From Hobby to Business

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


We all have turned something we love into a routine or part of our live. How do I know this? Well we’re all here right now, blogging out minds away. However, a lot of us don’t earn from it and simply do it for fun and peace.

Do you have any other hobbies?

One of my other hobbies, besides blogging is art. I know some of you may have already seen my work, but here it is again (but smaller).

It’s very well known that artists do not get paid very well unless they’ve hit the big leagues. I wasn’t looking to make drawing or painting a full time job, but I have been looking at ways I can potentially monetise this passion of mine. One of the first things I did was look at all the pieces I had completed, as you can see I like to leave them partially done (was kind of my signature). I then had copies made of those pieces to sell. I currently have one left from the 20 I had printed which isn’t bad going. Having done a few commissions I had a taste for it and wanted to expand my prospects.

How can you turn your hobbies into something more?

Firstly, you obviously need to have a hobby you enjoy doing. Whether that be baking, drawing, sewing, gymming (my new word), whatever it may be, it can be classed as a hobby. Then you need to think about how you can generate something to put to market. So if you like to bake cookies, muffins, cheesecakes, then have a think about possible some new flavours you think people would be interested in. Packaging isn’t expensive and neither is ingredients so it’s low cost and delicious!

If you enjoy making clothing items, have a look at what is already on the market and see if you can come up with a new niche. Maybe lizard hoodies or something I don’t know (don’t judge for that comment please). 

You never know, you might come across a new hit product!

We all want to be doing something we love…right? This is an ideal place to start.


Moral: Finding the right blend of business and pleasure is essential, the next big thing could be right under your nose!

Plan Ahead

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday. We’ve nearly made it another week and can almost cross off another day with that red pen above our calendar. Related image


Now, I don’t know about you, but I always like to have something to look forward to so I have a little goal between my working weeks keeping me sane. Whether that be small or big, it really helps me get through the days.

What kind of goals do I look forward to?

  1. My boyfriend coming down to visit me: 

Every two weeks, my boyfriend who lives over 100 miles away gets on a train and starts his 4 hour journey over to my house. I do sometimes feel bad that he does it more than I do, but I would probably have a breakdown if I attempted to drive over there more than once a month (I get tired easily).

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This may seem like a small thing to look forward to, but when you jump into working full-time and hardly being able to see each other, it becomes something of a luxury. Since being at university together where you’re only down the road, we realise how long distance is definitely not the way forward for us.

  2. Holiday days off work:

We are all entitled to a certain number of days holiday when employed. For me I started with 25 to use however I want across my year working. As it stands, I have 10 left, which is actually pretty good. My aim was to save as many as I could without having a break down so that I can have a big blow out towards the end of my term.

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It’s around now that I have started to plan some more days off and making the most of my time. Having these to look forward to makes a huge difference to me. Not having to wake up to my alarm, not having to make the same commute in I do most days of the week and most of all, not having to sit at my desk ruining my eyes in front of a computer screen…bliss.

 3. Returning to University:

This is one of the bigger goals I very much look forward to. I’ve mentioned before how I can’t wait to get back into the lifestyle of an independent student, but I really CANNOT WAIT! If you’ve attended University at any point in your life, you will understand how it feels to be plunged into your own little world and be responsible for everything you do. That may sound scary, but I very much enjoy it.

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Living with your friends, being around thousands of other people your own age, seeing something or someone new every day…at no other point in your life do you experience anything like this. With my end of work placement looming I will be able to relax for a month or so before actually returning which in itself will be amazing.


I have some bigger life goals I am working towards, but for me, right now, the short-term things are what I’m focusing on. Keeping a level-head and not over boiling my mind is so important. Being on top of my work recently has given me an extra boost and I think to myself ‘I can do it’, despite previously thinking that I really couldn’t.


If you feel like your plate is about to over spill then have a think about how you can line up some of your own goals to keep yourself going….it really helps!

Not Everyone’s Perfect!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I apologise to all that care for my absence over the last few days, I have had a lot of busy days at work leaving me with little to no free blogging time.

HOWEVER, I’M BACK B****ES!


So here we go. I wanted to let you all in on something that really affected me before I started my year out work placement last July. For some it may not seem like a huge thing, but for me it was an extremely low point in my journey.


January of last year, whilst I was still at university, I had a few exams coming up which of course I was naturally dreading. Now, I have never been someone who is naturally good at exams and my memory just doesn’t have the capacity to hold a lot of information at one time. I try so so hard to study, revise and prep my work during semesters, never-the-less, I still tend to struggle.

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Anyway…my Construction Law exam was fast approaching and with an average 60% fail rate I was not feeling positive to put it nicely. My head was like a sieve, in one ear and dropping straight through and out the other. I had generally been quite lucky in my course with most of my assignments being coursework based.

My best friend, course mate and I would get together to revise for these exams; trying to give hints, tips and test each other. This helps to a certain extent, but my attention span is one of a gold-fish… I am yet to find the best strategy for revision that suites my brain and learning style...(help is always accepted)!

So…the exam finally came which was followed by the horrible, anxiety filled wait for the results. As soon as I came out of the exam I was not confident what so ever, my answers could’ve been written by a primary school child and achieved the same grade I was expecting.


As results day arrived, to my dismay…I had failed…

GUTTING! If any of you have ever experienced failure in anything you’ll know that sinking, sickening feeling that instantly makes you feel like you have nowhere to turn. I felt as though I had failed myself and my life was over!

A big part of second year at university is that if you wanted to go on a year out work placement you HAD to pass everything by the end of the final semester. I was put in for a retake which was a few months down the line. However, I had to secure a placement with a company before knowing whether or not I had even passed my exam…(Terrifying)

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The only way I could deal with that is to try my hardest to secure a placement, to achieve the best I can in the rest of my assignments and to do all I can in the re-sit when It comes around.


Obviously, as I am now on placement I secured a job with a practice, however, my re-sit was to be after I started working…nightmare to be honest. Luckily, my bosses were very understanding and were completely fine with me taking the day to take said exam.

Anyway, lets fast forward…the day of my results finally came to which I was delighted to see that I had passed with flying colours and could carry on with my year! Some of the best news I’d received all year!


What I’m trying to say is that if you are like me and have to try a lot harder than others to achieve the same outcome then don’t panic. I could not face having to do my second year again and I never want to face this failure again.

How will I make sure I don’t have to put myself through this for the second time?

By putting my all into studying, finding the right method that suites me and making sure I am strict with myself will make all the difference to my work next year. Since working in a real practice I can sit back and take a look at my past and see where changes need to be made. Not only this, but my maturity, knowledge and attitude to work has been moulded and will benefit me greatly in the future.


 

Moral: We all hit bumps in the road and how we deal with getting over those bumps is a reflection of how much you want to succeed. 

Multi Tasker

Good morning again my fellow bloggers!


 

Recently I have been thinking about whether or not I want to have a part time job when I return for my final year at university or not. I decided to hold off in my first two years to give myself the best chance of passing. It kind of helped, but since I’ve been so determined to raise funds for my future I’ve been giving it a real good think.

How can I find a job that I don’t mind doing and gives me a decent wage?

I was primarily looking at becoming an after school club leader because it looked and sounded fun, and I wouldn’t have to put in many hours. However I don’t have the desired qualifications which obviously scraps that idea. I enjoy working with children as I was previously a beavers leader which is a group for young boys to meet new friends, go on adventures and build their environmental skills.

So I’ve done some more research and thought…why can I not be a tutor instead of a leader for students younger than myself? I’ve found a website which allows anyone who wants to become a tutor to register with them for parents/anyone who wants to learn to find you. You simply register with a few personal details, select which subjects you wish to tutor in and what qualification/level you’re at, then put a price per hour that you charge for each age group….simple! If you are good at something, why not share your wisdom with others and make a bit on the side. It could end up being great money for you especially as a university student.

One of my subjects I would look to teach is Art. Now you may be thinking…why/how can you tutor art? Well many students and parents want to engage themselves and their children in extra curricular activities, expand their knowledge and learn a new skill. Below is a piece I drew 3 or 4 years ago and since starting my course I’ve been unable to find the time to draw and paint, so this would be a great benefit to me as well as a tutee.

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I hope I’ve offered some inspiration and/or motivation to those who think they can’t do both or offered a fresh idea to those who have yet to share the vast wisdom they have!


Moral : Sometimes you can multi task without hindering yourself at the same time, it simply needs a bit of consideration and planning!