HOW TO QUIT YOUR 9 TO 5
Actually, I'm fucking kidding.
➊ you've got a solid guaranteed plan on how to replace your income (and you know there's no risk)
➋ you're already running a business and making money and you're certain it's time to quit your day job
➌ you have savings to keep you afloat for a MINIMUM of 6 months to pay for shelter, food, bills, and living expenses
If zip out of 3 of those describes your current circumstance, then' I'd suggest you keep your day job... for now.
Am I the leading expert on this topic? Hell no, but I learned the hard way what it's like to quit too early.
I went big, then went home. To live with my parents.
Here are 7 pieces of advice I've shared with friends who've wanted to start their own business:
1 / BE THE BEST EMPLOYEE YOUR EMPLOYER HAS EVER SEEN ...and DO NOT expect them to notice your effort
Doing amazing at your j.o.b. is mostly for you. This is one of the best confidence boosters a person has control over when working for someone else. This is something I wish I would have done since the beginning of my working career at nearly 16 years old. It took me a while to figure out how to do things right and with integrity. You'll be more successful in business if you learn this sooner rather than later.
Adopting this character quality will also affect your ability to be a kickass boss and business owner for yourself (if that's what you want.)
It'll raise the bar for your own work ethic and build new habits for doing great work that other people dig.
2 / SAVE MONEY
Again, if you have the benefit of being on someone else's payroll, then cut back on your spending in some areas so you can start a nest egg of savings. Even if it's a small amount.
One of the easiest ways to raise your heart rate as an entrepreneur is to work in a state of panic so you can generate enough revenue to keep your electricity on. Like mentioned at the start of this article, sock away enough savings to cover your ass for 6 months of living expenses, at the very least.
3 / START A SIDE HUSTLE
You can start small and build incrementally. You can also take it slow and pace yourself. The point is to fucking start.
Whether it's taking photos because you aspire to be a pro photographer, writing because you love the written language and want to be a copywriter, or studying physical fitness and anatomy because you want to become a personal trainer.
Start doing something, if even it's only to educate yourself on what it takes to run a successful business doing the type of work you love.
4 / OFFER YOUR SERVICES, LIKE RIGHT NOW
Are you good at graphic design and that's the field you want to get into? Then put it out there to your friends and family.
If you're not totally sure what you want to do or you don't want to immediately dive in and take it too far with a full website and all the other shit that goes with it, I get it.
Instead build a Facebook business page in place of a website so you have somewhere to send people to contact you and see some of your work. Post examples of your work using images. It shouldn't take you more than a few hours to set this up. Schedule the time and do it.
Ask friends who are supportive of your side-hustle to share your page. The benefit of using Facebook is that you'll already have a following of fans and customers who probably like you for you. So even if you switch industries (and change the details on your Facebook page), they'll come along with you.
5 / KNOW YOUR PRICES
You don't want to overcharge straight outta the gate unless you're a straight up gangster in your field and you're already above or at the same level in the skills department as your competition. We'll get to that in a sec.
The flip side is to not undercharge your services either. Otherwise, you'll be spinning your wheels and you'll never get your head above water to make your own dolla dolla bill, y'all.
Example: if you're fucking good at being an assistant and you find out what the going rate is for your field as an online freelancer, don't think "Oh, I'll charge less so I get more clients, plus I'll be working from home and won't have as many expenses."
Oh hell no. You're going to get so burnt out working for longer hours trying to make up for the lost income. Don't charge less than your competitors, that's girlboss suicide if you're flying solo in the beginning.
Get paid for what you're worth, BUT KNOW your worth and don't be unrealistic. (If you want to know more about defining your value, let me know in the comments and I'll work on creating something amazing about clarifying this.)
Ok, back to the G's. You're likely at gangsta level prices if you're currently working your dream job; You're working for the man, crushing it, and you want to peace-out as quickly as possible. (Don't be a dumbass though, think this one through and get feedback from someone you trust before you roll out, homey.)
6 / WHAT NOT TO DO
It's so hard to not worry about your website domain name, wanting to branding yourself, and also look like a pro with a website.
Unless you know exactly what URL you want and how to build a site already, then don't do it.
Focus on your craft, skill, and/or product. Make a plan and prioritize what needs to get done first to bring in money.
You've got to see if people are willing to buy what you're making or offering as a service.
7 / WHAT TO DO
Set an end goal and then reverse engineer the process. Reverse engineering means you start at the end and work backward.
Example: You have a goal to make a cake. You need to know what steps to take to reach the desired result. Start at the end and work your way back.
If you have a dream to be a copy editor for other entrepreneurs, what are the steps to get you to that goal? Once you've defined them all, put them in chronological order and start at the beginning.
TIP: You can brainstorm and write everything down that you can imagine that goes into your dream job, google more information, and search Pinterest to see what others have done or are doing to be successful in your desired field. Also ask your creative friends or knowledgeable connections what they think it takes. Often times they'll have contacts of people in the field that you're interested in.
The point is, don't just sit on your ass, start doing something ASAP. And again refer to number 4 for what TO DO now to get started.
Here's the deal. If you REALLY want this, you're going to find a way to make it happen.
It's going to take time.
Allow yourself a minimum of 3 - 6 months to see any results.
I gave up weekend nights partying with friends during my mid 20's to stay home and master the wire-wrapping process of jewelry design.
I quit one corporate job in hopes of going full speed into my business, it flopped and I had to return to a 9 to 5 to make money.
I then quit corporate again and eventually moved back home to live with my parents. This allowed me to focus all attention and time on growing the business.
I finally have my own in-home design studio and office, and share living expenses with my beefcake husband. I'm living the dream as they say. It took years, though.
It's a lot of work, but the freedom to create my own schedule and define my own value is amazing.
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