Pursuing Your Dream Job At Home: Is It Right For You? (Part 1)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written an entry and I must say things have been really busy during the holidays. Amidst three weddings, new projects and of course, preparing for the holidays, I’ve had very little time for myself. Things are still quite hectic now but I must say, it had been a time of many realizations too.

I was talking to a friend last night and he was telling me about his intention of pursuing his dream job. He is the artistic type and he used to direct shows for living. Now, he does a bit of visual merchandising as a side job and since it was doing so well, he thought of finally taking that step towards his dream job. It is a hobby that he never thought he enjoyed.

I told him straight out that pursuing your dream job over a stable and steady income is personally fulfilling, but very risky. I can never claim that there wasn’t a risk involved. When I looked back at how I started, I realized the immensity of the courage that I had to display to push through with it. My son was turning one and we still had to pay for a couple of loans. My husband’s job can cover only the basic bills but we both decided that it was now or never.

There were signs that told me it was time to move on from my corporate job and that taking the plunge to pursue this path was just right. The signs include the growing difficulty to get up each morning to go to work. The compensation was not enough to motivate me. I felt drained and I wasn’t being productive. My inability to do 100% at my job was no longer there. Those were the signs that told me I had to change something.

The choice was between having a steady income month on month but through a source that was making me unhappy or through a not so consistent source that allowed me to work on something that makes me happy. This is the dilemma that most people I talk to are burdened with.

I’ve had friends who profess that they envy my work conditions, being able to earn by doing something that I love. Most of them are working moms like me and we all agree that earning while being able to stay at home with the kids is a luxury that a few can enjoy.

I was probably lucky that my husband was there to take the plunge with me. That was one of the things that helped jumpstart my earn-at-home career. But whether or not you have the support of your family and friends, it all boils down to your courage.

If it is something that you love to do, ask yourself if it is worth the risk. Ultimately, it all points towards what you can afford to lose financially. Truth be told, this is one of the first things that could get affected – at least if you are venturing out on your own – whether you will go freelancing or put up your own business.

But nevertheless, if you stay true to what you want to happen, it is an uphill climb. It will get better. But this involves a lot of hard work too.

In my next article, I will tell you why I think it is all worth the risk. Stay tuned and I sincerely hope that you can decide on what your next step will be in pursuing your dream job.

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