Why I Quit My Job: A Club Thrifty Confessional
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I have an announcement to make…and it’s a doozy. At the beginning of April, I quit my job. I walked away from my super stable and well-paid 9-5 job and leaped toward the unknown. I put in 2-weeks notice but agreed to work until the end of the month…and now it’s done!
Why Did I Quit My Job?
A few months ago, I wrote about how I was a workaholic. The truth is, that is probably an epic understatement.
Including our full-time jobs and various side hustles, we were each working an 70 hours per week – easy. That wouldn’t be such a problem if we didn’t also have two small children who need our constant attention and care. In order to find more time to be productive and be good parents, we were getting up early, staying up late, and spending our weekends trying to catch up on everything else. Grocery store trips had become reminiscent of Super Market Sweep, and we were always in a hurry to get everything done. I started feeling like more of a machine than a human being. We were miserable, and our lives were beginning to suck. Any free time we had was spent recovering from all of the work that we had just done. We were exhausted, stressed out, and completely overwhelmed by all of our responsibilities.
How Did It Get This Way?
As you know, we started our blog in May of 2012. Anyone who runs a blog knows that it is a time-consuming endeavor. Not only do you have to write content for your site, you have to respond to emails, work on SEO, and about a million other things. Our blog has grown dramatically, and we have started to generate some real income from this thing. In addition, our blog has led to various part-time jobs and side hustles. Not only do I write for Get Rich Slowly, but I also write for a few different companies. I even started doing some other internet related stuff on the side. The point is this: I had a full-job and what felt like 5 million part-time jobs. I couldn’t do them all. I had to pick.
The Big Decision
Since I had to pick between my 9-5 job and my side hustles, I decided to pick my side hustles, obvi. There are several reasons that I decided to saw off my golden handcuffs:
- I started making more money from my blog and side hustles than I did at my full-time job.
- Working from home provides me with time to do household things like laundry, dishes, and make dinner.
- I can work in my pajamas.
- I now have the time to take on additional jobs and projects.
Working from home means that I now have unlimited earning potential. My 9-5 job was great, but I was paid for my time. This meant that working harder never produced any additional income. I could work my a$$ off all day or twiddle my thumbs and play Bejewled Blitz. Regardless of how hard I worked, I never got paid any more. I was simply trading money for time…and I finally realized that it no longer made sense.
Working From Home Is…Scary…
The problem with working from home is that nothing is guaranteed. No one is going to pay me to sit around and watch The Young and the Restless all day. Simply put – if I don’t do anything, I don’t get paid. Lucky for me, I am an extremely self-motivated person. I have never needed anyone to give me direction and I don’t need encouragement or supervision.
All of that is great, but I did give some things up when I walked away from my 9-5 job. My 401K match, profit-sharing, paid vacation, employer-sponsored income insurance protection, and company issued smartphone are a thing of the past. Luckily, I have thought out all of those things and I will be writing about how I’ll be handling those issues in future posts.
For now, I’m just going to work on finding a “new normal.” My kids are still going to daycare full-time until I determine if I can keep them home a few days a week. Life has changed now, and I’m learning to love my new found freedom. Working from home may be scary, but I’m not afraid to try new things….even after years of working for someone else. I had to let go of the past in order to move forward. So I did.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
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Congratulations Holly! I think that is awesome. I left mine over 3 years ago and haven’t looked back. Sounds like great savings if you could watch your kids at home but I get how that would make a dent in your productivity!
My kids are still going to daycare. There is no way I could get anything done if they were home! We will have more quality time though since I will no longer be working all evening.
Way to go, Holly! I hope that working for yourself is everything you hoped and dreamed it would be!
So far, so good!
Congrats Holly! You guys have done an awesome job building this blog to give yourselves this opportunity. It definitely sounds like a scary transition but I’m sure you’ll have it all figured out in no time. And I’m guessing your kids are very excited. Keep us updated on how everything’s working out.
It is a little scary but I’m really excited!
Congrats on your move to full-time self employment. IMO that is where a lot of people stive to be. Do you have any posts (or will you) giving some detail as to how you made the transition. Seems like you did real well in only a year to go it alone.
