Hey there! I love your blog – it’s always a source of inspiration to me. I know that I want to work for myself and own my own business. I started out with a jewelry shop on Etsy and was able to quit my full time job when I was 22. I started to just follow trends and not make jewelry that I enjoyed making and eventually lost interest. Since then I’ve started a craft blog, photography business and given those up too because I lost my passion for them. I’ve always loved graphic design and recently started learning more and taking it more seriously. I am currently designing a line of wedding invitations that I’m pretty excited about.
As you can tell from my rambling, I’m very passionate about a lot of different things, but sometimes it only lasts for a little while. Even as I’m starting this wedding invitation business, I have a line of jewelry designed in my sketchbook, and a series of DIY projects planned for my blog. I guess I’d rather go through life passionate about too much than too little, so here’s my question: do you ever experience this sudden and fleeting passion for a bunch of different things, and how do you focus yourself on the one (or 2) things that stick and are practical for a business?”
Hey Margo – Thanks so much for your question! This is an issue a lot of people run into in their 20s – they are excited to work on lots of different projects, but once they get into the nitty gritty of a business it becomes fleeting.
While 20-somethings in the ’80s and ’90s were set on the college/job/marriage/kids path, the new ideal is to become an entrepreneur, a freelancer, and over night self-employed success. With so many bloggers building online businesses, seemingly out of thin air, it can appear to be an easy road to take. Most people put their best foot forward and neglect to talk about the long nights, scary bank account balances, and overflowing inboxes, which is why following suit may not work for everyone.
You’re still young. Don’t feel pressured to turn every hobby into a money-making endeavor. You can create jewelry and take photos and design invitations without making it your sole income.
Since you’ve already got multiple businesses and side-hustles under your belt, maybe it’s time for a little charting and analysis. At what point within each business did you stop enjoying your work? What aspects of the job turned you off and what aspects lit you up? Were there specific roadblocks, clients or events, that made you want to quit? Try to nail down exactly why you decided to close each business and look for any patterns.
It may be possible to do a little juggling with your art and turn it all into something you still love while making a steady income. Something that brings in the parts you’re most excited about and minimizes those that are a pain in the butt.
Or you could just suck it up and pick something :) Choose a direction and vow to yourself to stay on that path for a few years, even if it gets difficult. You don’t have to keep that same job forever, but it may take a few years to build a viable business and like anything in life there will be ups and downs all along the way.
If it’s important to you to keep the same job/business for 10, 20, 30 years, then maybe a self-employed, passion-based life isn’t for you. As much as I talk about getting out, there’s no shame in working a 9 to 5 and keeping your passions as hobbies. Way less stressful, for sure!
Whatever path you choose be thankful that you have lots of interests that excite you, even if they change often. You may just be one talented lady, with a ton of creativity to explore!