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Conventional lore says that college followed by corporate careers are the sure path to a stable middle-class life, employment security, and a happy retirement. That old school tradition has been eschewed, though, in favor of entrepreneurship and small business ownership. Business owners often face strategic risks, live different lifestyles, and have differing standards of living today than previous generations. Instead of following outdated traditions, you should give yourself time to carefully research and vet non-traditional career paths that might serve you better.

If you’re ready to explore a non-traditional career path, it’s a good idea to start your research by brainstorming a list of any special skills and talents you might have. Ask colleagues, consultants and friends to help you with this list. You’ll be surprised by the things they notice about you that you might be overlooking. Then use those skills to create a list of businesses that fit your existing skillset. Professionals can help you identify probable targets.

It makes good business sense to hone in on your strengths and play to them when making business decisions. Since you’re reading our blog, you’re probably interested in at least one franchise opportunity. Franchising is a smart way to get in on a business based on hard-hitting, factual information. Franchises are based on highly customized operations structure, fast ramp up and of course the trademark which should drive consumer traffic. Franchisees are carefully vetted to ensure they possess the skills and drive to succeed. Use the facts you’ve gathered to create a new career you can be proud of and one that can help you build a secure future and a profitable venture.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

This process is all about learning. You don’t know what you don’t know. Consider this a “Call To Action”. Take part in a fact-finding mission where spending the time to perform valuable due diligence can open your eyes to options that you may have assumed were outside of your skill set or simply outside of your comfort zone.

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