Once you have a general idea of your career path, take some time to figure out what skills you have and what skills you need. Remember, you’re not completely starting from scratch - you already have some skills to start.
When your chosen career requires experience or skills you lack, don’t despair. There are many ways to gain needed skills. While learning, you’ll also have an opportunity to find out whether or not you truly enjoy your chosen career.
When you’re getting worn down by long commutes or a difficult boss, the thought of being your own boss can be very appealing. And you may find your perfect niche even in a slower economy. Some companies also prefer work with outside vendors.