A few years ago I was stuck in a job I didn’t like. I was working full-time as a television news producer and coming home unhappy. But it was tough to leave because I was getting paid well, I had health benefits and I worked for a company that matched my 401(k) deposits, and I didn’t want to make the change. It was a practical job and at one time it was my passion.
Ten years ago, producing television news was my dream job. I loved the rush of breaking news and loved the fact that no two days were alike. Plus just loved the job.
But I changed.
I got married. Had kids. Made a home. And suddenly that line of work wasn’t what I was passionate about. It wasn’t as fulfilling as before.
Why am I telling you this?
I tell you this story for a few reasons. One, because I think a lot of potential entrepreneurs find themselves in this position. It’s hard to leave the steady income and the stability to try something that’s not as safe. Two, because people change. What I wanted ten years ago isn’t what I want now.
Ultimately, I found a way out. There were a few failed attempts along the way, but I eventually found a place where I could take the good parts of my old job — the writing and the ever-changing content — without a lot of the bad.
What worked for me
I became a freelance writer and while the pay isn’t as steady, I’ve been a million times happier. With this job, I’m able to go to my son’s t-ball game on Saturdays and be with my family at Christmas. Whereas before those usually were workdays because the news never stops.
The point of this story isn’t to brag but to let you know that there is a way out. Don’t ever feel like you’re stuck in a job with no recourse. Don’t ever feel like you have to give up on your dreams because you’re afraid they will not work.
With the internet and smartphones, you do not need to quit your job to try a new career. You can dip your toe into the water and see if it’s warm enough to dive in.
I hope you’ll at least consider taking the plunge.
Written by Erika Towne