Yes, I will definitely be writing about it in future weeks and months. I was just on vacation last week so I’m trying to get caught up on everything!
Congratulations!! That is so exciting, I have dreamed of doing something similar, but I am realistically at least 6 months away from it.
It took us a year, Glen! And the only reason I quit before Greg is because he makes more money than I did at my 9-5. His income will be a lot harder to replace.
Congrats! First off, this is so true (even jobs that are technically tied to performance…which is sometimes complete bull): “This meant that working harder never produced any additional income. I could work my a$$ off all day or twiddle my thumbs and play Bejewled Blitz. Regardless of how hard I worked, I never got paid any more.” And this should be the ultimate goal of anyone doing a side hustle: “I started making more money from my blog and side hustles than I did at my full-time job.” Finally, I could never imagine running this site while having kids! It seriously takes so much time!
I always got a raise 3-5%, but so did everyone else. There was no incentive to work any harder. In fact, working harder just led to more responsibility that I really didn’t get compensated for.
My kids are going to daycare full time for now…. I’m going to see how much extra time I end up with!
Congrats Holly! I saw a ton of Disney quotes when I was at Disney and a lot of them are very motivating and makes you think about how you run your life. I hope you had fun in PCB and good luck with the new non-job job 🙂
We had an awesome time! We are coming again at the end of September and hopefully we can hook up then once your fiancé is all healed!
That is really nice! I decided to do the same almost 5 years ago and I am still standing. It is at times more difficult than having a regular job as you have to work harder and as you said, money does not come if you don’t work, but you have a lot more freedom for creating your own work schedule.
And you also seem to have an advantage, since your “side hustles” already earn you more than your salary. When I quit my job, I had no side hustles and just a dream. And only now things started to get a little better. 🙂
Yes, it was kind’ve a no-brainer. I made a nice living at my day job but I wasn’t making 6 figures or anything. It was pretty easy to walk away.
Good for you Holly! I can relate to you on numerous levels and it is scary…BUT it is so worth it! The day we got our first payment after I left my job I was instantly hooked. It meant that we were getting paid for something we did and something we created. It was not because we had some boss telling us what to do, but because we went out and did that. That is an awesome feeling and you guys are rocking it. Best of luck!
Yes, exactly John!!!
Congrats, Holly.. That is awesome. I know that you guys have certainly made it big-time.
The best part about working for yourself is that you get rewarded for working harder. When you work for someone else, the harder you work– you still get paid the same. You know that if you put in extra effort, it will likely lead to additional traffic and additional income.
Yes, exactly. That is what I hope! I haven’t had a lot of time to put into our blog until now.
Holly! That’s amazing. Congrats!!!!!! You’re living the dream! I love the aspect that your future earnings are no longer limited by a small pay increase each year, you’re a straight up entreprenuer now. Way to go.
Good for you, Holly!!!!! Many congrats. I’ve been working from home for nearly 10 years now and hope to never go back. It’s awesome being your own boss. 🙂
10 years is awesome. I bet that you could never work for someone else again!
Sounds great! My DH has his last week of work this week– I hope he finds some lucrative side-hustles.
I’m glad that not all 9-5 jobs have limited upside and some really do compensate for productivity.
Yeah, totally. I know people who work in certain industries (like sales) who thrive on working harder for more money and benefits. My job wasn’t like that. I got paid to be there…period.
I hope that your hubby finds something too. Why is he leaving his day job?
Woohooo, congrats, Holly! Glad to count you as an online “coworker.” You will never regret being home with your kids, I promise. Best of luck and keep us updated!!!! 🙂
Thanks Andrea! I appreciate the support!
Hey congrats! That’s so exciting! Although I understand completely why it would be scary to say goodbye to full time employment, it sounds like you waited until you were sure it made financial sense. Good luck, can’t wait to hear more about it.
I think this is a great decision. Congratulations!
Thanks Pamela =)
Wow, congrats! Gutsy move! It’s definitely a popular thing to do in the PF community. I don’t think I’d ever do it but good for you if you’re happy!
