Before I got into the fat loss industry, I was a musician (I still play today so who knows what the future holds!). In the past, I tried to make that love an income. My dreams were big, but my pockets ultimately were empty. Eventually I had to do what a lot of musicians do and get a job. Luckily, it ended up being in something else that I love – health and fitness. My job is something I love and would do it for free, but fortunately it pays the bills (and then some).
You might think the field of health and fitness is easy to earn an income off of, but it isn’t that easy. The majority of personal trainers and nutritionists leave the field within 2 years to pursue other avenues. It is filled with competition, which makes it even harder to stand out in the crowd. While the methods of how to make money in the field are simple enough (training, books, sales, supplements, etc), the implementation and success is hard.
My point is, I often see a lot of budding entrepreneurs complain that unless they are in fitness and health or Internet marketing, there is no money in online blogging. This article should help you realize that not only is there money outside of those fields, this is an opportune time to grab some of it.
You Got To Love It
I think anyone in the entrepreneur’s area can admit to one thing – it is mostly trial and error until you get it right.
There is no such thing as an instant success story. Even when “Joe nobody” invents something popular, it isn’t a walk in the park. Think of the endless hours of prototypes, patent documents, lawyers, and more. If you don’t love what you are doing, it is going to be hard to hang through the times where it isn’t always gratifying.
Now, I am not saying everyone that makes decent money loves their job. What I am saying is, statistically speaking, people who love their job make the right amount of money for their life. What your goal should be is to find the ultimate lifestyle for you. Just because this is a site about using the Internet to help create the ultimate freedom, it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck to the computer. It does mean you can use the Internet to help achieve your dreams on another level.
The Real Question Is – What Do You Love?
When it comes to the life direction you are going to lead, it can feel like you are 17 and stuck in a never-ending career day. Don’t despair! I am going to provide you with a method that will help you get closer to understanding what you love.
Step #1 – 20 Questions (or more)
You would be surprised how much you might not know about yourself. What is your favorite color? Not the one you tell other people – the real one. A favorite movie? A favorite hobby? What is something you always wanted to do, but haven’t? What are your top five dream jobs with no limitations? What are the things you love to do? What are your hobbies?
Ask yourself as many questions as you can about who you are on a sheet of paper or document. Then, take the time to sit down and answer those questions as if you were at the world’s most powerful and honest therapy session. You might find out you aren’t exactly who you thought you were.
Step #2 – Look At Your Answers
What are you seeing in the answers? Look at what they are saying about your desires. Maybe it turns out you like things that are uniquely beautiful. Do you like to be intellectually challenged? Are you a movie elitist? Maybe you like board games? Try not to look at the direct answers, but also read between the lines.
Step #3 – Connect Those Questions To A Journey
It is time to look at where those questions and answers lead you. What I want to do is provide you an example of how to turn those answers into an assessment. Take those answers and write down what your top five loves in life are.
For this example, we are going to use a wholly fictional character named Mark. Mark went through his answers and found his top five were -
- Mountain Biking
- Solving Puzzles
Turning What You Love Into An Income
Mark’s current job is a sales analyst for a plastics company. This doesn’t fit at all with any of Mark’s dreams or interests. He has been reading online and knows he wants to do something, but what?
Looking at Mark’s list, a few things pop into my mind.
- A blog about any of those 5 things.
- An invention or solution to problems within any of those 5 things.
- Opening a business tailored to enjoyment or solutions to those 5 things.
Mark decides he is going to start a blog about puzzles. He loves all kinds of puzzles from brain teasers to 3D. Mark thinks it would be a relaxing and fun way to talk about them in his free time. He is open to all three options, but this one makes the most sense.
How To Monetize Just About Anything
The hardest part for most people is to figure out their angle for income. Online or off, here are a the golden rules of income.
- You make a product (physical or informational).
- You affiliate/sale products other people have made.
- You provide information/technical consultation service about problems or products.
- You sell advertising space on your website about services or products for other people.
- You receive charity or donations due to your contributions about products or information.
That’s it! When you boil it down to its pure simplicity, this is how you make money anywhere.
- A postal employee provides technical support for a company and in return gets payment.
- A blogger provides information so compelling their traffic garners high-advertising rates.
- A writer creates an informational product and sells it through a bookstore.
Every job is tied to one of those five things.
If we look at Mark’s situation, how can we generate income based on his love of puzzles? Here are a few ideas I had.
Idea #1 – Mark could make his own puzzle
Since Mark knows everything there is to know about puzzles, he can look at what he wants more of and make it himself. Be it a different spin on crosswords or a wood block brain teaser, Mark can invent something new and sell it for profit through his blog.
Idea #2 – Mark could sale other people’s puzzles
Mark could open up the world’s most organized and best puzzle website. Dedicated to finding the world’s best and funniest puzzles with reviews, check-out cart, and more! It can become the definitive puzzle website that he makes a living solely off of advertising and affiliate sales of puzzles.
Idea #3 – Mark could provide solutions and tips for solving puzzles in exchange for a fee
Mark could target other puzzle lovers who want to improve their skills for fun or competitions. He could help them develop better skills and critical thinking through consultations or membership. He could even create an electronic book people could use as a reference and tip guide.
Your Take Home Point
I have no idea about puzzles. There is no Mark. I pulled this out of my brain sitting at Starbucks while debating another tea.
Imagine how deep you can go when it is something you love? Let your imagination run wild with ideas of how you can turn something you love into income. You can also use this to apply to something you are doing, but take it up a notch.
Now I want to hear from you. What are you doing that you love? Are you exploring every angle? Do you have more ideas now about how to put what you love into action? Any tips to offer others?