It not very often that a lot of people find success in life. Some people are stuck in jobs that they don’t even enjoy doing. Some people have great business ideas but just don’t know how to jump-start their business. It is not a rare case that you hear these kinds of stories. But, you don’t have to go through a bad career to make changes. If you have a hobby that you enjoy doing, then you should consider making it your career. Here are the reasons why:
- If you have a hobby-career, your road to success will be made easy. Starting out a new career may not be that easy, especially if you are not really enjoying the things that you do with the job that you have. But, if you have found the job of your dreams and if you are good at it, success will come running to you without question. However, if you start a hobby-career, it would be much better. Every person in the world is seeking for a job that does not feel like a job at all. And this is what will happen when you have a hobby-career. With a hobby career, it would be impossible for you to fail as you already like what you are doing and are good at it. You can always start small in your backyard and start with a few loyal clients. Happy customers will surely spread the words and that is where it will start. If you are good at what you do, pleasing different people whether you know them personally or not will not be difficult. Happy clients are the best marketers and this can be the start of your long hobby-career.
- If you have a hobby-career, you will do something that you really enjoy and earn from it. With a hobby-career, you are your own boss. You don’t have to work from 9-5 and don’t have to work from Monday to Friday. You are your own boss. You can work whenever you want and wherever you want. You don’t have to earn millions of dollars in a day to please everybody. You don’t have to pressure yourself into working. Because you are your own boss, you can always finish your to-do list on your own time to find a way to monetize on your hobby the simplest way possible. Once you have figured it out, you can start from that point forward and find out how far you can go with your hobby-career.
- If you have a hobby-career, you will understand how business owners think and gain a new perspective in terms of job search. Monetizing your hobby has its own benefits. Besides the obvious benefit, you can also gain new experience and understand how the hiring of new employees go. This will be beneficial should you wish to seek for a new job in the future. A lot of job seekers don’t understand that they themselves are some sort of business that business owners need to invest on. As a jobseeker, you need to know how to appeal to your “market” and how to sell yourself to them. With a hobby-career, you will know how to do this because you are your own boss, your own secretary, your own employee, and your own marketer. You are your own company of one.
Instead of putting pressure on yourself, you can instead use all your energy to launch your own hobby-career. With this, you will not only enjoy what you are doing but at the same time monetize on something that you are ready to do.
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How did you land your job? Did you choose your job or did your job choose you? Did you apply for a job that you think would be easy to handle? Or did you choose it because it looked lucrative and glamorous? Did you choose to have your current job because it is what you love doing and you are good at it? Probably not!
A lot of people feel miserable because they are not happy and satisfied with what they are doing. This is because their chosen careers are not what makes them happy. If you are doing what you love and earning while doing it, you will find it tremendously satisfying. So, here are the tips that you can do to help make your hobby into your own satisfying career:
- Teach others. Offer guitar lessons, cooking classes, piano lessons, or teach someone how to speak a different language. You can make your hobby as a career by starting to teach other people and enthusiasts how to learn your hobby. With a continuing education program, you will be able to do this. You can then start planning for your classes, create webinars, or a seminar series.
- Craft, invent, import and sell. If you are in love and passionate about wine, you can create a new product through it. You might one day come up with a new refrigeration technique that can help age wines or create a wine-themed T-shirts that you can sell online or on the side. It only takes your imagination and creativity to be able to come up with a new product that is related to what you love and what you are passionate about.
- Teach people how to market their own hobby. This means collision of both worlds. If you are working in a marketing company and are happy about it, but you are also passionate about cooking, you can then teach others how to create their own cookbook and market it once it is published. Or if you are working in the publishing industry and is passionate about magic, then you can teach magicians how to publish a book about magic.
- Write a book about what you love doing. Writing about what you love doing should be easy-breezy for you. You can easily write about how-to topics that will detail how you achieved what you have done. This will be very fun and entertaining to write and do.
- Fix and appraise items related to your hobby. If you like cooking but your oven is broken, then you can fix it and appraise the finished product. You can also detail the cost of having it fixed the DIY way or having it fixed via a professional. Or if you are passionate about fixing stuff, then you can monetize it by publishing yourself as a go-to repair person in your area. You can be a freelancer and start earning from your hobby.
