7 “Dark Side” Dangers of Jumping Off the Job Ladder

And my top 6 career-building guidelines you can use NOW to land safely

P. Venkat Raman
The Shadow
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9 min readAug 25, 2021

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Agree with the truth behind the message above? I have received heartfelt affirmations from folks who would know:

You’ve hit the nail on the head! — B.A.

Funny, sad, true, all at the same time. — B.H.

I have seen this scenario unfold in my own life.

At the time the work-from-home directive went into effect last year due to the pandemic, my wife had been taking public transportation to go to work each day — an hour and a half each way in commuting time. When the remote work started, suddenly we gained three hours each day!

Slowly, her workload increased, and before we knew it, she had some work to do every day of the week!

This begs the question …Who controls your workload?

The answer: Your boss, of course.

There’s the rub. As long as you hold down a job, your duties are really determined by your boss, taking into account several factors beyond your knowledge or control.

The solution to this problem seems to scream at our face: Be Your Own Boss!

Control is one of the greatest advantages of being your own boss. Being self-employed. Being in full control. You’ll have full knowledge of what you take on.

How well would that work out? Let’s take my own case to study. I am, after all, a self-employed copywriter who works from home. I have been at it for several years now, but it wasn’t always that way.

My mid-life crisis

I had my midlife crisis a few years ago. [Everyone has one of these sometime during their life, right?] After working as a software engineer for a couple of decades in corporate America, I decided to change course and be my own boss, in a totally different career. Specifically, I wanted to be a writer. I became a copywriter. Working from home and being my own boss became a reality.

So, how did I do with my workload?

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P. Venkat Raman
The Shadow

A tortoise among internet marketing hares. Slowly inching toward the goal.