Getting Good at Making Money, Outside of a Traditional Career

When you picture “traditional career”, what do you imagine? People in cubicles? Suits? White-coated medical minds holding test tubes? Maybe you are in possession of one of these so-called “real” jobs. But the fact is, most of us aren’t. You get to a certain age, and you realize that you aren’t going to be the kind of person with the enviable position, the stock options, the 401(k), and the company car. Thing is, this doesn’t mean that you have to be underemployed. Nor does it mean that wealth and opportunity are unavailable to you.

The world of employment, compensation, and upper mobility is changing. Regular people like you and me are learning to leverage new (or newly rediscovered) skill sets. They are using their own savvy to earn custom-made lifestyles that they enjoy, with time and resources that may exceed those available in traditional careers. But to do this, you’ve got to learn the ropes, and you’ve got to get creative. With the world of employment, especially in North America, in a state of unprecedented flux, it’s up to you to make a way for yourself financially, especially if you missed out on one of the tickets to the traditional job ocean liner. For people like you and me, these are the kind of skills which will be most relevant in the next 10 years.

Legitimate Creativity, Reliable Delivery. Creative fields are changing form, but they’re blowing up like never before. Designers, writers, coders, and content creators are in high demand. For people who have never entered these fields before, this may sound like intimidating work. But as someone who works in this field myself, I have learned that hard work often trumps talent. It’s easy to enter these fields as a freelancer, or as a web entrepreneur. In fact, the freelancing movement is growing across all industries. It’s easier than ever to secure new, one-off jobs. If you deliver results, even if you’re new to the field, it’s often more important than being an expert in the field. If you keep it up, one day you may be an expert. So use the new freelance economy to find an opening, even if your resume is light and traditional employment seems like a lost cause.

Maintaining Multiple income Streams. The internet continues to revolutionize all parts of the job market. And it’s always bringing forth new opportunities to make money. I learned to make it as a blogger, and I’ve learned a lot about other money-making opportunities since, in the few years after I started writing here. As someone who works on the internet, my career has become a little bit editing, a little bit writing, a little bit advertising, a little bit designing. It’s like a garden with different plots I’m always cultivating, all of which contribute to my career. This isn’t new, but it’s a model that many people don’t consider or don’t know exists. It’s possible and, for me, it’s better. Combine with this an awareness of web-based investment opportunities, like trading a binary option on, and you’ll start to get pretty good at making money in various ways, rather than a single, traditional career path.

Staying Interested. For me, this is the crux of this way of working. It’s the ability to mold your work according to your growing skills, as well as your day-to-day interest. There are plenty of ways to make your money go farther, and I’ve written about them elsewhere on this blog. But the ability to quickly adjust and redesign your career path is the best part of the internet/freelance economy, and it’s one I think you might enjoy too.

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