As a full-time hooper and hooping business owner, what is it like when you face obstacles or when things aren’t going as successfully as you’d hoped? What would you say is the most important thing to consider before you set out to create hooping as a career?
– Hoop Entrepreneurs
Dear Hoop Entrepreneurs,
I get asked this question quite a bit actually and first I always like to dispel some myths. I think from the outside it may seem like I just have my business all together and everything is hunky dory. My life is wonderful and I wouldn’t do anything else, but it hasn’t been a walk in the park either and I still have yet to meet the financial goals I’ve set out for myself. Success exists on other levels besides financial though (thank god) and those other less quantifiable ways are much of what keeps me doing this. Watching the community grow to what it is and feeling proud of my part in it helps me not quit when the going gets tough. But, I digress… It’s a complex question. While part of me wants to say “Don’t quit your day job”, the other part of me knows how important it is to follow your heart and do what you love, even if it is risky.
First off, my general advice is if you do have a job that you enjoy and pays your bills, keep it as long as you can, even if you eventually want to make Hooping your full time career. Like any creative service industry job, a Hoop Dance business takes time to build and has a lot of moving parts. There are so many times over the years that I wished I had another job that I enjoyed to take some of the pressure off and make the whole process a little more comfortable. The problem is that hooping is so much fun that you may want to jump ship immediately and take your chances. I advise keeping your bread-winning occupation and developing your hoop skills, network and business on nights and weekends. I urge you to BREATHE and take your time with this!
Any career around Hooping (unless you have millions of dollars to invest) is generally a small business with many ups and downs. As large as the hoop community has grown, and continues to grow, it is still a very small niche market. Hooping is making its way into the mainstream, as an option in alternative fitness, but that is also a niche market, if not a slightly larger one. So here are some things to ask yourself before you embark on a career in Hoop Dance: