5 steps to turn a pastime to profit

Today it’s a hobby, tomorrow it could be your profession

5 steps to turn a pastime to profit

Is there something that you’re really good at?

Whether it’s writing, drawing, taking beautiful pictures, cooking, plaiting hair, sewing, or even talking, you can make a living from it.

Want to know how? Keep reading.

Start with what you love
What do you really enjoy doing? Having a business can be a challenge sometimes. Doing something you love makes the hard work seem easier.

Get better
Practice it until you become very good. Find people already doing what you want to do. It might be an age mate, someone older, or even someone famous. Find out how they started and take lessons from their story. Find out more from books or online. Keep learning to get better.

Find your market
Who do you know who can make use of your skill? Ask your family and friends if they know anyone who would pay for what you do. Talk to these people about what they need and how much they would pay.

Tell people about it
Once you have decided you are ready, don’t be shy. Tell your family, friends, classmates, even the people in your compound. They can be your first customers. If you do a good job for them, they will tell other people. As you get more customers, make sure you ask them to tell their own friends and family.

Manage your money
Keep good records of what you make and what you spend. You started the business to make money for yourself, but don’t spend it all. Save some to buy tools or materials to make your business better.

Remember to stay safe! If you have to go to people’s houses or offices, do not go alone. If they come to your house, make sure someone you trust is always around. Do not keep too much money with you. Ask a trusted adult about opening a savings or mobile money account.

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