Are you looking to start a new career? Daunting perhaps especially if you’ve been doing the same thing for many years, but definitely doable. Especially in this digital age. The current times have caused many of us to shift and pivot in many areas of our lives. Whether you’re looking to move along a similar path that allows you to utilize the skills that you’ve perfected for many years, or make a complete career overhaul into an entirely different niche, there’s a whole host of ways you can get started and earn more money for yourself and your family as well as gain more personal satisfaction and flexibility. Read on to learn how.
Whether you’ve been a stay at home Mom or Dad for many years, have worked part time, or have had a successful career outside the home, there are many options out there! The most challenging part is choosing! Changing careers allows you to have another chance at fulfilling your real passion, make extra money and improve your life and connections.
After all, you know yourself better now, and you can decide more easily which niche you’d like to work in.
If you are going to be switching to a brand “new” career that requires a new set of skills, then you will need to have a resume that will list any and all qualifications you have for the position you are applying for.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the skills you have developed through employment or education but also those that you acquired through volunteer work, hobbies, or personal experience.
There are also those who decide that they are ready to quit their jobs and try something brand new on their own.
This may be starting their own business or writing the great American novel that they have had in mind for most of their lives.
Create a list of the top things you have an interest in. This way you can gather the courage to go after your dream and accomplish what matters most.
Here are 10 ideas to help you get started changing careers:
Online Consulting Services
If you have special knowledge, skills or talents that you could share for a fee, the Internet provides the perfect avenue to launch a consulting business.
Hundreds of college graduates and laid-off professionals have learned to market themselves to find online clients who will pay for consulting services.
If you feel like you left your brain behind after college or after the kids came along, dust it off and make a move to create a home-based consulting business that brings in money on your terms.
The Internet provides a variety of software tools to assist with running a home-based business.
Emails, whitepapers, web conferencing and video chatting are good ways to communicate advice and share ideas with clients online, but it’s also always a good idea to make sure you’re accessible by smart phone.
Just not 24/7 so you don’t experience burn out!
Customer Service Representative
In a move to provide customer service management without a permanent staff, many businesses today are outsourcing CSM jobs to home-based workers.
Large and small businesses will reward CSM representatives who can communicate in a professional and efficient manner.
It takes a smart and reliable person to apply for such a position, and if you have prior experience that gives you that much more of an edge.
Here’s a post that can help you find a customer service role in many different fields and all experience levels all from the comfort of home:
Being a customer services representative from home requires a computer with high-speed Internet access, a landline telephone, or cell phone/headset, and a quiet work area where you can answer consumer inquiries and complaints without interruption from family or other household distractions.
Possible earnings are in the range of $15ph – $50ph, depending on experience.
Companies are looking to hire CSR and remote workers in all niches from Computer software developers, Marketers, Health Administrators, Designers, Programmers, Receptionists, Consultants, Bookkeepers, SEO experts, Copywriters, Accountants, Web developers, and many more!
Also what’s known as Vlogging. Video is the popular newest kid on the block.
Video blogging makes it much easier to get your point across, with a lot less typing and editing. Just like putting your thoughts and advice via a text blog, your video blog can be an effective way to build a loyal web audience and earn money from home.
The more engaging the videos, the more attention you will get from users, and that means more cash in your pockets.
You can push your own products too, with graphic banner ads or links that lead viewers straight to the sales pages of your online store if you have one.
The sales can be quite profitable with effort and consistency.
I use an app right on my phone called ‘teleprompter’ which lets you read a script directly from my phone. It’s quite awesome!
Blogging online is a tried-and-true method to make money, and video blogging puts a whole new twist on it. It’s more effective, easy to do, and free to try.
There’s an endless need for talented designers for business cards, brochures and flyers, infographics, etc.
You can easily start a desktop publishing business from your home office.
Invest $20 into some business cards from Vista Print that you designed and $200 into a one page professional web site.
Or build one yourself for free with Elementor.
People that have the ability to create organization out of chaos will find that they can start a very lucrative business for $20.
A personal organizer enters someone’s home or business and rearranges closets, furniture and garage space, to create a well-organized area.
There are many people who use this service, and it is a very large industry in large metropolitan areas.
You can invest your twenty into business cards and a small classified advertisement in a local paper.
Digital organizers are another highly popular product that is inexpensive to produce and you could turn into an online business.
This ICE Binder Kit is great example of an organizational digital creation piece and a must for every family – it keeps everything organized in one place so no one’s scrambling around looking for important information when they need it most.
You can make a very good living selling new or used items on eBay.
It is free to join eBay as a seller, and it is free to establish a PayPal account to collect your payments.
