When changing careers, you may find that your dream career fits into a nontraditional work arrangement. An alternative schedule may suit you better than working 9 to 5, five days a week. Some of the alternatives to 9-to-5 may be unfamiliar to you, so the following list tells you what they mean:

  • Compressed workweek: Work 40 hours in three or four days, instead of the typical five days.

  • Job share: Partner with someone else to split the workload, and the pay, of one job.

  • Contract work: Contract with a company through an employment agency to work for the duration of a specific project.

  • Telecommute: Set yourself up with the equipment you need to perform your job from home.

  • Freelance: Develop a working relationship with several companies so that you can choose the projects you want to work on.

  • Home-based business owner: Launch a business that you run from your home.