Oh, I am =) Truth be told, I was becoming increasingly unhappy at my 9-5 job. It’s not because it wasn’t a great place to work. I just felt stifled by having to be there 40 hours (plus) per week.
Wow. Good for you and congrats on making the leap! That really is the dream, isn’t it — to find a hobby or side hustle (or hustles) we love, and turn them into what we do full time?
This is great 🙂
Cool, congrats! When you start making more online then online and you’re getting tired, then focusing online is a no brainer. Now watch the income grow!
Yes, that’s the hope!!!
That’s a huge move, but it sounds like you planned it out and are on a good path. I would just make sure you have a re-entry plan in place just in case. You never know when blogging could go south in terms of income, so keep current on what you were doing or what you would endeavor to do if you did have to re-enter the ‘9-5’ workforce.
I have zero plans to reenter the workforce. That’s the beauty of it. If I fail, I will failon an epic scale. I’m not going to give myself an easy out.
With that being said, I have a bigger safety net than most. Plus, Greg makes more than enough money to pay all of our bills plus some. So, I can fail without many consequences.
Congrats on the jump Holly! Sounds so much more profitable in terms of your time! No doubt the kids will love seeing you more! 🙂
I hope so -(
Congrats on the big leap! Working 70 hours plus is hard for anyone, regardless if you have kids! It’s OK to want time to do the things that matter most to you. Good luck and I hope you enjoy your new adventure!
Good for you! “I can work in my pajamas” trumps all reasons to work from home! 🙂 I need to figure out a plan to successfully work from home because I can’t seem to find a job! I can only hope to one day be as successful as you are with your blog and side hustles! Keep rocking!
Hey, thanks! I’m really not all that successful….I’m just making it up as I go along!
It’s always amazing to me that there is a monetary value to something that is so readily labeled as a hobby. You do this for fun for yourself and to impart knowledge to others, and although you and all other PF bloggers truly deserve to be paid for it, most people don’t ever get to take that leap. Since you get to do it though, that sets you above the rest and lets you know that you really ARE helping others become more financially aware and you have helped people who really needed it. This is why I follow Club Thrifty. Greg and Holly are genuinely good people that care about their audience and I will support them in every way possible. Congratulations Holly, this is well and truly deserved.
That second paragraph sounds like me about a year and a half ago. You get to that point and you make changes or become one of those burnouts who complains about everything all the time, so much that you miss out on life and wake up old someday. My road has been a bit different and I am in no way able to make a living from online income, I feel like I have the best of both worlds working 2-3 days a week. Congratulations. I bet you never look back. Maybe you can become obsessed with finding more ways to earn credit card rewards! I have to admit that is becoming quite an addiction of mine, and if I had more time……
Congrats Holly! This is a big step but it sounds like the right one! I look forward to reading more about your success now that you’re working from home. Kudos!
I remember Super Market Sweep! A huge congratulations, Holly – I agree that you’re super self-motivated and that you’ll no doubt skyrocket into even more success!! So happy for you and the family, and I can’t wait to hear about the process of it all. I hope your daughter had a nice birthday 🙂
She did! She had a gymnastics themed birthday and she LOVED IT!
Congratulations~ You’ve grown your blog with your hard work and dedication.
You’ll be able to adjust and settle in in no time.
Thanks Michelle =)
That’s a big move! I’m glad to hear your side gigs are paying you more. I hope that things continue to flourish and you’re able to find a healthier work-life balance while working for yourself. (Andrea may say it’s not possible!)
So far, so good. I’ve had more free time in the past few weeks than I’ve had in years!
I cant wait to hear more about your transition!! Congratulations!!
Thanks so much!
Congrats Holly! A new chapter of your life is about to begin 🙂
Thanks Mackenzie =)
Congrats, Holly! I’m sure we’ll all be able to read some great posts about your journey in self-employment. The “I Quit My Job” posts seem to be getting popular in the personal finance community and I admit, I’m jealous! Reading how hard you hustled to put yourself in the position to be able to walk away from your job is really inspiring.
Congratulations! What an exciting move for you and Greg. I’m sure before long you’ll have a steady backlog of orders for all kinds of blog related projects coming in.
