Work can be stressful. It could be a particular client, your manager or some circumstance that makes you uncomfortable. In fact, many experts say that employees tend to leave their work more because of their managers than the company. Work can also get incredibly boring — especially if your job is to perform the same task, or set of tasks, every day. This is about when people long for ways to beat the monotony of work and become their own boss.
It’s sometimes hard to go through work without imagining what it would be like if you were in your boss’ shoes. Would you do a better job, or is it harder than it seems? Nothing is truly certain, but what is pretty much guaranteed is that your boss’ job is probably less boring than yours.
They seem to get more time off, they obviously get paid more, and they have pretty much full authority over your employment. So let’s look at a few ways you can fight the tedium and become your own employer.
Lead at work
No matter how boring or time-consuming your job is, there’s (hopefully) no rule which says that you’re not allowed to pitch new ideas to the management. Figure out a better system of doing your work, or something new you could do. Bringing new ideas to the table is what will show them that you’re capable of being a leader. And that’s how you get them to treat you like one.
Make sure you come across as being pro-learning. A learning attitude is always better received than a cunning one. Be confident, be sincere and don’t get too cocky.
We’ve talked about this before on the site, but freelance work is a good option if you don’t mind writing and you are confident in articulating your thoughts. Sign up on a website, or use your network to find clients to work for. Start slow, start small.
Freelance is something you can do on the side, but it’s still something that requires some time investment. It’s fun, and you’ll work on different projects, learn more about the content you’re producing and figure out how to make it better. Even if you don’t end up beating the monotony of work and become your own boss, you can at least write articles about it.
The world of graphic design has become incredibly competitive these days, but that only means that there are definitely opportunities to find work. Let’s be honest, graphic designers aren’t cheap, and rightly so. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t customers who want to hire graphic designers for, well, not as much. You just need to look for them.
It would probably help to have some form of
certification in the field, but realistically speaking, a strong understanding
of design concepts and a knowledge of how to use
the Adobe suite MS
Paint should set you on the right path, at least in the beginning. And once you
have some experience, you can let your work speak for you.
It’s like a regular store, except you sell any (legal) thing you want, and you do it from home. There are a few things to look out for here, such as choosing what items you want to sell and setting prices that will ensure profits. You want to pick regular items that aren’t especially common. A lot of people will collect things that you might consider absolutely pointless, such as empty bottles of perfume or an old stamp. You also need to be able to price these items competitively, while ensuring that you receive a sustained return on investment.
Your first goal would be to accumulate an overall positive review in your customers’ feedback — this will determine your online ‘trustworthiness’ and how likely customers are to buy from you. A useful skill to have would be knowing how to package your products properly for shipping. Also, it would be handy to have a weighing scale for shipping cost calculations, which can either be incorporated into the product’s cost or charged as a separate shipping fee.
If you don’t know what this is, it’s basically a low start-up-cost business initiative you can do right from home. And no, it does not involve dealing drugs, I promise.
You may be familiar with companies like Tupperware and Oriflame using this model to sell their products. Essentially, they sell their products to you, and you sell them for a profit. Make sure to take into account what product you plan on selling — you have to love the product, its brand, and be sure of its value to your customers. At the same time, it’s also important to be critical of what you’re selling, so you can figure out what needs to change as time progresses.
Remember to find out how many units you need to sell to develop a reasonable return on investment, and have a good return policy for your customers. Also, there was something about pyramids here… but I’m completely blanking. Do be wary of scams, though.
Social Media Consultant
Have you ever wondered how things go viral online? Well, most of the time it’s relatively unpredictable, but sometimes, there’s a social media consultant behind it.
Social media consultants are experts on the platform, delivering traffic to websites and raising brand awareness. You’ll need to figure out what your target audience is and cater content tailored specifically for that audience. Also, you could be involved in the development of engaging pay-per-click ads to pull in more revenue from customers visiting the website, while also advertising the product to them. You’ll also need to know how to analyze site-traffic data and trends to create reports which can be used to further enhance user experience.
But all of that is just a fancy way of saying ‘make memes’. It’s fun, it pays, and you can make people laugh while you’re at it.
Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. Assuming you have a skill or some knowledge surrounding a particular subject that you can teach, this could be something to look into. There are countless websites on the Internet that tout platforms to enable you to tutor people online. All you need is a microphone and a webcam. And whatever else a tutor would require to take a class.
Gather up your materials, create a course plan and start teaching 10th-grade kids maths, or be a fitness expert. You could even teach things like origami or painting — any area where you can provide value. Maybe hold back on those ‘football tricks with a balloon’ lessons, though.
It can be hard to find a sense of purpose in monotonous day-to-day jobs. You crunch the numbers, write the words, and send the emails every day in the hopes that it will be better one day. But hope is not a strategy, and fear is not an option.
Take a leap of faith, in yourself. Try something you haven’t done before. And if you fail, try again. Something about stepping stones… I’m blanking. Even when you know you have the ability to do something, it can be hard to take that step forward toward a better future. But do it anyway, because your fire may be dying but it hasn’t gone out. All you need to do is fan the flames.