I keep running into people that seem to be at a crossroads, trying to figure out which path should they choose when it comes to earning a living. Like myself, many are diversifying into areas that they might not have considered a few years ago, when the economy (at least on the employment side) felt a bit less fragile. But now, with so many unemployed, the focus is on finding ways to earn a living that provides NOW... not 8-10 years down the road. For some, that may be opening a franchise, or going back to school to gain a certificate or degree in a new field. For others, it may be turning a part-time hobby or business like selling handmade items on Etsy.com or selling collectibles on eBay into a full-time venture.
Here's a few resources for those that may be at the crossroads:
The Top 5 Fastest Growing Job Markets Without a Four-Year Degree
The Top 5 Franchises to Own
The Restaurant Manager's Handbook: How to Set Up, Operate, and Manage a Financially Successful Food Service Operation 4th Edition - With Companion CD-ROM
Seven Ways to Make Extra Money in 2011 -U.S. News/Yahoo! Finance
Dream Jobs: Six-Figure Salaries and a Bright Future - MoneyWatch