5 Unique Things to Consider
Before Quitting Your 9-5?
I’ve read a lot of blog posts about quitting your job and starting a business/blog/online store, etc. Honestly, they’re all the same.
- Save money
- Don’t burn bridges
- Give notice
- Start with a side hustle
Isn’t that good advice? Well, it is but it’s also things you probably thought of on your own.
So I’m not going to give you those. Truth is: you should have a financial plan to make sure you can afford rent and food and bills, etc. And burning bridges is bad for business but do it if you must. You will benefit from a backup plan but maybe leaving the door open is too much temptation for you to go back to your comfort zone. Starting with a side hustle is a great way to get started and get your feet wet. So, now that I’ve covered the prevalent advice on the net, let’s get down with more personal advice.
I want you to succeed. I am the person who doesn’t know you (personally) but will start a conversation. You tell me you want a business, own a business, are having trouble with your business, and I start thinking how am I going to help you get where you wants to go. You’re not my client; I’m not even going to charge you. I’m walking, talking free advice because I like to see people succeed. And I like knowing that one person is not struggling like I did to do it.
Here’s my advice on how to take this huge leap of faith every freelancer and business owner/entrepreneur needs:
1. Be introspective. Having a business or being your own boss sounds great to a lot of people, but it’s not for everyone. We all want to be free with our time and enjoy what we do but that’s not all there is to it.
Sometimes you’ll have to do things you hate, especially at the beginning. Every day you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone because that’s how you and your business grow.
You’ll hear tons of ignorant arguments for why you’re doing it wrong or living wrong or in the wrong field/niche. It’s a whole other life and many people in your life just won’t be comfortable with it.
Before you even consider jumping, you need to figure out if you really have what it takes to completely change your life, to stick it when it gets hard and you’re feeling like a failure, to ignore the criticism of people who’re not brave enough to do the same, to let go of those who you’ve outgrown.
You need to know that you’re going to be accountable to no one but yourself. There’s no boss checking the clock. There’s no quitting time. No paid vacations. No cushy benefits packages. You’re on your own and you better be comfortable with living in a deserted island for a while.
2. Be Flexible. Know what you think you want to do? Yes, what you think you want to do. It may be exactly what you end up doing in 10-20 years or it might just be your starting point. You have to be in the right mindset to grow and flow with your life and you business.
Maybe you think you want to be a graphic designer but then you find yourself designing pillows or art. That’s great. Don’t pigeonhole yourself. You don’t have to stick with one think. You and your business can evolve. You can have more than one business. You can have a business and a hobby. You can have a business and a side hustle.
You’re a talented woman with plenty to offer the world, so don’t get caught up in the “but it has to be this way.” That’s the way employees live and you don’t want to be an employee, do you? (Refer to 1 above.)
3. Be Ready. I’m not saying to wait to be ready or feel ready because that’s not likely ever going to happen. You have to be brave and do it scared or you won’t take action.
What I mean is: BE WILLING TO ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES AND TAKE EVERYTHING ON.
Sounds super scary, no? It is. That’s why you need to know yourself (Step 1). There’ll be things you can’t plan for, that you never dreamed could happen (good and bad) and you can’t let them get you down. You have to fight for this dream.
4. Be honest. Be honest with yourself. About what you want. About you expect. About who you are and who you want to be. Be honest with your spouse and your friends and family. You don’t have to go around telling everyone your plans and dreams. But when you do, be honest about what you share and why it’s important.
5. Be forgiving. Forgiving yourself for everything. For staying at your job too long. For resenting others who are living their dreams. For feeling like you’re not good enough or a fraud. For thinking you’re a bad wife, mom, friend, whatever. Forgive yourself for not meeting your expectations.
Give yourself grace every day because, even when you think you’re falling short, you’re doing what many want and don’t have the courage to do. Give yourself a pat in the back and a kick in the pants and get back to work!
Being an employee is often soul sucking, happiness leaching and embittering. Most people hate their jobs and can’t see a way out. They are not willing to take the risk.
Only those who are willing to take risks can thrive in the unknown world of business. But, if you’re like most of us entrepreneurs, you know that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel until you take a chance.
You have seen what your life will be like if you stay where you’re at. You see the broken relationships, the exhaustion, the resentment and the dreams left behind. You see the regret of not choosing to follow your dreams regardless of what they might say. They choose their own way and “misery loves company” for sure.
So, my friend, take a look in the mirror and ask yourself: “Is this what I really want? Am I willing to take a chance on myself?”
Only you can answer that question.
Since you’re here, I know you already know the answer.