When I first became a mom over 12 years ago, working from home seemed like a fantasy. It felt like if I wanted to work from home I needed to turn to envelope stuffing or an MLM company. The problem was, I wasn’t looking for a little side gig. I was looking to replace my full-time income and I wasn’t in a position where I could quit my job without a real plan to make money at home. I explored so many options but it wasn’t until I started to look at the things I was passionate about that I really found a work at home job that was profitable so I was excited when today’s sponsor, Name.Kitchen, wanted me to share some of the things that helped me turn my passion into a career.
When I first quit my job as a teacher, I left to start a home daycare. I had always loved working with kids so it was the perfect way for me to earn an income while still being at home with my kids. Eventually I transitioned to working as a freelance writer and eventually as a blogger and I’ve never looked back.
I love hearing stories of moms who have taken their passion and turned it into a career, especially when it works around the needs of their families. You can find some great stories about innovative entrepreneurs at name.kitchen.
One mom who is doing just that is Ann Marie Guenther of www.thatgirlorganizes.guru. Ann Marie, a mom of 4, is a self-taught “guru of organization,” (can she come to my house . . . ) and she has turned her passion for organizing into a successful career.
Ann Marie spent years organizing other people’s homes for free before she realized she could turn her skills into a job. Now her business has taken off and she’s even considering franchises! Way to go!
One of the unique things I love about her business is the way she used her domain name to really stand out. Ann Marie went with a .guru domain. She says, “My husband came up with a list of new domain names [when we were building my website], and he said, “Guru is super-cool.” And I said, “Well, that’s me.” A guru is someone who can’t stop doing what they love; they know so much about it it’s crazy; and they just are incessant about doing it. That’s me! I’m a ‘dot-guru’ [.guru]! I’m not a ‘dot-com’ [.com].”
For years things have been fairly stagnant on the internet as far as domain choices go. In the last few years, the “not-com” domains (the words to the right of that second dot” have been gaining traction and when used creatively can really make your domain name more unique. There are all kinds of choices (with new ones popping up all the time) like .COFFEE, .FLORIST, .PHOTOGRAPHY and .STYLE. These “not-com” names can be so memorable and with the increased availability it can be so much easier to find a name you love. Check out the cool naming tool here that can help you find a really unique name.
Read more about Ann Marie’s story and how she chose her domain name here.
So how do you turn your passion into a job?
Make a list of the things you enjoy. Seeing them down on paper can help you target the ones you are most passionate about and pinpoint any that could be turned into a home-based career.
Ask yourself which skills solve a problem. People pay for things that help fulfill a need or solve a problem they are having. In Ann Marie’s case she was an amazing organizer and realized that there were many people who were willing to pay for her services. Now she has a job she loves and she gets to do something that really solves a problem for her clients.
Build on skills you enjoy. Sometimes you may need some additional skills in order to turn one of your passions into a career. Look for additional training opportunities for a few of the skills you enjoy. You can find online training, research on your own, or find a mentor to build your skills. Once you have improved your skills, you’ll likely find ways to use them to carve out a job for yourself.
Have you turned one of your passions into a job? We’d love to hear your story. Share it with us in the comments below.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Name.Kitchen.