Become an Entrepreneur: Turn Your Passion into Cash


Today, so many people are looking for ways to make money. The unemployed, college & high school students, and retirees are all searching for "jobs." Unfortunately, some of these groups are competing for the same positions, especially in the retail and hospitality industries.

Can you paint or draw? Are you crafty? Do you like singing, dancing, acting or playing music? Can you style hair or faces with finesse? Do you know more about photography, computers or videos than most? Can you sell products like Bill Gates?

Turn what you love to do into cash. The more passion you have for your hobby the better chance you'll have to make a lot of money providing this service for others. Your enthusiasm will motivate others to want the same thing for themselves. And in spite of the economy, people are still in need of products & services...personally, for their family or their pets.

People are re-inventing themselves and starting niche businesses by:

  • Providing bike tours through various neighborhoods

  • Painting pet portraits

  • Offering mobile or by-the-minute massages

  • Creating fee-based business webinars

  • Developing after-school programs

  • Hosting passion and makeover parties

  • Becoming fitness trainers (yoga, pilates, tai chi, aerobics, dance)

  • Becoming an online seller (Etsy, Amazon, Overstock, Bonanzle)

There are a few recession-proof businesses. However, also consider offering help for new moms, newborns, children, seniors, and the deceased. New moms need childcare as they return to work. The elderly need assistance with shopping, meal preparation, and trips to the doctor. If you are the nurturing type, become a caregiver or au pair. Register with Care.com or another agency with this clientele.