The problem is, that you either made this career choice or fell into it a while back. Now that you have been working this job for several years, is starting over with a different career really an option for you?
We think that starting over mid-career is something that anyone can do, but you have to go into this major life change with your eyes wide open – and with a lot of preparatory work.
Ideally, you will want to start your own business, and we will get to that in a second.
Before you start thinking about giving your two weeks, though, here are some things to consider before leaving that office business career behind.
Your family. No matter what Hollywood movies like to portray, it’s not easy to raise a family, monetarily speaking, even with a good career.
Making a career choice to leave your current job behind can mean some major financial shakeups, so make sure that your family is on board and that you have a good idea of the budget you can work with.
The benefits. Another very important aspect to consider before pulling the plug on your previous career choice are the benefits that may be part of your employment package.
While we don’t think about them all the time, health, dental, optometrist, and other types of benefits may be saving your household thousands of dollars a year.
Don’t neglect them when you start to plan a business career makeover.
Now on to the nuts and bolts as far as starting over in the middle of your career.
Hopefully, the above points were enough for you to start really considering all the changes you will have to make when starting a new business career.
There are more though; even if your family and all those company “extras” aren’t enough, you still have to think about:
Salary. Almost all of the time, starting over in the middle of a career will mean that you take a salary cut, whether you are starting a business of your own or simply moving to a different career.
There are a couple of ways to get around a salary deficit. The first is to stay at your current job as your business grows or your new career takes off.
This can lead to burnout, though, so many people save up enough money to tide them over for a year or so before giving their two weeks.
Your reasons for leaving. If you really can’t stand your job anymore, you do have every reason to leave.
However, if you are leaving because of some untested dream, it might be worth it to stick it out for a while and see just how plausible that dream is.
Better safe than sorry!
Everyone has the ability to go out and find a different career, no matter how many years you have been on a certain job.
The key to success is good planning; don’t just leave in a huff one day. Instead, weigh your options and plan your way out.