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3 Signs you should quit working for someone else right now

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You wake up.

You struggle to get kids up and to school or daycare. You worry about the little one – he’s had a cough lately.

What will your boss think of you missing yet another day of work to take care of your kids?

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Later in the day you rush through lunch at your desk. You ask about and get denied a raise, go home tired, unfulfilled, with a sink full of dirty breakfast dishes and hungry mouths waiting for you.

Your paycheck barely pays the bills, and the job takes up most of your time. If this is your life, run.

Here are 3 reasons to quit going to work and start paying yourself

#1 – Your Current J-O-B Doesn’t Leave Time for your Personal Life

Whether you are a 2-parent household with kids, or you are a single girl alone in an apartment, family and friends are a big part of your life. As much as we all love our work, relationships make life worthwhile.

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In my case, I wanted to spend more time with my younger kids before they started school. I wanted to be able to take a week’s vacation to visit my parents. I needed the flexibility to make dr. appointments without approval from my boss.

If it’s hard to get enough time off work to support your family life – kids’ concerts, conferences, quality time with your spouse – then consider making a change.

#2 – Your Growth Plan is Being Stifled

I once interviewed for a job and asked the question, “Is there the opportunity for personal growth and education in this position?”

The reply surprised me. This particular field I was questioning has multiple trainings and seminars every year. The owner of the company told me, “yes, there is training, but most of my employees don’t bother.”

I’m a real go-getter, so this should have been a big red flag for me. If the education or skills training is not valued at the top level of the company, how could employees take the time off work to get the training?

I took the position, and participated in as much skills training as I could get my hands on. When I returned to my desk job, none of my suggestions were considered. There wasn’t room for discussion on making the job more efficient, or sharing the skills that I had learned.

In this company, this how things had always been done. I didn’t fit in, and I eventually left that position. I wanted progress. I wanted to increase efficiencies.

If you’re wanting personal growth, and your job feels constrictive, consider finding a different work path.

#3 – Your Income Doesn’t Support your Financial Goals

Money is a hard topic to discuss. How much are you worth? How much is anyone’s time worth? How is one person worth more than another?

Does it matter how much experience an employee has? Does it only depend on how many bills you have to pay? What about spending money on recreation or toys?

Here are some of the indicators that show you might be financially better off without your job

  • childcare takes over half your paycheck
  • going out for lunch even one day per week leaves nothing
  • freelance jobs from your boss pay more than your weekly paycheck
  • you have the people skills, dedication, equipment, and software to make a successful effort at owning your own business

When you don’t fit in with the establishment and want to make your own rules, schedule, and pay rates, it might be time to quit working for someone else.

When your job doesn’t make you happy, it’s time to leave. Life is too short to be unhappy for very long.

*If you depend on your income, please don’t quit your job without a plan. Start thinking about ways to transition from being employed to being self-employed.

If you’ve quit your full-time job to become self-employed, what was your situation? What lead you to start working for yourself? Comments here.

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About Andrea Haverinen

Andrea is the Marketing Engineer behind the computer at ahgrafix.com. She helps contractors and other working men with logo design and marketing so they can spend more time with their families. As a mother of 3 young kiddos, she works from her home office with baby dolls in her lap and legos on the floor.

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  1. Hi Andrea,

    I just finished reading your article and I fit all three scenarios. I’m in the process of changing from my career and Millo has been a great source of information and guidance.

    I started evaluating my company, my work ethic, and my worth. Results, I’m under valued, poor growth development, and I’m just surviving to stay afloat. So, I’ve been making the shift from Print to Digital and Millo has been a big part of that transition.

    I can’t thank you enough for this article it lifts my spirits and it pushes me further to complete my journey into a new career path.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Andrea,
    I don’t have kids yet but I have parents that I need to take to the doctor constantly and it’s hard because what boss can be that “understanding.”
    So I’ve been trying freelancing since the beginning of the year but I don’t know how to get more clients. I’m kinda stuck. I’m doing small jobs here and there but it’s for friends or family friends or nonprofit org that always want and ask for a discount. But I know my worth..

  3. Hi Andrea,
    I really appreciate your article. I do have some questions and would appreciate your advice. I most definitely fit signs 2 and 3 my dilemma seems to be most jobs I have worked are only temporary and these jobs are the only ones that will hire me. I just started my own business in freelance. Do you think it would be best to find a stable job in the mean time while getting my business running?

  4. I love this article. Clear cut directions for a better work and living experience. My 10 year old daughter is interested in becoming a freelance graphic artist and I’ve been training her what to prepare for since she was 8. I can not wait to share this with her—this is definitely insight that anyone from novice to veteran can use.
    Thank you for sharing your insight!

  5. This was me! Unhappy in a dead end job that stifled my creativity, and my life. I had a grumpy, angry boss, miserable coworkers who had accomplished nothing thusfar, and I lacked motivation entirely to do anything there!

    I began to plan my escape two years before it happened, freelancing on the side, and trying it out. I saved money, and learned to live with very little expenses. My happiness and freedom was worth more than new clothes, a new car, or any material thing.

    I had a supportive fiance, no children, and no debt. The time was right! I transitioned to nighttime part time job for a little steady cash while I built my biz by day. Eventually, I said the hell with this, and two years ago this week actually, stopped working for someone else!!

    Im still here, and making more than I did at the shitty deskjob. Everyday is a sometimes crazy thrill, Im free, I can travel, I can grab coffee or lunch with a friend, I can workout when I want. I meet SO many people, I had a biz meeting at a goat farm one day, and a corporate office the next.

    I am truly living the dream, what I want is to see how far I can go, I want six figures in five years, and I want to be the go-to designer in my area!

    Life’s too short to hate what you do, and feel worthless and good for nothing everyday. But remember the leap is BIG and its YOU and only YOU that now supports yourself, you can’t sit on the sofa with your kids or your friends all day. You need to work, hard, consistently, every single day to make this happen! Self motivation is where its at! That’s my far the most important thing!! You can just get by, or you can flourish, your choice!


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