Whether you’ve just graduated from college and you’re looking to start out in the world of work, or you’ve been working behind a desk for years feeling unfulfilled and you want that to change, you need to know that it is possible to do what you love for a living and below you will find some things that should help.

Work out what you want

Many people want to have more fulfilling working lives, but they don’t really know what that would look like. So, before you do anything else, think about all of the things you really enjoy doing and try to narrow them down to one or two key passions that could potentially become your work.

Believe that it can happen

If you don’t truly believe that you can do what you love for a living, then you are never going to get past the daydreaming stage. If you want to make something happen, you need to first believe that it is possible, and most dreams are possible if you’re serious about them and willing to do what it takes.

Research career options

Once you know what you really love, whether that’s playing guitar or driving cars, do some research and not down any possible job option that would enable you to do that thing most of the time. Then, look at the requirements for getting into that line of work, and go out there and study, get qualified, or do whatever it takes to give yourself the best chance of doing what you love for a living.

Become self-employed

Of course, if you become self-employed or start your own business, you can start doing what you love immediately. Sadly, that doesn’t mean anyone will want to pay for your product or service!. So, whether you want to sell your music online, painting portraits for a living, or set up a charity that looks after sick animals, you’re going to need to learn how to market, promote and seek backers for your projects; you’re going to need to learn the basics of business.

Find a way to make money

Sometimes, the most obvious way to turn your passion into a living isn’t actually the most effective way to do it. For example, if you want to make a living from playing music, you may think that starting your own band and selling your own music and merch online is the best way to go about it, but actually, becoming a session musician for another band may be easier and pay more if you’re talented, Few bands make it, and if you get work with one who has, you’re more likely to be able to keep doing what you love for a living. This is just one example, but you get the idea.

Never give up

If you’re serious about doing what you love for a living, you need to never give up. You need to set your goals, take every opportunity that comes your way, and keep on trying, even if you do have to keep working a day job for a while.

Dreams really can come true!