Escaping the rat race is a desire for many, research published last month revealed that more than half of all UK employees are unhappy in the work place. Many can relate to being unhappy in their job, the realities of spending more time at work then we do with our loved ones, and with the UK retirement age set to increase in the coming years, it doesn’t exactly incite excitement in the average person.
So, how happy are those that have escaped the 9-5? A study last month of 5,000 workers concluded that self-employed people are more successful in their careers and felt happier in their job. Statistics show that self-employment is on the rise, if you are thinking about a way to exit the workplace here are 10 routes to explore:
Work on your mind-set, if you’re serious about escaping the 9-5 tied to your desk culture, it’s vital to take time to work on your confidence and resilience. Working for yourself is empowering and rewarding but also challenging, you have to keep yourself motivated throughout it all. Positive can-do attitude alongside action is imperative.
As a consultant you are paid to share your professional knowledge with clients to help them achieve their goals. Anyone can consultant as long as they have the necessary skills set. It’s a great way to escape and to earn well whilst you do so – this is the route I opted for.
What do you do in your spare time? Whether you make jewellery, paint, do people’s hair or make- up, there could be an audience waiting for you. With hard graft and commitment, you can build on this and eventually turn your side hustle into a full-time gig and quit your day job.
There are lots of people making money online. If you have an eye for spotting bargains aimed at a niche markets, why not explore an e-commerce business, or create a website to review products. Do some research and you’ll see the potential in this area is limitless.
Setting up as a seller on eBay or Amazon platforms can be extremely lucrative, and whilst it is becoming more popular, with the right product and marketing you can be on your way to leaving your workplace.
Do you have a great personality that translates on screen? Why not look at becoming a Youtuber. With passion, hard work and dedication it’s proven to be a rewarding and lucrative route for many.
If you do it right, target the right niche, remain consistent, it’s a great way to build a passive income that can over take your salary.
There are always people looking to learn new skills, so why not share your knowledge and get paid for it.
Everyone has a story in them, so why not consider penning a book or creating an audio book.
Websites like Upwork and Fivver, allow you to sell your services, such as copy writing, graphic design and social media management. You don’t even need a website so can start earning ASAP.
Remember whichever route appeals to you, do your research, be diligent and determined so you can reap the benefits of success!
Written for and published on Female Fist.
Remaining in a job you hate is more common than you realise, even if you’re high up the corporate ladder. This is something I identified with, that was, until I left my comfortable management position to become my own boss and freed myself from the 9-5.
Before I took the leap, I had to re-evaluate myself. I wanted to make a career change but to be honest, I was a bit scared to step-up. I soon realised that I was getting in my own way of progression – why? Because of the types of conversation I was having with myself. We can often be dismissive and quick to diminish our own self-worth.
How many times have you talked yourself out of opportunities? How many times have you told yourself you are not good enough or just lacked self-belief to go for what you really want in life? Don’t deprive yourself of your goals and aspirations any longer, it’s ok to be different and do things your way.
If you are at a careers cross road, no matter where you are in the corporate chain, here are eight signs you need to say goodbye to your 9-5.
1. You’re unhappy on a daily basis – Everyday feels like blue Monday and Friday is the best day of the week because it’s the last. You hate being at your job and you are only there because you have to pay your bills. You live for the weekends and holidays and dread when Monday rolls around.
2. Dark mornings – When you first started, you used to bounce out of bed, now it takes everything within you to get yourself moving. You feel down and depressed, lack energy and drive, and get that horrible sinking feeling in your stomache at the thought of going into work.
3. You’ve out grown the job – You don’t feel like you are learning any new skills and it’s no longer challenging you. In fact, you feel like your job is de-skilling you and you only stay there because its comfortable.
4. You are first place in the rant-athon – You are always ranting and complaining about your job, at every chance you get. The dislike for your job has taken you over, whether you are with family, friends, out for dinner, at the gym or walking your dog – you can’t help but moan about your job because you feel, unappreciated, undervalued and unhappy.
