(Closed) I want to give up the rat race…crazy??

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 17
3051 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

If it were ME, I wouldn’t be brave enough to do that in this economy. I’d take the baking classes or school at night & continue toward starting my own book keeping business. Then once that is successful enough income wise, you can go to full time baker.

Just my opinion. I’m not one of those “follow your dreams” people though, esp if it’s in art or music or something. I need stability.

Post # 18
5 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was a lawyer for 8 years. Three years ago I gave it all up to start baking from home, now I have a shop and four staff. It’s risky, yes, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Don’t get me wrong, I may have just gotten lucky, but I thought I’d share my experience given it’s pretty similar 🙂

Post # 19
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

Life is too short to stay in a job that makes you unhappy. I think you should do it! 🙂

Post # 20
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@missjewels:  I say give it a try! 

I actually did the same thing- I worked “corporate life” for 5 years and became incredibly burnt out. I always wanted to do hair, so one day I put in my two weeks notice and started hair school full-time, using my savings to support myself. I did hair for about 2.5 years before I went back to the corporate world (I LOVE doing hair and the work but honestly the salon environment just isn’t for me.)  I’m SO SO SO glad that I did it.  To be honest, its kind of ruined me financially- I burnt through virtually all my savings and am now 1 year into my new job and just barely putting any money aside, but I am really happy and proud that i made such a huge transition.

Post # 21
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@missjewels:  how else are you to become the next Martha Stewart-esque multi million dollar cooking/baking/domestic MAVEN if you don’t take this opportunity to increase your skills and add to your already fabulous education???? Your parents should realize, you’re not taking anything away from yourself, only adding to, in a different skill-set!!!

I am “only” 42, but I can tell you, living with regrets about “what if I’d….” SUCKS BIG TIME. And now, even at my “young” age, with 4 kids to feed, house, clothe, and educate, I REALLY WISH I’d have added to my education more when I had the chance!!!

if SO is on board, and can support you both financially, I’d jump right in with both feet and never look back!!! GO FOR IT!!!

Post # 22
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@missjewels:  Just do it.  You have the time and money right now so there is no reason not to.  Yes, you might fail, but you might be awesome.  If you don’t do it, you will always wonder.  Better to try and fail then wonder forever what might have been.

Post # 23
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@missjewels:  Do exactly what makes you happy.  Sounds like your hubby makes good $, and if he didn’t I might advise keeping your current job.  But, since it sounds like he can support you through school, and is happy doing so, GO FOR IT!! Life is too short…trust me.  You don’t want to wake up one day when you’re 80 and regret not taking that chance.

Post # 24
709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@missjewels:  Do it! And I think having a background in bookkeeping can be really beneficial starting your own business. 

Post # 25
1346 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

@missjewels:  If you want it really bad, go for it–hard.

I know there are the factors of money and time and being afraid to take the plunge, but if you want it that badly then go get it, just recognize that you will have to put the naysayers aside. My advice would be to set some money aside or see if there are some scholarships available for you so you won’t have to juggle working and being a student in a specialized field. I’ve been there, and it almost killed me.

I agree with others though, recognize the risk and be aware and above all be the best. I know that last bit sounds kind of silly, but it’s not enough to just want it, you have to do it. People my whole life told me I couldn’t make a living with my art/design skills, and bam, I have a full-time job within a month of graduation. I’m not saying I’m super awesome, but the fact that I have a job at all and in my field is saying something.

Post # 26
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you have a supportive fiance – emotionally, as well as financially – then go for it. You can do anything you want in this life, but you only get one crack at it.


You’re right to be worried that you won’t make any money. The first year (or few) of running a business, the profits will likely be slim to nonexistent. Do I think that it’s a good reason to give up your dream. NO! Follow your passion!


What’s the worst-case scenario? It doesn’t work out? Oh well. Back to bookkeeping and being the awesome, talented go-to girl for your friends’ and family’s special occasions. If the business fails, you’re not going to die. People won’t stop loving you. It doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. It just means that you did something for a few years and then decided to stop.


I’m saying this as a person who up and quit her job to follow a crazy dream. I’m saying this as someone who started off making no money, but is slowly seeing her profits grow. I’m saying this as someone who loves being asked “what do you do for a living?” because the answer is something I never thought I’d be brave enough to do. DO IT, DO IT, DO IT.

PS: My parents paid for a university degree in biology and ended up with a wedding planner for a daughter. What parents want the most is to see their children happy, and their tune will change when they see how full of joy you are on your new adventure.

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