The next time you feel like you are lost and does not know how to bring in some cash to your home, then you can start monetizing with your hobby. You just have to be confident and trust in yourself that you can earn from doing what you love. When you start making your career out of your hobby, you will find out that working does not feel like work anymore.
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If you like gardening, then there is a chance for you to make a career out of it. Professional gardeners do landscaping jobs in the commercial and residential sectors. You can also see them working in botanical gardens, garden centers, landscaping firms, parks, private residences, real estate, and private businesses with clients that are looking for gardeners. If you already have the knack for gardening, then you must know that you are responsible for every type of plants that you have in your garden. This is also true in professional gardening. You should know how to take care for perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees. If you want to make a career in this field, then you should also know that you will be required to work under the elements at all times. Safety precautions should also be put in place so gardening mishaps can be avoided.
What Is Required
The minimum requirement to become a professional gardener is a high school diploma. However, to really become qualified, you are encouraged to take further studies and obtain an associate degree, a certificate, or a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, landscaping, or other related fields in gardening. Experience in gardening is also preferred, but not really required. It might be a good idea that you acquire a pesticide applicator’s license because, in some instances, this is required. If you really want to be successful in this field, it is a requirement that you practice critical thinking, you are self-motivated, and you have good communication skills. You should also be healthy and fit to do physically strenuous tasks in gardening. Furthermore, you should also have a good bank of knowledge when it comes to landscaping, plant identification, weed control, plant care, irrigation, and tools used gardening. If you have all these qualities, then you have the chance of earning at least $25,000 annually.
The Steps You Need To Take
- Consider further education. A degree in landscaping and horticulture will be very helpful in paving your way to success in the gardening field. Studying these programs will help give you an insight on the foundations of gardening, both scientific and methodological foundations. There are a lot of schools that offer both programs. It is just a matter of finding the right one for you.
- Obtain certifications and a Master Gardener status. Different gardening certifications can be obtained by attending classes and certifications offered by local gardening organizations, state universities, and botanical gardens. You can also obtain a Master Gardener status through state universities and extension offices. On the other hand, you may be required to complete several hours of community service before you can achieve the master status.
- You have to gain experience. One way to gain experience in this field is by working with a professional gardener. This should also be backed up with volunteer work around the community. If you are able to work with a professional gardener, you are also exposing yourself to the clientele. Volunteer work will also help you gain experience and exposure.
- Aim for more. If you are able to find a job in a company, then you have the opportunity to climb up the corporate ladder. Taking the next step will always be up to you. But, if you want to further your career and earn more, then you should aim for that coveted spot and become a manager in the company. With this title behind your name, you can then open your own landscaping company or provide consultation services.
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It is a fact that every industry has a true and tested ways of jump starting a career – be it engineering, architecture, or accounting. Countless of career advises and resources are readily available for those looking for it. But, it is seldom to find career advise on professions related to the home improvement industry. It is a less talked-about industry as the professions related to this path does not require the same college education, degree, or training. If you are interested in flourishing in this industry, you are on the right page as this article will help break down the basics on how to make a career and be successful in the home improvement scene.
BECOMING A PLUMBER
Trade School and Apprenticeship Program. The first thing you have to do to become a plumber is to find a good trade school that offers the program. Once you have taken the necessary courses and have acquired the necessary skills to become a plumber, you would need to find a company that will allow you to practice your set of skills as an apprentice. After completing the necessary hours for your apprenticeship, a Master Plumber and two other certified plumbers can then state in a writing that you have undergone such apprenticeship program and that you are eligible to take the state test. Once you pass the test, you will achieve the Journeyman Plumber certificate which allows you to work on your own. Otherwise, you will need to work with a Master Plumber at all times.
Necessary Skills and Characteristics. If you are able to spatially visualize how plumbing works and if you are really interested on being a plumber, then you have the minimum requirement to become successful in this field. However, you should also have the aptitude and interest in physics and algebra because plumbing is not just about pipes and water.
Union Vs. Non-Union. You have to decide first hand whether you want to be part of a union or not. Determine which group is best suited for you as you weigh the benefits and disadvantages of each.
BECOMING AN ELECTRICIAN
Must Love Math and Physics. If you are leaning towards becoming an electrician, it is a necessary that you are interested in Mathematics and Physics. This field requires different mathematical calculations and logical thinking as a minimum. Those useless Math problems in grade school will not make sense as you find your way into this field. However, if after those years you still did not develop any interest in these two subjects, then this field will not be suitable for you.
