I just want to make sure we’re all clear on this concept.
Yes, it is AMAZING if your passion can turn into a full-time job for you. Yes, I do think that if you have a passion for, say … tea or jogging or vinyl records you can turn it into a profitable business (with A LOT of work. See Crush It!). And, yes, personally I am working toward building a full-time business doing what I love….
…. But I also want to remind you that it is totally (completely) great to keep your passion a hobby and not bring in the whole make-it-a-business aspect.
Think about if your passion is photography…. Owning a photography business is about 20% photography and 80% business. Even less photography if you want your business to grow and you take on associate photographers or similar.
Do you want to be thinking about BUSINESS that much? Marketing and financial goals and legal requirements and copy writing and and and and and …. Some people really enjoy that stuff (or have the money to pay other people who enjoy that stuff) … But if you don’t, turning your passion into a profit may not be for you.
Or, what if your passion – your reason for being on this earth – is to work with the Boys and Girls Club. Yes, sure, they have full-time staff who make their living working for the charity. But how many of them actually get to take the time to work with the kids on a regular basis? Are you willing to give up that interaction, that passion of yours, just so you don’t have to work in a cubicle 40 hours a week?
Only YOU can say how much not-fun duties you are willing to take on in order to make your passion – your GREAT WORK – your job.
Just remember … all that time you spend dreaming about being a full-time blogger, professional scrapbooker or paid family portrait photographer … You may only be considering the passion side of that job, and not the business-infrastructure that makes the whole thing work profitably.