Why you shouldn’t quit your day job
I think about turning in my two week notice every f*cking (excuse my French) day. I kid you not. It starts at about 6:00am when I’m getting ready for work and answering coaching clients emails at the same time. I think, “wow, wouldn’t it be nice if I could just slow this day down and stay home all day to work on the coaching business.”
Then it continues when my high-stressed boss is already at the office by the time I pull up, he’s always still there when I leave too…it’s like an unspoken rule around here that you should spend ungodly amount of hours in this hell hole. Makes me cringe honestly, because no one’s getting ungodly amounts of work done, they’re just sitting there in the chair so that everyone else will admire their work ethic. When the real truth is, I think most of them just hate going home to their wives, so they stay here as long as possible. Sad, but true.
I’m a really hard worker, I produce high quality results, and yet I’m completely unfulfilled by the actual work that I’m doing here. But I know it’s not time for me to leave yet, and that’s likely true for you too.
You’re not going to get fired, you’re too amazeballs at your job. And you’re much of a go-getter to slack off anyway. So the real question is, when are you going to quit to pursue the side gig?
Some people have advised me to straight up leave, right now. Just quit cold turkey they say and you’ll figure it out. I think that’s absolutely dumb. Maybe that does work for some people, maybe they need to just jump off the deep end with no plan and figure it all out later, but not me, and I don’t think that’s how you want to approach this either, not if you want to actually succeed that is.
Believe me, I want you to leave your job, it’s sucking the life out of you. But you’re not ready yet.
There's a time and a place for throwing in the towel, but that time might not be now, and that place might not be your current office. While there are many good reasons for quitting your job, there are also a number of reasons to consider hanging in there.
Here’s what you need to know…
Okay so you really hate your boss…and he makes you want to quit in an epic way…like a goes on fiery rant and drops the mic kind of way…
My response to you, don’t do it. Don’t quit in an epic way. Work at your job as long as possible while hoarding up money like a chipmunk getting ready for a long winter. And when you’ve got about 6 months worth of expenses saved up, quit in a non-epic way. Don’t leave any battle scars around here. You NEVER know who you may end up working with or running into in the future. It’s best to leave things un-epic.
So, you’ve started the side business, but you’re not bringing in any cash…does that mean I should quit my job to devote more time to it?
No. No, it does not. You need to be building that side business exactly where it is…on the side. This is totally doable because I have done this myself, so no excuses. You need to start generating paying clients before you even think about quitting that day job.
If you quit the day job prior to consistent profit generation you move into what I like to call “desperate vulture-like business human.” You need the money so badly and we can all sense that, we can smell it actually. When you’re able to build the side gig first - when you don’t need the money - it will allow you to serve from the soul and be much more authentic in the process.
Don’t become desperate, keep the job, build the profits first, then say goodbye once you’ve created a real plan and you’re supplementing the day job income.
I get it, you just flat out hate the job, but have no real plan for the next steps.
You totally need a plan. You need to outline your goals, figure out how you’re going to replace the income, pay off all your debts (yup I said it), pile up cash and put personal benefits in place. If you’re thinking about quitting the job without doing these critical things first, you’re going to make the entire process the opposite of fun and exciting. Well, it might be exciting in an “I’m so stressed I’m about to beg for my old job back,” kind of way. You want to set yourself up for success, and leaving without a plan seems like self-sabotage to me.
Building the side gig while you have the full-time job is the biggest blessing in disguise sometimes. Yes, it’s hard, I totally get it. But you’re in a position where you don’t need your client’s money; they just honestly need your services.
It moves you so far away from the desperate zone and removes vulture-like tendencies. It allows you to not wake up with night sweats because you know you can pay the bills this month.
Building your side gig takes time; this is not an overnight adventure or a quick fix to solve your office wars problem.
Set yourself up for success in the side business with a plan, so that when it is time to leave, you’re financially stable, you’re not stressed, and you’re completely confident that you’re ready and willing to make this business a success.
We all know that quitting is scary and it’s difficult. When the time arrives, you’ll wake up in the middle of the night, soaked in pools of your own self-doubt. You’ll wonder where your next paycheck is going to come from, or if you’ll ever be able to afford insurance.
But if you've been spending every free moment building the side business, practicing and getting ready for the life you really want, the process will be less dramatic.
So, if you decide to ignore my warnings and quit anyway because you have a desire so strong you're ready to turn your life upside for it, then let me be the first to congratulate you!
Whether you’re quitting now, or putting the plan in place so you’re ready to do it later down the road, let me also welcome you to the crazy club of dreamers, thinkers, movers, and shakers who refuse to accept life at face value and who end up more fulfilled because of it.