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Ways to Make Money by Following Your Passion

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Are you stuck in a job that gives you little joy? Do you wish you could do the things you love while making money? Unfortunately, few people find careers that fulfill both their passions and their wallets. However, even if you currently have a job that you must keep to survive, there are some easy ways to find joy in life by doing what you love, with some extra cash attached. Here are 3 ways you can start turning your passion into profit.

1. Writing

If you loved your college creative writing class, editing your peer’s papers, or even writing up reports for your boss, you might have a passion for writing. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities online to turn that love of the written word into a part-time job.

If you enjoy writing about your life or journaling, consider blogging; for just a few dollars a month, you can host a website, make a few posts a week, and hopefully gain an online following. You can write about anything that you’re passionate about, whether that’s beauty, fitness, or almost any subject under the sun. Once you get a big enough following, you can contact companies about advertising to your followers, and you’ll be making a few bucks while speaking to an audience of like-minded people.

If creative writing is more your style, consider publishing a book. In today’s internet landscape, becoming a published author has never been easier. If you write a fictional, non-fictional, or research work on the side, at any time you can publish it for free to Amazon or Google books. There are plenty of sites to complete your dream of becoming an author.

Take writing children’s books, for example. If you have an eye for rhymes or colors, or if you simply love educating children, you can write and illustrate a children’s book, and there are plenty of resources to get the book to the public. If you’d like to know how to publish a children’s book, you can find a lot of useful information online, or visit a publishing website.

2. Art

Writing can be fun, but if you have a penchant for visual art instead, there are still plenty of opportunities to create a living out of your favorite art form.

For example, digital art is a great way to express yourself online quickly. Skills in Photoshop, Maya, or other professional-grade art software are highly marketable skills, but the work you do in those programs can also bring in income. Consider visiting a freelance commissioning site like Artists & Clients, and post a portfolio of your previous work to entice possible customers.

3. Fashion

Many of us have a natural eye for current fashion trends or faux pas, but few of us know how to capitalize on that talent. You can take advantage of this skill in many ways, but two of the easiest can be accessed from anywhere:

If you love selling clothes and flipping bargains you find at thrift stores, consider creating an online boutique. You can do this at a multitude of online sites like Poshmark, Letgo, or even Facebook! Simply pick out clothes that you think would make someone happy or fashionable, and list them.

In addition, you can give fashion advice online via freelancing sites like Dia & Me or StitchFix, though this requires more time than selling clothing on your own. To do this, look up the company website online and apply for the job. You have to be able to work around 15 hours a week, but it is a simple way to translate your passion into money.

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Ossiana Tepfenhart is a hard-partying author who can't seem to keep her mouth shut.

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