When they describe their profession, it sounds like a prison term, complete with roadside hard labor and the dreaded shackle and chains. Their employment makes them feel like a prisoner, which they despise. Others are ecstatic about their 9-5 job. They go to work and revel in the fact that they own no stock in the company and can leave at any time with no repercussions.
I’ve worked in a variety of jobs. I spent the first half of my twenties founding seven enterprises, six of which failed spectacularly and one of which became an overnight success (that I later walked away from). I subsequently got a corporate job at a bank, where I had to wear a suit to work. The lobby resembled where I eventually landed on my current schedule, which includes a 9-5 work four days a week and my side business two days a week. Because of my side hustle, I can leave my 9-5 work anytime I want. I’ve chosen not to because it’s enjoyable and I get a lot of knowledge.
It’s simple to fall into the trap of a 9-5 work you despise.
The difficult part is getting out. However, if you’ve made up your mind that you’ll never work for a boss again, you can choose to leave. If you want to quit your 9-5 job, here’s how to do it.
Begin by expressing interest
Last week, I was on the phone with someone who kept saying “divine purpose.” It sounded like a religious cult slogan. I felt spiritual like I needed to drop down on my knees and pray while chanting Hallelujah.
The goal is too lofty. If you want to leave your 9-5 job, you must start small. Replace the fabled term “purpose” with the word “interest.” What are your passions? Some people are undecided. Writing down everything you did this week is a simple approach to finding out. Where did you spend the majority of your time? That’s your cue. What irritates you the most when you miss it or are unable to complete it?
Would you be upset if I told you you couldn’t go for a run today? That would be my former boss. If you told him he couldn’t go for a run in the woods or a “forest bath,” he’d follow you down the street with a pitchfork.
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The seed is content creation
After you’ve determined your passion, you’ll need to create content. Any side hustle requires content generation.
You find people through content.
“How can I find people who will pay me money so I can leave my 9-5?” is the most common question I get as a young entrepreneur. You, on the other hand, let people find you through your content. Every day, I get messages from people who enjoy writing, entrepreneurship, and personal development as much as I do. The magnet that draws these folks into my life is content.
All of my current mentors were drawn to me because of my material. A simple “I liked that video” or “that piece was impactful” becomes a conversation starter. The chat will assist you in locating mentors and potential customers.
You’re missing out big time if you’re not creating content.
Remove your filter and express yourself
In the workplace, we are taught to censor our words because stating the truth can land you in hot water or cost you your career. One woman’s senior leader made her choose between her 9-5 job and posting videos on LinkedIn. Since then she has gone on to create a Mastermind and publish daily videos. If your job prevents you from seeing what’s deep within you, you may never know what it’s like to be truly happy.
Find a way to be of assistance
Without being helpful, nobody will pay you a dollar. The act of being helpful allows you to find out what you’re good at and what problems you can help people with. Helpfulness is customer research. Don’t skip this step and end up stuck in a world of selfishness and personal branding. Join a Facebook group and start asking questions. Watch the feedback you get like a hawk for signs that you’ve helped someone in any way.
Understand how to deal with people
If you want to quit your job and start earning money online, you must treat people well. You must be pleasant, modest and give a bit of yourself in return for what you get – trolls will flee away from you if you don’t treat them well.
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- Be pleasant.
- Treat the trolls the same way you treat your friends.
- Before expecting anything in return, give a bit of yourself.
- Fair prices should be negotiated.
- Be modest.
I’ve seen people quit their 9-5 job, shame everyone else for not doing the same, treat everyone like dirt and asks for money for a simple one-sentence response to an email. Learn to treat people well, and you’ll meet a lot of people who can help you make more money.
Strive for the tipping point
So far, everything I’ve stated has occurred while you’re working your 9-5 job like a nice little worker bee.
There will be a tipping point if you spend enough time performing work related to your interest outside of work hours, during lunch breaks, and on weekends. You will have created enough value that the money you earn will begin to depreciate the worth of your paycheck. It’s a wonderful sensation to have. There is one catch: reaching the tipping point takes longer than you might think. When you get there, you’ll want to build up a buffer so you don’t have to rush back to your 9-5 if you have a minor setback (and you will).
The good news is that working on your hobby in your spare time shouldn’t be difficult because you would have done it anyway, even if the notion to quit your 9-5 hadn’t crossed your inbox.
Now is the time to act
You’re not going to become much younger or better-looking any time soon, so why not start now? (Like right now.)
If you see your 9-5 as a jail, it’s time to climb the prison walls and do a job relevant to a passion you have.
I implore you not to spend any more time. You will experience the immense power of momentum once you get started.
Making a living outside of a 9-5 job has transformed my life. It has enabled me to live more passionately, relax more, and avoid letting a recession derail my ambitions. You can do the same.