Far too many people have suffered from the side effects of a job that overworks or burns them out, almost to the point of an utter breakdown. I joined that club a long time ago.
I lasted hardly a month working at a call center, where I took inbound calls from people inquiring about their insurance policies. From the moment I walked in the building, my skin jumped on edge in reaction to the stale air and the layers of dust eroding the ceiling vents (ironic that we were there talking about “health care” all the time).
I knew two things: 1) that job wasn’t going to be easy on me and 2) I wasn’t up for the challenge.
The road that lay ahead was rocky. I had been brainstorming about all the things I could do to keep myself sane while both on and off the job. The explanation I was planning to give the supervisor about my premature two week’s notice was clear in my head, but one day I just lost all patience. I walked over to the supervisor, told him why I was leaving, and then I walked out and never looked back.
What to Do Before You Quit Your Job
Don’t follow my example. Indeed, I had my reasons for leaving that call center–primarily health related–but it was income that was paying the bills. At the end of the day, sometimes that’s what matters the most. It can be sad, but it can be a lot sadder when you’re going through a transition with no cushion and immense pressure to make money with no guaranteed paycheck.
As they say, hindsight is 20/20. These are the things I see, the things I did right, when I look back:
1. While still working at the call center, I kept a notepad of things I wanted to accomplish or write about when I got home. That way, when an idea came to me, I wasn’t too burnt out to try and remember it.
2. I was working when I came home and even on the weekends, spending countless hours researching, writing, and researching some more. I came across crowdsourcing websites with enough work that could put several hundred dollars into my pocket each week. (Note: that kind of stuff takes a lot of work and discipline to pull off.)
3. I kept the door open for opportunities, whether they were in the form of contractual work or even just the stuff I was doing online at the time. Fortunately, that “stuff” paid the bills and connected me with a lot of new like-minded people. Speaking of which…
4. My following on my blog and my social media profiles grew, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram particularly.
When I saw those things, and when I saw how things like increased traffic could help me create more passive income for articles I wrote on revenue sharing sites, I had a eureka moment and realized the destiny of the brand I had been working on since 2008.
My passion is doing this: writing to you now.
There you have it, the story of how I quit my day job and pursued the freelance writing lifestyle and career. It wasn’t planned, it wasn’t expected, it wasn’t ideal, and it wasn’t what I wanted either, believe it or not. I did it and it’s done.
Learn from me and prepare as extensively as you can to give yourself the flexibility of a life after you quit your own job. You’re going to need all the energy you can get as you venture off to find or create the perfect career.
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Best of luck to you!