Hobby vs. Business

Some of the frustration we may be facing, may be the result of not clearly defining our goals and developing an actionable plan.

When we are sporadic about our life, then the results we experience will be sparing trickles and sprinkles, laced with inconsistent periods of momentum.

The question we must ask ourself is:

Do I really have a business or do I have a hobby?

A hobby is something I do with little to no structure.

A hobby is something I enjoy leisurely, but am not focusing on creating a system, achieving an ongoing result, or promoting.

A business has a specific mission, vision, and it provides something that is needed in the marketplace, and expects some form of monetary donation or payment to sustain its existence and help it achieve or reach a specified destination. The business can only go so far without structure, processes, and systems.

None of these things are required for a hobby, because a hobby can be stopped or started at anytime and usually the only benefit for the person is interest, enjoyment, or likeability.

For instance, I used to write resumes, to help people get better jobs, but it was just a hobby. Writing resumes for me was liking having a bare bone without any meat. I did not have mission, or vision. I just wanted to help people, and I really made little demand for payment and did not put any structures in place to help the hobby expand or grow into something more defined.

Can a hobby turn into a business? Of course, a hobby can be turned into a business. It will just require more structure and planning. You’ll have to put more meat on the bone to give it more substance.

It is important to know the difference between a hobby and a business, so that we can clearly define and organize the things that are important in our life.

Defining things properly helps us to have the right expectation, and avoid the frustration that comes when we fail to properly categorize the level of significance activities and tasks have in our lives.

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