Thinking about quitting your job to start your own business? Read on for my 5 reasons to quit your job tomorrow!
2 weeks ago I quit my job.
I decided it was time to reshuffle who was in control of my life, so I fired my boss and put myself back in the driving seat.
Over the last 3 years as a 9 to 5 office slave the jump from the 27th floor to the tarmac below became ever more inviting.
Getting up in the mornings was a constant struggle. I was always late for work and sometimes didn’t rock up until late afternoon. My excuse was usually the same – bad stomach from dodgy street kebabs or insomnia.
People started guessing there was something more going on, but only my closest friends knew that I was angry and frustrated with the way my life had panned out.
This job was meant to have made me heaps of money and I was supposed to be travelling the world sipping cocktails before I was 30!
Instead, working as an office slave has got me nowhere. I’m 27, still burdened with debt and stuck in a foreign country. I’m now resolute that I will never again put myself in a situation where someone else holds the reins to my future in their hands. The idea of making it in a 9 to 5 is dead to me and I’m hell bent on building my own business before it’s too late.
It’s been two weeks since I quit my job and I’m still feeling euphoric, despite the uncertainty of my future and whether my business plan will succeed or not. Needless to say I don’t care. I am free.
Here are my 5 reasons to quit your job tomorrow:
1) A rotten job is a rotten sandwich.
If you suddenly realise your sandwich is rotten you don’t chew, savour and swallow. YUCK! You spit it out. Reject it.
Your job shouldn’t be treated any differently. Why force yourself to swallow a career that you no longer feel passionate or excited about? For what, money? Incremental raises in pay or job title? Or do you think it’s OK because all your friends are in the same boat and you’ve just got to accept office slavery like everyone else does?
The passion and excitement your job once gave you isn’t going to magically come back. Don’t get me wrong, you can find it again and quitting your job is the first step. Go find the cakes and watermelon. Leave the rotten sandwiches behind.
2) You will survive!
Sure, the idea of not receiving a paycheck next month is a frightening one, but if you’re serious about quitting your job you must realise this is inevitable however far down the line you choose to quit. Not getting that steady paycheck is going to scare you just as much this month as it will 6 months later.
What are you waiting for?
Answer “YES” to the following question and there’s nothing stopping you quitting tomorrow – if you quit your job tomorrow can you survive without a paycheck for 3 months?
By “survive” I mean pay your rent, bills and have food in the fridge. It’s that simple.
Excuses: “I don’t have enough saved up yet”. “I can’t quit yet I have bills to pay”. “What will I do if my own business doesn’t work out?” “I’ll never get a job in xxxx career again”.
Throw out all the excuses and just strip back to the bare basics. Will I die if I don’t get paid next month? Of course you won’t.
3) Put a gun to your head. See what happens.
Sometimes it takes a gun to the head to get things done.
Remember the scene from Swordfish when Gabriel holds a gun to Stanley’s head and gives him 60 seconds to hack a government system? Despite the fact the gun wasn’t loaded and Stanley received fellatio at the same time the idea of having your brains blown out if you fail is quite a powerful one.
Quitting your job will give you a similar sensation. As soon as you realize you’re not getting a salary in your bank the next month it will force you into a corner that you must fight to get out of. This is a good thing.
It’s too easy to get comfortable when you have the security of a paycheck in your bank each month. You might say “why should I quit?”, or “I’m happy with my salary, it’s enough to support me and I can put some away each month”. Sure, that sense of security is nice but it is also what is holding you back from moving to the next level.
4) Quitting your job will give you 8 more hours a day to work on your own business.
Imagine having an extra 40 more hours a week to pursue your own business?!
If you already have an income outside of the 9 to 5 that is making you money but not quite enough to support your current bills think about how much more 40 more hours a week could add to your business’ revenue?!
In the last few months before I quit the 9 to 5 I found it impossible to build traction with my own business plan in the tiny 3 hour window between finishing work and going to sleep. It simply wasn’t enough time for me to create something. Plus I was usually knackered and motivationally drained from work and all I wanted to do when I got home was collapse in front of the TV until bed.
The day job does, quite frankly, suck the life out of you and finding the energy to build something after a gruelling day at the office is far easier said than done.
Since I quit my job and freed up every hour of the day my productivity has skyrocketed and my goals are starting to appear obtainable.
5) Your friends don’t know shit.
On the day I quit my job I went for dinner with some friends. As soon as I announced I’d just quit the first question they asked me was: “have you started applying for jobs yet?”
Are you sick of people saying quitting your job is stupid because career is everything? – “but what about your career?!”
Why do you think everyone is always so quick to tell you that you shouldn’t quit your job and pursue your dreams? Why do you think people tell you it is stupid to quit and not apply for other jobs? It’s most likely because:
A) they don’t see beyond the career culture because they are trapped by the security they think it offers
B) they are jealous of your urge to escape the zoo and want to stop you for their own selfish reasons
If you are considering quitting your job to start your own business avoid asking for advice from your friends stuck in the career zoo. Branch out a little.
Sure, your closest friends are awesome for advice on other things (like what to wear or how to sext) but that doesn’t mean they know shit about opportunities outside of the corporate zoo.
Ask those who have already got out. Their advice is worth listening to
I’m going to end this post with a story.
You go to a bar for a drink with friends. There’s a mixed crowd and some friend of a friend there you’ve never met before. You notice he’s happy, confident and everyone wants to talk to him. You wait until he’s free and introduce yourself. After talking for a bit you find out he quit his job 6 months ago and is now doing his own thing. He’s successful, making money and loves the freedom. He asks you what you’re doing and you tell him you’re a corporate slave working for xxxx company but you want to quit because you have a plan for your own business. You end up talking to him all night and after a few more drinks tell him “f*ck it. I’ll do it. I’ll QUIT!” At the end of the night you exchange numbers. He wishes you the best of luck and tells you to contact him. The next day you wake up, shit, shower, shovel breakfast down your throat and get to work on time. You don’t quit. You keep going to work for 6 more months and tell yourself everyday you’ll quit soon. 1 Year later you bump into that guy again in the same bar. He’s happy to see you and asks “so…did you quit your job?!” You’re embarrassed, say no, I’m still working for xxxx company and you reel off some speel about how you got a raise and you’d like to stay a little longer because the company’s really going somewhere. He loses interest, gets distracted and makes an excuse to go talk to someone else.
Did you quit your job to start your own business? Please share your story in the comments below.