You have been dreaming of saying goodbye to work in the rear view mirror and looking out the windshield to your dreams ahead of you. You have dreamed of opening your own business, pursuing your writing career or whatever your passion is forever.
It’s time to fly. Or is it? What’s your game plan? Do you know how your finances are going to flow? Have you talked to your significant other about this? These are the things you have to think about before you jump off the cliff.
Not fun, I know, but if you want to leave with your sanity in tact and not thinking ‘what did I do?’, these are the things you need to think about. How do I know? Because I did it.
A little over two weeks ago I took a running jump off the cliff and jumped into my passion of writing full time. Here is how I decided to leave work behind and had the confidence that I would survive. You can too.
I am the money manager in our family so I sat down with our budget and worked the numbers. I figured out that my husband’s pay will cover half our bills and we may have to take out of savings for a little while. I know what we can cut out if need be to cut down costs.
But more importantly, I have a deadline for when I want this business to be up and running and making at least my salary from my old job. If I’m not there by my deadline, I will find a part time job.
Your Friends and Family
When you tell family and friends what you’re going to do you will be met with all kinds of responses. Some will be happy and excited for you. Others won’t be able to comprehend why you would want to go from a stable job to something unpredictable.
I’m blessed in that my husband was 100% supportive of what I wanted to do. He knew I was miserable at my job and that I would be much happier. We sat down together and talked over the financial aspects of things.
We discussed my time frame. He knew that if things didn’t take off by a certain time that I would go looking for other employment. In the end, even though we were both a little nervous, we knew we had a great plan in place.
Telling My Boss
I got a little creative in putting in my two weeks notice. I decided to type it up on pink paper, hence giving them the ‘pink slip’. I was lucky in that although they hated to lose me.
They were excited for me and happy to see me go after what I really want. They had watched my journey since last year and watched my writing grow and evolve. It was time for me to say goodbye.
My First Two Weeks
My first two weeks have been good. I have been able to discipline myself and have a schedule down. My pitching has been going okay, but I strive to do better.
I’m still trying to find a balance between writing and pitching. However, just like anything, it will take time to work things out. I have no worries, I can do this. I have no regrets about leaving work behind.