You’re unemployed. You’ve sent out a gazillion resumes with no nibbles. Now what? Curl up into a ball and pull your blankie over your head… paralysis won’t help. Improve the career skills in your tool box by reading a few books or enrolling in online courses… not practical, need money ASAP. Pursue your avocation… cha ching! Turn your pastime passion not only into a money making adventure, but also into your dream career.
“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” ~ Julia Cameron
Fortunately in the 21st century, you have the Internet. It has opened doors and provided the opportunity for you to get started turning your avocation into a money-making career -- all you need is an Internet connection and some creativity! Here are just a few online resources to help you get started:
· Sell your handicrafts. Do you enjoy quilting, sewing, needlework, pottery, ceramics, dollmaking, woodworking, beading, and so on. You don’t need to build your own Website to sell your handicrafts online. Here are a few Websites that allow you to sell your handicrafts through their site: ETSY, Handmade Catalog, and CraftMall.
· Sell and share your artwork. A great place for a budding artist to start is online, and one of the best Websites to get started out on is DeviantArt. Here you can publish traditional art drawings, digital art, photo manipulations, and much more. Customers can then choose to purchase your print on paper, mugs, and t-shirts.
· Sell your photos. Do you have a camera? Do you enjoy snapping photographs of animals, plants, or cities and buildings? (What about your vacation photos of striking scenery in various ports of call?) If this is your passion, then you can sell your photos to a stock photography Website such as iStock or Shutterstock. Stock photography sites host your photos and offer them to customers, and any time someone buys one (say, for a magazine, calender, greeting card, TV, film, or any commercial use) you get paid a royalty. Also, you can retain full copyright and re-sell your photos many times over.
· Teach a class. Do you have some tips about your avocation that could be beneficial to others? Then you have the necessary ingredients for a class? Share some aspect of your avocation in a teleconference forum. TeleClass allows you to post your class registration online and present the class through a conference call, like a chat line, between 10-500 registrants and you. A TeleClass is some lecture, some questions, some discussion.
There are many ways to start a career in writing, so choose the one that works best for you and realize something that you have only dreamed of doing.
· Poetry or fiction. If you can turn a phrase, there are some literary magazines that will pay you for your poetry or fiction. The Cincinnati Review pays $25 per page for fiction, and $30 per page for poetry. An option for publishing a book of poetry is CreateSpace.
· Feature or column. An option for freelance feature writers is WriterMag. Sites that allow you to write on topics of your interest are Examiner, Associated Content, Helium, eHow, HubPages, and Triond -- just to name a few. Of course, it may take a little time to establish a following, but if this is your passion, it's well worth the short wait!
· Self publish a book. A great place to get a book published -- traditional books, eBooks, recipe books, poetry books, photo books, and much more -- is Lulu. Not only do they provide you with an IBSN (which allows you to sell your books on sites such as Amazon), but they also provide a book cover service, for a fee. Their staff can create a unique book cover for you, if you don't like the default covers or don't feel like making a cover yourself. Lulu allows you to set the price of your book and receive 80% of the profit. They also allow you to add DRM protection to eBooks to prevent them from being distributed without purchase.
What are you waiting for?
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.” ~ Dr. Seuss