Career change expert Valerie Young notes she put herself through college “the way a lot of young people do, by waitressing” – and the place she worked holds value as a lesson in developing business ventures. She writes:
One wild summer my sister Susan and I worked at the then famous Thompson’s Clam Bar in Harwichport, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
What does this have to do with making a difference?
Thompson’s has long been closed. However, in a very creative move, a company called Cape Cast is taking film footage of venues like this and selling them as a way to raise money. In this case, the funds will go to the local historical society.
Supporting your own business venture
Let’s face it, unless you’re independently wealthy, you can’t just up and quit your day job and be running your own profitable small business immediately. That’s why I love Suzanne Evan’s suggestion that you think of your job not as “job” but as your “business loan.”
Clearly it’s not always possible to get a really interesting “business loan” or that one that makes a difference in the world, especially in this economy. BUT that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try!
The way I see it you have two options:
Option 1: Find an interesting job to serve as your “business loan” while you grow your business on the side.
Option 2: Start a small side business to make up for having a less than interesting job.
Either way the first question of course is HOW do you want to make a difference?…
Continued in her article If You Must Have a J-O-B, Go for One That Makes a Difference.
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