We all want to make more money. Some of us are trying to find quick and easy ways to do it, but we know deep down that earning a quick buck isn’t a sustainable income. Yet we’re still determined that we’ll somehow be different from the rest. It’s time to let that “quick buck” mentality go, because it’s short sighted. But don’t worry. This does not mean you have to hate your job.
Ask Yourself This Question…
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to earn more money. In fact, I say, good for you! But get-rich-quick models are typically schemes that can only last a few days or months at most.
If you long for something more – and not just in terms of salary. If you’re struggling to be successful financially, and your current job does little more than raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels, you need to try something new. But don’t just get a new job.
Instead, ask yourself: What do I love to do?
Don’t ask yourself what you love to do that makes good money. Don’t brainstorm jobs you might be good at. Ask yourself what it is that you love to do, what you do in your free time and would do forever if you could.
Profit from Your Passion
Once you’ve landed on something you absolutely love, it’s time to figure out how to turn that passion into a profitable enterprise. Examples:
- You love to write. You love blogging, posting pictures of family on Facebook, and responding to comments. Did you know you could make money blogging? Connect with people who already do and figure out how they do it. There’s no reason you can’t too.
- You love golfing. You like to analyze courses, try new clubs, and talk about it with friends. You could start a YouTube channel dedicated to your experiences on the course! You could try to get paid to post video reviews and highlights of their courses and greens.
- You want to race motorcycles. Find a sponsor who will support your cause. Attend races and competitions. Become the best you can be. You just might make a profession for yourself.
Doing What I Love
Personally, I’ve managed to turn blogging about personal finance into a full time business. I love it. I get to write reviews (like my PerkStreet Financial review) and articles on financial plans (like Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps).
I’ve calculated that I’m making more money per hour now, working a job I love, than I was working a job I didn’t love. Why? I’m excited about my work, so I’m more efficient. I have a deep down feeling that my work matters, so I put more effort into it than I would otherwise. Since I’m getting more done in less time, I’ve been able to push my hourly income beyond where it was at my old job.
I have a hunch that if you find a job you love, you’ll also see your income rise. Be involved. Meet people who are making money at your passion. Be industrious. Most importantly, take calculated steps – you don’t want to quit your day job too soon – and you’ll eventually be working at something you love.
Do you love your job? What do you love doing in your spare time that could turn into your dream job? Do you think you’ll make more money doing what you love? Leave a comment below. I look forward to reading them!
John Frainee is a Customer Columnist here at PerkStreet, and the webmaster and a writer for the ever-growing blog, The Christian Dollar. John enjoys exploring how faith and finance interact, spending time with his wife and family, and meeting readers from all over the web. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Christian Counseling and loves encouraging others in their financial pursuits. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.