The Great Obsession for most people, when it comes to working online, is being able to quit your job.
Along with getting sober and getting in shape, quitting my job is one of the most amazing life changes I ever made.
But quitting your job the right way is harder than it sounds. And if you do it wrong you’ll doom yourself to an endless pattern of quitting, struggling and then searching for a new job again.
But if you do it right, you can do exactly what I did. Quit your job one time and leave the rat race behind forever.
How Most People Quit
When most people quit their job they do something like this.
- Decide they don’t like their job anymore
- Quit their job that day
- Try to find another way to make money
- Fail and look for another job
Sound familiar? This is a recipe for total disaster.
Here’s some advice: You should never quit your job without a plan for what you’re going to do next.
And having a plan doesn’t mean you think of something you “might” want to do and then try to do it after you quit.
You need to have another job lined up, or a profitable business idea already in operation before you quit. That way when you quit your job you can survive.
If you don’t have your new thing in place yet, your best bet is to stay in your cubicle and earn a paycheck until you do.
Now, me telling you to keep your day job might sound contradictory to the general theme of this website. (You know, “F#CK SOCIETY, SCREW THE NORM, QUIT YOUR JOB, SELL ALL YOUR STUFF, LET’S START A CULT, BLAH BLAH BLAH”)
But if you quit your job without a plan (as most people do) there’s a damn good chance you’ll be broke and looking for a new paycheck in less than 2 weeks. And that’s not the goal.
The goal is to quit one time… forever, right?
To do that you have to quit your job the right way.
How To Quit Your Job And Survive
I quit my job seven years ago and never went back. That’s because when I did it, I had a plan.
Telling my boss “I quit” was the final step of a 12-16 month process. During that process I saved every dollar I made. I also had $2000-$3000/month coming in from affiliate campaigns.
I planned it out. And it worked.
Here Are Some Tips
If you’re considering quitting your day job, here are a few things that I recommend. These are all based on my personal experience.
I’m going to use affiliate marketing as the example. But you can change that word to “painting portraits” or “inventing a teleportation device” or whatever it is you really want to do.
- Write out your plan. This is a powerful step that most people leave out. Writing down your plan forces you to think it all the way through. Write down exactly what you want to do. Write down the dollar amount you want to make per year. Write down the steps that you’ll need to take to get there. Put the steps into to-do lists. Start doing them.
- Save all your money. It is insane to quit your job if you have no money saved. I recommend saving AT LEAST six months worth of living expenses before you go out on your own. Add up your monthly rent, food and all your bills and multiply it by six (or twelve) and start saving money until you hit that goal. Stop going out for dinner and don’t you dare buy a pair of new shoes. All your money sits in the bank until you hit your number.
- Work nights/weekends. Do your 9–5 gig during the day and your affiliate marketing stuff at night and on weekends. Don’t take days off – you should be working on your job or your campaigns at all times. If you start to feel burnt out, try using a Second Morning.
- Do your campaigns at work. As your campaigns begin to take shape, start working on them all day at work. Let your day job pay you to work on your campaigns. Morality check: Most office workers shop online and check Facebook all day. At least you’re doing something worthwhile.
- Do A Trial Run. When you feel ready, take a week’s vacation from work and use it to work full time as an affiliate marketer. See how much more work you can do and how much more money you can make when you have all day to do it. This will give you an idea of what to expect when you do finally quit.
The Exit Strategy
If your trial run goes well. You can start planning your exit strategy.
A proper exit strategy means turning in your two weeks notice, finishing up all your work and leaving on good terms.
Remember, if things go wrong and your big idea fails. There’s a chance you’ll be going back to these same people and asking for your old job again. At the very least you’re going to need to use them as a reference.
And if their last memory of you is “Screw this place! I’m leaving!!!” Things are going to suck for you.
Play it cool. It’s always best to leave on good terms.
I’ll Leave You With This…
Quitting your day job is awesome. It’s the best thing I ever did. But if you quit your job without a plan, you can doom yourself to an endless cycle of quitting, going broke and looking for a new job again.
If you want to quit your job and survive, you need to come up with a plan first. Then, when the time is right, make a smooth exit that allows you stay gone for good.
Remember, the goal isn’t to randomly quit your job and risk everything. The goal is to come up with a smart plan that will allow you to exit the 9–5 rat race one time and NEVER return.
That my friend, is the name of the game.
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