How to turn your passion into profit after kids
Let me make an assumption… back in the 80’s I bet you coveted the Kylie Minogue perm.
I know I did.
All that frizz and hairspray. Yes please!
But I’m guessing (and hoping!) that you outgrew this and have opted for a more subtle, polished look these days.
The same is true for many mums going back into the corporate workplace after kids. The career that you were once passionate about and gave so much of your time and energy to just doesn’t do it for you anymore.
My transition from being a graphic designer for an international event company to work-from-home entrepreneur came sooner than expected. When my first son was just 5 months old, I found out that my entire team had been made redundant.
Yes, it was scary but it felt so liberating and gave me the kick start I so desperately needed.
The truth is, going back to my corporate job would have been a nightmare. The commute, long hours, no flexibility. But more importantly, it just didn’t bring me joy anymore. My heart wasn’t in it.
You might have a passion project of hobby that you dream of turing into a business. Being able to work around the family schedule and actually doing something you love.
But then that little voice comes creeping in (most likely when you’re feeding at 3am)…
“We really need me to go back to work and earn some $.”
“Would people even be interested in what I’ve got to offer?”
“Where do I start?!?! I’ve got no clue about running a business…”
“What if I invest all our savings in starting up and it’s a complete flop? Then we’ll have no money AND I’ll have no job!”
The truth is that it doesn’t have to be a HUGE jump. It doesn’t have to be scary. You can start with small baby steps. The only think you must do is start.
The easiest and most cost effective way of doing this is by starting a blog.
For example, if you dream of becoming an interior designer, there are a ton of things you can start blogging about…
- your favourite looks
- take photos of your home
- snap photos on your phone when your wandering through homeware shops
- interview friends who have homes you adore
With a free blog and some affordable branding, you can start building the foundations of your business. Some of the most successful businesses are the ones that grow organically. It’s about finding the sweet spot between taking your time to find your groove and your direction and taking consistent inspired action.
The number one obstacle that most of my clients face is overwhelm. Where to start and what to do. Don’t let this get the better of you. Turn it around and use it to pull you forward.
You don’t have to do it ALL today. But you can start today by doing something.
Together with the ability to function on three hours sleep and discovering the endless possibilities of the simple scarf (change mat, face wipe, sunshade for the pram), motherhood often comes with a big serving of guilt. Guilt about taking time for ourselves.
By starting your blog and taking a step towards your ‘big scary dream career and life’, you get to have time for you. You get to be creative and plant the seeds. You get a little glimmer of what might be… And the Universe rewards the action-takers!
Ask yourself, “What can I do today to get me started with my dream business?”
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