After working for almost 3 years, side hustling like it was nobody’s business, and cutting my day job hours back, I finally flew the coop.
Starting in August, I will be a full-time entrepreneur.
This is very exhilarating, as my fears of impending doom have completely subsided. Don’t get me wrong—this decision was very hard, especially telling my boss it was time to go. Once I did it, though, I realized I am making the best decision for myself.
So, all you money-making, big-idea-having, cubicle-hating side hustlers out there, is it time for you to finally quit the day job and pursue your passion? Here’s are the five things that pushed me to take the leap.
1. You Make The Same Amount On Your Own
After going part time at the day job, I started making more money than ever on my own. Full disclosure: I’m not rolling in major dough or anything, but it was enough for me to realize that spending half of my time working for someone else was pointless.
Once that clicked, the decision was a no brainer.
2. Working For Someone Else Is Scarier Than Being Responsible For Yourself
Some of us are just not meant for regular jobs. We crave flexibility and to be our own boss. Others feel fine totally chained to a desk.
For me, it came down to this—I was more afraid of working for someone else than I was of being responsible for my own income.
The thought of working for other people, going by their clock, and following their policies until the day I retire literally sickened me. On the other hand, I was confident in my ability to figure stuff out on my own; I just needed to close my eyes and leap.
3. Your Job Gets In The Way Of Your Business
I spent close to a year resenting my job because it kept getting in the way of amazing opportunities. I turned down gigs, almost couldn’t make it to big media outlets, and ran myself into the ground for a very long time.
I recently saw Danielle LaPorte speak at the World Domination Summit, and she said that once you start resenting your day job it’s time to get it off your plate. Otherwise, it’s going to get very ugly. I didn’t know this a year ago, so I just kept on trucking waiting for some perfect scenario to leave. The result? It did get ugly. Really ugly.
But here’s the truth: The perfect scenario never comes, especially if you’re too busy working 40+ hours for someone else instead of on your own projects. There just comes a time where you’ve got to roll up your sleeves and get dirty with uncertainty, even if that means taking a major risk.
4. You Find Yourself Juggling More Than Ever
I appreciated the opportunity to work part time, but it was probably one of the worst decisions I made. Working full time, I felt run down and exhausted; when I was part time, I just felt split in two.
If you’re working part time and find your schedule double booked, leave. If you’re working part time and the boundaries are blurrier than ever, leave. If you’re working part time and your head just isn’t in the game, leave. If you’re working part time and you’d rather be anywhere else working on your own business, leave. It’s that simple.
5. Your Business Literally Pulls You
There’s a difference between motivation and inspiration. Motivation is what you tell yourself to get to the gym every day. Inspiration pulls you and has to come out of you. Side-hustling cubicle dwellers usually feel the latter.
If you’ve gotten to a point where you literally feel like you have no choice but to run your own business, take the leap and do it. You’ll regret it otherwise.
How did you know when it was time to take the leap? Share your story!
(Photo: Leo Reynolds)