5. Lack of passion – Your passion has been replaced with boredom. What once excited you about your role, is now boring you mindless. You finish your work ahead of time and end up surfing the net.
6. Unhealthy habits – You are not sleeping well, you don’t have much of an appetite or are over eating. You find yourself turning to drink or drugs as a way to escape and turn down invitations to meet up with friends and family as you’d rather stay at home with a bottle of wine, or just want to hideaway.
7. Snappy and stressed out – You’ve turned into an angry stress head, usually cool and calm, you find yourself becoming increasingly irritated and angry. Even the small stuff, you wouldn’t (usually) have batted an eyelid at, has got you biting people’s heads off. You’ve been snapping at everyone at home and at work and your patience with your boss and senior officials is wearing thin.
8. You’ve seen the light – Fear is no longer holding you back.You know you were destined for something else, but fear has kept you from making the change. You keep telling yourself, if it isn’t broken you don’t have to fix it, but deep down you desperately want to make a change and step out of your comfort zone into your greatness!
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How’s your life journey panning out? does it feel like you’re stuck in a cycle of just paying bills? Sometimes it can feel like life is happening to us, and we are just watching it all take place. But if we don’t take responsibility for our happiness in life, who will? I believe we can be happy and live on our own terms.
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Are you looking for a change in your work life? Do you feel like work is depriving you of your happiness? Are you fed up of the 9-5 grind? Do you feel like you are ready to make the next move in your career but not sure what to do? Or maybe you feel like your career is stagnating and you’re at an intersection of indecision.
Working in a 9-5 (usually longer) can start off nicely, but soon morph into a living nightmare. It can be restrictive, time consuming and if you don’t like your job, an extremely unsatisfactory and depressing daily experience. At one point in my career, I felt trapped and depressed, plodding along in my 9-5 job until I decided to step-up and make a change. I wanted to have control over my life and how I spent
my time, so I decided to set up my own consultancy. If you like the sound of being your own boss, deciding when and where you work, you should seriously consider becoming a consultant. It’s a great way to free yourself from the 9-5 drudgery, by using the skills you already have.
Working as a consultant in the field you already specialise in, means, you can choose to work independently or with others. You can remain an independent, or decide to scale up, hire staff and delegate. You can choose to work from anywhere in world. The decision is entirely yours to make and boils down to how much responsibility you want to take on and how it will impact your work-life balance. I know lots of consultants that split their time between living in the UK and abroad
because being a consultant allows them the freedom to do so.
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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
A study earlier this year of 5,000 workers concluded that self-employed people are more successful in their careers and felt happier in their job. * So why don’t more people do it? Is it fear, financial pressures or the lack of know-how?
As a successful consultant myself I can say that its a combination of the above, but with planning and passion, you can free yourself and it doesn’t have to be high risk or a fancy idea. Becoming a consultant can be a simple way to create the life you want by selling what you already do well, on terms that suit you.
I used my expert skills and knowledge having worked in communications, PR and marketing for well over a decade to become a consultant. You too, can enjoy a rewarding career, financial success and that important work life balance by taking this route and using the skills you have.
I felt trapped and depressed in the past in my 9-5 job which is why I decided to set up my own consultancy with just £100. Five years on, I have no regrets, I enjoy the empowerment and challenge of working for myself, and I’m much more happy.
I am keen to share my insights and experience with other people seeking to escape the rat race. My new book ‘How To Become A Consultant: A Guide To Free Yourself From the 9-5’ is a no-nonsense guide which gives practical advice on how to set yourself up as consultant and establish a work routine that fits in with your ideals and lifestyle.
The book covers all aspects of becoming a consultant from identifying your niche and registering yourself as self-employed to planning, establishing your fees and promoting your business.
I share practical information to guide you through the process and as well as insight into my own journey so you can avoid the pitfalls and succeed in your venture!
How to Become a Consultant is the essential guide for anyone who wants to become a consultant.
Available on Amazon, iBook, Google, Barnes & Noble and other online platforms – links below.