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How to turn what you love doing into a career

Become a professional at what you love most

From SheKnows Canada
We all have passions in life. Some have a love for cooking, others for designing clothes, others for painting, and on the list goes. Choosing to turn a passion into a career can be an intimidating venture — but also a very rewarding one. If you think you're ready for the transition, this guide may help you on your way.

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Get thinking

The best place to start is by pinpointing exactly what you love to do. For instance, gourmet cooking is very different from home-style baking. Narrowing your focus right from the start will help keep you on track. From there you can start coming up with ways your passion can be turned into a career. What kind of assistance or products do you require to get started? How do you plan to profit from the venture? Ask yourself these questions right from the get-go so you can focus in on how to get where you want to go. From this point, you can begin to lay out a plan of action.

Educate yourself

Natural skills are wonderful tools to have; improving upon those abilities is even better. Taking classes and consulting with trained friends are important components to learning more about what you are doing. Even just discovering that you completely disagree with what you learn is a benefit, because it exposes you to new ideas on which you are forming opinions. From there you can work toward finding out what you enjoy most and which skills you want to develop further. It also doesn't hurt to have referrals and credits when talking to potential clients down the road.

Try new things

Always be open to learning from your mistakes, and don't be afraid to experiment. The old cliche "Rome wasn't built in a day" is certainly a message to consider here. It's important when beginning any new form of employment to stay open to trial and error and be willing to learn as you go.

Get the word out

You don't have to be a marketing genius to spread the word about what you're doing. You just have to be brave and have confidence in yourself. Begin by telling family and friends. You can even give them free samples of whatever you are working on. Also consider starting a blog or website to reach a wider audience.

Stick with it

As with the pursuit of any dream, the most important thing is to stay strong and stick with it. There are sure to be ups and downs on your journey, but if what you are pursuing is something you really love, stay committed, and believe in what you are trying to accomplish.

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