Growing up everyone always hears that “if you follow your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life”. The trick is that if you work hard you can make money to follow your passion.
The logic is simple enough – do something you’re passionate about and you’ll have so much fun that you won’t even realize you’re working.
As we grow up many of us abandon our passion in favor of something easier or more financially viable, and instead of following our passion we wind up following a paycheck. Rather than passions becoming our jobs, they become our hobbies. But what if there was a way to turn almost any passion into a viable way of making money?
It turns out there is.
Before you call my bluff, hear me out, this is not a “get rich quick scheme”. No matter what, if you want to live out your passion, you’ll have to put in some work to do it. Someone who loves to tell jokes doesn’t just wake up a comedian. Although it takes some time it’s not too late to follow your passion and start getting paid for it.
How is it done?
The key is to share your experiences with others. How did you discover your passion? Was is a friend, mentor, or website? Was it by chance? How did you learn about it? What if you were how other people started learning about it?
By sharing your experiences with others and getting them interested in your passion you can start getting paid. The technique is known as affiliate marketing.
Every passion or hobby comes with something that needs to be purchased. Whether it’s an instrument, or a membership, or information, there’s usually something you need to buy. If you’re teaching people about your passion you can direct them toward what they’ll need and where the best place to get it is. That’s where the money comes in! When people purchase things you direct them to through links or banners, you get a percentage of what they spent!
The easiest way to do affiliate marketing is with a website. Right now the rankings in Google are easy enough to get into if you’re able to produce high-quality content. If you search something you enjoy in Google and find that you could probably do better than the websites that come up, then you could very easily beat them in the Google rankings. If your hobby only has forums on the front page of Google then that’s even better.
There are other ways to do affiliate marketing, such as social media, email campaigns, or even just being a social influencer. If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing then you can check out our introduction to affiliate marketing.
Turning your passion into your living isn’t impossible. It’s not even that hard. All you need to do is share it with others, and produce high quality content about it that people will enjoy. You can get started today.