hobbies: you have some, right?

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As passion-driven entrepreneurs, many of you are able to monetize something you might otherwise do for fun or for free. You know I’ve been handing out awards for this kind of work, yeah?

But wait. Did you just bizness-fy your hobby? Oh, snap.

It should be said: your business is not your hobby.

This has 2 really big implications:

  1. You need to treat your business as a business, not a glorified hobby.
  2. You need hobbies. Stat.

“But if I’m doing work I love, do I still need hobbies? I like what I do and how I spend my time for my business.”

Doing work that you love = you’re ahead of the game. But no matter what your work is, you still need a hobby for three important reasons:

1. If you have a hobby, you have some free time.

Your brain, your body, and your business will benefit from you taking recreational enjoyment outside of your work.

2. Hobbies, even strenuous ones, are restorative.

You give a lot in your work and life. Taking time to recharge helps you stay engaged the rest of the time.

3. Hobbies deepen your relationship with yourself or anyone you share the hobby with.

Humans are wired for connection. Knowing yourself and the people in your life gives you a deep charge. Take it.

All of these things are good for the person, good for the business.

Challenge: this week, set aside time to enjoy a hobby, old or new. Share your commitment in the comments!

Gathering light,

7 thoughts on “hobbies: you have some, right?

  1. Oh dear. Once again this blog has read my mind! Hubby and I were just talking about how I need a hobby before I burn out, and I’ve only just started my shop! I LOVE photography and have been pursuing it since I was 13 but when I brought up the idea that it might be more profitable to sell than my plush hubby pulled the rug out from under me. “No more hobbies into businesses! You need to R-E-L-A-X!”
    Seems like you’re backing him up on this one! I’ll take the hint. Your work time is only as valuable as your play time, because without it you’re just a big ball of stress.

  2. I actually had this realization a week or two ago. I woke up one day and realized my hobby had suddenly become my job. What on earth would I do for downtime? After a night or two of just sitting and twiddling my thumbs, I came up with a plan.
    What would help me become more active? What do I like to do that would get me off the sofa? I love volleyball, so I found some courts around town and some people who also share this love. Hobby #1: Volleyball
    What else do I like to do? Travel. What would help me while doing this? Learn languages… Hobby #2: become multi-lingual.
    Well, there you go.

  3. Nothing has ever had so much command of my attention as my business seems to have now. This is an excellant point and possibly one of the reasons why small businesses fail – burnout.

  4. At first I, too, thought “oh snap!” but then I realized, no matter how hard I try, I can’t find a way to monetize reading trashy novels. Tho I’m sure someone has, I totally do not want to even try!

    Especially paired with a glass of ice tea and a hammock!

    Now, a group hobby, that might be worth investigating…

  5. I suspect I have the opposite problem – too many hobbies and not enough time! Also too many jobs, since the total count is 3. (Full-time job I like – auditor, part-time job I LOVE and want to make full-time – librarian, and I run a side business making jewelry, most of which is custom orders – also love!) But I also have plenty of hobbies – I love to read, I play the piano just for fun at home, I play the clarinet with a municipal band, and my blog that I originally started for the purpose of documenting my journey starting my small business has more or less turned into “Hey everyone, look at the pretty flowers in my garden!!”

    I *could* receive a stipend for playing with that municipal band but I don’t, for the exact reason stated in this post: I don’t want it to feel like a job, like an obligation. I want it to feel like the thing I do for fun, to unwind at the end of the day. So I donate my stipend right back to the band, to help support the organization that allows me to have such a fantastic hobby. :-)

  6. That’s my trouble: toy-making is my principal hobby, but point is taken. Will try to do more reading (if I don’t fall asleep, while I’m doing it!) May return to quilting, but then I now don’t have space in our apartment for the bits and pieces, although I’ve not chucked the templates. Will consider the matter, but meanwhile, thanks for the advice – as ever. Isobel

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