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.
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
If you want to read more, make sure to check out my newest post on the topic: Quit Your Day Job: How to Start a Blog