Now is a good time to “consider a more flexible career” because all the changes taking place in the marketplace are fundamentally transforming the way we work as well as the opportunities available to us!
This is great news for anyone interested in a more flexible career or employment including options to work from home, consult for companies or retire or travel while earning an income!
What Are The Transformational Changes Affecting Us?
Technological changes: Video Conferencing, Internet and mobile technologies make it feasible for for you to work remotely for clients or employers in a remote location.
For example, a business analyst living in Saint Louis, Missouri can communicate with or work for an organization based in Palm Springs, Florida.
Social / Cultural changes: Social Media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook) and blogging are changing how we market our resume or network with potential employers.
In the current digital age, you can be hired based on the number of recommendations on your LinkedIn profile (for example), so, the importance of social media sites cannot be over-emphasized.
Marketplace changes: Information Technology (Web, Mobile, Desktop) now plays a predominant role in how organizations spread ideas or market their products and services.
So, most business units including marketing, communications and advertising have transformed their business processes using web, mobile or desktop technologies.
This means that any tech worker with strong technology skills, background and/or experience possesses skills that are highly relevant to many an organization’s vision, goals and strategies.
With all these in mind, let’s review how you may find or engage in the opportunities created by these transformational changes.
Start A Flexible Career Using SWOT Analysis
The fundamentals of earning an income is rooted in the exchange of goods, services or skills and having an 8 to 5 job is just one way of doing that!
So, begin with SWOT Analysis as a first step to understanding and / or evaluating the opportunities available to you, keeping in mind that there may be alternatives to the regular 8 to 5 employment available to you at this moment!
Using SWOT Analysis, review your industry, evaluate the opportunities available to you and threats coming against you, review competitive forces and / or disruptive changes and finally, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
You have to consider your strengths relative to the market place because you only get paid for what you can do well compared to others and you also have to evaluate opportunities and threats because your best opportunities are only truly apparent after you consider all the factors that can affect your career!
Assuming that you have prepared your own SWOT Analysis, let me introduce you to three career paths for business analysts who are interested in understanding and / or evaluating all the opportunities available to them in this Social Media / Internet age.
Start A Flexible Career By Becoming A Blogger
You can start a flexible career by becoming a blogger for your industry! If you are interested in learning “how blogging can help your career, please read this recommended article“ …
To become a blogger, you need a computer, a word processor and an internet connection and time to spare.
You can live anywhere in the world as a blogger because your audience is is easily found on the internet.
There are several ways of monetizing your blogging income streams and you need to choose a business model that best suits your blogging goals.
Start A Flexible Career By Becoming A Consultant
Consider becoming a freelance consultant. As a freelance consultant, you may specialize in requirements analysis, requirements modeling and documentation, Use Cases, UML or Data Modeling for any time of industry (Utilities, IT, Education, Health, etc.).
As a freelance consultant you may also setup shop virtually and work remotely for clients that need your services because working remotely or telecommuting is feasible because of the tools for communicating or interacting with a geographically dispersed team are available and affordable!
However, you will need a more sophisticated marketing plan so you can discover or engage the types of clients that will be needing your out-sourced business analysis services.
Start A Flexible Career By Become A Freelancer
You may capitalize on the opportunities created by the strong demand for web, mobile & desktop skills by becoming a freelance worker!
As a freelance worker, your services may include helping companies align their web investments with their business goals using your superior business analysis skills.
As a freelance worker, you may alxo decide to help companies analyze how customers use or interact with their websites or help elicit business requirements for their web projects.
If you have developed strong quantitative or analytical skills, you may also help business leaders take advantage of hidden opportunities in their clickstream, search, survey or web usability data.
The flexible, non-tratitional / alternate career paths listed above are just a tip of the iceberg … there are more!
If you need help with eliciting alternative career paths or preparing a competitive service for the market place, feel fee to contact us.
How To Start A Flexible Career
Now is a good time to create a flexible career considering all the changes taking place in the marketplace.
Begin by using SWOT Analysis to discover what you are good at and then create a competitive offering for your business analyst marketplace!
This article answers a question submitted by a reader (Kintu Vicent) on “how to earn an income as a business analyst without regular, traditional employment!” and is also “Part 2 of a series on Non-Traditional Careers / Employment for IT Professionals“!
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