I just finished running a quick work errand before I headed back to the office and I see a girl walking on the street with her Lululemon yoga mat in one hand and a cold-pressed juice in the other.
My exact thoughts, “It’s 11 in the fucking morning… does she not have a job? I bet she’s heading home right now to make herself a post-workout avocado on toast.”
I need her job.
The scene I just described to you happened to me about half a year ago. No joke, and was one of the moments that made me realize that I needed to leave my 9-5. Let me just start off by saying that I didn’t hate my job. I loved my job but I needed a change in environment and more growth because it started to feel like the same shit, different pile.
The biggest question I asked freelancers and the most asked question I get now is:
“How did you know it was the right time to quit your job and become a full-time freelancer?”.
Leaving your 9-5 is a very personal decision and through the answers, I received it made me realize that no one can tell you when it’s the right time. I knew that one day I would be my own boss no matter what and so I started picking up more freelance work here and there during the second semester of my PR program. I was very lucky to land a full-time communications job at Blenz Coffee right after graduating. I left Blenz Coffee after 1 year and I can fully say I wouldn’t be where I am in my career today if I hadn’t gained the experience and knowledge from working there. Some say quitting a 9-5 after 1 year of just graduating, then jumping straight into owning your own PR business was a ballzy move. To that, I say trust your gut and have a really good fucking backup plan in case shit hits the fan.
Leaving my 9-5 was not an overnight decision. The plan of being my own boss was always in the back of my mind. Like any other person I made a pros + cons list, and the pros outweighed the cons every time. Below I will be sharing with you the process I went through in making my final decision to become a full-time freelance PR Consultant.
BEFORE I QUIT
While I was working my 9-5 I managed 7 social media accounts and worked 2 jobs. My only days off were Sundays and those were the days I used to plan out the social media calendar for my clients.
Am I good enough to be on my own?
What if I don’t get more clients than this?
I need a new laptop.
I need a new camera.
I need a new phone, in case I can’t afford a camera.
I have to make more than double my salary before I quit.
Buy a new laptop.
Buy a new camera.
Buy a new phone.
Use all my benefits 2 months before I quit.
Once I met all my goals I realized that I have nothing to lose because worse comes to worst I find another 9-5 (which was better than saying, “what if”, over and over again in my head).
Thus, my advice is to trust your gut, make a plan, make as many lists as you need, whatever it takes for you to reach your end goal. Because, if the end goal is for you to be your own boss and you have that motivation and drive, nothing can hold you back.
Hustle on babes!