Love it and make money they say! It’s easy they say! But is that the right direction for you?

Its OK to do what you love. You don’t need to make it into a business.

We seem to have more and more pressure put on us to make what we love to do into a business, but this is not always a good idea.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you want to make a business out of something you love to do then by all means have at it, but do it for all the right reasons, that way you will succeed.

You would think that a blog about business would b more encouraging about getting into your business. we know all the reasons why having your own business is awesome. We live it. The freedom to work when you want, with who you want. Not have to answer to a boss. We know all the reasons why it’s a dream many have. But it can also be a nightmare if you think it is going to be easy. One of our biggest success stories was at a workshop where someone emailed us the following day and said that they had realised that they hate the idea of having a business and they thanked us for making them see that they wanted to continue to enjoy their craft without all the stress and heartache that is business. They would pursue other ways of making a living and remove the pressure they had felt to have to make a business out of it. And that they would slowly develop their understanding for business in case they decided to give it a go at a later time.

Business is not easy and requires an entire skill set all its own. These are skill sets that can be learned, but do you want to? In fact business is a formula, so it is easy to follow a formula to get a business up and running. But is the drive in you strong enough? Can put down the stuff you love to do and work on the weak points that are simply not as much fun.

You can make a business out of just about any idea. There is very little difference in basic business principals regardless of what industry you are in.

So for this post I am not talking to those of you who have that business understanding and a solid craft, skill or service to sell. I am talking to those of you who feel the pressure to justify spending lots of time learning something and doing something that you love by saying that you will make money out of it.

There is so much pressure to be successful and sometimes we get so caught up in the idea of owning our own business, doing our own thing, and having it all. We see others and compare ourselves to them. What we are seeing is the best of their show. There is lots of blood sweat and tears that goes on behind the scenes of any successful business.

So, if you love to create flower arrangements, or love photography, or love massage, or love making cookies or love to sew or love to do any other skill, craft or service think about this. Our time is valuable, are you getting sucked into the vortex of having to justify doing what they love by “Making a business of it”.  Do you have the business skills and the mojo to really take on the business side of being a business owner? And if you don’t, are you prepared to put in the hard yards to take your business idea and work your arse off to make it happen?

One of the biggest pressures can come from your own close friends and family who might plant the seed. They love something that you do and will always cheer you on. And sometimes we feel like we need to follow their advice and make money out of what it is that we are good at, but unless they are business experts and understand what is needed in order for a business to succeed, are they really the right people to be listening to.

Sometimes we just need to be given permission to enjoy life without complicating it. So I give you permission to learn new things, do the things that make you happy and let go of the pressures that you feel from society today. toot your own horn, march to the beat of your own drum, and do make your own choices.