Can you make money doing ONLY the things you love?
As a multi-passionate creative who’s spent the past decade turning every passion I have into a business, I KNOW you can make money from doing what you love.
Doing what you love comes with a big side dish of crap you never signed up for but that you have to do to grow your business.
Like filing taxes. Admin work. Instagram reels. [Insert whatever task you dread].
Should you resign yourself to deal with all that or is it possible to run a business by following your bliss and doing only the things that make you happy?
A Tale Of Two Businesses
In 2015, I moved to London to pursue a career as a freelance writer. I LOVE writing. I crave the freedom to work my own hours. I need to do something creative. Perfect fit, right?
Within two years, I was making good money writing… and I was crying myself to sleep every night. What went wrong?!
Freelance writing did give me all those things I loved… and a lot more I didn’t.
Like clients who called me late into the night for “emergencies”. Editors who gave me only 3 days to write a 3000 words article only to pay me 3 months later. Pitching article ideas that never got picked up because the angle wasn’t controversial enough.
I was spending most of my time doing things I DIDN’T love and dreading turning on my laptop every morning (the freelancer’s version of going to the office).
No amount of money is worth that level of stress and misery. I quit.
Fast forward 5 years later, I started my coaching business, The Treasures Within. This business allows me to do all the things I love.
Like writing copy for my website (you can’t take the writer out of this girl). Teaching all things mindset and business. Coaching clients overcome their limiting beliefs. Styling my own photoshoots…
But the big side dish of crap is still there. I had to deal with a big tax nightmare just a few months ago. Plus, be on social media. Invoicing clients. All that boring stuff.
Only this time, I go to sleep with a smile on my face. I may be doing some things I don’t love, but they don’t drain me as much. They’re a small price to pay for doing what I LOVE for most of the time.
How To Know When To Do Or Quit Work You Don’t Love
Do you feel like you have to work hard and do things you don’t enjoy to make money?
I did. Growing up, I saw my dad working long days, weekends, and holidays, to build his business. Hustling non-stop was the only way to make it.
When I started my businesses, this belief drove me to fill my calendar with ALL the things I thought I should do.
Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Pinterest. Email marketing. SEO. Networking. Admin tasks. Blogging. Webinars. FB ads. The list was never-ending (literally – as soon as I scratched off a task, 10 more took its place).
Not only I didn’t enjoy most of that stuff, it wasn’t aligned with the way I wanted to run my business. I was doing it just because some “guru” told me I had to in order to grow and make more money.
Hustle. Hustle. Hustle.
Now, I’m doing things differently. I’m still doing some tasks that are as much fun as banging my head against the wall (like sending invoices and dealing with taxes), but they have a purpose. I do them because I KNOW they’re moving the needle forward, not because I “have to”.
Doing things you don’t enjoy for money or because you think you should never works. Even when the money comes, it’s a grind.
Doing things you don’t enjoy because you know deep down that it’s helping you build the business and life of your dreams comes with the territory.
Mark Manson calls it “the shit sandwich,” the things you’re willing to put up with in order to do work you love. Because everything – even pursuing your passions – sucks some of the time.
But eating that shit sandwich is totally worth it. The good times more than make up for everything else.
How To Make Money Doing Work You Love
You can build a successful business by doing (mostly) the things you love. Here’s how:
Does It Energise Or Drain You?
When you’re doing a task or thinking of saying yes to a new project or opportunity, pay attention to how it feels in your body.
Does the thought of going ahead with it fill you with dread? Do you feel your body contracting? Is all the energy and excitement draining out of you?
DON’T go ahead.
Does it excite you? Does it give you butterflies in your stomach? Are you eager to get started because you know it’ll be amazing?
Go ahead and do it.
Your body always knows what’s right for you. Unlike your mind, it’s not concerned with money, status, or shoulds. It only cares about you.
Every time something drains you, that’s your body’s way of telling you you’re following the wrong path.
But when you’re energised? You’re on the right track, gorgeous.
Hustling, grinding, working to exhaustion happen when you don’t trust yourself to make money doing what you love.
You think it’s too easy. Or woo woo. Or that it’s only for the rich. You have to work harder. Be on all the social media platforms. Suck it up and do work you hate so you can enjoy the rewards later on.
The opposite is true. When you do work you love, you show up differently.
You do a better job. Create better projects. Serve your clients better. Always have a positive attitude and a smile on your face. People are attracted to that.
Forget what the world wants you to do. Trust yourself enough to do what feels good to you. The results will come – faster and more easily than you thought possible, too.
Outsource And Delegate
Building a business requires you to wear many hats. CEO. Copywriter. Marketer. Graphic designer. Accountant. And on and on and on.
Some of these roles are in your zone of genius. You LOVE doing them. They’re why you’ve started your business in the first place.
Others feel like a chore. They drain your energy. You wish someone else would do it for you, so you’d never have to deal with it ever again.
That’s a sign you need to delegate or outsource that task. It’s easier – and less expensive – than you think.
Platforms like Fiverr and Upwork allow you to hire contractors for as little as $5/hour.
Start with outsourcing the tasks that drain you the most. As the business grows and you make more money, you can delegate more of what you don’t enjoy, so you have more time for what you love and are incredibly good at.
It’s a gradual process, but one day you’ll only do the things that are in your zone of genius – the things you love.
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