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How to Turn Any Hobby Into a Lucrative Career

It’s been said that if you can make money doing something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Well, it might not feel like working, at least. It is possible to make a living doing what you truly enjoy, and one of the best ways is to turn your hobby into a lucrative career. Here’s how.

1. Get Really Good at Your Hobby

To make money with your hobby, you have to be an expert at it. You won’t get rich selling poorly constructed handmade quilts or building websites for businesses that look like they came from the 90s.

Ensure that you are able to produce a professional product or service before advertising it for sale.

2. Consider Your Customer’s Needs

Every successful product solves a specific need. Your hobby product or service must cater to your customer’s needs. When you figure out what problem you’re solving, you’ll be able to home in on whom your customer is.

3. Test the Market

Successful entrepreneurs know not to invest heavily into an idea until they know there is a market for it. Before spending your life savings, advertise a handful of your products online. Use sites like eBay or Craigslist to see what kind of response you get to your product or service. This is also a great way to test different price points and see which one gives you the best response.

4. Turn Pro

Once you have perfected your product or service, understand your customer and their needs, and know how to price it, turn pro. Make your business entity legal and present a professional online image with a business website and email address to take orders.

No one else out there needs to know that you’re making money with your hobby. When you come up with something that others will pay money for, you can quickly foray your interests into a lucrative, income-producing career.

Mind Your Body Language On the Interview

So you’re getting prepared for the big interview. You’ve got your clothes ready, updated your resume, you’ve done your research, rehearsed your lines, and you think you’ve got all your bases covered. But there’s one thing you probably haven’t considered. Your body language. The way you carry yourself carries a message that can make or break your chances of landing the job.

If you understand the basics of how body language sends either a positive message or a negative one, you can use it to your advantage. Here are some of the basics.

Greeting
As they say, first impressions are everything. Make sure your handshake is firm without overdoing it, neither limp or viselike, and your smile is sincere.

Posture
Remember how your Mom was always telling you to sit up straight? It’s still good advice. Good posture conveys confidence and authority. Try not to slouch or let your shoulders slump.

Fidgeting
Nervously wringing your hands or fidgeting with things makes you seem sneaky and untrustworthy, which is unfair but that’s the message it sends. Keep your hands below shoulder level, out in plain sight, and keep them still as much as possible.

Feet
Keep your feet on the ground, firmly planted in front of you, and don’t move them around too much. It’s Ok to cross your ankles, but not your legs.

Eye Contact
Eye contact conveys that you’re interested in what the interviewer is saying, and it also keeps them focused on you too. That’s not to say you should stare, it’s Ok to look away sometimes, but at least keep your focus towards the interviewer.