These are just a few ideas on how you can use the tools, available right at your fingertips, to turn your love for chocolate into a chocolate-dipped career! (Keep in mind: Chocolate is just an example; a metaphor, if you will! You can use these tips & tricks to spin any passion into the job of your dreams!)
So… lets cash in those “golden tickets” and get started!
THE TASTE TESTER
Don’t wait for Cadbury to select another few hundred people to taste test their Easter eggs. Opportunities like this only come along around the holidays and they are extremely limited. It’s time to make magical opportunities happen for yourself!
Did you know that YouTube is the second most popular search engine in the world, only falling in line behind Google? This is because the world loves videos! So why not start a Youtube channel? Show off different chocolates, test them on-screen and give your professional, yet fun feedback! Once you build a following, those big chocolate companies may even pay you to promote their products OR to place ads on your channel or website.
Do you love to create, build, cook and make your ideas come to life with your hands? Well, why not head for the kitchen and start working on your own chocolate recipes? The “American Handmade” movement has been taking the states by storm. From raw jewelry and hand-stitched handbags to small-batch sauces and wooden artwork, why shouldn’t American Handmade chocolate have a place amongst the creative entrepreneurs of our time?
To get started, you’ll need a knack for cooking and/or creating. Put in a little cyber-sleuthing and research chocolate making. Then, be sure to put your own, unique twist into the recipe! It may take a few batches to get it right, but you have plenty of friends and family willing to test it out and give you meaningful feedback! Then, it’s all about the packaging. Lastly, stand up an ecommerce website, using a platform like Shopify, and start registering for vendor events! You’ll be on your way to chocolately-greatness in no time!
THE CHOCOLATE-COVERED BLOGGER
Love to write? Love chocolate? Then you are ready to dive into the creamy, rich world of blogging and affiliate marketing! What you’ll need is basic knowledge of website design, a creative mind for developing fun and engaging articles and access to… chocolate! Capture followers using social media and use Amazon affiliate marketing to cash-in on the sales that are a direct result of your articles. Who knows? Maybe you’ll become the next Lady Godiva!
Story by Kellie Gunn