5 Reasons New Creators Shouldn’t Monetize Their Passion in Their First Year

The internet is full of “if I can do it, you can do it too” lessons.

As I learned to turn my writing passion into freelance writing biz, I get it. But, turning your passion into a business is so glamorized that many people don’t talk about the downsides.

Here’s why I strongly recommend against monetizing your passion in your first year.

  1. It’ll feel like a job

It’s no longer a hobby once you turn your passion into a freelance gig. You’ll call them clients, but in reality, you’ll have multiple bosses who get the final say in your craft since they’re the ones who hired you.

2. You’ll deviate from practicing your art

When I found writing, I was so excited to learn all about writing that I even bought a writing course. Now, I have less time to learn new things and experiment as I take on more writing jobs.

3. It’ll come with a new set of expectations

When you’re creating for fun, there aren’t many expectations. As soon as you monetize your passion, you have to ensure that it’s better quality than your free art.

4. You’ll have a higher standard which has a high cost

When you monetize your passion, you will now spend more time improving your quality. As you spend more time aiming for a higher standard, you’ll have to raise your price when you work with clients. That’s not easy.

5. You’ll have to keep looking for people who find value in it

Once you’re in the business world, you’ll have to learn how to put yourself out there to find the people willing to pay for your service.

It’s tempting to monetize your passion asap, but if you have a day job, let this be a time for you to experiment and have fun.

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Part-time nurse, part-time writer. I write stories about how I explore life to inspire others. Insights on intentional living: jerinenicole.substack.com

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Jerine Nicole

Jerine Nicole

Part-time nurse, part-time writer. I write stories about how I explore life to inspire others. Insights on intentional living: jerinenicole.substack.com

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