“I recently purchased an iMac to use for work in my career field at home. Due to being out of a steady job, I haven’t been able to use the same resources I have had at my disposal to make my production speed faster (like it was). Obviously the effect of that is that any work I do is slower – up until now. This wasn’t an easy purchase to make for me. I have a very hard time spending large amounts of money at once, so I just kept telling myself that I’d get one when I had a job again. However, being in the process of building up my portfolio again made me realized how much I needed a suitable machine for my work. My laptop is a great computer mind you but it is an everyday computer suitable for managing my daily social media, gaming, documents, and so on. For web development, it really fell short compared to the iMac.
It was hard – and I mean it – to decide if I wanted to spend the money right now or wait months if not more to buy it. I felt very unsure about it but when I went to the store and started looking around I fell in love with the perfect computer for what I do. I just couldn’t say no, because honestly it was more of an investment than a purchase. Especially because financing instead of paying it all at once became an option I hadn’t thought of.”
The reason I write this though is that since then I have invested in other career purchases since and I have found that not only is it good for your new business or your new job but it also helps with your confidence in what you do. As those of us start our careers we are often faced with speed bumps that make us rethink our choices both good and bad.
When you make these purchasing choices for your career be it a new computer, a new program, a portfolio website, or classes you are investing in yourself. You are saying that this is what you want to do and you will make it. I have known many of my former classmates that have gone though those same thoughts I had in 2014. They weighed out the pros and cons of these purchases – as well as determining if the money was there to be spent – for months like I did. All said it was the best decision they made for their careers when they invested in one of – or all – of these things like I have.
So all in all, if you are like me and still just starting out invest in yourself and your career when you have the means! It could be the best decision you could make for yourself.