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Monday, October 31, 2005

"It's Time To Profit From Your Pastimes"

by Jackie Headland (c) Jackie Headland. All Rights Reserved. http://www.BookShaker.com

Do you exist from payday to payday? Do frequently you find yourself saying, "There has to be more to life than this?"

It's very natural for people to seek the security that a job using their professional knowledge and skills offers. They spend most of their lives doing something they're good at but don't necessarily love.

What an awful way to live our lives. Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, cautions us, "Shop for security over happiness and we buy it at that price."

The reality is that prosperity and security come from using our gifts and talents fully. We frequently invest our talents and passion into hobbies and rarely give thought to turning these into income generators.

Using your favourite hobby or pastime to create an income has many benefits. Why? Because any business you decide to become involved in should be doing something you love - something you believe in - something that you would work at no matter what income it generated.

By working at something you believe passionately in you will find the energy, drive, and stamina to see your business through the tough start up phase and the times when there is more work to do than you can handle.

Do you like cooking? Create a cookery website that offers recipes, hints and tips to readers. Start a subscription newsletter for others who like cookery and sell your recipes by publishing a simple booklet. Do you enjoy making things? Sell them at markets and boot sales and through mail order (be sure and mark up the price for shipping and handling).

Do you enjoy DIY? Print and distribute flyers in your neighbourhood listing your services. Do you enjoy travel? Write a small tour guide about the places you visit and sell it through your website and to tourist operators to give to customers who visit those areas.

Almost anything you love doing can be magically transformed into a business opportunity for you.

Start educating yourself by reading and researching other home-based businesses. The Internet is crammed with information and much of it is free. Read magazines like "Small Business Opportunities," and "Entrepreneur," many of their articles are excellent. Read books on starting a business.

Attend meetings for Small Business Owners in your area. Ask your local Chamber of Commerce, Business Link or Enterprise Trust about these meetings. The insights you will gain from people who are already in business is priceless.

When you turn your favourite hobbies into income sources there's no telling where you'll be in a couple of years time. You may even be able to resign from your 'secure' job and pursue your passions full time. Wouldn't that be great?

What are you waiting for? It may take time to realise a profit but you will be living with joy and passion that will enrich your life in hundreds of ways.

Creating an abundant life is that easy. Start creating yours now!


Learn How You Can Boost Your Income And Create A More Fulfilling Life with Jackie's book, "Be Happy, Make Money: How To Turn Your Skills, Talents, Hobbies & Ideas Into Multiple Income Streams" http://www.bookshaker.com/product_info.php?products_id=114
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