I’m always amazed at the ways people are able to take their hobbies and turn them into real money makers. I’m not an online game player, but online games hold a kind of special spot in where I am today because Nate (my partner in crime on all these websites) and I met through one (a now defunct game called CashWars – believe it or not, we have never met in real life although we are planning a meeting sometime next year in Las Vegas). It seems that more than a few people have been able to turn their passion for online games into significant real money salaries according to a money.cnn.com article:
So Paul buys and sells virtual items and currency for a living. “The valuation is always difficult,” he concedes. “When you think about people paying real cash for something you can’t even touch, smell, taste — that’s tough.”
Though Paul declines to pin down his annual income — it’s more than $150,000 and less than $1 million, he says — his Porsche 911 Carrera and wife’s Lincoln Navigator suggest that he is comfy…
Estimates of the size of the new market in virtual property range widely — from about $200 million to $1 billion worldwide — but most industry observers agree that it is increasing at a breakneck pace, possibly 100 percent year over year.
It goes to show that if you have a passion for something and there are others out there who also share a passion for it, if you take some time to think of how to help others further their passion, there is usually money to be made. One of the smartest money moves you can make is to consider how you can make money doing whatever you’re passionate about. While you may not be able to have it replace your current full time position, by doing so you’ll ensure that you have at least a little money coming in even after you retire doing something that you love to do.