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Do you go to work and think... why am I doing this?
I have and there are times when the urge to transition into a new career is much louder than other times.
In fact, this last year has been all about setting myself up for a career change in the near future.
The sticky question is, how do I transition into a creative career and still be able to financially support myself?
This has been on my mind for quite some time and these are some of the things that I have come across that are actively helping me to make this transition:
First, we have to understand what it is that we really enjoy doing before we can pursue the dream in ernest.
Working this out can be a big challenge and frustrating especially if you can only hear the muffled voice inside your head whispering, 'go that way...' but the voice is so distorted that you feel lost.
Over the years, I have looked into numerous 'taster' businesses to 'get in the corridor' as T. Harv Eker says in his book, The Millionaire Mindset, so that I could find out first hand if I really wanted to invest my life energy, time and money into the venture. This was a low-risk and invaluable for my personal and professional development.
I learned that by giving something different a go, I would grow as a person. I learned new skills and I was in an empowered position to eliminate the things that I did not like doing.
Sometimes, I think this whole career change thing is a 'try-it-out-and-cross-it-off-the-list' once you know for sure that you gave it your best shot but it's not working for you.
I believe that we need to career change with a systematic approach. We can make the transition while working in our 'day jobs' and around that, begin to set up mini-projects to test the waters before ditching the salary job. The best thing about doing mini-projects for testing purposes is that you can do them and they are relatively low-risk.
The idea is, to keep the full-time paying job and when you build up the mini-project doing what you really want to do on the side, eventually you can gleefully present the resignation letter and do what you love.
I tried selling party plan bras and undies. It's a fantastic business... for some people... but not so much for me. I loved helping women get their best booby shapes but it was an exhausting life-style for me, so I crossed it off the list of options and moved on.
I have made jewellery and I do sell a small portion of my items through a local business which is the most wonderful feeling in the world. But I don't have the time in my day to make enough jewellery to create a viable sustained income.
Then, I realised that I absolutely love to write. I love to share thoughts, review books and I love to read and help people to achieve their own dreams.
That was the lightbulb moment. When it struck, I found Hub Garden and other writing networks that I could write for and earn a little stream of income.
So this is part of the Creative Career Transition plan for me.
I have learned to move toward what I want in my life, one step at a time and to minimise risk along the way.
I hope that this article will help you to find your dream and pursue it with all your creative heart too!