We often read about how people turn a hobby into a business. Sometimes such a business can be very successful; at other times it remains as a hobby but covers the expenses with the income earned from selling the product made. You can make money writing a book or e-book from building on how you coped when facing adversity.
We also often hear of people who have suffered from trauma, being able to turn this often difficult and heart wrenching adversity into something that is both inspirational and motivational. We see it in the disabled Olympics and with so many charitable organisations built around the pain and suffering that has been experienced; often by the loved ones and carers.
It is more difficult to think about building a business from the adversity. But it is possible. The main way to do this is by writing a book and/or giving presentations and undertaking speaking engagements.
First of all, you have to have something special to say; something more than just telling your story about how you coped when facing your demons. If you can turn the message around so that it actually tackles problems that others also suffer from, you are more likely to capture their attention and they will purchase and read your book.
It can also help if you are prepared (and able) to support existing relevant support groups and/or charities. In this way you will be helping others less fortunate than yourself and will be targeting a larger audience.
You may think that this is not actually running a business, and perhaps you are correct….it may seem more like a ‘philanthropic’ venture where you give time and energy to help others (rather than giving money). But the really important thing to remember is that you are being productive and accomplishing something important while still earning some money.
The success of business is not always measured in just how much money you make. It can also be your ability to achieve recognition; to be caring and giving of yourself; to develop and use your expertise and special skills etc. Many do not see these attributes as business achievements – but I do!
My book, ‘Thank God I Had a Stroke’ makes a real effort to solve the problems of others suffering from adversity by having a ‘Hints and Tips’ section after each chapter. Readers can often equate their own experiences with the ones I suffered and may be able to emulate the same methods I used to overcome my adversity and remain positive and productive.
Hints and Tips
If you want to make money writing after suffering from adversity, consider developing a book telling your story. To capture the interest of others so that they will want to purchase and read your book, make sure you also build into it, a problem solving approach.
Barbara Gabogrecan sharing her thoughts