Whether you’re in a long-term recovery mindset, have just entered the world of sobriety, or
found that your life isn’t what you thought it was since the pandemic, it’s time for a change. You tried making changes in your personal life, but have you considered that a recovery career change could be just what you need to reset and rebound?
Today, Coaching A Peaceful Life’s Linda J. Wilk, MAPC shares a bit of insight on how to take
the leap into a new career, whether you simply want to change jobs or wear the hat of
entrepreneur for the first time.
Trying Entrepreneurship as a Career
Many people believe that lasting peace comes with working for yourself. This is true in many
ways, but your best chance of success comes from laying a solid groundwork. This should
Do your research: Before you begin any type of new business (or change careers, for that matter), do your research. Get to know the industry that you’re interested in, talk to people who have experience in it, and form a network. Employment training site Unmudl.com also recommends that you have a conversation with your family before you make a move.
Formulate your business structure: Once you decide that entrepreneurship is for you, it’s time to establish a formal business structure. This is a crucial first step toward becoming a business owner. When you establish a business structure, you tell the IRS how you plan to pay taxes, and you’ll likely take some financial liability off yourself. A quick tip here is to utilize an online formation service that will help you with the paperwork, guide you through the rules, and give you all the forms you’ll need to complete the task.
Pursue your passion: Changing careers, especially once you reach your forties, should be a positive move. In that vein of thought, make a point to pursue your passion in your new endeavor. Kaiser Permanente explains that doing what you love can reduce stress, which is just an added reward of transitioning careers.
The real question is, why not? As Linda can attest, you’re never too old to change careers, and it’s never too late to make positive improvements to your life. There are plenty of benefits to updating your employment status. These include:
More autonomy. When you start your own business or switch to a job that allows you more control, you will be more satisfied and fulfilled. This is especially true if you feel like you’re not really making a meaningful connection or contribution to your current job.
Greater flexibility. The Australian Computer Society says it best, “employees with flexible work options are happier, more motivated, and more likely to stay in their current role…” When you work for yourself or transition into a more flexible working environment, you’ll improve not just your workday but your life overall.
Improved financial position. There is no guarantee here, but the best way to increase your earning potential is to remove the barriers that you currently face. Is it scary? Absolutely. But sometimes, pushing through your financial fears can help you increase your earnings ability so that you can live a more comfortable life, which is important, especially if you’re beginning to eye the end of your working years.
Ultimately, finding peace within yourself is not just a matter of your personal choices. It’s a
matter of your professional endeavors and recovery choices as well. Remember, even if you’ve experienced setbacks, it’s possible to achieve your dreams in both your recovery and in life. Remember, start by laying a solid foundation, which might be forming your business structure early on. You’ll also want to clearly define the reasons you want to change, whether that’s for more autonomy or to improve your financial position. Your goal is to live a better life, and that begins with the work you put into your working situation.
Last Thoughts on Recovery and Career Change
One last caveat from Ms. Wilk: This may seem counter-intuitive, but I have always found the most satisfaction in living my life in service to others, and amazingly, I have found that the most successful entrepreneurs I have met are following the same path. They see themselves as being of service to their clients first, and as salespeople second. This works with recovery and in life in general. It has helped me to see that so long as I am following what I feel called to do, I will always be provided for."
👍🏼😍🙏🏼Thanks to Gloria Martinez for guest blogging on this post today. I'm so appreciative of your interview skills and your ability to link information from multiple places with my overall approach to coaching for peace! Hope you will come back again!