. My weekends are usually the best part of my week. Because I enjoy time with my family so much, I have started scaling back what I do outside of work to make sure I get as much time with them as I possibly can.

What we are doing isn’t important to me. It’s the spending the time together away from other things and distractions, which is the most important thing to me. Just spending time with my family is doing something. When you are asked if you are doing something, you don’t have to be doing an event or going somewhere in order to be doing something.

Don’t get me wrong I do like going out and doing things, but they are always more special if I am doing them with my family. Sharing an experience and having a joint memory is so much better than sharing a story later with someone who wasn’t there to experience it with you.

I hope I can encourage other people to be loud and proud about just enjoying spending time with friends and family over weekends. Don’t feel the rush to have to show off about what you are doing on a weekend, don’t feel like you have to. The truth in many situations is that the ones showing off would rather have the situation you have.

How do you find what your biggest passion is?

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I am one of these people that have lost of dreams and aspirations. The problem is, I want to achieve them all at the same time and I struggle to decide in my head what I want to accomplish the most. In my head what I want the most, seems to change on a daily if not hourly basis.

I work in media and I love media but media is such a huge industry with thousands upon thousands of job types and sectors. So just having something I love hasn’t made it any easier. There are so many cool jobs in media and so many would be fun to do. Creating TV, Radio, Films, videos etc is just great fun and it takes so many different skills, talents and people to create all these things, each as vital as the other.

The journey tests the passion

Some times to get to your passion, you have to do things you aren’t as passionate about. A lot of the times there are no short cuts to the top and there are paths you need to go down first. These journeys really test how passionate you are about the end goal.

To get to your passion you have to be prepared to let things go and remove the stuff in your life, that is taking your time but not getting you closer to whatever you are passionate about. A difficult balance to find is helping others whilst not slowing down your journey towards your passion. So many people in life will want your time, your thoughts and your energy and it is only fair to give it to them but at times it can also be draining.

In awe

I am always in awe of people who have found what their number 1 passion is and have made it a reality. Some people have made incredible things a reality, some people haven’t made it but know where they want to go. Life has so many people that have made it, some that haven’t made it and some that don’t know they have made it. I want to be someone in life that did the thing that made them the happiest and someone that has no regrets to look back on later in life. I can’t wait until the day I can come on here and share with you all that I found my biggest passion and I achieved the thing in my career that was my biggest passion.

What to do if you really value time over money

I see so many people in my travels, who profess to not wanting to have to work so many hours and wanting more time for themselves, their families and to pursue their passions. I am here to say if you do really want these things, there is a way and it has nothing to do with a get rich quick scheme.

Choices

My wife and I made the choice that whilst our daughter is growing up, that one of us wouldn’t work and one would stay at home to raise her, as that is what we valued above everything else. We didn’t just profess to want it; we went out and did it.

We did it sensibly and now have more truly disposable income than we had when we had two salaries coming in and that is without promotions or pay rises. We just for the first time in our lives started to budget properly. You can find out about how we did it here:

https://adamsibley.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/budget/

One thing I think a lot us need to learn is how to be content with earning less. We need to get out of this culture of working just to spend money. Instead of working every hour, live the life you proclaim you want to by investing your time and not your money.

Do things unapologetically

If it is truly money that motivates you and you enjoy working, the pursuit of money and buying the latest things is nothing to be ashamed of, just own it. Just decide what you want and go after it unapologetically. Don’t fall in to this trap of thinking you have to say you either want more time with your family, or you want to do better in your career, if these are things which aren’t true to you.

Sadly in life it is very rare that you can actually have a family life and go after a career and riches, so decide which you want and go after it whole heartedly, as it is the only way you will truly get somewhere and be truly happy.

Nothing is forever

Just remember that nothing is forever and you can always change your mind, if you do have a change of heart just have the confidence to go with it and not deny it. Also life can be about seasons and just because you are prioritising money or family at the moment, that can all change in the future when situations change.

Not being glued to the phone

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This weekend saw the start of the Formula 1 season, a sport my wife and I follow closely. Sadly this year without Satellite TV we can’t watch all the races live, instead we have to wait for the highlights of most races on Channel 4. Because we were busy yesterday we decided to record the highlights and watch them in the evening. We didn’t want anything from the race getting spoiled so my wife and I both turned the Internet and mobile data off on our phones, so that we avoided spoilers.

