How to Turn Your Passion into a Second Source of Income

The UK has become a much harder place in which to make an honest living lately, as costs continue to increase across the board for the average household. With penny-pinching a new norm for the vast majority of the working population in the UK, many are looking for new ways to subsidise their living costs through side-hustles.

Second Source of Income

Monetising a hobby is one of the more alluring ways in which you might consider taking on work outside of your day job. But in doing so, you need to take care to do it right – not only to guarantee an equitable income but also your peace of mind and minimal stress. How should you approach turning a passion into a second source of income?

Knowing Your Niche

Firstly, it is important to define your niche in as exact terms as you can. Not only will this give you a clear idea of your place in a wider industry, but also the knowledge by which to properly start investing in a business structure for your hobby.

For example, you might be a green-fingered garden enthusiast, but unwilling to lean fully into a landscaping career – which offers high competition as well as hard workdays.With this knowledge in mind, you might pivot to something a little more manageable and less competitive, such as topiary.

Thinking Business

Of course, whatever key product or service you settle on needs a sturdy and equitable business structure behind it. This requires you to pay attention to everything from registering with HMRC to marketing and logistics – undertakings that can seem quite laborious at first glance, but that pay dividends.

With specific regard to marketing, there are numerous ways in which you can easily promote your products and services. If you are a craftsperson, listing your crafts on a site like Etsy can be direct promotion enough to online customers. For local services, as with the topiary above, you cannot go wrong with a well-placed poster in your local community centre or corner shop.

Addressing Stress

As is the case with any professional endeavour, working towards income or profit is highly likely to become a source of stress. Indeed, this is particularly the case for second sources of income, which can eat up what little free time you usually have available and multiply any existing stresses.

As you start to focus on less creative or even fulfilling aspects of your hobby, in service of more administrative tasks to further your successes, it can be easy to lose sight of what drew you to your hobby in the first place; indeed, your hobby can quickly lose its allure, and leave you with, essentially, two forms of work.

Naturally, this is not an optimal outcome. Your side hustle is just that: a side hustle. Losing perspective on the enjoyable nature of your discipline can be disastrous for your personal mental health, as well as the relative success of your enterprise. But how can you moderate this, and keep yourself on a more equitable path to increasing your income?

Time management is a crucial aspect of this. If you find the amount of time you need to attend your side hustle ballooning, you are more likely to come to resent your ‘work’; conversely, by managing your time well – and by knowing when to stop – you can ensure your energy and inspiration are kept intact.

Erin Emanuel