When you start out telecommuting or freelancing your income may be next to nothing or non-existent a lot of the time. It can be hard to get the motivation to keep going and most people don´t look much further than what is right in front of them, what they are told is possible. If you manage to get one idea, one thing you enjoy doing, that could be all it takes to get you started down the path to be an entrepreneur rather than working for someone else.
I often use cooking as an example because I hate cooking but I love eating good food, so I envy those who have the patience to create delicious meals. I also know many people who think they could never do anything because they have no skills, no experience, nothing to sell, but oh my goodness can they cook. Here are some different ways to make money cooking (or anything else):
Cater for dinner parties, birthday parties or special occasions.
Start a blog about your cooking
Write an ebook with your favourite recipes
Start a YouTube channel showing how to make recipes
Host cooking workshops in your home
Create an online course about cooking
Start selling your specialities to local shops
Sell affiliate products on your blog or website
Set up an ecommerce store related to cooking equipment and utensils
Write articles about cooking
Invent and distribute a new cooking utensil or kitchen gadget
Obviously you can´t just wave a magic wand and have all of these things suddenly appear. It takes times and a lot of effort. You may only like one idea out of the list. You may not like any. It is just to illustrate that when you think about how you can make money from cooking (or anything else), you have to expand your thinking. The same is true for any topic.
Be prepared to fail many times. Be prepared to change your path many times.
Most of all, be prepared for miracles.
Questions You Can Ask
Some questions you could ask yourself to get the creative juices flowing. Imagine the skills you already have, or knowledge about a particular subject:
Could you make something from it?
Could you sell it?
Could you teach it?
Could you write about it?
Could you talk about it?
Research Your Topic
Once you decide that one or more of the income options appeals to you, then you move on to the next step of researching how you get good at that particular area:
Do you need to learn any new skills?
Do you need any new equipment, software etc?
Do you need anyone to help you?
Is there an expert in that area you can follow for guidance?
Are there people you could chat to on forums or other groups for advice or support?
When you first get an idea and it starts working it´s way into your brain, you get all excited, reading about it makes it sound so easy, there are so many tools and products you could buy to help you .... STOP! There will be a lot of ideas you come up with that sound like a good idea, but it is not until you start trying to put it into practice that you realise how hard it is. So save your money until you have a solid idea of what you want to do. Do some testing, make a list of all the things you want to get, but don´ t actually BUY them until you have proven to yourself you are going to go ahead with the idea.
There are a lot of great coaches and experts so you will need to do some research on the ones that are relevant to your topic or your industry. Here are a handful that I like to get you started. This is just a tiny sample of great role models and motivators out there so if you can recommend any others, please leave a comment below:
Yaro Starak - Blogging/Business
Darren Prowse - Blogging
Tony Robbins - Coaching
Ramit Sethi - Business
Gary Vaynerchuk - Business
Hope C. Clark - Writing
Peter Diamandis - Innovation
Hal Elrod - Coaching / Productivity
Brenda MacIntyre - Spiritual Entrepreneurs
Maggie Ostara - Female Entrepreneurs
Lisa Nichols - Coaching / Business
Christie Marie Sheldon - Coaching
Neil Patel - Marketing
Whoever you choose, it is important to have a voice, or voices, that will counterbalance any negative thoughts you might have about your new venture. Your cautious side will be saying:
I can´t do it.
I don´t know how to do it.
I don´t have the skills.
I don´t have the money.
I don´t have the time.
No-one will listen to me.
No-one will buy my products.
You need someone that will motivate you to keep looking, keep trying and learn new ways to get to where you want to be. Read their blogs, listen to their podcasts or watch their videos. There is so much material available you can immerse yourself in positive advice every single day!
The Next Steps
Make a list of things you like
Hobbies, interests, subjects, people, skills etc.
Make a second list of things you are good at
This does not have to be something you studied, you might be good with people, good at selling, teaching etc.
Have a look at the list of ways to make money and choose three you think you could do (even if it scares you right now).
Blogging, writing a book, selling, teaching, coaching, hosting parties, creating a course, giving speeches, inventing something new, offering support, giving a service ...
Research the ways to make money you have chosen and pick three experts to follow.
The right ones will have plenty of information for free so you can see if their style makes sense to you. Don´t invest in any programs until you are absolutely sure they will give you value and that you will actually follow the advice that is given.
Luckily there are so many ways you can get started for free that there are really no excuses for not starting right now.
So next time you feel that niggle that is telling you to do something new, to try something else, don´t ignore it ... take the first step to finding out what is possible instead of letting dissatisfaction with your current situation eat away at you.