Lots of us want to run a business. Lots of us dream of doing our own thing, doing what we love to do, and making money from it. Lots of us dream of being self-reliant.
Some of you may want to create something from skills you’ve honed over years and simply share it with the world. The money is not a priority for you. No problem.
But if you want to earn money from your skills over time, there are three things you need to know:
1. Provide a product or a service that people are actually willing and able to pay money for (because you are solving a real problem).
2. Do something you enjoy. Enjoying your work is crucial for staying interested and motivated over the long-run.
3. Avoid or be wary of doing something that you truly love, that you can get lost in if your main priority is to earn money.
Combining a need to earn money with something you love can be a dangerous cocktail. If you need to prioritise money-making (for survival), this can, and will, tarnish whatever it is you are truly passionate about. Creativity will be stifled because you aren’t doing it to simply create, you’re doing it to earn.
The caveat: Do something you love without the expectation or goal of making money. If money flows to you after a while of doing something you love, that’s a great thing.
If you want to do what you love, start without the expectation of making money. If you need to earn money, do something you enjoy that solves real problems.
[later addition to post]: Always move towards doing something you really love, and maintaining this. If what you do to earn a living does not develop into a love, move on to another thing. But move quickly. You simply must maintain what it is you love as a focal point.
What are your thoughts?