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 are just starting your career in the home improvement industry – be it in plumbing, interior design, carpentry, architecture, realty, electrical, etc. – here are some general advises to keep you afloat while paving your career:
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- You should join networking groups and professional organizations. Joining networking groups and professional organizations may be costly, but the education, resources, and connections that you gain from these groups will be irreplaceable. It may take some time to build new relationships in the profession that you have chosen, but in time, you will be able to build rapport with the members of the said group. With good relationships comes referrals. This can be done by showing up in meetings and sharing your knowledge to other members.
- Take a placement test. To help gain new perspective, taking tests such as Motivational Assessment of Personal Potential (MAPP) or the MEYERS-BRIGGS personality test will be of great help. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you assess where you should focus and where to improve.
- Take a part-time job. If you are still in the process of obtaining your qualifications for the profession of your choosing, it would be a good idea to find a part-time job in the same industry. Doing so will give you ideas and insights on how the industry works and what the job requires of you.
- Conduct informational interviews. There is no better way of knowing the ins and outs of the industry than talking to the direct participants. You will be surprised to find out professionals in the same industry are more than happy to talk about their careers.
- Understand how leads are converted and where they come from. Determine where most of your leads can come from. Advertising and prospecting can still be done, but they usually take time. If you are able to know where leads can come from, it would be easy to target them. With this, it would also be easy for you to convert these leads into a profitable outcome.
- Take note of successful strategies you used to gain new prospects. No strategy is absolute. Every new prospect can be gained using different tactics and techniques. You just have to make sure that you take note of the things you have done to achieve new prospects so you can use them again in the future. But remember, no strategy is absolute. You still need to be flexible and creative along the way.
- Conduct your research. Before you decide which home improvement career to take, make sure that you have done your research. See which field is going to be more profitable for you, and which field is more suited to your skills and interests.
- Practice your communication skills. If you are not the type to express yourself, then it is time that you practice how you can. You can take public speaking classes or persuasive writing courses to achieve this. Your communication skills is very vital to your success. If you know how to talk to your clients, it would be easier to grab their attention and convert these clients into a profit.
- Take time to volunteer. Volunteering is a good way to meet new people and new clients. Most people will not deny any free help. Volunteering is definitely a good way to establish a good network of clients.
- Be better than your competition. No matter what industry or profession you choose, it will be very important that you make yourself invaluable. Take different accreditations and improve your skills to complement them. Further education can go a long way.
- Get to know your market. It is of high importance that you get to know your target market. Without knowing them, all your efforts would be put to waste.
- Be customer focused. In the home improvement industry, customer service is very important. To do this, you have to make sure that you are interacting with your clients the best way possible. This can be achieved through training or first-hand observation.
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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