Making my phone boring

So much of our days seem to be spent glued to our phones, checking social media and trawling the Internet. Going on your phone seems to be a hard impulse to break but by not having Internet or data switched on, it made my phone boring and made me not want to go on it. I still found myself forgetting at times during the day that I had everything on my phone switched off, so I did have moments of getting it out of my pocket but for the majority of the day I spent it without my phone in my hand.

Without the phone I found myself engaging more with the world around me, listening more and just enjoying quiet time. The little things in life just got amplified like just staring at our gorgeous daughter. I found myself thinking more and daydreaming more. No conversations started with – did you see this on Facebook? It was a great day.

Do you miss out?

After we finished catching up with the F1 we turned the Internet and mobile data back on. Had the world changed? Probably for someone but had I missed out on anything important to me – no. Did I find out much interesting by going back on my phone – no. I think sometimes we are so worried about missing something that it keeps us on our phones but when you take time out you realise more often than not, you don’t miss anything at all.

I would rather miss out on anything happening on the Internet or social media than miss out on anything happening in the world around me. Phones and social media are hard things to avoid but I know that in the future I am going to try and take more days where I switch the Internet and mobile data off on my phone and enjoy the world around me.

An Extra Day

So it is the year of the leap year and today is that extra day in the calendar. My question is – what are you going to do with it?

The answer for me is to do the same as I do every day and try to make the most of it. This extra day is worth nothing in a year if you waste many more days than this poultry one day, which is added every four years. Everyday should be treated as a gift not just the one added to the calendar every 4 years. No extra days in the calendar make up for wasted ones.

How do you measure your time?

The real answer in life is to not measure your life in years but in days. Every day is as important as the next. It doesn’t matter what month or year it falls in. What you did in the last calendar year doesn’t matter, what does matter is what you did with everyday you were given. Every day is a new opportunity, regardless of the date and the season.

There are many articles in the news today to coincide with today’s date. One article I saw was about how the working people who are on salaries were working this extra day without being paid any extra for it. I say it is just about how you look at it. You could spin it on its head and say for the other 3 years we are getting paid for working one day less. Life is what you make of it and how you look at it.

Seizing the day

The other article I saw was about how on the 29th of February it was the day for women to propose, a duty traditionally reserved for the man on any other day in the calendar. I like a bit of tradition and this is something that encourages ladies to seize the day, which I am for, but people should be encouraged to seize the day everyday not just the 29th of February.

February the 29th goes just as quickly as any other day and can be as important as you make it. Do what you can with today but remember to do what you can with March the 8th, August the 12th and so on. Throw out the calendar and get yourself in to everyday not every date.

Helping others doesn’t have to cost you anything

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In a previous blog I talked about my mission this year to show more love than I receive, to love more than I am loved. A big part of this for me, is going to be performing acts of kindness whenever I can see the opportunity and helping people that need help.

Its only February and already I have had many chances to help people and I have taken them all. It’s surprising when you are on the look out for ways to help others, opportunities just seem to present themselves. At the beginning of the year I didn’t think I would have found the opportunities that I have already. It’s not even been hard work to find them.

Working with the right people

One of my favourite ways I have helped people already this year is giving money to a charity to help those affected by flooded in Sri Lanka and it didn’t even cost me anything! Last year I did a Crowdfunder to get my book published. In the budget were funds to hire a graphics designer to design the cover for the book. I managed to get the graphics designer for less money than I thought I would and to top it off he passed his fee on to the charity in Sri Lanka without taking a penny for himself. If I hadn’t started the book or the Crowdfunder, these people in Sri Lanka wouldn’t have got the vital aid they received. I never thought I would be able to help people in ways like this through the book but I am so glad I could.

Eyes open

This week in work, collection boxes have been put up for donations of clothes and supplies to be sent to refugees in Syria. So this week I will be going through my home and donating whatever I can. I have things in my house, which rarely get used and could be made better use of, which I can’t wait to donate. I hope we will be able to make a real difference with what we give and again this won’t cost me anything.

Many people shy away from helping others as it either costs money or time but there are so many ways where it doesn’t have to if you just look for the opportunities. Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness are the most impactful and powerful. Anyone can help anyone regardless of what they have or don’t have and regardless of their own situation.