So, my first comment is on the distinction between job and career. A career develops over time. A job is something you have for a period of time.
It wasn’t clear from the question what you’ve been up to thus far and it makes more sense that you meant job, not career so that’s what follows.
If you are gainfully employed and looking for another gig before you jump to freelance, consider an internal consulting role at a large company in your current field. In other words stay in field, but put yourself in a role where the role itself can be taken external very easily. Many Fortune 1000 have these types of roles. The added bonus is – the company you leave can often be your first client once you jump to freelance.
If you are not gainfully employed, set up shop as a freelancer now. You won’t know what people will really pay for until you ask them to pay you. Market testing and asking potential clients what they want won’t pay the bills. Identify your hard skills – those are the easiest to get someone to pay for and then upsell with your harder to define skills.
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