There seems to be a lot of hype going around about quitting your job and working for yourself. There’s a lot of cheerleading and promotion about the benefits of being your own boss and leaving your current employer. It seems like an amazing idea. You can leave your job, never have to see your annoying co-workers again, and be free for the rest of your life. Is it really that easy? I’m not so sure.
The other day Mike wrote about why he will never quit his job. I always enjoy a post like this because it helps to take a realistic look at things. There are people out there that are making lots of money of online and still don’t plan on quitting their job.
A while back I asked if you’re jumping on the self-employed bandwagon? The reason I did so is because it feels like more people just don’t want to work rather than work for themselves. Quitting your job isn’t the only answer to all of your problems. There’s more to the issue.
I don’t want to suggest that you should remain in a toxic workplace environment for the sake of money. I just wanted to take a realistic look at the whole notion of quitting your job. I wanted to share why I’m not a huge supporter of quitting your job just yet:
We all need money! What will you do for money? Do you have a strong backup plan or a war chest for money? I find that the idea of making money is overlooked too often. The thing with quitting your job is that I think you need to have your financial situation taken care of first. This means that you need a strong financial buffer mixed in with a proven income. Without this combination, quitting your current job will only lead to added stress. Do you want to go right back on the job hunt right after quitting?
If you have a way of making a living then quitting your job will likely work for you. Without a strategy you’ll be no better off. That’s just my opinion.
Think about the personal and professional connections that you can build at work. I’m sure that many of your close friends are individuals that you met on the job. In many case you’ll spend more time with your co-workers than your family. Just imagine how many more connections you can build if you stay employed. You can also meet connections that will take you in different directions when it comes to future employment and promotions.
One of my friends once told me that he couldn’t live life with his wife not working. He also told me that he couldn’t imagine not working either. I think the thing is that we often feel like more free time is the solution to our problems. More spare time isn’t always the best solution. There’s no guarantee that you’ll use this time properly. There’s also no guarantee that you’ll be much happier just because you have more time. It can be good for you to get out of the house and to remain active with your current job. Maybe the problem is that you need to switch departments, companies, or fields. Simply quitting your job isn’t always the best answer to your work problems.
That’s just one side to the argument. I wanted to present a realistic look about why quitting your job isn’t always the best option. I would love to hear a counter argument.
Do you want to quit your job? Have you considered quitting your job? What would you do with your new found free time if you did happen to quit in the near future?
(photo credit: raleignichols)
|How I Suck at Not Paying Debts||Hitting 6 Figures Income at 28|
|How I Get a Huge Income Raise Each Year||Making $125K Online in 12 months|
|How I Buy Blogs||Most Debated Articles: The Primerica Saga|
|How I Have Survived My MBA||What is So Wrong With Making Money?|
|How I run multiples blogs and makes money without burning out|