How To Turn Your Passion Into A Business

This guest post comes to us via Bette Fetter, passionista, business owner and author of Being Visual.   

Make your passion your business // yesanyes.org

We can have it all.
It has been said by many that we can’t have it all. But why not? As a mother of four young kids, I didn’t want to choose between career and family. My passion was my family, but I still yearned for work that challenged and inspired me. As a part-time artist and educator, I began teaching art classes in my home and eventually turned 8 kids at my kitchen table into hundreds, and then thousands, of kids in after-school classrooms. It was an intense and very satisfying time, with kids’ activities, car pools and a home-based business to run. After twenty years, the business has grown, as have my children, and I am enormously thankful to have had the time and opportunity to do both.

These are some of the things I learned by stumbling through the process of building a business:

Identify your passion.

Once you have a good sense of what you want to do, look at your options. Do you want to start your own business? Will it be a home-based business, a storefront, or an internet business? Is there a franchise available?

Identify your strengths and weaknesses.
No one is good at everything, and even if you are, there aren’t enough hours in a day to get it all done. Build a team and delegate to your weaknesses.

Execution, execution, execution
.
No matter how passionate you are, how talented, or how many great ideas you have, success is in the execution. You will need to implement processes, set goals, and be responsible for results.

Allow the vision to evolve and expand.
As you’re building the business, stay true to your original intent. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted, scattered, or off-plan. But when the time is right (and it’s all about timing), allow your vision and business to expand in ways that stay true to your mission.

It was never part of my original plan, but after thirteen years, my kids were older and I was ready for a new kind of challenge, so I franchised Young Rembrandts. Now, there are people like me running home-based businesses all across the US and Canada, as well as internationally.

There are always innovative ways to arrange your life to suit your needs and passions
. Find what drives you and know there’s a way to make it work so you and those you love can have it all.

What are you passionate about?  How can you turn it into a job?

original photo (without the text on top) by Gushcloud_sg // cc


7 Comments

Great tips! My true passion is classic films, and I'd love to turn it into a job, writing about them and showing them to a larger public.
Thanks!

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Maddison Vernon

Your story inspires me to follow your own passion and drive whilst being able to maintain a balanced life and care and spend time with your kids, fabulous!
I am at my early stages of my plan and am defining my values, vision etc etc, so staying true to this message really is important. It's important as time moves on not to forget what brought you here in the first place, thank you! x

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Rachel @ Existation

This is a great post! I love the reminder to stay true to your original intent, but allow space for the business to evolve and expand. As someone who is juuuuust starting out in the small business world, I love little bits and pieces of advice like that.

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Anonymous

hey my passion is cake decorating and I'm so enlove with it. but the thing is every woman i know doaes it so how do I compete to such a big market? i'm not that good

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