My Life w/o Hobbies
I remember being in one of my graduate classes asking myself the question, “What do I like to do for fun?” This, of course, tells you how much I was paying attention in this particular class. But, besides that, at some point I started realizing that I didn’t do anything fun.
I watched movies, and I played video games. However, back then, I didn’t accept these as being fun because of the stigma pushed onto them from society (the games) and my boyfriend, at the time, (movies,
he didn’t know I played games).
So, I tore out a piece of paper from my notebook and wrote the title, “Fun Things for Me to do” at the top, then I passed it around to all my classmates (that’s right, in class). Some of my classmates were happy to get my inquiry, they thought it was fun. Their suggestions were cute and some I could see myself doing, like dancing in the kitchen. But, I didn’t find anything on the list that really got me excited.
I went through all my graduate years with this question. It’s like I stopped having fun, and not only didn’t I notice, I even forgot what I liked to do. I focused only on work for many years, and then I focused on studying.
I wanted to spend time finding some things I liked, but I didn’t have time to explore the possibilites. I decided I had to study for an exam, write a paper, and go to class after class. I always had something to do.
After exhausting myself to the point of not wanting to do ANYTHING, I rebelled, and wouldn’t do anything, except play a game or watch a movie. I used to say to myself, while I was playing a game, “I wish I could make $ off this game, while playing it. I would make a ton of $.” I know others have felt this way.
I would continue playing, and progressively would feel less and less like I was using my time wisely.
Other People’s Expectations
I used to really care about what other people thought. As a child, I would search an adult’s face to detect any dissatisfaction, because their satisfaction level with me determined how well they treated me. If they were happy and at ease with me they treated me well. This is a natural behavior for some children and a honed skill with practice.
As I became an adult, and started working, I would scan someone in a similar way because social aspects at
work can make the atmosphere more or less tolerable. This created a lot of anxiety in me, but I felt it kept me in front of the curve.
Many years later, after I recovered from being sick, it’s like I became an 80 year old woman – now, I don’t give a CRAP what anyone thinks. The bottom line, for me, is I get sick when I pay attention to what satisfies other people ABOUT ME or the way I live my life. So, I don’t pay attention.
I play games, watch movies, spend an exceptional amount of time writing a book, watch Youtube videos, sometimes stay in my place all day, do minimum, if any sport, and/or wear whatever hairstyle I want, without any care of what anyone else thinks about it. I know this might sound a bit strange to some people, but I’ve also experienced the alternative.
I freed myself. If the illness taught me anything, it was to live for myself, live my truths, and to live in my passions.
How to Make Money Online from a Hobby
I had wished and wished for this to happen. I wished I could watch movies and get paid to do it, I wished I could do whatever I wanted on any given day and get paid for it.
I used to think, “Why not? Other people do it. There are movie critics who get paid to watch movies, there are daredevils who get paid to do stuff, there are skateboarders who get paid to skateboard. Why can’t I make $ from a hobby?” Well, I can and I do.
A wonderful aspect of living in our time, is that we can virtually make a living on anything and create true freedom for ourselves.
The only challenge is knowing how.
Think of a hobby you’re doing today, or this week and then think of how great it would be to make $ from doing it. Maybe you’re already there, and already know you can make $ from it, which is how you found this site.
There are various ways people have used to accomplish this goal. The traditional routes have been becoming a vendor at flea markets or open markets, opening a shop/storefront, having house parties, selling to your friends and family… etc.
All of which are helped by having a great website. I think there was a point when a company that had a great looking website, and could accept payments online, started out-selling the storefront, hence a transition began for companies to sell strictly online.
Start Making $ Online from Your Hobby Checklist:
- Pinpoint what hobby you will focus on (don’t worry whether other people like this hobby)
- Decide what you are selling that relates to your hobby
- Research what searches are being done online on your hobby to come up with a url
- Buy the domain name, if it’s available (if not, keep searching until you find another 1 you like)
- Create a professional and fun website
- Decide if your site will take payments online and/or will have ads
- Market your new website
- If you don’t know how to do any of this, get trained!
- Work on your site everyday (maintenance, training, or creating and uploading content)
- Become part of an online community of like-minded people who will support you on this journey
So, it can be done, and I advise doing it. It doesn’t mean it’s easy. Truly, having a business online takes work. So, if it’s already a hobby you love, it doesn’t feel so hard. I complete more tasks for things I love or am excited about than for a well paying job I don’t like.
So, what do you want to do? Do you want to learn how to create a beautiful website for your hobby so you can blog/vlog about it? Do you want to learn how to make $ online from a hobby? I hope you do.
Let me know what you think about this article. If you have questions, ask me, and spread the good word about my site.
All the best,
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