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Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Peggy

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I just pedal all day but the scenery never changes.

Dear Peggy,

I’m in my 40s and have been working at the same job for 20 years. I’m at a point where I’ve reached the ceiling with my company and I don’t think I can handle (mentally) another 15 to 20 years of this. It’s like I’m on a stationary bike where I just pedal all day but the scenery never changes.

I hear and read about a lot of people getting out of the rat race to work from home but, to me, it sounds too good to be true. I don’t know if you have any experience with this but I thought I’d ask anyway. Do you think there’s any truth to the stories? Are there really jobs out there that pay good money to work from home?

Employed but Looking

 

Dear Looking,

You know what, it takes a big man to admit he wants more, especially where work is concerned.  And it’s hard to step outside the box and try something new unless you have a plan, because those bills have to be paid regardless.

I’m always in awe of these people who leave a 6 figure job, pack up and move to a foreign country and become a missionary.  That takes balls, I don’t care what anyone says!  This is no different, in the story of your life.  Changing your career path is no less scary than moving across the world.

If you’re planning on starting your own business, take into consideration what you love to do and then be honest as to what you’re good at.  Everyone has skills, what are yours?  Once you have decided what floats your boat, do some research on the subject.  Is there a demand for what it is you are offering?  If so, you may want to dive right in and start your own business.  Or you may even consider staying in your current position and work part-time while getting this new venture off the ground.  Now remember what I said, owning your own business requires a plan.  You have to approach the table armed with information, if you’re unprepared, others won’t share your vision with you.  Check in your area, you may be surprised at the programs available to you if starting your own business.  You could also approach people who own their own business for tips and pointers as to how they make it work.  It’s amazing the kind of things they will share, all you have to do is ask.

If you’re thinking of working for a remote program that’s a possibility too.  I can tell you for a fact, legit online work does exist.  I’ve been a remote trainer for an HVAC company for the past 6 years, all from the comfort of my own home.  Some of these employers contract out to you and you may be able to claim a portion of your expenses, others, you are a hired employee and are eligible for benefits and such.  I will tell you this, it’s not a bad gig.  I love working from home.

Whatever you decide to do, it has to be for the right reasons.  Having a bad week or being passed over for a promotion doesn’t mean you need to derail your entire life.  Take a moment and really consider it…do you really want to move forward with this?

These are some scary and exciting times you are embarking on.  If you do your homework first, you’ll be fine.

 

 

 


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One Response to I just pedal all day but the scenery never changes.

  1. Ken Landry says:

    Its a big thing doing you own thing whether your own business or at home working for someone else. Just remember it can be just as tough or tougher on your own. Like Peggy says make a plan, start slow if you can and find something your passionate about because if not you will get board with it, just like you are with your current job. DO your research and more research and then some more.

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