A Bridge Job Can Help You Get to the Next Level
A bridge job can be taken while building your own business or working on goals to attain your ideal position. A bridge job is an interim job that pays for the necessities while you prepare for a better position or work on building your dream business.
What Should I Look for in a Bridge Job?
Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or are working your way up the career ladder, a bridge job will help you build skills and take care of your financial obligations as the future you have planned becomes viable.
Some musts for a bridge job include the following:
A bridge job must provide you with stable and consistent hours.
You must be able to clock in and clock out – so to speak. There should be consistency in scheduling so that you can plan around the job and use your remaining time wisely. You must be free to focus on and expand your more important areas of expertise. You will need the ability to plan easily for conferences, networking activities, and other strategies that will enable your experience and business to grow as quickly as possible.
A bridge job must provide a dependable paycheck.
To allow you the peace of mind to be able to concentrate on progressing toward your future goals, your bridge job must cover the necessities of life each month therefore freeing your mind from the financial stresses of everyday life.
A bridge job must not take more than it gives.
You want a job that you walk away from at the end of the day. There should be no residual baggage. That is to say, you do not want a position that requires more energy or effort from you after you have “clocked out.” There should be no after-hours work such as phone calls, finding new clients, homework, etc. You should not work more than regular weekly hours at a bridge job so that you are able to have the necessary time to devote to your goals and personal business building.
A bridge job provides structure.
Most of us function most effectively with structure. Have you ever heard the saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person?” This statement is so true of human nature. For some crazy reason, many of us tend to work harder when we are up against a deadline. Is this true for you? We seem to crave routine and structure innately and we can use that as a weapon to keep our creativity and productiveness running at maximum efficiency.
A bridge job provides on-the-job learning.
Whether you are trying to move up the corporate ladder or gain the confidence to go out on your own with a new business, getting paid to learn might be the best perk of all in terms of a bridge job. How you approach this in-between time of your life, the attitude that you bring to the table will have a lot to do with how successful you are. We increase our abilities constantly when we strive to better ourselves. The possibilities are endless. We can learn something valuable from almost everyone around us if we allow ourselves to do so.
Some Points to Ponder…
- One of the biggest obstacles that hold many people back from starting their own business is the fear of not being able to make enough money.
- A bridge job often pays less than what you make in an actual career position.
- Even if you have substantial savings, even a year’s worth saved to cover expenses, you still need a bridge job. Working while enduring ongoing or daily financial stress isn’t going to be effective.
And the Biggest Point…
Getting out there into the work force, even in a less-than-ideal job, will . . . get you out there. You’ll be in a work environment; you’ll be meeting new people; you’ll be learning new things. In other words, you won’t be alone, and you won’t be stuck on your couch wondering about how you can contribute. Take advantage of all of these new opportunities a fresh approach to working can provide. You never know who you’re going to meet and how you might help one another.
There are so many different ways to achieve success. We must all find the path that will provide the ending that we are working so hard for. A bridge job just might be the missing link that will help you reach your destination.
By Brandy Higginson, Five Strengths Contributor