One of the unfortunate things about being a 20-something in the 2010s is that finding a job has been nearly impossible. At least for people this age in the United States. As a result of the absolutely awful economy several years ago, I decided to make my own job by starting my own business. Digital marketing, with everything from perfectly composed blog posts to social media management strategies and AdWords management, became my main source of income. It’s something I pursued because I actually enjoyed it, but that’s started to wear off.
Three years into owning my own business, I’ve become tired of the daily grind. I’m sick of working seven days a week, I’m tired of dealing with nit-picky clients who think — erroneously — that they know better. I’m tired of slaving away without health insurance, a 401k, paid vacation days, or any number of other benefits.
So, with that said, it’s time to start winding down the business. I’ve decided to resume my legal studies and pursue a path that will allow me to leave behind my days as a small business owner. While it has been exciting, and at times very rewarding to be my own boss, this is a cycle that I simply view as unsustainable over the long-term.
So, in January, the whole process of adding fancy legal titles to my name begins anew. It’s a process that never should have been abandoned in the first place, and it’s a great way to eliminate my biggest regret. With any kind of luck, I will at least be able to manage a different kind of client, in a different kind of way, which will be a great deal more sustainable over the course of my career.
Here’s to change.