Getting Paid (con't): For some, perhaps the most difficult part of this model is figuring out how to get paid for what you love to do. As the saying goes, figure out how to work at what you love (are passionate about), and you’ll never work a day in your life. There are at least a couple ways to get paid:
Find a new job: If you went through the process above, you’ve come up with several critical skills that you love to work at. In essence, you’ve written your “best case” job description. Start your job search there—with the skills you’re really good at, that former bosses would attest to, and that you’d like to do going forward in your life. Now you have the product: YOU.
Start your own business: Some people at this stage figure out that they have a product or service that they’re willing to try to develop into a business. Many feel like this is a tremendous risk. I respectfully disagree. I’ve just seen too many people work at it and make it work. If you want to read a good book, check out The E-Myth Revisited. If you’re interested in investigating how to start a business, find the local Small Business Development Center (sponsored through the Small Business Administration).