Cyberdemon wrote:Finding skills that are in demand is one thing, finding work that you find challenging and rewarding is also valuable, even if you aren't necessarily in love with the specific work. I enjoy the challenges of helping to manage a business, and on my life long path I'd rather end up a C-level employee than stay in the trenches and just execute on design work all day.
If you have the time you can certainly try to take on personal projects to try and see what kinds of things you might like to do. I have friends who have quit their jobs to go off and just build one off furniture pieces, start a pig farm, start a bar, build custom motorcycles, etc. All of those things started off as potential hobbies that evolved into full time gigs. Sometimes even just looking at your local area and saying "Man, this town would be great if we had XYZ" is a good place to start if you're willing to take the risk. Designing your own collateral for a business is a great way of designing something that means a lot to you and learn along the way, even if the designing part is just part of the journey.
Good point - I'd much rather have work that I find rewarding these days, regardless of much I get paid as long as I have roof over my head and maybe I can afford to a little hobby or two.
There are definitely some things I'd like to explore on the creative side besides design. I'm learning to code now, so we'll see how that goes. So I know you mentioned your one friend maxed out credit cards in order to start a bike shop. Every time I hear of someone doing something like I wonder if they had anything to fall back on, in case things went wrong? A spouse that worked, savings, parents etc or did they just completely put everything on the line and risk total and complete failure. If you have a safety net, its easier to make the jump.