Most of you reading this (hopefully) have a big love for cars, but transitioning that into your full time 9-5 can be tricky.
They say that if you follow your passion you’ll never work a day in your life.
That’s pretty much how I feel running Carwitter. Yes the hours on launches can be long and arduous, the early starts to shoot cars, late nights writing or editing video.
But it never feels like work, even after THE worst day of flight delays, 18/20 hours without sleep it still doesn’t feel like work.
So how can you do the same? Let’s take a look.
Working in the trade can be easy, but it’s often quite unfulfilling. Most car salesman are exactly the latter, salesman. They don’t care about the commodity, most can’t stand cars and don’t have an ounce of petrol in their blood.
You’ll find the most passionate people in higher class or niche dealerships like Bentley, Aston Martin, McLaren. So aim to work there if you have a love for the automotive, it’s unlikely you’ll get a job at a McLaren dealer off the bat, so it’s worth going through the ordeal that is a Ford dealership for 6 months or so to gain some experience.
Another good way is to buy into the world of cars whilst making money at the same time. The best way to do this is a Franchise. You can choose from any number of automotive franchise options, maybe you want to run a BP garage, or repair peoples pride and joy by working for ChipsAway.
Why not be your own boss and supply all the detailers and hand car washes with cleaning products from Autosmart or Autoglym? Maybe you have a history in the tyre trade and want to become a mobile fitter.
There are a many different franchises to chose from at varying investment levels, so there should be something for everyone.
If that’s not your thing what about photography or videography? If you’re a dab hand with either there’s always a need for them.
Start off freelance in your spare time, either trading your skill for working with upcoming brands or honing your talents assisting the pros.
Maybe you don’t have that sort of eye, but what about graphics? Renderings for up and coming vehicles are always in need, or maybe you want to work for a design house crafting bespoke bodykits for some of the worlds most prestigious brands?
Again, trading your work for free is a great way to build a following and a portfolio in the early days.
There’s nothing wrong with working for free to start with, as long as it leads to paid work or helps you to your end goal.
Don’t work for free forever though. That just becomes harmful to yourself and the industry you’re trying to get a paid for role in.
Start your own blog like I did, keep at it, plug away and see where it leads. Just remember to keep things consistent and put the time in. When things feel like they’re getting nowhere, don’t give up. Keep going. Not everyone will make it, but standing the test of time and keeping the content fresh and relevant will pay dividends.
We’ve listed just a few ways of how you can turn your love of cars into working with them daily, there are far more. It just takes a bit of ingenuity and thinking outside the box to find a way to turn your passion into your livelihood.