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If you are ready to make a major career switch, you understandably may be looking for ways to monetize your existing skills. Many people excel in various things, such as baking, performing an instrument or something else. These skills can be used to launch a new career, but you need to walk through a few steps in order to get started on a profitable path.

Get Licensed or Certified
In some cases, you will need to get certified or licensed to work in a field. For example, if you plan to drive commercial vehicles, you will need to get truck licence training and pass a test. If you want to open a childcare facility in your home, you may need to comply with local regulations and laws. Spend time researching related laws as well as recommended or beneficial certifications and licensing requirements. This may guide you through the next few steps.

Create a Business Plan
Some people will work in a new field as an employee, and others may decide to start a new business. Creation of a thoughtful, detailed business plan is essential if you prefer the latter professional option. You can find business plan examples and templates online. Remember that you will need to carefully research your market and competition before you actually start your business.

Update Your Resume
On the other hand, if you plan to work for a company, you will need to update your resume. Your resume should be focused on relevant skills and training for this particular position. Because your existing resume may have been tailored to your old profession, you may need to start from scratch. Resume templates and samples are available online for you to view and get inspiration from.

Look for Money-Making Opportunities
Regardless of whether you plan to launch a business or seek full-time employment, the next step is to find a money-making opportunity. The switch from simply having skills or being great at a hobby to making this your profession can be challenging in some cases. However, you likely will find the right position or opportunity to be infinitely rewarding. Because you may lack professional experience in your field, consider getting entry-level experience to get your feet wet.

When you are ready to switch gears, it makes sense to draw on existing skills and interests. Once you decide on the right path to pursue, you can walk through each of these steps as they are applicable to your situation to get off on the right foot.
Posted By: Brooke Chaplan
Wednesday, October 10th 2018 at 3:10PM
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