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Being Your Own Boss: Five Career Changes to Level Up from Your Nine-to-Five

Many people often picture an office job as monotonous and dreary, draining out the passion in people worldwide. Of course, there is no denying that office jobs have their advantages and particular securities that they give to people. But others may not find them quite to their liking, especially if it’s something they’ve been doing for years on end.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to manage your own time and be your own boss? Are you considering stepping out of your comfort zone and venturing into a career change? Or perhaps you feel that you’ve gained enough experience and knowledge over the past few years to try doing something solo? Then read on to find out your options and what you can do to level up your career.

Show Them Who’s Boss

There are more than a few benefits to becoming your own boss and managing your own business. At the top of the list is saying goodbye to the monotony of sitting in the same cubicle every day and doing the same job over and over with little variety to what you’re doing. Another would be having the chance to earn more than what you currently get on a fixed income. And lastly, being able to have a variety of interests and getting to meet all sorts of people through your new career will give you valuable experience and life lessons.

Career Options

Whether or not you’ve decided to take the plunge in venturing out on your own, here are a few tips and options for you when it comes to your next significant career move.

First off, consider whether or not you have any fields of expertise or areas where you believe you have considerable knowledge you can offer to others. Do not underestimate yourself because knowing your strengths and weaknesses will go a long way in helping guide your steps career-wise. has listed a few fields where most of the people are self-employed. Some of these jobs require more skill or knowledge when starting. If you desire to pursue a career in a field you are not so knowledgeable about, you can remedy this by taking extra courses or finding someone to mentor you in this field. Consider the list below:

    1. Property and real estate managers. If you’re looking for a self-employed job that pays well, consider managing property or real estate. You need no special degrees to become a real estate manager, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income in the US is $54,270.
    2. Tax preparers. Suppose you’ve got an eye for numbers and managing taxes has never been much of a headache for you. You might want to consider offering your services to others who aren’t as tax-savvy as you. If you’re planning on pursuing a career in the tax industry, make sure to set some goals for your first year as a tax preparer to help your career get off the ground as much as possible.
    3. Carpenters. If you’ve long had a passion for creating things with your hands, consider going into carpentry. According to Business News Daily, most people in this field own their own businesses. There are an estimated 169,100 openings for carpenters in the next decade. This job also gets you out of the confines of an office and out working in various homes and places.
    4. Content creator. Do you like creating things too, just not physical ones? There are many fields where content creators can grow and thrive. If coming up with ideas for vlogs or blogs on social media is something that you find fun, consider making it a full-time job. Take note that brainstorming ideas and building an audience may take time, but people in this field usually find it to be more self-actualizing than a nine-to-five.
    5. Event planner. Logistics and planning play a significant role in this job. But if you enjoy interacting with people and helping dreams become a reality, event planning could be your niche. Coordinating with different suppliers also allows you to learn a little of each trade. And as each event is different, monotony will never be on your list of job complaints.

Didn’t find something quite to your liking in the list? Never fear! There are a plethora of job opportunities out there that will be a perfect fit for you. Make sure to list down your goals for venturing into this new career step and research what services people will pay to have. With the right mindset and plan in place, your next career goal will be yours in no time!


Jeff Campbell