I love what I do professionally right now. I run my online business in the hours I have between pet sitting jobs. I also get to see my friends regularly to hang out and have a good time. In general, this is the life for me. BUT, what if I hadn’t found my spot yet? Here are the career options I had thought about pursuing before I discovered my niche.
Before I started college, I thought about getting a masters degree in accounting and finance since the field seemed up my alley. I love managing money and enjoy the geeky side of finance. But record keeping is tedious to me, and I only do it to make my husband’s job easier each April for filing our taxes. As much as I’d love one part of being an accountant, I decided that the job as a whole was not a perfect fit for me.
During college, I chose to major in “Marketing” in the business college and to concentrate specifically on advertising classes. Creating ad campaigns for large companies would be fun to me. Just try to mentally picture the commercials or billboards that I would come up with for products like toilet paper, fast food, or clothing stores.
To give you an example, I thought a great toilet tissue commercial could be a quick showing of everything we put our butts through. Try to imagine a montage of sitting in traffic, sitting at work, bumping into furniture, cautiously lowering yourself onto a hemorrhoids ring in a chair, a person leaving a colonoscopy appointment, etc. Then it would cut to someone doing an exuberant butt-shaking dance when they see that their spouse started stocking their bathroom with the specific brand of toilet tissue that I am in charge of promoting. I think that would sell toilet paper.
Despite my enthusiasm, I quickly figured out from advertising interviews that the field is EXTREMELY competitive, and the horror stories of back-stabbing and people clawing their way to the top just put me off.
I enjoy people. I love promoting the happy things in life. Dealing with a constant demand for better and the negativity of crazy coworkers just sounded like a mini-hell for me. So I kept looking for other career ideas despite graduating with that Marketing degree anyway.
This was a short-lived idea. My husband started pursuing teaching about 6 months after we graduated from college. It looked like something I could be good at, so I took the pre-certification tests and aced them shortly after he started teaching 8th grade science. But I then saw what he was going through regularly with unsupportive administrations, teenagers and pre-teens that hated the world, parents blind to their children’s insanity, and even the back-stabbing actions of fellow teachers that would gladly throw someone else under the bus to cover their own short-comings. I started looking for other ideas again.
Pet Boarding Facility
I actually wrote about my idea for Crystal’s Cozy Kennels here in September 2010! My idea was to buy an acre or two of land in an acceptable area and build an air-conditioned pet boarding facility. I sort of forgot about it after my online business took over my time.
Then my oldest dog passed away this past February, and I pushed myself into my new side hustle – Crystal’s Cozy Care. It didn’t require any start-up costs other than gas and time. As it grew in March, I invested more money into it and got myself insured, bought business cards, and even have magnetic signs for my car now. It still has low costs, makes about $1000 a month, and is a lot of fun for me. As side hustles/hobby jobs go, this is definitely the one for me.
I don’t regret my path taken so far in my work life. My online business fulfills my marketing background and my pet sitting gets me close to animals nearly every day. I have unintentionally covered my bases. Yay for the subconscious pushing us to where we need to be! 😉
Do you enjoy your current job? Have any others in mind?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!