How to Discover What Career Will Make You Happy 84

How to Discover What Career Will Make You Happy

This article was written by John Stuart.

If you’re unsure about the career path you should be choosing, you’re not alone. The vast majority of people have been through this at one point or another in their life.

Figuring out what you want to do can be difficult. Especially if you feel you don’t excel in any particular field or you don’t have any hobbies you want to pursue any further.

To help you shed some light on your priorities, we’ve compiled a list of hand-picked suggestions that will enable you to pinpoint or at least narrow down the search for the career that will make you happy.

1. Get to Know Yourself.

This might sound corny or cliché, but it’s very important to learn as much as possible about yourself if you want to make a wise career choice. We hear this everywhere but we never stop and truly think about its meaning.

In the end, what does it really mean to know yourself? It means knowing your strong suits and weaknesses. It also means having the ability to figure out what type of environment makes you feel comfortable and productive.

Knowing yourself means you know whether you’re an introvert or extrovert.

While the former thrives in jobs that require working on their own, the latter is better suited in dynamic environments where they interact with other people constantly.

Try to find out what information you remember easier – is it details and specifics or possibilities and the big picture?

2. Experiment with Projects and Hobbies.

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Whether you’re in high school, college or you’re already working, you have to experiment with as many things as possible in order to determine what makes you happy.

Reading countless self-help books and taking career quizzes can only take you so far. You will be able to decipher and interpret things easier once you work on a wide variety of projects or hobbies.

Think about the activities you really enjoyed doing and were good at as a small kid. Was it painting, writing, dancing, reading or solving math problems? Do any of these still appeal to you?

If you’re unsure about pursuing a career, try going to classes or workshops to see if the field really suits you and makes you happy.

For instance, if you’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a professional photographer, you can attend a photography course and learn new skills while engaging with other photographers. This will not only help you hone your skills, it will also offer a glimpse of the lifestyle and daily activities of a professional photographer.

3. Be Practical.

In discovering what career will make you happy you should, of course, trust your gut and follow your heart. However, you should also be practical and honest with yourself.

Your dream career should not only be dreamy but also sustainable. It should allow you to do the things you love while enabling you to pay the rent and bills each month. With this in mind, take the time to write down your most important job criteria.

This list is very important as it will guide your search and narrow down the possibilities. You should be focusing your attention on aspects such as the working style you’re looking for (part-time, full-time, on-site, remote) and the objectives that matter to you (making money, helping other people, making a difference, creating a new product).

4. Consider Freelancing if You’re Still Unsure.

Committing to a 9-5 full-time job can be scary, especially when you’re unsure if you’re making the right decision.

Should you keep looking or take this once in a lifetime job opportunity? The answer could be somewhere in the middle.

If you’re uncertain about your career path, you might find freelancing very enlightening. Being self-employed can be rewarding from a wide array of perspectives. Not only are your days morning-alarm free, you also make your own schedule and have no boss.

Freelancing will give you the opportunity to work with many different people on various projects.

You will get the chance to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Discipline, time-management and organizational skills will be easy to spot when you are working as a freelancer.

Being self-employed will also give you the freedom to take on projects that differ in length, scope and objective. This has the potential to broaden your horizons and make it easier for you to see what you enjoy doing, what keeps you motivated and what makes you jump out of the bed in the morning.

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How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs 4

How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.

And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.

12 Benefits of Co-Working Spaces

1. Low startup cost

If you’re just starting out, you’re probably looking for premises that won’t drain your budget. By moving to a co-working space, you’ll eliminate the costs of fire insurance, office equipment and various similar expenses.

Not only that this will help you save money, but less time and energy will be needed for sourcing things like this.

2. Increased flexibility

Another great reason to opt for a co-working space is increased flexibility.

This means that the more your business keeps growing, the easier it will be for you to expand your office space. Most of the experts who are running co-working spaces will allow you to tailor your contract according to how well you’re doing.

3. Less risk

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When moving into a traditional office, there’s always a chance you’ll lose the money you’ve invested in it if your business fails. And selling all the office equipment and furniture isn’t always going to be easy. But if you take your business to a co-working space, you won’t have to worry about risks like this.

4. Short setup time

One of the biggest problems small businesses face when moving into a traditional office is the long setup time.

For small businesses, time is an important asset and the last thing you want is to lose money while moving. Luckily, with co-working spaces, not too much time is needed in order to get everything in the right place.

5. Fast internet

Modern-day businesses in just any industry need internet and they need it to be fast. This is probably the case with your business as well and fast internet is another reason to join a co-working space. And even if there’s something wrong with the connection, you won’t be the one having to deal with the issue.

6. Collaborative atmosphere

Some people would have you believe that having people from other companies around your team makes them less productive. But the truth is, it’s easier to perform when you know there are other teams doing the same right next to you.

Another important thing to mention is that too much familiarity traditional offices offer makes your employees less productive.

7. More opportunities for networking

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When running your own small business, you’ll have to put some extra effort into meeting as many businesspeople as possible. The more of them you meet, the better. If you decide to move into a co-working space, you’ll have all the networking opportunities you need.

8. Easier to get

Let’s face it, finding a perfect traditional office for your business is difficult. What’s even more difficult is actually obtaining that office.

With co-working spaces, you won’t have to worry about things like this. This is the case because there are plenty of these out there you’ll be able to choose from.

9. More flexible access

Most co-working spaces out there are run by its landlord and the building management. What this means is that your employees will be able to work whenever necessary, since the office will be open even during Sundays and public holidays.

Also, when working on a big project, your employees will be able to access the office 24/7.

10. Better design action guides

Another issue many entrepreneurs face is designing their office. Not only that this can take money, but it also requires a lot of effort.

However, with most co-working spaces out there, what you’re going to get is a beautiful office you can move into. This means your new office might be equipped with things like a green wall and comfy furniture.

11. Premium brand imagery

In the business world, it’s very important that you give your brand a boost by using premium facilities. In fact, this is something that’ll help your business obtain more loyal brand followers. When working in a co-working space, you’ll be provided with all the nice-looking facilities your brand needs.

12. Happy hours

No matter how many employees you have, they’ll want to be surrounded by people they consider friends. If you join a co-working space, there will be plenty of opportunities for your employees to hang out with other people from the building. This translates to more drinks after work and more motivated employees.

Co-working spaces really are the way to have it all without having to break the bank. So, no matter if you’re moving from your garage or a traditional office, you’ll definitely want to think about joining one of these. Luckily, more and more co-working spaces are popping up all over the world.


This is a guest post by Derek Lotts.

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.  And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.