If you’re bored in your current career there is no reason you have to stay there forever. People make career changes all the time. They aren’t always successful, but you can’t find success if you don’t at least try!
When it comes to making a career change there are many things you want to keep in mind. If you don’t have something lined up that will replace your current paycheck you may go some time with no money. If you are starting your own business you need to understand that you will be spending money long before you’re making money.
If you are considering a new career, here are a few things to consider before you make the change.
Why Do You Want To Make The Change?
Before you change careers you want to take a moment to look at exactly why you want to make this change. Are you simply drained from working in the same field for so long, or are you looking to make more money? Maybe you just want to make more money for yourself instead of feeling like a slave to someone else.
There are other reasons, like wanting to spend more time at home with your children or wanting to spend less time at home alone. Maybe you want to start a job that allows you to be on the road instead of spending all of your time sitting at a desk in a cubicle.
Do You Need Training?
Consider what goes into the career you’re considering switching to. Are you going to need training or certifications that you don’t already have? How much of an investment are you going to have to put into that training (time and money)?
There are plenty of careers out there that don’t take any kind of schooling or certifications, but those that do may just pay better. That means if your career change aspirations are in a hope to get more money in each paycheck you may want to go that extra mile and learn something new.
Can You Launch Your Own Business?
If your ideas of making a career change include starting your own business, you need to consider the start-up costs. How much money do you have to get by until your business starts making money? Even if you start a service business that doesn’t require you to buy any supplies you don’t already own you’re still going to need to be able to pay your bills until you have income coming in.
Many people will stick with their steady job until they have money saved up for three to six months worth of living expenses. Others will start their own business as a part-time endeavor until they are bringing in enough money to leave their day job.