Transform Your Passion Into Business!

I've been raised to believe in the right and honest way of building a career! In other words, I went to college, I took a full time job with medical insurance and I've started building my way up on the corporate-ladder. The problem was that, after more than two years in which we were a bunch of collections in a cubicle, my career was going now and I became unhappy. I knew I needed a change, but I did not have any glimpse of an idea on what to do.

I was always blessed with the same advice "Do what you like!", "Pursue your talent!" But I was in a mist and found it rather difficult to react. Occasionally, I quit my boring job, I figured out my true calling and now I'm happier than ever. You can be the same! Keep in mind these simple rules and follow your destiny!

Figure out what would you love to do

In many situations, we love to do things that interested us from childhood, when life was a little bit less complicated. For example, if in childhood, you loved to create doll clothes, now you might discover your talent for fashion or tailoring.

Get acquainted with your niche.

Need is the mother of allventions. Although, for artists, designers and writers, the holes in the market represent the mother of creation. You do not find the bed spread you've always dreamed of on the market? Buy yourself a sewing machine and make one! Your friends will eventually see it and will start making orders. That's how design is borne!

Advertise yourself on your own.

I do not suggest wearing a board on yourself on which is written your occupation, but it's very important that when you share information about your business to others, be enthusiastic and show them that you love it. If you create your own purse, wear it with pride and be sure that everyone sees it. Sell ​​it cheaper at the start, to build your own market.

Recruit helpers

One thing is for certain: you will not be able to manage everything by yourself. Find a mentor or a partner that does something similar to your job. His value will be priceless.

Disregard the pessimists

It's not easy to make the step from employee to employer: there will always be people on the road to success that will constantly try to discourage you. Do not listen to them! Surround yourself with supporters and begin with small steps. If you will not give up after the first year, you've already won half the battle! …

How to Change Career

If you are unhappy at work it may be because your major career decisions were made for the wrong reasons. This is very common, especially when you consider that many of those decisions are made at a very young age, when you had little experience of the world outside school or college. In addition, the careers advice you were given was probably brief and possibly delivered by someone with little training. Added to this, your parents may have encouraged you to get a good job, brushing some of your own ideas as unrealistic. And they probably paid for your education and so after years of training for a specific career, you feel you're stuck with it.

Now you have bills to pay, sometimes even a mortgage to repay, along with a family who rely on you for support. With so much stacked against you, how can you possibly even think about changing careers?

It might be better to ask: "How can you not think about changing careers?" It may seem selfish to put yourself first, but if you are not happy, chances are your family will not be either. So the first step is to admit to yourself that you need a change and the second is to start investigating the possibilities.

Look at the aspects of your current and past jobs that you have enjoyed. If you really do not enjoy anything you are doing now, write down the things you hate most and look at the alternatives. So if you hate being cooped up in an office, where would you rather be – in the countryside, working in a hospital or school, traveling between different cities or countries? If you hate number crunching would you rather be working with children, writing, painting or designing web sites?

Next consider your dreams. What would you secretly like to be doing and what is stopping you from doing it?

Then write down all the skills you would like to use in a job, staring with existing skills and adding new skills you would like to learn.

By now you should have some idea of ​​the types of jobs which would fit in with your preferences. The next step is to research these, to find out which might be suitable. You also need to discover which qualifications are necessary and how you could get them. If you need to retrain, you should look at funding options and also part-time study.

Changing career requires effort, but think about the alternative – another 20 or 30 years of boredom and frustration. The internet has made is much easier to move into a new industry nowdays, offering distance learning courses in many subjects and also providing new opportunities to work at home, either for yourself or for a company.

© Waller Jamison 2007 …