The service industry is full of opportunity and experience, but at a certain age almost all people in the service industry start to feel the toll that the irregular hours takes on them and their social lives. This is even truer if you want to settle down with someone and have children, but you’re working at opposite hours.
There are many skills that you learn in the service industry that can be applied in other fields. The first thing you should do is find manufacturers looking for reps. What a lot of people don’t realize is that sales is an integral part of working in a restaurant or similar setting. You need to make the customers want the things on the menu, which is not all that different from repping for a company. Taking the sales skills you learned and applying them in this field will put you ahead of the competition. Sales in general are a good idea for anyone who is trying to escape from the service industry.
If you’re completely sick of the working lifestyle as a whole, consider going an alternative route. Freelancing is a great way to earn money and it’s a world of difference from the demanding hours of the service industry. As a freelancer, you determine when you work, how much you work and for who you work. It’s the ultimate freedom. Of course, you’ll need some type of skill to do this. A short course in computer literacy, graphic design or even writing can give you all you need to begin a new career as a professional freelancer. It has to be noted that this is not an option if you have a lack of self-discipline as there will be no boss telling you what to do.