6 Signs It’s Time to Quit and Move On

Recently I did something that was really scary….I quit my job. I’ve been a tax professional for 4 years and I absolutely love it. So why did I quit if I love my job?

Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you, whether you actually want to or not. I don’t consider myself a quitter, and I don’t give up on things easily.

And while I’m a very competitive person in general, sometimes that can turn into a bad deal since I won’t give up on something even if I should. Here’s a few signs it’s time to quit and move on.


You’re losing the passion

I love to work, and most of the time I do it because I enjoy it. Of course the money helps pay the bills, but that isn’t my driving force to succeed. Once the job gets to the place where people take advantage of you, it begins to erode your soul.

You start losing your passion and the love for what you do gets drowned out by working overtime for free, or stay late into the night for no extra pay. This is when it’s time to look for something else.


There’s no progression or learning

If business is slow, you aren’t learning anything new or if there’s just no promotions available, it’s time to reconsider your options. A job should always make you want to be better and do better.

If you aren’t progressing and feel like a hamster on a wheel, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by staying. You can prepare yourself and avoid any controversy all together.


Promotion comes by default

If you’re a really diligent and hard worker you probably do a little bit of everything for the company. A good employee will see a job that needs to be done, and start working on it.

Then, as time goes on you get more and more responsibility and next thing you know, you’re the assistant manager, with an extra key but nothings been made official.

Basically you’re getting the only person willing to do the job with more responsibilities, the same benefits but the same pay.


The job affects your health

Being a dependable and diligent employee is important, but once it starts affecting your health it’s time to step back and re-prioritize your life.

A job is a large part of our lives, and if most of that time is spent unhappy, overly stressed or continuously working, we are not leading a balanced life. In the end it’s just not worth it.


You can’t say NO

I started noticing I couldn’t say no when I had no social life. My apartment manager couldn’t even get a hold of me during the day to give me my mail.

I was working 14 hour week days, all day on weekends and even Sundays. You can make really good money working all the time, but then you never get the opportunity to spend it, or to have fun with friends and family.

Money isn’t everything. Learn to say NO!


You have more than one job

Once the economy collapsed, everyone started finding out, that having more than one job is a really smart move. But once you have several jobs, hobbies and other activities that need your attention, it’s time to scale back a little.

You want your life and finances to be secure, but you can’t spread yourself too thin either. This is when everything starts to suffer, and then you become equally bad at everything.


Why quitting is a good decision

It was really difficult for me to quit my job because I really loved it. The people that I worked with everyday weren’t just co-workers, they were friends. But I figured that if these people are really my friends, we will stay in contact with each other no matter what.

Sometimes it’s frightening to quit a steady job, and it takes a lot of courage to do the right thing. But with anything in life like a job or career change, it can teach you some great lessons and help you discover things about yourself that you never knew.

New paths can only be formed from doing something that’s unfamiliar. Sometimes quitting is the right answer.

Photo Credit: stevendepolo

About the author: Carrie Smith is the financial artist and editor behind Careful Cents. She helps creative entrepreneurs make a living with their creations, and reach financial freedom through systems and financial organization. She’s been featured in The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, Kiplinger Finance and several other business websites. In May 2013 she quit her full-time accounting job to pursue entrepreneurship and blogging. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @carefulcents.

9 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own

  • Niki December 18, 2011, 7:00 am

    Wishing you the best of luck! It is a scary decision but you seem to have really thought this one out. :)

    • Carrie Smith December 18, 2011, 3:48 pm

      Thank you. It’s a big step but I think it will work out for the best. 

  • Melissa December 18, 2011, 5:08 pm

    Congrats!! This is scary, for sure, but good on you for going with your gut

    I recently left my job, too. I finished on the first of this month, and now I’m just taking some time off before I start freelancing I. January. And let me tell you, it was scary, quitting! I felt like I would be ridiculed for leaving the stability, but man, this post, basically every reason applied to me in a big way. The job wasn’t awful by any measure, but it was definitely time to move on.

    • Carrie Smith December 18, 2011, 7:46 pm

      Thanks Melissa. I’m glad to hear you took the plunge too and decided to quit. I felt the same fears about leaving something stable, and I felt a little selfish with the economy like it is. But I’m happy with the decision thus far.

  • The Jenny Pincher December 19, 2011, 10:06 am

    Hey Carrie – congrats!!! Would love to hear about your plans for your next steps!! Best of luck to you let me know if I can do anything to help :)

    • Carrie Smith December 19, 2011, 11:32 am

      Thanks Jenny. I can use all the help I can get since this is uncharted territory. Lol

  • Anonymous December 19, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Congratulations Carrie! I bet it is both exhilarating and frigthening at the same time. I’m trying to make my way strictly with freelancing myself. Here’s to the both of us being successful next year!

    • Carrie Smith December 19, 2011, 6:30 pm

      Yes it’s both of those things without a doubt. The only other time I quit a job was a summer job back when I was 18. I hate quitting but sometimes it’s better than pushing through and breaking. Congrats and good luck to us both! :)

  • Donation Can April 2, 2012, 6:18 pm

    I’m quitting my job in July. I’m active duty military and after 8 years, it’s time to move on. I constantly have to defend my choice against people who think I should retire for the benefits. But the benefits don’t outweigh my decision to leave. 

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