Whether you’ve spent the weekend catching waves or hurtling down steep MTB tracks, that creeping Monday dread is always the same. Thoughts quickly turn from being slapped by salty waves to being dumbfounded on your movement, what packet of sandwich you’ll have for lunch and when you’ll be able to finally kick the nine to five and do what you love every day of the week. Seems impossible, right? Well, not necessarily. All it takes is a bit of planning, plenty of research and one big leap of faith to turn your passion into a pay packet. Follow these four step guides and soon you’ll be saying goodbye to office life for good.
With the advent of the social media, becoming an expert in something is as easy as opening up an account and having something to say. Love wakeboarding? Then tweet about it. Use your own if you like, but a dedicated one is always better. Follow like minded tweeters and build a network.
But it’s not just Twitter. If you’re out every weekend indulging your passion, whether it’s running, wild swimming or cycling, why not start a blog? Square Space has excellent, stylish and affordable templates to make your musings and GoPro flicks look ultra professional. Make sure you have a Facebook page too, to engage your community. Comment sections are old news and nowhere near as dynamic for starting conversations with potential employers.
2. Get To Know Your Gang
Social media is great for getting to know others who love to do what you do. But rather than just chat online, why not meet up socially? Chances are there that there’ll be others like you who are desperate to jack in their jobs and do what they love for a living. Bouncing around business ideas, whether it’s teaching, charity work or setting up a tour operating company, will help you develop a greater sense of how you’re going to start making money from your hobby. Who knows, it could lead to a whole new chapter in your life.
3. Do Work Experience Or Volunteer
Work experience is for students, you say? Not if you really want a chance of making your passion pay. Sure, doing it when you’ve got an actual job is a darn sight harder than the days when a three month long summer holiday was an annual reality. But it can be done. Love wind-surfing? Then go and help down at your local club on a Saturday. Open water fanatic? Why not see if there’s a training group who need a hand down at the nearest lake ? There’s always going to be someone who needs a hand. And if they don’t at that particular time, then you’ll have at least made another important contact.
4. Get A Qualification
Having your own web presence and volunteering with a local company engaged in what you love will all look great on your CV. But doing a qualification can take you to the next level. Teaching is a great way to make chosen outdoor activities more than just a passion. Do a PADI course if you love diving. Learn lifeguard skills so you can work down at your local lake looking after triathletes and swimmers. Undertake accredited courses with British Water Ski and Wakeboard so you can take out groups or start your own company for tourists looking to indulge their own watery passions. The main thing to remember is that it’s all in your hands. All it takes is a little vision. Give it time and that weekend jaunt could soon be your Monday morning too.