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Written by: Raymond Fohjem

Should you quit your day job?

Why you should either quit your job or not

For the past few years, I have been getting lots of mails from my readers asking if it’s possible for them to quit their day jobs. While I have been trying to tackle each of their worries, still, the replies I usually give to each of them are never the same due to their different personalities, statues and the job type.

Sometimes, I may get something from my contact form such as “Good day Mr. Raymond. I am Mrs. X, I have been working with company X for several years and still, am experiencing no change in my financial statue. I just want to quit.”

I got a mail last week from a lady. She was desperately in need of advice as she wants to quit her day job and become self-employed. At least, I could handle this one as the few paragraphs I sent to her was enough to let her make the right choice. The last mail I got, the person was somehow brief “Am tired and all I need is just a dismissal letter from my boss but my problem is how am going to support myself after.”

As with the above cases, the replies I gave them were totally different since all of them wanted to quit their day jobs but with different reasons and in different circumstances. For example, the first person wanted to quit her job as a result of low earnings or financial setbacks. The second person was doing well in his/her profession and desires to become self-employed, at least with others under his supervision as employees while the third person doesn’t appreciate what she does as a job and as a result, all she needs is just a dismissal letter in order to be fine. They all have a particular problem but from different directions and so, demand individual reply.

In this article, I am not going to start explaining what my replies to them were except you will be ready to read something twice of this page. Therefore, I intend to tackle the general aspect of this issue “Should you quit your day job” in such a way that will apply to everyone wondering to quit a certain job/profession/career or not. Below are some of the things one has to consider before adopting the manner of approach.

Should you quit your day job?

Before you prepare to fire yourself, you must in the first place identify what you consider as being wrong in the job. At least, this helps you know what you’ll be searching for. Quitting a job is not a problem. In fact, it has never been one. It takes just few hours if not minutes to achieve a resignation letter but now the issue is, on what grounds are you quitting the job? Is it your Boss? Is it your colleagues? Do you stress so much? Does it deprive you from other activities (E.g, your social life or family affairs)? Do you invest much than what you get in return? Do you render much work than paid for? Is it the low wage of the job?

I know any of the above mentioned is sufficient to make many people quit their day jobs but behind this lies another option. Before you think of quitting, is there any way to work things out? Yes, this is because, if you actually like or appreciate your job, then you must always do anything to protect it if you can, right? At least, you have to make an effort before making conclusion especially when you depend solely on it for survival.

If you must quit, the final conclusion only comes when it’s certain nothing can be done about it or that you’re heading towards something big. In this case, no one likes to remain small. Everyone likes to experience financial growth, right? But before doing that, it must be clear that what you’re about to undertake is certainly going to work or heal fruits, right?

What do you intend to do next?

I am in support of the majority of people who believed that, nothing is as painful as lacking the necessities that one used to get. This is a polite way of saying that, what will you do with your life after you quit your day job? A wise person in the first place sees the possibilities of an alternative before thinking about firing.

This therefore means that before you quit, you must first be sure of what you will dive into for financial source else, how are you going to pay your bills, feeding, up keeping not to talk about savings for the future (in times of needs)?

In the past, I usually deal in men and women cosmetics. In my very beginning, everything about the business was just nothing but booming booming and money was not one of my biggest problems at the time. But later on, I then started realizing certain great responsibilities and so, I no longer find the business as I once saw it. From then on, my biggest problem was to secure a steady source of income since my expenditures were greater than my income and so I started wondering if I should quit the business.

At that moment, quitting was not a big deal to me but what was crucial was what I was going to do next. This process occupied a greater duration of my time since I had to get an alternative before I could quit. Since I was vest in computer, HTML, PHP and already developed an interest in personal development, I began expanding from there by setting this website (xknowhow.com) and not too long, I was sure about my personal development career and so, I quit the business and dive into self-help, at least something I enjoy doing.

Nothing happens so fast

As you can see from my past experience, quitting your day job is not a problem but what ties much is what you’re going to do after you must have resigned your job. You must first admit that you were in the wrong occupation and secondly, you have to trace the possibility of your next plan and when it’s clear and the possibility is certain, then you can now switched, else, half a bread will be better than none.

Take your time to spot out everything you desire to know about this new plan. You don’t have to be against time. In fact, it took me some months to finally decide on what to do. I am not insinuating that yours have to take same duration, but what am only saying is to give the whole thing some time to see between the wrongs and rights in order to make the right decision.

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