One of the hardest things for people wanting to make a career change to do is to decide just what they should change to. They know their current skills, but how do you translate that to the new career? Are there any tips to make this an easier task?
Of course there are.
Online Bookkeeping Courses (Teachers Have a Head Start) will point the way. If you’re not a teacher, there’s still great news.
Ready for a Change?
Let’s see if one of these descriptions sounds like you.
If you’re currently teaching, and reading this, I’m guessing one of two possibilities fits your current situation:
- You’ve decided you’re going to quit teaching long before retirement. In that case:
- You may slowly plan, building toward the day you resign.
- You need to get out of the classroom just as quickly as possible.
- You plan to continue teaching until retirement, but you need to supplement your current income with something you can do from home.
If you’re already retired, one of the following possibilities may describe your needs:
- Staying home all day working on that “To Do” list just isn’t a fulfilling as you had imagined. You want and need a non-teaching job to stay healthy and happy.
- You’re just not willing to depend solely on your pension, and want to work at something that’s of interest to you.
Where do you begin?
Starting with the skills and abilities you’ve been working years to fine tune seems like the reasonable first step to me.
After being in a classroom, you are talented in so many areas. Not only do you know your subject inside and out, you are likely:
- A great communicator
- A lifelong learner
- A team player
- Good at assessing people
- A leader
- A motivator
- A problem solver
- A time manager
- Technologically savvy
- Not afraid of work
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but I know you’re sitting there nodding your head in agreement and mentally raising your hand to tell me which ones I didn’t include.
You probably consider these skills just part of the job. Something you just do. I always did.
But, lots of other people can’t say they do, or have ever done, these things on a regular basis. That’s very good for you. It makes you a hot commodity!
That brings us to a quote I think fits this situation perfectly. It’s credited to Justine Musk, the wife of Elon Musk. It’s in this article about creativity & relationships.
Now, if you’re leaving teaching, and want to continue bringing in cash for all your needs and desires, wouldn’t you want to read what Mrs. Musk has to say?
I sure did!
After reading it, I realized that teachers planning to leave the profession are perfectly positioned!.
If you didn’t click over to the article, take a minute to read what Justine Musk said:
“Choose one thing and become a master of it. Choose a second thing and become a master of that. When you become a master of two worlds, say, engineering and business, you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect the tribes, mash the elements to spark fresh creative insight until you wake up with the epiphany that changes your life.”
I got so excited when I read this. I knew I had to share it with you. You have already done step one, in spades!
You’ve been doing step one for however many years you’ve been teaching.
You’ve been doing these things repeatedly, day in and day out.
All you need to do now is choose your “second thing” to master.
Finding Your Second Thing to Master
That’s where Ben Robinson and Bookkeeper Launch comes in.
You might want to begin with this short, 5.28 minute video as Ben Robinson, the founder of the company begins answering that question.
Did You Watch the Video?
Ben’s First Point
If you watched, you just heard Ben make a statement that I think is a great reason number one for starting a bookkeeping business.
1. Bookkeeping is the number one most profitable service business in existence. That’s according to Entrepreneur magazine.
Every year it’s a fight to get appropriate funding for our schools and teacher salaries. If you read my article on teacher retirement, you know that most teacher retirement plans are under-funded. Doing something that shows no sign of becoming less important and continues to be well-paying should help you sleep much better at night.
Ben’s Second Point
Bookkeeping used to be a mostly data entry job. Not anymore. Today’s approach is to become a valued team member to your clients.
2. You’ll be working with people who value you and your efforts on their behalf.
Even is you haven’t faced threatening students during your teaching career, student behaviors have become one of the most-cited reasons teachers leave the profession. Respect for teachers and the teaching profession is in short supply.
Imagine working with people who demonstrate real value and respect for your knowledge and skills.
Ben’s Third Point.
Did you notice he repeated this one?
If you scroll back up to the skills list, you’ll see that many of the things you’ve become so good at have to do with building relationships.
- Non-teaching staff
Did you take another look at the skills list? If you did, you’ll see what I see.
You are more than equipped to begin building your own successful bookkeeping business!
A Few Brief Facts
You can start small and keep your business small if that’s what works best for you..
- This is something you can take care of after school hours
You can grow it to something huge, and anywhere in between. It’s your choice.
It’s also something you can get going fairly quickly.
- For someone putting all their efforts into the course, you can complete it in as little as 10 weeks.
If you’re accustomed to colleagues who always “have your back,” this will feel just like home.
- Strong support from current students and alumni will power you through your training and into the startup of your own business.
Wrapping it All Up
If you’d like more information about the company, you can read more here.
Before you go, I want to mention that there’s going to be a price increase happening in just a few days.
First one in quite a while.
So, if you’re ready, go ahead and take a look at the review. You’re also going to find links to more information about BBL there.
You won’t find pop-ups or a request for your email. Just the review and a link on over to Bookkeeper Business Launch.
Let Me Know in the Comments Below!
Are you familiar with Ben, or Bookkeeper Business Launch? Tell me what you think? After doing a ton of research, Bookkeeper Launch comes out on top as a great value-added company with the ability to deliver what they promise.
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