When I was a kid, I spent countless hours creating original arts and crafts pieces. While other kids were outside playing, I enjoyed being alone in my room and dreaming up ingenious objects to make.
One of my crafty creations was such a hit that several of mother’s friends started asking me to make one for them. Within a month I had back orders from adults willing to pay me—real cash—for my efforts!
Art ushers in our best.
At first, I was excited. But after just a few weeks, me making the Thing-A-Ma JIGs came to a dead stop. The pressure of a deadline and the requests for custom-this and custom-that were too much for the artist-kid.
The money part had messed around with my creativity. It took the joy out of what I loved to do. It turned my relaxing self-expression into a stressful chore.
Accept the trade-offs. If some aspect of what you do is your way of unwinding, relaxing and expressing yourself, then maybe you should leave it at that. We can capitalize on some of the aspects/parts that build our passions and hobbies. But not all of them need to be monetized and/or turned into a business.
Consider how you generate income. Set standards that make sense for you. Money