The idea of having a passion project is becoming more and more popular and appealing. In a time where we feel compelled to love what we do – but not always have the ability to do so – turning towards a side hustle seems like a viable opportunity to indulge creative pursuits or hidden talents that are otherwise underutilised in our day jobs.
Moreover, the prevalence of entrepreneurs who were able to make the switch to pursue their passion projects full time give us all a new-found aspiration that maybe we can obtain a lifestyle where work is merely something we love doing.
But it takes a lot to turn a hobby into a successful project – let alone a full-time job. And while having a deep love for a project can help motivate you to get started, here a few tips on how to take your passion to the next level.
Be truthful to yourself
We so easily fall into the trap of thinking that we can and should do everything. But being busy isn’t mindful and can, in turn, hurt your work and yourself. It’s unrealistic to think that you can juggle all your responsibilities while still maintaining the same vigorous passion for something on the side. So be realistic. How much time do you actually have to dedicate to your passion project? Where does it rank on your list of priorities?
And it’s ok if it remains a hobby.
The worst thing is when something you love doing becomes something you hate. Particularly when it is in the creative field, putting too much pressure to monetise or grow your passion project can often make it feel like more a chore than a luxury. Give yourself the space to ensure that your creativity comes first and set yourself up for success.
Set your intentions and goals
What takes a hobby into something more is your commitment to the passion project. Whether it’s a blog or a podcast, to take it to the next level means investing the time and effort into it. Being disciplined by setting yourself a regular schedule – like blogging once every week – or setting yourself a milestone – like reaching 1,000 new followers in two months, can help create a sense of structure around the project and ensure that it keeps going.
Write a mission statement or a vision for where you see this going is a great way to visualise just what the potential of this is. It can help motivate you and clarify the steps you need to take to turn this from a part-time hobby into something truly spectacular.
Know your strengths
If you do see this growing beyond a mere hobby, it’s time to take on a business mindset. As much as you want to keep the spontaneity and fun of pursuing your passion project, turning it into something more means considering it as a business. This is when setting timelines and proper processes come into play. But these skills may be well out of your expertise and comfort zone.
So, remember, it’s ok to ask for help. Recognise where your strengths lie – whether it means just focusing on the creative side or maybe it is about the account organisation – and don’t be afraid to call in backup for the other things. Not all of us are cut out to balance the books.
Reach out to your networks for online services they use or trusted people to partner with. Or maybe there are courses online that can help you upskill in entrepreneurship or whatever skill you’re currently lacking.
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Don’t forget why you started
No matter where your project goes or doesn’t go, don’t forget why you started in the first place. Particularly when things start to hit the fan or it becomes too hard to juggle it against your responsibilities, or it starts to feel too much like a laborious job, go back to how that passion makes you feel. Go back to that mission; that vision you had for where this could take you and make sure that this feeling remains true and strong.
It’s alright if you go down a route and realise that the business side is not right for you. Maybe there is another avenue in to manifest what your vision was. Stay flexible and agile and don’t take a setback personally. If you are clear in your passion and where you see it going, things will happen as they should.
I’m Tiff and I’m passionate about empowering people to tell their stories in meaningful and creative ways. A year ago, I quit my corporate job in Sydney, Australia to travel and pursue my own projects. Now, slow-travelling through Europe, I can’t imagine going back. As a writer, I love being able to share my stories and struggles with the emerging remote working community. I haven’t got it all figured out and constantly feel like I’m flying blind, but I’m excited to be giving myself the space to do so. You can find out more here.
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