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Now, it’s official. On May 1st, 2013 I officially quit my full-time job to become my own boss.
If you would have asked a few years 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 make money and 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
- I’m also the breadwinner so if I fail or succeed, it’s all riding on me
So what made me want to quit my job, when so much of my thought process is against it?
It’s time to stand up for yourself
Well, the main thing is that I can no longer work for someone who treats me like their assistant. 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, among 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.
You’re more creative than your job allows
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 a bit 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.
Having a career doesn’t mean you have a 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.
6 signs it’s time to quit your job
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, the next year, heck even the next decade, is gonna go by anyway. What will you have to show for it? Money? That only helps you buy stuff, it doesn’t create lasting memories or experiences.
Recognition in your career? That’s great but it doesn’t feed your soul.
Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you, whether you actually want to or not. Here’s six signs it’s time to quit and move on.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. Now’s the time to quit your job and be your own boss!
6. 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 my job is the right 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.