I sure hope so.
That is so awesome Holly. Going on your own is a great thing and I plan to do that at some point but my income is not where I would like it to be.
Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!
Congratulations, Holly! What an exciting time for you and your family! A bold move, but this sounds like the perfect time for you to capitalize on all the opportunities waiting for you to pounce on them AND get some sanity back in your life. Best wishes!
I honestly think I added ten years on my life as well!
Congrats Holly! I like your point on trading time for money and how it didn’t matter how you used that time. Now you’ll be far more effective and I’m sure your guys home will be more relaxed and more time for fun.
It already is. I have had dinner made when Greg got home every day so far. I’ve also gotten all of the laundry and cleaning done. I think that Greg is liking this new arrangement as well =)
That is awesome, Holly! Congrats :).
Congratulations. Progress takes courage and you and Greg seem to have that in good dosages! 🙂 Best of luck!
Congrats Holly! I am excited to hear more about your experience working from home as I have been doing it for 3 months now and it has been quite a learning curve.
Do you like it so far?
Wow, Holly, congrats! I’m super happy for you and look forward to the day when I can kiss my 9-to-5 goodbye!
It’s a wonderful feeling!!!
Boom! Dropping the bombs Holly. I am excited for you. Glad to see that the blog is rocking it, but I knew that a long time ago. You have done very well for yourself and now you have no limits on what you can earn. There will be scary moments, but there will be many great moments.
I sure hope so =)
Holly – that’s great. You’re quite right that it’s very different to work for yourself – at home! But I’m sure you’ll make a go of it!
I’m giving it the best shot I’ve got. So far, so good!
Way to go Holly! And way to go Greg for still rockin’ the 9 – 5! I know a lot is uncertain, but you’ve proven that you can make it happen over the past year, more than anyone else I’ve seen. You’ve set the hustle benchmark for all of us 🙂
Looking forward to hear more about working from home, how your finances are holding up, and of course, KILLING THAT MORTGAGE!
Thanks, Jacob. So far so good!!
Wow! This is awesome! Congrats on deciding to step forward into the unknown of working from home. The unlimited income potential and options/choices working from home gives you will feel even more amazing as you settle down into your new routine.
Thanks Kyle =)
Living the dream, this is awesome! I wish you much success and will watch closely for tips and tricks as I would love to do the same at some point.
Cool, Greg! Thanks for stopping by!
Congrats on moving one step closer to your dream. As you said, creating a blog and keeping up with side hustles is work.
I’m just contemplating doing this in the far future, and that scares the bejesus out of me. I wish you luck with it.
Very courageous! Seems like you’re certainly on a great track.
Well Congratulations Holly! Clearly you can see where your heart is at and that is working at home, online and enjoying your new freedom. I’m sure in time you will have it all sorted out but until then, Congrats again and enjoy! Cheers Mr.CBB
WOOHOO So exciting! This is something that I’ve been thinking about a ton lately. I might just have to take the leap with you 🙂
What’s stopping you, Michelle???
Congratulations, Holly! I so glad that you will be able to more of what you like instead of trading your time for money. I can tell through your writing that you are a very motivated person, just don’t work yourself too hard 😉 Best of luck to you!!
Congrats Holly! I remember reading about that on I think Emily’s blog? That’s a big move! Enjoy your evenings with your girls!!! 🙂 Good job too on taking a vacation as part of that transition 😉
Yes, that vacation was pretty sweet knowing that I never had to go back to my day job again!!
Congrats on the big jump of leaving the 9-5 job and following your heart and gut!! He he
I wish one day I can do that… Maybe when I have kids
Can’t wait to read more about your new adventures!
Holy crap, I can’t wait to read more about it in future post. That’s crazy and awesome and all kinds of things! Congrats!
Whoo hoo, that’s so exciting Holly! Congratulations!
Wow! Congratulations. That is huge. No doubt scary, but all self imposed “leaps of faith” are. Jealous, wish I could retire from my job now (7 1/2 more years to part time) . God Speed and book that cruise! John
Well, I’m not retired…just working from home! =) But, it’s still nice to have more freedom and flexibility. I’m really enjoying it so far. Thank you for your support!
