BUSINESS TIME: I JUST QUIT MY JOB January 28 2015, 1 Comment
Today was a big day for me, I quit my day job. I handed in my notice for the company I've been with for over 6 years. It might be one of the boldest things I've ever done. I quite liked my job (most days), I was paid a fair salary, and I worked with some really awesome people, but It didn't make me happy anymore, I was distracted, constantly thinking about how to grow my business, rather than progressing my career there.
I know that some people might think I'm crazy, but those closest to me have been really supportive. If just one of them had turned around and said 'don't do it, it's a bloody stupid idea' I might have re-considered, but they didn't, and knowing the most important people around you have total faith in you really does make these decisions a lot easier. It wasn't a snap decision either, I've been thinking it over for a long time, and I had a lot of sensible conversations with my mortgage advisor, my accountant, and my boyfriend about the practicalities of everything before making any life-changing choices.
People keep asking how I feel, and I'm not really sure how I feel. I felt calm beforehand, and I still feel calm now, which I think was the biggest sign that it was the right decision for me. I'm really excited about growing Little Nell, getting my teeth into some new freelance marketing projects, and doing all those things I've just not had the time for juggling two jobs. But I'm anxious about working on my own most days, about leaving behind my office family who've been there through all of my ups and downs, and about being entirely responsible for making my own living. (You can guarantee I will check my bank balance at least 3 times a day for the first 2 months).
Leaving your full time job to go freelance shouldn't be a total leap of faith, you have to be practical and work out whether you can afford it, how you can sustain it, and always have a plan b just in case, (whether it's savings, or alternative options if things don't work out as you planned). But no matter how prepared you think you are, it's always going to feel like a bold move, because if it was easy we'd all be working for ourselves wouldn't we? For me, the appeal of being my own boss, and doing something I've always wanted to do was worth the risk. And if it doesn't work out, then so be it, but at least I can say that I gave it a go.