Last week, I stumbled upon a post called Don't Quit Your Day Job. Surprisingly, the blogger also wrote one called How I Quit My Day Job. So, is she saying she's the only girl allowed to quit and no one else can!?
Just kidding. I read both posts and I get the point she's trying to make. Don't quit your day job until you've put in years and years of hard work to the point where you're financially stable without it.
That makes sense, right? It's normal. It's realistic.
But, you know what? I kinda don't like being realistic.
I kinda like being abnormal. I kinda like doing things that other people think I shouldn't.
I guess you could say, in the world of business and blogging, I'm quite the rebel. Hear me roar.
In all seriousness, though, I think there are PLENTY of reasons to quit your day job that have nothing to do with your income. Speaking from experience, I believe that your MENTAL stability is worth more than millions. I believe that there will always be money, but time is something you can never get back.
I believe that if you're not happy with your life, then you should change it.
And I believe in you, dear reader.
I believe that you are smart enough, strong enough, and resourceful enough to make the right decision FOR YOU and push through to the end. I believe that you can conclude what's best for you and you don't need to follow anyone else's advice (including mine). I believe that you can do whatever you want to do, because it's your life, whether or not someone tells you you're foolish.
Because to me, success is about deciding you're going to do something... and then doing it. It's not about dollar signs. I decided that I was going to leave my day job, and I did it. In fact, I've left multiple jobs.
Were the transitions ever easy? No. Do I regret the choices I made? HELL no!
I'm happy with the path I've chosen and you should be, too. If you want to quit your job, do it with pride.
Here are 9 reasons that I believe are completely acceptable... not that you need my permission.
(And, guess what? If you leave a job that you hate -- no matter the situation or circumstance -- I will be the first to congratulate you. So lemme know ASAP once it happens, okay love?)
1. You're being harassed, assaulted, abused, or otherwise mistreated. There are obviously laws against this and you should contact HR immediately, but if you've done everything you can and you still drive home crying every day, leave the damn place. And then sue 'em.
2. You've worked at the same job for over 3 years and haven't been promoted or received a raise. I believe that you should get out what you put in. If you made $8/hour back in 2012 and you still are -- even though you receive rave reviews, never call out sick, and get constant praise from your peers -- something's up. Talk to your boss and if they still won't budge, why should you stay?
3. You work so many hours that you are unable to care for your basic needs (eating, sleeping, showering, etc). This is a no-brainer. You can't possibly focus on your passion after work if you don't even have time to focus on yourself. If you want to start your own business, there's no way to do so in this situation. 38% of Americans work over 50 hours/week, and I wouldn't recommend much more than that.
4. You're having mental or physical health issues that are making it difficult to work. Your health should take priority over anything else in your life. If you're having problems or pains because of work, see if you're eligible for Worker's Compensation. At the very least, you need to talk to your supervisor about making your work environment more conducive to your condition -- or quit.
5. Your commute is over an hour long one way. The average American commute is about a half hour, and many people I know drive more than that. Is your job really worth the gas money and traffic stress?
6. You hate your job so much that it is causing problems in your personal life. Unfortunately, 70% of Americans dislike their jobs. But just because it's the norm doesn't make it right. No job is perfect, but if it's negatively impacting your friendships, your family or your marriage, something needs to change. You either need to learn to compartmentalize your work life and home life, or you need to move on.
7. You want to go back to school. Furthering your education so that you can get a more satisfying job in the future is a respectable reason to leave your current one. Even if it means acquiring an extra roommate, moving to a cheaper city, getting a part-time gig or sacrificing happy hour.
8. You want to take an extended vacation. Did you know that U.S. corporations aren't required to offer vacation time -- paid or unpaid? So, Molly quit her job, sold everything, and traveled the world for almost a year. She blogged from cute little cafes in multiple countries. To say I'm jealous is an understatement.
9. You want to stay home with your kids. American companies are required to offer 12 weeks unpaid maternity leave to expectant mothers starting with the last month of pregnancy. Anyone who has become a mother knows that's not enough to adjust to your new lifestyle and bond with your baby. Believe it or not, though, it's actually very affordable to be a SAHM. My final raise at my last full-time job was a target salary of $50,000 and my take-home was anywhere from $2,000-3,000 per month. Even though I made more than I do now, I also spent a lot more. Working from home has actually allowed me to manage my money better. Overall, it's made me a better, stronger, happier person.
PS: Cassie has an awesome guide to quitting with class, and Michelle has a similarly useful post about her three-year quitting process. Check 'em out and take notes!
*Photo found here.