Career Changes to Give You More FREEDOM (and find work life balance!)

How would you like a career change that gives you the work freedom you deserve?

Have you ever tracked how many hours you spend actually working and how many hours you simply waste sitting at your desk?

We have all done it: browsed social media, killed an hour talking to a coworker, played with our phone when we should have been working... 

There is not a linear relationship between productivity and hours spent at work. This has been proven over again with research studies, surveys, and country comparisons.

One source went as far as saying:

"The Average American worker is productive for approximately 3 hours a day. "

Although this isn't entirely accurate, it brings up a strong point. If we waste this much time at work, why do we have a standard 8 hour work day anyway?

Apparently, we like tradition and easy math. 

HOW THE 8-HOUR WORKDAY BEGAN

It wasn't from science, strategy, or democracy (nobody ever voted to work 8 straight hours).

It actually originated during the industrial revolution. Employees were getting worked to death, but output wasn't improving. After the advice of a single man who recommended 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, and 8 hours of rest, manufacturing companies dropped 10 - 16 hour work days to 8 hours.  So what happened? The employees were more productive.  More productive employees meant more money for the business. Henry Ford was the first to publicly introduce this method and we have been following suit ever since. I guess you could say it was a fad that hasn't ended.

But not all jobs are manufacturing or manual labor related. In fact, manufacturing makes up only 9 percent of the workforce while services accounted for nearly 80% of the workforce today.

Even if 8 hour days were ideal for manufacturing (which is quite debatable), why are we treating service/office jobs the same way as we do manufacturing? They require entirely different skill sets, lifestyle sacrifices, and a different type of focus. 

If you sit at a desk, being inactive for 8 hours is a serious challenge. Perhaps that is why some of the world's greatest leaders never followed such silly norms.  

If you don't believe 9-5 is for you, take matters into your own hands and implement one of the following options.

 
Change Your Career and Work From Home
 

----->This list goes from the least extreme to the most extreme options. <-----

ASK YOUR EMPLOYER FOR WORK SCHEDULE FLEXIBILITY

You can negotiate more than just your pay. If you've been at your career for awhile, you may be surprised by the flexibility you have.  Many employers would rather negotiate than deal with the rehiring process.  Therefore, if you have been employed for a length of time, consider discussing your hours and flexibility with your employer. 

  • Consider adjusting your schedule an hour earlier or an hour later.
  • Ask for longer lunch periods or breaks when you feel your productivity is at its lowest.
  • Try a different work week schedule, perhaps four 10 hour days or three 12's and a 4
  • Reduce your weekly hours (if you can afford it)
Freelance Writing

WORK REMOTELY

There are many professions that allow for work to be done remotely, particularly if your job involves sitting in front of a computer.  I remember the first time I took freelancing seriously was when I was in the mountains by an engineer.  

'He had told his boss he was going to leave the state and move to Wyoming. His employer's response? They simply gave him a computer and told him to take his work with him. Now he has all of the freedom he could want with the same pay'

Common remote careers include:

  • Software Design
  • Drafting
  • Software and Structural Engineering
  • Website Design
  • Customer Service
  • Virtual Assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Editor
  • Marketing

 

FREELANCE

The difference between working remotely and freelancing? It's being your own boss.

When most people think of freelancing, they think of writing.  However, there are many different options available in the freelance category. So if being your own boss and hustling for your own work is something you are interested in, then freelancing may be the best option for you!

Common freelance opportunities include:

  • Writing
  • Social Media Consulting
  • Website Developing
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Accounting
  • Insurance
  • Graphic Design

BLOG

If you knew how much some bloggers make you'd probably die. Just ask Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. She makes over 100,000 A MONTH. In fact, she is one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place. You can take her course on how to do it by clicking HERE.

How do bloggers make money?

  • Sponsored Posts
  • Affiliate Income
  • Ads
  • Products

I also have a post listing the numerous bloggers that make over 10,00 a month. You can visit that post by clicking HERE.

This can go hand-in-hand with freelancing; however, the big difference is spending your time entirely on your own content vs. working for others.  Once blogging takes off, it can be the most flexible option of all; however, many bloggers support themselves as freelance writers well before living off of their blog. Like anything, it takes time.

You can get a list of my blogging resources by clicking HERE.

Types of blogging includes:

  • Personal - Your Life
  • Video (Vlogs)
  • Travel
  • News
  • How-Tos
  • Reviews

Start a Business!

Owning a business doesn't have to mean a huge office with tons of employees. In today's world, it can be website design service, online selling, hair dresser, personal trainer... etc. 

Being an entrepreneur is gaining popularity.  A study by Bentley University suggests that 66% of millennials plan to start their own business.  That's quite a large amount, but as I mentioned previously, entrepreneurship has changed.

Examples of small businesses include:

  • Fitness/Personal Training (online and in person)
  • Sales (T-shirts, Products, Amazon, eBay)
  • Carpentry
  • Independent Guides
  • Independent Travel Agents

Opportunity is truly what you make of it.  With the development of the internet, the opportunity is everywhere, it just takes research, dedication, and ambition.  If working for yourself is a dream, then begin researching some of the opportunities above and set your eyes on being independent in the workforce!

Make sure to check out how I left my job: 

Do any of you work your own schedule?