I’ve been self-employed my whole career and I could not be happier. No matter what the economy is doing, a scrappy freelancer can find work.
If I was casting about for a new career, I might consider becoming a restorer of old wood windows, like this woman featured in an Old House Journal article.
Pam Rodriguez learned restoration techniques in the northeast and then put them to use when she moved back to Texas. Her joy is taking an old wood window apart, piece by piece, and putting it back together even better. She figures that if a window has lasted 80 years already, it will last another 80 to 100 years when maintained correctly.
And here’s another thought: With climate change, as you’ve no doubt noticed, we’re seeing flooding on a level we never thought possible. When those flood waters recede, old windows often need help. Think of it as job security.
Of course, you must be aware of the dangers of lead in old wood windows. With proper practices, you will be protected from those dangers.
Read more about Pam’s new career and ask yourself: Do I like preserving old things? Am I good with my hands? Do I like being an entrepreneur and in charge of my own time and my own future?
If so, you might have a new career to think about.