Loving what you do is important – but that’s still an idealist view, for some. It’s easy to deliver cheesy cliches to others, like “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” But what that quote doesn’t take into consideration is how much harder it is for women to turn their passions into a life-long accomplishment on such an uneven playing field.
Passion is Key
Still, passion is perhaps the most vital ingredient to a company’s (or individual’s) success. it’s what keeps you driven and inspired through the lows, and the tight budgets. Genuinely enjoying your work has a positive effect on mental health, and lets you achieve balance more easily in your life since you’re not dreading going into the office every morning.
The Steps to Take
But how exactly do you get there? The first step is to stop undermining yourself and seeing your creative skills as a “hobby.” Your unique set of skills, when combined strategically and effectively, can help launch you into the career of your dreams. It’s all about perspective. Simply seeing your creative passions as a direct pathway to a profit is a way to turn that hobby into a viable source of income.
Many women undersell their stellar abilities, while men show them off them at any opportunity. Showcase your art and talents – prove to an audience why you deserve to be considered an expert in this field.
This activity should be something that you enjoy doing, but simultaneously something that you’re good at. You should love it so much that you’re willing to put in the necessary investments, like online classes, training, or any potential certificates you might need. It might mean swallowing your pride and taking on an internship, or going back to school. The effort you put in is what you’ll get out of it.
Research every aspect of a career in that field. Figure out if you wanna start that business from scratch or buy out an existing one. Or maybe if the idea of starting a business off the bat is overwhelming, you’ll want to work for an organization or company that would be a perfect fit for your skills. While enjoying what you do is important, it will need to pay the bills and turn a decent profit. Figure out your niche, the existing demand, and how you can stand out amongst a sea of competitors.
Create a business plan, and a list of any possible equipment or permits you might need, as well as any degrees or special training. This might take away from your free time or make a chaotic schedule even harder to juggle, but try to see it as an investment in your future, because that’s exactly what it is. Your passion may start as a side hustle, but commitment is what will make it last for the long haul.
Networking is Vital
Network, network, network. Talk to as many people as possible in the field you’re going into, so they can provide valuable nuggets of wisdom and advice. Offer to buy them a coffee and listen to their expertise. Barter skills if necessary. Attend seminars, events, and conventions, many of which may be virtual. After all, creativity is only one side of this journey – you’ll need to learn about hitting targets, the team you need, cash flow, and filing taxes as a business. This feedback will be essential to your process.
Keep Moving Forward — One Step at a Time
It can be easy to get disheartened, especially when other people appear skeptical about your plans, or reduce them to a pastime instead of a moneymaker. Men turn their passions into professional careers every, and no one bats an eyelid. The opportunities are handed to them more easily, but that’s no excuse for us to give up. Stay focused on your track. Remain motivated. This steadfast attitude towards your goals is what will prove them wrong, and reap you even greater success in the future.