Attention entrepreneurs your hobby should not be your business


Attention Entrepreneurs: Your Hobby Should Not Be Your Business


America was built on the premise of following your dreams. Today, that maxim is applied to everyday life, especially careers. Youve probably seen plenty of advice about turning your hobby into your job and making money doing what you love. Unfortunately, it usually doesnt translate well into business reality.


Look at it this way: the reason you picked up your hobby in the first place was probably because you enjoyed it. Hobbies are supposed to be fun. If your hobby becom...


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America was built on the premise of following your dreams. Today, that maxim is applied to everyday life, especially careers. Youve probably seen plenty of advice about turning your hobby into your job and making money doing what you love. Unfortunately, it usually doesnt translate well into business reality.


Look at it this way: the reason you picked up your hobby in the first place was probably because you enjoyed it. Hobbies are supposed to be fun. If your hobby becomes your business, youll have to work at it! Hard work is rewarding, but it can quickly douse the spark of fun you previously derived from your hobby.


Still not convinced? Heres something else to consider everyone Ive met who own a golf, fishing, or scuba-diving business tells me they play, dive or get on the water less than before. Owning a business that is related to your hobby will not get you more involved in the enjoyable part. Instead, it will take you away from the fun of the hobby.


Objectivity is another major concern when it comes to translating a hobby to a business. For example, lets say you enjoy fishing, so you decide to open a fishing supply store. You will typically stock your store with products you like which wont necessarily be what your customers want. Also, you may enjoy fishing, but sitting in a boat with a pole is not the same as running a store, and you may not have the skills necessary for retail management. See the problems?


Of course, your dreams and desires are important, and you need to be passionate about your company to be successful, but it is a mistake to let your interests and not your skills dictate the type of business you should own if you decide to become an entrepreneur. Now that you know what you should not do, its time to look at what you should do when getting into your own business:


* Consider looking to your current career instead of your hobby. What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most, and what kind of business would allow you to concentrate on those enjoyable aspects?


* Focus on your strengths, and be honest with yourself. Are you a strong manager? Good with people? Talented at a craft? Try to find a business that will let you capitalize on your strengths, while incorporating what you love to do.


* Do your research! Starting or buying a business is a huge investment, and if you buy the wrong business for your skills and fail, you probably wont want to try again. Know what youre getting into before you begin to give yourself the best chance of success.


You can run a business that you enjoy, as long as you are realistic in your decision-making process. You dont have to give up on your dreams simply refocus your intentions, and go for it!


 



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