Green Jobs: What is Your “Plan B?” Follow Your Green Dream

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Maybe you’re experiencing your own mid-life crisis of sorts. Even if you’ve not yet reached “mid-life,” you might feel as if you’ve already reached that point in your current job. It’s time for a change, and going green is one of the most creative ways to add a little life to your “mid-life”—and a little life to the environment, too. Here are a few ways that people are leaving their desk jobs and other non-stimulating roles and following their green “Plan B” dreams in the current economy.

1) Enjoyed writing but can’t land a job in today’s fledgling media industry? Think about some of your greatest hobbies in the outdoors—whether that might be hiking and observing nature, capturing nature photographs or even growing and cooking organic foods. Then, start your own blog on these green topics and watch your own green community develop. Consider becoming a consultant in your area of expertise and passion: There are large amounts of money to be made in the consulting field if you know how to promote yourself and network.

2) If being an entrepreneur tickles your fancy and you enjoy being outside, consider purchasing your own farm and growing organic products. Bring farming into the 21st century, and open up a field of opportunities for America’s innovative future farmers. You can sell your products to local farmers’ markets and even start your own business of educating would-be farmers on how to be successful in the field, so to speak.

3) If you have a green thumb, why not use it to make some green cash? Use some of your property to grown your own produce, and then facilitate classes to teach others in your community how to do the same. In fact, provide your tips in books: You never know, your first book very well could become the next bestseller.

By YaShekia King

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