Breaking Out Of The Cage From Your 9-5 Job

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For many years, the standard pattern of adult life has been to work from nine-to-five, Monday to Friday. That basic pattern has been the way that people are expected to live their lives for decades, perhaps even longer. People have always been dissatisfied with this. They've wanted ways to break out of the restrictions that it presents and to have at least a little bit more control over the course of their lives. However, it's not something that's really been possible outside of some very specific options. But thanks to innovations like the internet, that's no longer the case. If you want to break away from the classic nine-to-five office grind, then there are now more ways to do that than ever before. Here are just a few options available to you if you really want to get out of your cage and take control of your career. 

Working From Home 

One of the most stressful and frustrating things about a nine-to-five job is getting up early, sitting in traffic on your commute, and then spending all day in a stuffy, uncomfortable, poorly lit office before going home through the same traffic in the opposite direction. Working from home cuts all of that out entirely. Thanks to the internet you can stay in close contact with your employer no matter where you are. Not only that but the range of jobs that you can do from home as expanded hugely over the last few years. Take a look at this list of jobs that you can do from home to see just how broad your options are. Working from home can also make you more productive since you're in an environment where you feel comfortable and relaxed, rather than tense and stressed out. 


Or perhaps it's the overly rigid structures of typical employment that you don't enjoy. Getting up every morning to do the exact same thing over and over can be tedious to the point of despair for a lot of people. If that's the case for you then freelancing may well be the perfect option for you. When you're a freelancer, whether you're a writer, designer, programmer, marketer, or anything else, you can work on a client by client basis. You have total control over who you choose to work for and what hours you work. The risk is that you could end up without any work for long periods, but that's a trade-off many people are willing to make for the freedom that freelancing offers. 

Setting Up Your Own Business 

For some, the lack of power they have over the work that they do can be incredibly frustrating. They don't want to spend every day following someone else's instructions without ever really understanding what the purpose of their work is. If that's something that you've felt, then you might be better off striking out on your own and setting up your own business. That way you get to call the shots and decide which direction the business goes. Whether it's on a micro level or in terms of the broad strokes, you're the one with final say over what happens and what the priorities of the business are. 

It's time to break your rusty cage and become your own boss!

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