Your Career Goals. What is it that you want to achieve? Becoming an electrician actually offers you different career opportunities. You can stay as a laborer as long as you want, but you can also choose to advance your career in this field and become a field supervisor. In addition, if you have all the things needed to open up a business, you can open your own electrical company for commercial or residential establishments.
BECOMING AN INTERIOR DECORATOR
Find A Mentor. There are a lot of interior decorators who have years of experience under their belt who can teach you the ins and outs of the trade. If you think that it would be impossible to find a mentor in this industry, you would be surprised! There are a lot of interior decorators who are very willing to take a mentee as having one would also help expand their teaching and social skills.
Hold Your Horses. It is a must that you don’t get too excited as you start your career in this industry. Wait for your first client booking before you buy that inventory. It is a must that you understand that establishing rapport with clients in this field will take time. It would also take time for you to find your first client and cash your first check. Patience is key!
Educate Yourself. Having a mentor in this industry is a big advantage as most of the things you need to learn can be spoon fed to you. However, it is also important that you learn things your own way. As a designer, you have your own taste and style. Learning different styles on your own would help you develop your own trademark in the industry.
BECOMING A REALTOR
Be Prepared for the Cost. It is expensive to become a realtor. It is for this reason that you are advised to prepare pockets and bank accounts for spending. In your first year as a realtor, you should be ready to encounter and pay different fees such as association fees, “desk fees”, health insurance, E&O insurance, and others. You also need to be on the upper end of technology so you can keep up and keep in touch with your clients as well as the market goings (in and out).
It’s Not All About Sales. It is important that you know that keeping your customers is more important that making a sale. In marketing, there is a philosophy that is widely practiced in successful companies in different industries – that a happy customer is the best marketer. So, if you are able to make your current and previous customers happy, then selling your expertise and selling a house will be easy for you.
Be A Therapist. You will meet a lot of people in this industry. It is a must that you are able to adjust to their needs in order to appeal to them, especially for first-time buyers. These buyers often go through a lot of emotional, mental, and physical stress as they try to look for their first homes. If you are dealing with such client, be prepared to appeal to their personalities by throwing in some coaching, therapy, and sugar-coating.
Chose Your Broker. If you are going for a broker, then by all means choose the one that is most popular. Always choose what is best for you. A bigger and more popular broker offers a wide network of clients and opportunities. However, choosing which broker you go with is really up to you. Just make sure you way the pros and cons of being in a big one or a small one.
Don’t Burn Bridges. This applies to other agents in the industry. No matter how annoying or demanding, rude, pushy or insulting one agent is, it is a must that you don’t sever that bridge between you and that agent. Keep that courteous smile on your face. In time, you will need that particular agent’s assistance and you would be glad that the bridge between you and that agent is still intact.
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If you are looking into becoming your own boss and working on your own time all the while earning an annual income of at least $100,000, then you should consider being a realtor. However, there are two sides of a coin. Before you start render your resignation and start your career in the realty industry, here are the things you need to consider.
Pros: In most cases, starting a career in the real estate industry is straight-forward and painless. You only need to complete the required training hours and obtain certificates, then pass the real estate agent exam to get licensed. Once this is done, you can immediately start your career as a realtor.
Cons: As mentioned above, starting a career as a realtor is straight-forward. The twist is, you will need to invest not only time and effort but also money to achieve this goal. Also, obtaining a license does not guarantee you a great career in the real estate industry. You also have to go through a needle hole before you can have this coveted license. The exam will not be easy and it requires understanding of varied and complex sets of skills.
Becoming Your Own Boss
Pros: When you become a real estate agent, you can start being your boss. You control your time and you control your own business. You will become a private contractor who can make your own decisions without worrying about stepping on someone else’s shoes. If you have good work ethic, the growth potential of your career is limitless.
Cons: Because you are your own boss and you are managing your business (so to speak), you will carry the burden of studying the ins and outs of the market. You will do all the footwork to establish your market leads. You are in charge of your marketing campaign and in-charge in making and keeping your customers happy. You are not only your own boss, but you may end up being your own secretary, especially when you are just starting.
