If you are one of the few people that still work in a job that makes you unhappy and leaves you wishing you didn’t have to go back every day, it’s time for you to do something different with your life. Now, I’m not saying you should quit your job today, but you could start to make a plan that will help you in quitting your job and doing something you love while working for yourself.
In 2010 I walked away from a decent paying job that I could have stayed at for years. I left because I decided to chase my dream as a professional writer. It wouldn’t be the first time I wrote for a living, but it would be the first time I did it strictly from the comfort of my own home.
You need to have a plan. Don’t just quit your job unless you have something in the works. I already had a couple part time, online, writing gigs going when I quit my job. Once I was making enough to cover what I would be losing from my “real” job I felt safe to walk away.
Decide what you want to do. What are your talents? What are some hobbies you have that could be turned into money makers?
I am married to an entrepreneur. My husband recently got laid off from his factory job and decided to not just sit and wait for the inevitable (never getting called back because he was a temp), and started pursuing a career he had been wanting to start for a few years. With my income as a freelance writer we are able to stay afloat while he gets the supplies he needs in his taxidermy business, and works on getting his first customers. It hasn’t been easy, and we’ve been putting a lot of money into it. The lesson here is to know that it will take time to make things work, and depending on your career choice, it may take some start-up income.
Make a list of ideas. Then go through them and cross off any that won’t make money. Take some time to look into your choices. How much experience do you have? Is there a real need for your service? Is it something you can do from home, online, or even at local places? Some people make good money selling crafts at local flea markets and craft shows.
Going For It
Once you have a plan, and did the research, start doing it. Craft your items, search for gigs, whatever it is that relates to your career of choice. If you are a writer or photographer you can reach out to local newspapers and magazines, and to publications and blogs all over the world online. If you are a crafter, start looking into local markets, as well as online ones. Etsy is only one of the great places online to sell hand crafted items.
Be safe though. Have a plan. Have some money set aside. And again, don’t quit your day job until you have some income coming in from your dream career!