If you haven’t caught on yet, I quit my job two weeks ago. Friday was my last day and I’m still getting used to the entrepreneur lifestyle.
The idea has been swimming around in my mind for a couple of months but I didn’t feel like I was in the position to take that leap yet. I had just adopted a puppy, I was living in a beach house in Southern California, and I didn’t have another source of income.
But one day, it just hit me. Am I ever going to be ready?
I started mulling over my options:
- I could move to a cheaper apartment.
- I could wait tables for a while.
- I could move home until I figured out what the hell I wanted to do with my life.
The point is, none of those options were horrible. My worst case scenario was not life threatening and there was no way my family would allow me to end up on the street.
After I came to that conclusion, I realized that it was time. Even though I didn’t have a plan B, here are the reasons why I said goodbye to my cubicle and hello to entrepreneurship.
I have NEVER had headaches before but once I started working at my most recent job, migraines started taking over my life. I couldn’t sleep and was miserable. Come to find out, it was because of the florescent lights in the office. Now that I work from home, I open the curtains, let the natural light in, and avoid headaches altogether.
2. My puppy
Yes, I was the moron that bought a puppy while I had a full-time job. I missed that little biotch every day. Now I get to spend every waking moment with her and I’m realizing that I don’t really like that very much. She can be a real pain in the ass.
Writing and helping others is my passion. Many of you may have already realized this, but when you’re not doing something you love you just feel… empty. And that’s how I felt, like a just another cog in the machine. Now that I’m pursuing my dream career, my mood is elevated, I sleep better at night, and I’m more productive.
The tasks I was being handed were so monotonous and mundane. I am the kind of person that needs to constantly be learning and growing or else I want to bang my head against the wall. Why else do you think I sign up for random classes and read countless personal development books?
You may think that a job within a company is job security but here’s a news flash: No job is layoff proof. If someone has the power to hire you, they can fire you. When you start your own business, how many clients you have and how long you’re open for biz.
I don’t like having a cap on my income. As a freelancer, my success depends solely on the amount of work I put in every day. Yes, this is a huge responsibility but I am proud of the work I produce and I don’t have credit taken from me.
When I was working in a corporate office, I would have to rush to get to work, hurry home to let the dog out, and never had time to myself. These days, I skip the commute and save SO much time every day. I still work my butt off but I’m not constantly stressing whether my boss is going to notice that I took a 1 1/2 hour lunch break.
Since the big leap, things have been miraculously falling into place. I’ve been offered amazing opportunities that reiterate the fact that I made the right decision.
If you’re considering leaving the 9-5 life, keep in mind that you should have some money saved up to keep you secure for a while. Check out this amazing advice from other millennial women entrepreneurs who quit their cubicle job to branch out on their own. Also, check out CreativeLive’s free classes this week. There are plenty of helpful courses that can take you from side hustle to full-time job.