Sometimes we get so used to the daily routine that it can become almost invisible. Then when we return from a holiday – or even a long weekend – we remember how restricting it is to have to get up early in the morning, travel to our place of work or study, put in a day’s shift and then travel back again. If we’re lucky, we might have enough energy left in us to spend an hour or two doing something we enjoy such as a Dance Fitness class before repeating the pattern the next day – and the next.
Have we got it the wrong way around? Yes, we all need to make a living, but sometimes we get so used to thinking of our ‘job’ and our ‘hobbies’ as separate things that we forget to look for opportunities such as becoming a Dance Fitness Instructor to combine the two. After all, a mixture of talent and intense interest makes for a potent force, one that can be harnessed to bring success.
One thing that can put people off turning their talent into a full-time career is that they can’t get used to thinking of themselves as business people. Perhaps they imagine all business owners to be shrewd number crunchers or suave diplomats and they feel they don’t measure up. In reality, there are all sorts of personality types striking out on their own, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
To start out on the road to a rewarding career in the dance fitness industry, you don’t need to drastically transform yourself into the next Sir Alan Sugar or Deborah Meadon. You only need to add a few essential business skills (like planning, basic book-keeping, marketing and time management) to the skills and dedication you already have, the rest will come with experience. By the time you need to be thinking about complicated accounting, computer databases and the like you will probably be earning enough to employ an accountant or administrator.
How quickly you make the transition from employed hobbyist to self-employed business boss depends on your personal circumstances (how many hours you work, family commitments, financial status, etc.) but by making wise choices with how you spend your time and money (e.g. booking a day off work and investing the £285 to get your Street Fit® Dance Fitness Licence), you can start taking the little steps that will one day put you in the enviable position of being able to ditch the routine once and for all.