If you’ve been thinking about quitting your job to follow your passion, ‘find yourself’ or be free to create your own rules, it wont take long for reality to set in and the novelty to wear off if you’re not prepared.
Daytime TV becomes more painful than a poke in the eye with a hot stick and the lump in your throat grows larger as you inevitably miss the arrival of what should’ve been your next pay cheque.
But like all other goals in life, quitting your day job doesn’t have to lead to doom, gloom and regret, if you approach it with a well strategised plan.
Luckily, we’ve got six tips to help you decide if quitting is the right answer and how to move forward in grace during those first few weeks of self-imposed unemployment.
1. Be Financially Fit
The most important first step you will need to take is ensuring you’re able to cover all of life’s expenses such as rent (or mortgage payments), groceries, phone bills, insurance, day care or school fees, any monthly fees or credit card payments due.
Research suggests the average worker should have a six-month nest egg up their sleeve as an emergency fund in case of unforeseen unemployment or redundancy.
If you’re not already in a financially fit position, work out a monthly budget of all your current expenses, times it by six, then double it, because you never know what life has in store for you (and it’s better to be safe than sorry).
2. Take A Break
Taking a holiday from work, even if you stay at home to watch Netflix and showering every second day, gives you mental space to figure out what really matters to you.
Use the down time to write in your journal, meditate and figure out a plan of attack to either overcome the issues you currently face at work, or create a positive exit strategy.
Time away from the office may be just what the doctor ordered and all the issues you’re facing may not appear so bad when you’re not at the front line. Alternatively, it may be just the break you needed to realise quitting is your only option.
If you genuinely believe quitting your job is the answer, you will intuitively know it’s the right choice, but time out and getting real about what it is you’re looking for, need and want, will also help you avoid taking the next step out of desperation.
3. Research & Review Your Options
Financial obligations aside, you need to be aware of your options.
For example, can you negotiate to work part-time while you’re building a business on the side? Can you easily pick up work as a consultant or freelancer for a few months while deciding the next step?
It’s tempting to jump to the next best thing when you’re day dreaming about working a 4 hour week and bringing in the big moula, but you don’t want to be locked in to a new contract or find yourself let down with growing debts and broken dreams only a few weeks in to your new life.
Until you know with absolute certainty how, when and where you will move forward, remain open to experimentation that doesn’t leave you feeling worse off than before.
4. Stay On Good Terms
If and when you do hand in your letter of resignation, make sure you keep any personal opinions about your work place to yourself, even if you’re directly asked for more info.
As the saying goes, ‘what goes around comes around’ and the last thing you want to do, is to burn bridges with your boss, workplace or colleagues.
If you’re in a hurry to leave and let everyone know why they are suckers for staying, you can kiss goodbye all the professional connections you’ve built and severe ties with a workplace you may need again one day.
Besides, it is NOT a good look for you professionally if you leave in a blaze of smoke… Word travels fast.
5. Hire A Coach
If your budget allows, hire a Career Coach to help you make the most fulfilling transition.
While the opinions and advice from your friends and family is appreciated, more often than not their words will only cause more confusion and fill your head with useless info about what they would do.
A Career Coach is objective. They don’t know your story and have no vested interest in helping you to decide one path over another. Their purpose is to support you during this life change, not hand you answers on a silver platter.
Find someone who specialises in assisting women in business and/or careers as they will help you dive deep under all your fears, and ask the essential questions that will hopefully bring more freedom, flow and the future of your dreams in to reality.
Not sure where to start? Source a Career Coach that’s right for you from the Beautiful You Coaching Academy.
6. Network Darling
It’s time to put your self out there Woman Rising. No more hiding behind your job, blaming others for your circumstances or expecting others to find you (let’s be honest, we’re all too busy worrying about ourselves anyway!).
Putting yourself out there, forming new relationships and networking with like-minded women could not only open doors to new job opportunities but showcase a whole array of professional pathways you’ve not considered before.
Networking also has the ability to keep you inspired, on track to take bold steps towards the future you desire and gain invaluable support to make what matters happen.
In short, if you don’t risk anything, you can’t gain anything. What’s the worst that could happen?
Have you quit your job only to end up spinning without direction? Or did you exit slowly and build a killer new path without regrets? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below or share your story.
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