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Tre and Maya, if I ever make you feel like you have to pick a path and stick to it forever, I apologize. You’re allowed to dream, and your dreams are allowed to change. That’s part of being human and living a dynamic life.
Once I had Tre, I started to value my autonomy, my flexibility, and my freedom more than a salary. It’s important to be able to finance your life, but there are so many more important things in the world than money.
But here’s the thing: you also have to be responsible.
And given that I had a husband, a house, and a one-year-old when I decided to leave my job, I had to go about it the right way.
Here’s how I quit my job “responsibly.”
1. I Made a Plan.
How much money do you need to have saved up in order to be able to quit your job? Like what is the exact number?
I aimed for 3 months of living expenses, but maybe even up to 12-18 months would be right for someone else depending on where they are in their journey.
How are you going to make money? If you’re already making money but haven’t yet reached your goal, how are you going to make more?
What’s your timeline? You have to do what by when? How often are you going to check in to evaluate your progress towards your goal?
These were all questions I had to answer for myself in order to make my exit plan.
Oh and here’s me, just 15 days before that exit plan was officially complete!
2. I Saved Money.
Once I’d laid out my plan, then it was time to actually save the money.
In my case, I need to save about $1000/month in the 5 months leading up to the end of my work contract. I kept track of my progress weekly to make sure I was reaching my goal.
3. I Scaled Up to Make More Money.
I took on a boatload of extra clients and increased my rates to make sure I could reach the $1000/month savings goal I had set. This was my version of “scaling up” at the time.
Back then, I was using freelance job boards like Upwork and FreelanceWritingGigs.com to find opportunities. But I was also beginning to level up (with the help of some amazing podcasts) so that I could find higher-paying clients.
4. I Had a Backup Plan.
Okay so technically it wasn’t a plan plan, but I knew I could always find another job if things didn’t work out.
I highly recommend having a REAL backup plan because you never know what life is going to throw at you.
5. I Did the Work.
This might seem obvious, but it might not be as obvious as you’d think.
I’m not sure what the landscape of work will be like when y’all are older, but right now, influencer culture and social media make the idea of being able to make a lot of money with a little bit of effort pervasive. That mindset will have you broke.
If you want to build a lifestyle for yourself independently, you have to be willing to sacrifice and do the work.
5. I Hired a Coach.
Lastly, I hired an incredible business coach—Jereshia Hawk—about 3 months after I left my job.
I had been wanting a business coach for a while, but I couldn’t verbalize exactly what I needed in a coach. Then I heard my would-be coach on a podcast and she was speaking all of the things I was feeling but couldn’t put into words.
Jereshia is a high-ticket sales coach and specializes in helping service-based business owners sell their high-ticket services.
After doing some Internet stalking disguised as research, I hired her and it’s made all the difference in being able to grow my business in a way that allows me to support our little family.