In my newsletter last week, I announced that I’m quitting my full-time job to pursue growing my freelance business.
Then on my Facebook page, I hinted to this same thing when I posted this photo — and now I’m making it official by announcing it here on the blog.
On May 1st, 2013 I officially quit my full-time job to become my own boss.
If you would have asked me a year ago, if this goal was my intention, I would have laughed in your face. For several reasons:
- I’m too logical to quit a stable job with steady income
- Being your own boss is stressful since you’re under pressure to put food on the table
- I have no where near the amount of money saved up I’d like to have as a savings cushion
So what made me want to quit my job, when so much of my thought process is against it?
Time to Stand Up For Myself
Well, the main thing is that I can no longer work for someone who treats me like their servant. I’ve worked at this same accounting job, for the same boss, for over 10 years — ever since I graduated from high school. And during that time I’ve been very eager to learn and to please.
However, over the past two years they’ve been taking advantage of that (more than usual), even to the point where I am doing EVERYTHING besides accounting, and the bookkeeping is falling behind.
So to make-up for it I’ve had to work on weekends, and late during the evenings to get caught up. Then they want me to run errands for them and balance their personal checkbook, amongst other personal requests.
I love my boss and think the world of them as a couple, but I wasn’t hired to pick-up their dry cleaning or help them load photos onto the computer. I was hired to help keep their books clean, do the monthly accounting and pay the bills on time, as well as work with the CPA on a weekly basis.
My Ideas Are Not Respected
When I approached them about this, and urged them to hire an assistant to help do the other office tasks — like answering the phone and getting the mail — they basically flipped out and called me a spoiled employee.
After 10 years of showing up on time every day, only taking 4 sick days and being at their beck and call, they didn’t have enough respect to listen to my ideas.
And in fact, I could save them some money, since they could pay someone else $10 or $15 an hour, instead of paying me twice that, to do the simple office tasks. But they’re stuck in their ways, and now it’s come down to an ultimatum — which means I have to quit and make it on my own as a freelancer.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been spending more time in the entrepreneurial world over the past year, and have developed a new perspective.
Or maybe it’s because I finally woke up to the fact that this job is going nowhere. I’m taking on more responsibilities every day for the same pay, my social life is non-existent and I spend more time at work than I do at home.
Whatever the reason is, I know it’s time to move on.
My Career is NOT My Life
I didn’t come to this decision lightly, and it still goes against many of my logical ideas about how you’re supposed to prepare for the leap into full-time freelancing, but I believe with all my heart this is the right decision — no matter how much opposition I get.
For the past decade my family, marriage/divorce, health and overall happiness have all taken a backseat to my job and my career. But I’m not willing to sacrifice those things any more.
I’m committed to this journey of creating a lifestyle business — one that revolves around my life, instead of revolving around my business.
Why Now is the Right Time to Quit
If you’re feeling the same things I’ve mentioned here, right now is the best time to think about re-organizing your life and finding balance.
I mean, why wait?
The next month, or year is gonna go by anyway, and what will you have to show for it? Money? That only helps you buy stuff, not create lasting memories or experiences. Recognition in your career? That’s great but it doesn’t feed your soul.
As my sister wisely reminded me, “I’d rather eat ramen everyday and have no regrets, than eat steak and potatoes every night and live a miserable life”.
For these reasons, I’m quitting my full-time job to pursue more important things in life, and I think you should consider the same!