You can invest your $20 into used merchandise you find at garage sales. Everything eventually sells on eBay; just make sure you charge the right amount for shipping.
I discuss this topic in much more detail in these posts:
Freelance VA Services
You can offer your administrative or virtual assistant skills to different businesses in your area or on a global basis.
Many businesses have special projects that they want completed, but they do not want to take key personnel off of their duties to complete the job.
Find jobs through popular FB virtual assistant groups. They are all over the world.
As long as you have an in home office space set up with a fast, reliable computer, smart phone, printer, headphones, equipment and whatever other devices required you are good to go.
Pinterest Virtual Assistants are in very high demand for bloggers and digital entrepreneurs and command an excellent salary in the range of $20-$50 per hour.
The need for qualified tutors is always in demand. You can start this business with a box of business cards and some brochures. Distribute your information at local schools and libraries for free.
Start a Blog
What are the benefits of starting a blog?
Anyone can start a blog!
Starting a blog can help you…
✓ Earn passive income from anywhere
✓ Fulfill your dreams
✓ Inspire others
✓ It’s affordable and requires no prior knowledge just passion
✓ You become part of a great community
✓ You build your confidence
✓ You learn new skills
✓ Escape the 9-6 grind
✓ You grow your creativity and so much more!
Who knew blogging could have so many life-changing benefits?
Starting a blog was one of the best decisions of my life. I started my blog as a hobby and now I earn a full-time income from blogging. (I earn between $4,000 – $6,000+ per month from blogging).
Blogging has allowed me to work from home, have a flexible schedule, travel anytime I want, and more. Just a few years ago, I was so miserable at my Corporate soul sucking job and now I am the master of my destiny!
I work hard but it’s at something I absolutely LOVE doing!
Why should you start a blog?
Anyone who loves to write and wants to share a message and help others should start a blog.
We all have something to say in our own voice, and want to spread awareness about a topic or many topics that are important to us. The main thing is to want to help others.
Your blog should be focused on a subject that you know something about or even have a passion to know more about and want to help others with.
The wonderful thing about blogging is that your blog can be about anything you want it to be – it’s a spot on the internet that you can call your very own.
Plus, anyone can make money blogging. I never even heard of WordPress or half of these terms before I started my blog.
If you put your mind to it you can do it too!
Tips to Begin Your New Career
Assess Your Current Financial Situation
1. Take a close look at your financial situation. Will the new career mean a cut in pay? How long will it take, if ever, to replace the income of the old career?
If there is going to be a pay cut start planning now to make the right financial changes, increase savings, pay off debt so you’ll be more financially comfortable when you do make the career change.
2. Develop an informational phone or in person interview. Talk to people already working in the career.
You are not actively looking for a job at this point but acquiring information about the career, requirements, education, salaries, and career path are just some of the data required to open up additional research on the new career.
3. Act as if you all ready have the desired career. Read and study what experienced individuals do to remain up to speed on changes and new events the career.
Go to trade shows, seminars, lectures, webinars and workshops that those in you planned career attend.
In other words, network whenever possible. Put the title of the desired career on your ‘virtual’ business card on your computer.
Get Up To Speed
4. Through self-study and appropriate mentors get up to date on technical aspects of the career. If necessary, attend classes at area high schools.
Take an Online Course or get Certified in your field of interest.
Add the education to your resume and highlight your new skills in your resume cover letter.
Use Social Media
5. Make use of your entire personal/social network. Add to your network by searching LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networking sites.
Work through your alumni association and area career associations in your planned career field.
Plan all your contacts, start a targeted email list, follow-up on all referrals and your networking can be an asset in you career change.
Keep Track of Your New Career Progress
6. Write out your career plans, goals, desires and what you have tried and can see yourself doing.
Have a periodic meeting with yourself on your progress.
Tell others about your plans and enlist their help in making your career change happen.
Don’t Stress About Your New Career
Be flexible in moving into your potential new career.
Perhaps working as a temp or a freelancer would be a good first choice and a step in the door. Develop and look for options.
Keep your resume up to date. As you complete relevant study update your resume. Emphasize your experience and accomplishments as they match the new career job requirements.
Attitude is everything. Read appropriate books to keep you in a positive state of mind. Associate with others who have the same positive attitude.
Add exercise and healthy diet components to your career plan to stay at the top of your game.
It will build on your confidence and reduce stress; you will come across in your job interviews or any interactions, virtual or otherwise, as engaged, focused and physically fit.
No matter what your age or circumstances don’t let anything hold you back!!
Your dream career and opportunity is out there for you – the only dilemma will be deciding upon which one and getting started!
The time is now – don’t wait another day to make it happen.
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