Turn your passion into money

As college students, it’s never a bad thing to bring in some extra cash, but with the tight schedule it’s hard to have fun and still make money – unless you can combine both. There are ways you can make money doing what you enjoy. All you have to do is figure out what you’re good at and enjoy, and then promote through the proper medium.

Everyone has a talent. Whether it be making handmade jewelry or stellar graphic design skills, there are people out there who want to buy your products or services. Figure out what you are great at and work to develop those skills. If you are a good photography, ask friends if you can take their professional headshots or offer to photograph an upcoming event. If you are into graphic design, ask a local business to design their advertisements. These pieces are not only a great way to get your name and talent out there, but give you experience that you can showcase when you advertise on a larger medium.

Promote yourself. “If you build it they will come,” might have been true in Field of Dreams, but if you want to market your skills, you are going to need to get creative. Social Media is great for advertising to your friends and family, but ask yourself who your clients or customers will be. Chances are you probably won’t have a whole lot of friends looking for graphic designers. Luckily, there are websites to highlight your skills and get you hired by businesses nationwide. My favorites are Upwork and Freelance.com, where you create a portfolio and include tags of what you are capable of doing. You upload your portfolio so business owners can see your style and experience. If you are creating homemade jewelry, you probably will not advertise on a freelance website. People will want to see your product in person and you should opt for craft shows and local festivals to display your creativity. What your talent is determines where your audience will go to find you.

Think big. Do you have a big idea that requires funding? Websites like Kickstarter let you seek funding for entrepreneurship projects. It’s interesting to see seemingly small ideas get global recognition and large amounts of funding just by advertising themselves on Kickstarter. So, don’t get deterred because the bank won’t loan you the money you need to create your version of PokemonGo with Ghostbuster characters. If you have the talent to make it a reality, then more than likely there will be people who want to invest in you.

Pearson Students, what are you amazing at? How will you turn your skills into a money making opportunity?

jessica-albright-thumb-150x150Jessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society,  Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.