If you know full well that you're an independent soul, you're unlikely to thrive in any career in which you constantly have to satisfy a boss who's looking over your shoulder. In fact, the standard 9-5 might not be for you at all. Sure, you work hard, even when you're working independently—in fact, you work harder when you're on your own than if someone's checking up on your progress.
As an independent person, it can be really challenging to find your way into a career that suits you. Whether you're sick of the stifling conditions at your current job and need to make a switch, or you're starting to look into potential careers for the first time, this advice for independent people could help you find your place in life.
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Be An Entrepreneur
One of the most popular career opportunities for independent people is launching your own business. Of course, you may need capital for this but if there's anything all successful entrepreneurs have in common (aside from being fiercely independent!) it's resourcefulness. There are also ways to set up your own business that don’t involve upfront investment. Starting a blog and selling your content, for example, is a great way to profit off your own work, with hardly any overheads. Whether you start your own company or set up shop with some like minded people you actually want to work with, the life of an entrepreneur offers all the freedom you’ll need to thrive. As you're in charge of the business, you're only answerable to yourself for your own productivity and success. This means you work as many hours as you believe are required without a boss setting you arbitrary targets, or deciding how much money you should take home.
Invest in Extra Training
Investing time and money in specialized training can be incredibly useful once you've identified the type of work that's going to bring out the best in you. As well suited for a particular career as you may be, you won't necessarily walk into your ideal job without the relevant training and experience. Look into practical training like what Skills Training Group offers that can open doors for you in your target industry and enable you to hit the ground running once you're ready to start your career. If you're keen to start your own business, training or apprenticeship could be the key to making that dream a reality. Once you've managed to save up the capital, the skills and experience you've gained as a trainee will set you on your way. As an independent person, you'll appreciate the opportunity to take control of your career that extra training offers.
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Consider a Career in Education
The education system is the unlikely home of many of the most independent people in society—you wouldn't think it, right? (Many of the people who end up teachers or lecturers probably spend much of their time at school disobeying the rules!) As a lecturer or teacher, you'll be able to structure your time and your syllabus according to what you're interested in, and what makes you tick. You get to do research, and pursue your own goals and ideals. What’s more, the pay can be quite good, too!
Whether you find it difficult to work with a boss hovering over you, or you just love to work on your own steam, these considerations will help you find your feet in the world of work.