Pros: It is not a secret that real estate agents earn a lot of money monthly and annually. The salary of a realtor is not dictated by any company rule or by the hourly wage implemented in other industries. The money you earn is dependent on the time you spend talking to clients and making a sale. The more time you spend the higher salary you can expect. When you have enough resources, you can hire an assistant and gain the necessary license to open your own brokerage. The potential for growth is really limitless.
Cons: The salary may be high for established realtors, but for those who are only starting, it may not come as quickly as wanted. It will take time for you to make your first sale. The flow of money in your first few months will be out, not in. This means that you should have enough money to finance yourself while you are out and about making a name for your own. This sure will test your patience, endurance, and work ethics.
Pros: As a realtor, you also are not dictated by the number of hours required. You are not stuck with an eight-hour job. This means that you have a lot of time doing what you need to do to build your rapport in the industry by meeting people and socializing. This is hardly considered as work for anyone who has a natural charm and is not shy mingling with new people.
Cons: This line of work requires that you are also flexible to your client’s time and needs. Expect to work in hours that normally is spent relaxing, e.g. weekends. Your schedule will seem erratic. You may have to stop in the middle of something as soon as your client asks for your help. That is how erratic it can be.
Pros: If helping other people is in your nature, then you will find satisfaction in knowing that you have helped your client land a deal that is of great value to them. In doing so, you are not only helping one party but three. You are helping the buyer, the seller, and yourself. It is a win-win-win situation.
Cons: When dealing with large transactions, you can expect that everything will not go as planned. When this happens, your clients will go through a great amount of stress and the expectations on your shoulders are set high. As a realtor, you have to make sure that everyone leaves with a smile on their face to protect your reputation. If one either party is unhappy, you can expect words to spread. This will affect your reputation badly.
The pros and cons listed on this article is not meant to persuade or scare anyone away. It aims to provide readers an honest perspective in the real estate industry. Now that you have everything laid down, it is up to you to decide whether this career path is for you or not.
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If you are in the stage of your professional life where you are feeling static and unprogressive, then considering a career change may be something that you should be thinking about. One of the many careers that you might want to consider is working as an electrician, especially when you are technically inclined. This career is not for the faint-hearted, though. It needs determination. It is a very challenging profession, but it is also rewarding.
A career in this field means working at a minimum of $40 per hour rate. Not bad, right? If you would work a regular eight hours per day for five days a week, you have the potential of earning at least $76,000 per annum. You can say that this profession is lucrative because it is. However, starting this kind of career is not that easy. Certified electricians go through over one hundred hours of classroom instruction, and are required to have eight thousand hours of apprenticeship or on-the-job training. If you are willing to go through this, then this profession would be very lucrative for you once you have the qualifications.
So, what do you have to go through in order to get certified?
Before you start looking for schools that would help you get certified in this field, you have to know what the job entails. Do you really know the risks associated with the job? Do you really know what an electrician do besides installing the wirings in your house? An electrician does more than just install wiring in new houses. Their job varies from situation to situation and from institution to institution. Some will be called to repair electrical power. Some will be called to survey for any electrical malfunction in factories, homes, businesses or schools. Some would be asked to climb up a pole to repair the big fuse box that emits over 10,000V of electricity using the different specialized equipment. As you can see, it is not a very easy job. If you know someone working in this field, you might want to talk to them to have a better grasp of what the job is all about. Ask for the risks, but also ask for the benefits.
One of the many traits that electricians have, and you must have in order to be effective at this job, is being detail oriented. This is a must for electricians because one mistake could cost one’s life. You must also be flexible and have a knack for using small tools and equipment. This job requires the kind of precision that other jobs may not require. If you have these traits, then having a job at this field would fit like a glove for you. All you have to do to get certified is get your high school diploma or GED for starters. Once you have this, you will be ready to attend a vocation school or a trade school to prepare for an apprenticeship program.
Basically, all you need to do to get certified are the following:
- Get your high school diploma or GED.
- Enroll in a trade or vocational school that offers Electrical Engineering courses. This will help you prepare for apprenticeship.
- Get 8000 hours of apprenticeship
- Pass the National Electrical Code.
The four steps mentioned above are the most basic steps that one has to go through in order to get certified as a professional and licensed electrician. However, once you get your license, you would have to make sure that you stay current and continue learning and updating your skills as an electrician. The learning process does not stop after acquiring your license. Learning is a never-ending process. Thus, you will find yourself sitting in many classes in the coming future after earning your license.
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