They say money doesn’t make you happy but I assure you, my bank account says otherwise. I’m certain that phrase came from the mind of a spoiled but utterly miserable royal.
In the past, I’ve worked jobs that made me miserable for entirely too long for a significantly higher salary than I’m earning right now. Starting your own business isn’t for everyone. I daresay it works for a very small group of people that are mad enough to risk it…
But since I started working part-time in a shop and running my own business I’m the happiest I’ve been for a long time (despite not quite having a handle on the peaks and troughs of self-employment). I don’t doubt that part of my happiness is attributed to living rent free in my mother’s house while I work on my career (thanks, Mum).
I’m not deluded, not everyone can quit their dull finance jobs like I did and pursue their passion because it’s just not a sensible move. Especially if you’re a parent or you have a mortgage or both.
But I do think if you have the opportunity to do what makes you happy, even if you’re going to have to budget a little better in the near future it’s worth at least trying it.
You can always go back to a boring high salaried job if you need that cash flow back. I spent so many years convinced that I could do any job as long as I got paid well for it and well, that’s not the case.
I did a degree based on what I thought would earn me more money, I got jobs I thought would kick start a high paid career, I got depressed, lost all my self-respect, and didn’t leave my bed for a month.
That shouldn’t happen at 23-years-old. You shouldn’t burn out so soon after your teens.
There are a few things to consider though before you venture into the sunset with your new found fun career:
- If you take a lower paid job can you still make your rent payments, run your car, feed your shoe habit etc?
- Can you handle the physical toll of getting a second job? Because you may well need some shifts behind a bar to make up your basic salary.
- It goes without saying but, how many mouths do you have to feed?
- Can you cut any luxuries out? I recommend tracking your spending over the course of a month and striking a pen line through anything unnecessary. Fancy coffees, shopping sprees, take away meals… You’d be amazed how much you can save.
I’m not trying to preach my hippy-dippy life choices. I’m not standing on a hemp soapbox protesting capitalism (that’s a rant and conspiracy theory for another time) but I do think there’s something to be said for doing what you love.
To the young women thinking the market is already too saturated with starving artists, to the kids that don’t think they’re good enough, and the sixth formers choosing between English Lit and Business Studies:
Just do what you fucking love. You can worry about money when you’re a proper adult.