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How I Switched Careers

Photo by: Vanessa Heins

Photo by: Vanessa Heins

Before I became a freelance writer, lifestyle blogger and started working in digital content and social media strategy – I was a DJ.

Yup.

I have DJ’d over 400+ weddings and events during my six year career, working for myself and running my own company. After about the millionth wedding, I could not listen to Canon in D or Shook Me All Night Long any longer – it was time to jump ship, even if it was the ship I built.

Working every single weekend was starting to get to me. I was missing out on my own friends getting married, I had to turn down family BBQs, I rarely saw my husband, my 20s were just sort of flying by and I just felt like I was missing out on life. Anyone working in the service industry can surely relate. The money was amazing, but I wasn’t happy and I couldn’t picture myself doing this for the rest of my life. I also think that I gave it a good go – six years was something to be proud of, but I knew it was time to move on.

So I chose a new career.

My non-negotiables? I had to be able to work from anywhere in the world. I would only consider jobs and careers where I could work for myself and work remotely. Being in the wedding industry tied me down to a time and place almost a year in advance, I wanted a career that would offer me the opposite. So freelancing was the life for me.

If you’re thinking about making a career switch or even busting out on your own, there are a few things I would suggest you consider: (more…)