Considering Alternatives to the 9-to-5 Schedule in Your Dream Career

By Carol L. McClelland, Richard N. Bolles

Part of Your Dream Career For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.