If you are thinking of turning professional start taking action today. Set a deadline, stick to it and start taking action to make things happen.

If you wait until everything is 100% perfect then it will never happen!

This doesn’t mean you should just learn a few tricks and immediately set up a website and call yourself a professional. Before you start offering your services for money you should make sure your skills are up to it.

What I mean is you should start gathering photos for your website, work out how your website will look and what content will be on there.

Think of what style you’ll have when you perform, and your overall branding style.

Use these ideas immediately by setting up a Facebook Fanpage (you can get a template for this by registering for free). This is a great way to play with your marketing style before committing to paying for a professionally designed website.

Start working out what your professional repertoire will involve – tricks that work well over a drink with friends probably won’t work so well at a corporate black-tie drinks reception.

Rehearse these tricks, and not just the moves but the whole patter and routine, just as you would if you were approaching a real table at an event. Try doing “dress rehearsals” at social events you are invited to as a guests.

See the Resources page for great magic books covering a range of styles of magical performance.

Once everything starts coming together then start promoting yourself for a couple of paid gigs to get experience and find out if it is something you really want to do and feel comfortable doing. Calling a room of 40 screaming children to order or approaching a table at a wedding can be daunting and completely different to the friendly audience of your friends!

Remember, set a deadline for this and work towards it. Map out an agenda, look in your diary and see what social events are coming up where you could try out some new material and work up an act.

Don’t just rush out and get business cards printed today – you will regret it – but there is no reason why you can’t set a timescale of 3 to 5 months to turn your hobby into a source of income.

Remember to register for free resources (including articles on pricing, social media and templates for marketing, booking contracts and a client database.)

Take action for your business TODAY!