It’s very easy to feel hopeless and worthless in this awful recession. If you’ve been to endless job interviews, sent your resume to dozens of people and stood in line at job fairs, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But I’m sure you can also related if you’ve been sick of your job for a while and now feel that you shouldn’t make a move because there are no job prospects out there.
I actually think that this economic crisis is giving everyone permission to change careers and reinvent themselves in some radical ways nobody would have thought possible before now. Because up until a few months ago, if you were a lawyer and you wanted to become a Reiki practitioner, people would’ve thought that you had lost it. Not now. That’s exactly what a friend of a friend is doing. Reiki has been a passion for hers for a long time and now is her time to get serious about it.
So here’s my suggestion: look at your interests, talents, passions and also at things you do because you enjoy them for family and friends but never extended beyond that. For example: if you went through bankruptcy in the past and you have spent the last few years rebuilding your credit and helping others avoid the experience, you may enjoy conducting workshops on this topic for people in that situation.
If you are a handyman and have always repaired household appliances for you and your family, you may enjoy opening up a small business that would tap into this market’s thriftiness. People are not buying new appliances at the pace they used to, so they are fixing the old ones.
If you have been taking care of an elderly relative and enjoyed it, you may be able to offer services to senior citizens in your area: companionship, driving the around to appointments, running errands, etc.
If you like to cook, what about becoming a personal chef who goes to people’s houses once a week to prepare their meals and leave them in the freezer?
The secret is to open up your mind to all possibilities. There may be things you do naturally that can be turned into a business and the best way to discover them is by talking to a few friends and asking them what have they noticed that you do well. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel about yourself after a few of these conversations and hopefully, you’ll come out of them with a new business idea!