See if you can relate to this.
“I’m so burned out. I’m getting more aggravated by the minute! And it’s sad because I got into this career to help people. I wanted to make sure they got a fair shake, but it’s getting harder and harder to do. I want out. But I don’t know what to do.”
Clearly, the attorney on the other end of the phone wasn’t getting what she had hoped to get out of her chosen career. She’s not alone; I’ve received dozens of calls over the years from burned-out, dissatisfied attorneys looking to take a different direction in their lives. And it’s not just attorneys.
For instance, I’ve talked to emergency room doctors who have wanted to look into less-stressful, more-fulfilling opportunities.
It’s not only people coming from middle management (or similar) positions who are frustrated with their careers these days.
Lastly, you’d be amazed by the volume of calls and emails I get from unhappy engineers, bankers, CFO’s and the like who want to explore other options.
Why are you thinking of a career change now?
In my experience, most people who are having second thoughts about their career direction are experiencing “career pain.”
This pain, while real, has different levels of intensity. These vary from 1-10, with 10 being the highest level of career pain.
For example, if you’ve recently lost your job, your career pain level is probably darn near close to a “10,” because your life has been turned upside down.
In contrast, if you lost your job several months ago, and you’re not having any luck finding a new one, your career pain may be at a 5 or a 6. Let’s call it a dull, but consistent, throbbing pain. Like a toothache.
Of course there are all sorts of things that cause career pain. Like:
- Being miserable in your current job
- Not making nearly enough money for what you do
- Having no life because of the long hours you’re working
- Perpetual stress
- Making money for someone else is getting old
- Lack of control over your own destiny
The examples above have varying levels of career pain, but it’s definitely there. Which brings you here. A place in your life where you may feel that it’s time for a change.
A radical change?
Or just a good-old-fashioned one. One in which you make a lateral move. Moves like this are generally quite boring and only offer a temporary halt from your pain. But there’s another type of career change. And this one is not for the meek.
Become the owner of a business
Owning a business, specifically a franchise business may be worth a look. Especially if you want your career pain to go away.
That said, owning a business is not for everyone. And as with anything, there are pros and cons.
For one, there is a level of financial risk. Of course there are ways to mitigate the risk. And with all the resources available, I’m confident you’ll learn how.
Secondly, it requires a significant commitment of time and energy. The good news is all of your energy would be going to your own business, as opposed to someone else’s business.
Third of all, you need to make sure you choose the right one. To do that you need to focus your energy towards franchise opportunities that enable you to use your top skills.
Finally, transitioning from employee to employer can be challenging.
For some, it’s a super-positive, life-changing event.
For others, it’s a lot. After all, owning a business comes with a lot of responsibility.
Should you look into owning a business?
You have to admit, becoming the owner of a business would be one heck of a career move.
But you’re the one who needs to decide if investing in a business of your own is the right career move to make. It may end up coming down to your pain level.
Lastly, if you do move forward with becoming the owner of a business, the rewards...both mentally and monetarily, can make this career move your last one.
Have you checked out the Snapology franchise opportunity?