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How do I make a consistent living doing what I want?

How do I make a good, steady, and consistent living doing what I want to? How do I make money on the road? How do I figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life?

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Christopher C’s Answer

It depends on what you want to do. If you love playing video games, you could be a streamer or a professional gamer, but the money likely won't be consistent and the competition to do so is very, very hard. If you love programming, you will find it very easy to make a steady, consistent living doing what you love.

The first step is to figure out what you like doing. It will likely be more than one thing. When you have an idea of the kinds of things you like doing, try to find paths for monetizing those things. If you monetize with your own business you have more risk and less consistency, but more potential upside more control. If you work for someone else you have less control and less potential profit, but more consistency. You must be realistic and be willing to compromise what you want. Using video games as an example, you may have to compromise to being involved in producing video games instead of playing them as how you make your living. That could be coding, project management, sales, marketing, support, finance, HR/recruiting, etc. It's also ok to realize the things you love and want to spend your time and your attention on don't make much money, and instead focus on a career that gives you a good, steady paycheck with work-life balance, so you can work each day to pay the bills then go do what you are passionate about outside of work. We tend to look down on that route in the US, but it's a smart, fulfilling option.

Also, keep in mind that it's a lot of pressure to try and decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. You don't have to decide that now. You can have 2 or 3 different, fulfilling careers in your lifetime. There are advantages to having one career and starting early: you can go further more quickly, specialize more deeply, and have more stability. But in turn, there are advantages to changing careers: you have more flexibility in your life, experience in different areas brings unique and powerful perspective.

Figure out what you like, determine how to monetize it, weigh the risks and benefits of different paths, and remember that you can try a career and change it later if it isn't for you. Good luck!
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Nida’s Answer

Based on your abilities, numerous businesses are eager to hire for contract roles and outsource to larger firms. This was my stepping stone into the tech world. I began as a contract employee on a one-year deal, focusing on website optimization. Subsequently, I established a consultancy service to assist small businesses with their offline and online marketing strategies. This venture demanded more discipline and commitment, but it was a rewarding experience that provided me with invaluable knowledge that would have taken much longer to gain through conventional corporate channels.

One of the challenges was that I was accountable for every aspect of the business, and my success was directly linked to the extra hours I was willing to invest beyond a standard 40-hour work week. However, it's entirely feasible, as many people thrive in non-traditional consultancy roles.

As for determining your career path, it's crucial to conduct extensive research. With the abundance of information available and the willingness of people to share their knowledge on various digital platforms, you're sure to find your niche. Once you've discovered your passion, pursue it with dedication. Strive to learn as much as possible, apply your knowledge, and earn a living from it. There's nothing more fulfilling than making a living from what you love.
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Sivakumar’s Answer

The previous two answers are fantastic! To build on that, it's crucial to show unwavering dedication to your job. Bosses really appreciate solid work habits, such as sticking to a schedule, remaining focused, and constantly striving to meet the goals your manager has set. Regardless of what your work life looks like, remember that your career is more like a long-distance run rather than a quick dash - things unfold slowly in their own time.
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