A Guide to Turning Your Passion Into a Business

When you’re passionate about something, it's worthwhile to put hard work into it. This isn’t just true in your personal life; it can apply to your career as well. If you've been working toward the same goal for a long time and feel like you’re not getting anywhere, starting a business related to your passion may be the solution. But first, RAMShard suggests looking at some of the things you need to know if you want to pursue your passion as a business or career option.

How Do You Know What You Want to Pursue?
If you’re not sure what your passion is, that’s okay. Figuring out what makes you tick isn’t something you can do overnight — and it doesn’t necessarily have to be something that everyone around you gets. It should, however, be an activity or interest that takes up a fair amount of your time and be something you love to do.

Is It a Good Idea to Quit Your Job?
Some people believe that to follow their passion, they need to quit their jobs and start their own business. While that can be one path, it’s not always necessary. The Post-Grad Survival Guide notes that it’s possible to achieve your goals while still working for someone else; however, you may need additional certifications or education to earn more money and pursue opportunities that are of interest to you.

Earning a Degree Online
Earning an online degree can help you pursue your passion. As more businesses transition to cloud computing, IT professionals who understand how to manage these vast networks are in high demand. As more companies work on developing self-driving cars and artificial intelligence (AI), make sure your resume reflects your knowledge of these emerging technologies. Earning an online computer science degree may help open doors for you in rapidly growing fields like cybersecurity and IT management. Studying online allows you freedom and flexibility to balance your work and home life while learning at your own pace.

Sourcing Startup Capital
As with any business, Startup Grind points out that startups need startup capital. An effective way to gather funding is through crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo. But when it comes to putting together your pitch for that campaign, remember: many who visit these sites aren't just looking to donate money. They’re also looking for cool things they can get in return for their pledges.

Think about offering some kind of unique perk in addition to providing rewards at different levels of investment, but keep it all within reason. Don’t promise anything you can’t deliver. You can offer anything from exclusive access to beta testing or launch parties to special merchandise or limited-edition versions of your product when it launches.

Getting the word out about your venture is key, as potential investors will expect to be able to peruse your ideas and goals in detail. This is where a professional-looking and well-designed website comes into play. Reach out to RAMShard for domain registration and hosting services, then either DIY your site’s design or farm it out to a developer.

Another first step in the marketing and branding aspect of your business is creating a business card. This is your calling card, and it’s essential that your brand bounce off the card in such a way to catch the eye of investors and future clients and customers. Fortunately, you can make business cards online for free, using high-quality templates to help you along. You can also use a digital version of your business card to display on your website and your social media channels.

A Better Position to Succeed
Starting your own business can be exciting, daunting, and steeped in both learning and risk. After all, you're essentially putting yourself out there, betting on your skills and ideas. While starting any business has its challenges — even for seasoned professionals — taking basic steps can allow anyone to put themselves in a better position to succeed.

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