Unemployment Quick Tip: Launch a Hobby Career
October 29, 2012
When we are unemployed, we have a lot of time to look for work. But, that doesn’t mean you should spend 40+ hours/week on job boards, at networking events, and so on. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) In fact, I tell job seekers all of the time to limit job search to two-hour blocks at a time. You just can’t look for work 8 hours per day. You need to take a break and come back to it. A good job search is about working smarter, not harder. With my approach, you’ll have some extra time you can invest in launching a hobby career.
Hobby Career = Working Education for the FutureWe are all businesses-of-one. Each of us has to market our services to a client (a.k.a. employer) to earn a living. But, that isn't the only way to make money. With the economy in flux, and the rate of change in corporate America increasing, a smart move is to start up a hobby career you can do part time. The goal isn't to make a ton of money (at least, not in the beginning). Instead, the goal is to give yourself a way to learn a new skill and build up a small income stream that gives you a sense of independence. Here’s what to do:
- Identify a hobby you want to become more of an expert in.
- Look for ways you can gain skills that would let you monetize the hobby.
- Read up on small business and take steps to launch your hobby career.
- Share with friends, family, colleagues that you are doing this as a way to expand your skill sets in something you love.