Sunday, March 21, 2010

What is your talent, what is your passion?

I've seen many people that go through life wondering what they are doing here; what their place in life is and why they are where they are. They lose their jobs and don't know where to turn to during these difficult economic times. I have friends that have been stay at home moms all their married lives and when their kids go off to college or get married and move away, they are at a loss as to what to do with all their time. Some of these ladies' husbands have lost their jobs for one reason or another and they are afraid of what the future holds for them.

Some of those same friends make gorgeous quilts, others make beautiful handbags, yet others, are wonderful cooks; many are good with kids. What they all have in common is that they don't realize how valuable these skills are. We all have special gifts that God has given each and every one of us. What can you do? Do you sew? Do you make candles? Do you love to type? Are you a good organizer? Do you like to clean? Strange as it sounds, what one person hates another one loves to do. There is a market for every talent you may have.

Another revenue-producing idea would be direct sales such as Pampered Chef- for those that enjoy cooking, Jafra - for those that love to do skincare and makeup, Scentsy- for those that enjoy candles but don't want the fire hazard of traditional candles, Creative Memories - for those that love to scrapbook and the list goes on.

Many of you are saying, that's all well and good but how do we go about marketing ourselves; our products and/or services. Well, that's the easy part. The hard part is narrowing down your choices. Find that one thing that you are good at doing; that one thing that others have told you that you do so well. If you think back on all the things you do I know that you will come up with something that you really love doing and that you are good at.

I'm listing some ideas below to see if any of them apply to you. If you need help with marketing your products or services, post your question and I will get back with you as soon as time permits.

Like kids (Nannies make good money)
Like to cook (become a personal chef or advertise your services; ask me, I'll tell you how)
Like to organize (oh my goodness! The market is open on this one) I hate doing this myself.
Like to scrapbook (many people will pay for you to do their scrapbooks for them)
Like to teach (tutoring pays about $20/hr. sometimes more)
Like to clean (it's so very easy to start your own cleaning business; I helped my neighbor do it)
Like to drive (doing errands for people is quite lucrative)
Like to type (there are many, many companies that will hire you as an independent contractor)
Like to talk on phone (companies will hire you to do customer service from your own home)

You can also teach candle-making, soap-making or skin care and body care product-making; I've done the candle-making classes several times when I need to make a quick couple hundred dollars.

What I'm saying here is, find your passion, do what you are particularly talented in and what you really like to do and I guarantee you the money will follow. It's a given. I love to make jewelry, I'm very creative. I can do a show or walk into an office and walk out with a couple hundred dollars in profit; not sales - profit!

Let me know if I can help with anything. There is plenty for everyone to go around. God gave us all at least one talent; it's up to us to do what needs to be done with it.