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5 Steps to Exploring Your Perfect Career

Posted May 13, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Little Girl on RoadYou may be in a job you don’t like. Okay, I was being diplomatic. Let’s face it. You hate it. It’s a drudgery to drag yourself out of bed each morning. You live for paychecks and paid time off. I know many women like that. That’s why I became a women’s entrepreneurial coach.

Perhaps you know your days are numbered at your current employer but you don’t know what you’d like to do with the rest of your life. You fear that going to work for another employer is jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. But you have to do something. Life is flying by.

Below are suggestions I have for you that will help you in your search for your new career. These really apply to anyone, but particularly entrepreneurial women.

1) Determine what you do that makes you truly happy. Sounds overly simple, yet so many worker bees are so focused on their job for their employer, they don’t take the time to explore it. This is action oriented. Sitting in the recliner with a bowl of popcorn watching reruns of Amos and Andy does not suffice. 

2) Think of ways to make money at what truly makes you happy. Love to play tennis and help people? Well, youDream Road could teach or coach tennis. Love to wood carve but don’t think anyone would buy your trinkets? There’s always a market somewhere. Hey, if rednecks can build a Duck Dynasty  from duck calls, you could sell your carvings.

3) Figure out what a day or week would be like working in your dream career. It might be helpful to talk to those already in the field. Before I became a coach, I spoke to entrepreneurial coach, Rhonda Hess. I really understood what I was getting myself into. So will you.  If your dream career involves a store or office, make arrangements to shadow someone doing what you want to do.

4) Make a list of pros and cons. Being your own boss might be appealing to you. Not having group health insurance may not. Be careful not to allow these to scare you off from thinking about doing your own thing. Clearly, you want a change. This is just a count the cost and know what you’re up against exercise. You’ll go in with eyes wide open.

COMPASS-AND-NOTEBOOK1.jpg5) Settle on Something. Unless your entrepreneurial dream is to own your own dry cleaning business, most likely your business will evolve. No doubt you’ve got at least a billion great ideas for what you want to accomplish. You have to start somewhere or you’ll start nowhere. So, you must settle on a place to start. You won’t be locked into doing that one thing for the rest of your career. It’s just a place to line up and begin your new career.

Really take the time to go through these. Give them some thought. Keep a notebook or journal. Taking steps in the direction of your dreams will boost your morale and help the day job be more tolerable. It will also gear up your heart, mind and soul to transition into your dream career. Go ahead. What are you waiting for?

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Do What You Love and Make Money Doing It

Posted February 22, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

young woman in computer labI’m sure you noticed that I didn’t blog every day last week. There’s a good reason for that. I’ve been brainstorming and developing ways I can help single women do the work they love and let that become their sole source of income.

I’ve met so many single women who are working at a job they don’t like just because they can’t afford to give up that income. Going to work is drudgery and they feel stuck.

I know it’s possible to transition out of your day job and into the career you love without making drastic or even irresponsible changes to your life. I’ve gone through it myself and, because I continue to grow and change, I’m sure I’ll go through it many more times before I hang up my hat.

So I’m so excited to announce that the focus of my blog will be changing. You’ll still get the great encouraging words you’ve enjoyed Happy Girl on computerover the last year, but now I’ll be focusing on challenges single women face.

I know you can do what you love and make money at it. I live it. And now I’m going to be teaching it. There really is a way to safely transition from the job you hate to the career you love. I’ll show you how in the months to come.

Here is just a glimpse of some of the challenges single women face. We’ll be working through those.

They feel vulnerable. Single women normally have no other income other than from the job they don’t like.

They are afraid to take risks. Rightfully so. Their existence lives or dies by the decisions they make.

They don’t know how to do both. But it is possible to start a new career while still receiving a paycheck from your current employer. I’ll show you how.

I’m super excited about doing this. I hope you are as well. I need your help. Because I know what I’m going to say will have a huge impact on the life and happiness of single women, I need you to help me get the word out.

Young woman sitting at camp fire, holding fried sausageI’m certain your single women friends will be helped by this topic and you could be their hero by forwarding this email to them. Would you? You would make their day… and mine.

I look forward to this new and exciting focus.

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