SO excited for you Holly! As a mom I know how good it must feel to be home (though you’re no less busy!) I am not looking forward to my return next week. I genuinely like my job but I would LOVE to make enough online to allow me to work as a hygienist as a fill-in only (ie- when I want). I don’t see that happening any time soon though! I don’t think I can live off my two small staff writing gigs 🙂 Hope it works out for you!!
Hey, you never know. A year ago when I started my blog I had no idea this would happen!
Holly Congrats on the move! It must be exciting. I’m not sure if I could ever transition to self-employment. My income is much higher than my hubby’s and provides medical insurance. I am working on improving my online income and developing other side hustles. There’s only so far you can do to improve your income at a corporate job. The raises are minimum, and if you do better, it’s hard to fight against the politics. It’s easier and better for me to continue at my job, and develop a side income.
I totally understand! There are definitely benefits t staying at your day job!
I’m late to comment, but CONGRATS! It sounds like this is a well-planned decision from both a personal and financial standpoint. So glad to hear that you’ll be able to branch out on your own and work for yourself. What an empowering position to be in! And I hope it leads to a better work-life balance for your family! I’m looking forward to reading more posts about this in the future.
Congrats Holly! This is such an exciting step. I look forward to more posts on how you are making it all work and how you’ve planned for this change.
I will definitely keep everyone updated!
wow! that`s a big step to make, but it seems to me like you did the right thing! Congratulations!!:-)
I’m not sure it’s ever a mistake to choose simplicity over complexity. Sounds like this will be an awesome move for your family. And your kids will benefit the most in the long run. Congratulations!
That’s a huge step and so great that you are able to do that. If you’re able to make just as much working from home, I definitely think doing something where you will be paid proportionally to you effort is a great move.
Look forward to hearing more about it.
That’s huge Holly, congrats on this new chapter in life!
This is awesome! I love how you write about it, too. Now that I have been blogging for a bit, it is incredible to me that you are making a living doing it! I am so happy for you…you must feel on top of the world (and a wee bit scared?). All the best!
Yeah, it’s difficult to keep a job when you are no longer happy and there’s no growth. Congratulations. I know you are quite confident with your choice. I wish you well.
Congrats!! Very excited for you!
Oh my gosh. I go away for a week and look at all the awesomeness that I missed!! CONGRATULATIONS, HOLLY!!!! You rock. I am so excited for you. I am actually revealing a big goal tomorrow that is pretttty similar to yours. 😉
I don’t know where I was when this post came out. Hooray! I am genuinely so happy for you. What an accomplishment. I wish you heaps of entrepreneurial success. Big big hugs and super high fives and of course, cartwheels.
I’m clearly late to the game for this one but CONGRATS!!! Yes, striking out on your own is scary shit but it’s worth every second! Here’s to the next bigger and better chapter ahead of you 🙂
I love being able to work from home.
The pros are that I get to stay out of crazy traffic (most of the time) and snack as I feel like it.
The cons are that I can get lonely and go stir crazy.
I’ll do a mid day park walk just to get out.
Or on Wednesday, I’ll make Starbucks the office.
It’s funny because technically we have an office; I just prefer to stay out of the crazy traffic 😉
I’ve been off the radar for a bit, so I missed this! Congratulations on taking the plunge! I have no doubt this will work out very well for your family!
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Congrats Holly! You are the living inspiration for all of us here. It is one of the desire of every parent to be with their kids. Yeah having a blog take most of your time. Good luck!
Your story is so inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing your story and being so candid. I heard about you from the Dollars & Roses podcast and had to stop over at your blog. It’s nice to see an honest take and perspective on life as a blogger transitioning from working full-time outside of the home.
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Looks like it’s approaching one year now since you made this decision. Will you have a one year anniversary post to share with us? This is something I have pondered in the past. The unknown though has been what has held me back, that and waiting to build an appropriate safety net, should something happen. My fear for many bloggers considering this route is that so many rely on income that is determined by just one or two ever-changing variables. Two examples that come to mind, Google algorithm changes and the closing of big affiliate programs in someones state, like with Amazon.
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