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How To Turn Your Passion Into Business

Even if you’re working a full-time job, chances are you have interests outside of work. If those interests develop into a passion that’s itching to turn itself into a full-fledged business, you’re not alone.

Personal projects have a way of satisfying our sense of purpose unlike anything else - but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to take the plunge: quit your day job and start your own business. While it is possible, there are steps you can take the increase your chances of success.

Research, Research, Research

Starting your own business can be daunting enough as is, but add on the fact that you’re turning your passion into a business, and it’s that much more overwhelming.

One of the best ways to set yourself up for success is to research. Become overly familiar with the steps that you need to take to set up your business before you do anything. Seek out opportunities and learn from others who have succeeded before you.

Before diving in, don’t be afraid to familiarise yourself with the space your business will occupy. Reach out to others, ask questions, and fully immerse yourself in the community, so you know what to expect.

Personal Branding & Online Presence

With social media being such an important part of marketing your business, you must craft your personal brand and create an online presence for yourself. Not only is this a great way to show your potential customers who you are, but it also humanizes you and promotes trust.

From having a professional website ready to social media profiles for your business, your online presence and the branding that comes with it can immediately impact how easy it is for potential clients to access your business.

Many websites have e-commerce features that make online business easier than ever before. Websites like Printful allow you to start your very own online store offering shirt printing online.

Start Small, But Make a Plan

Regardless of what your passion is, it’s best to start small, not to overwhelm yourself - and to see if your business idea has a market.

Starting with friends and family allows you to present your business in a trusted space where you can get honest feedback, which is safer than spontaneously launching a business and not having a market.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t plan for the future. It’s definitely a good idea to create a checklist or a formal business plan to help you stay organised and focused long-term.

Budget Your Finances

The end goal of starting a business is profit, whether our passion is fueling it or not. Budgeting your finances will help you stay on top of money while you launch your business.

You also need to consider funding for your business. While you may want to fund your business independently, there are different ways to find funding, such as loans, credit cards, or raising capital. Regardless, it’s important to be realistic.


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