3 Things You Need to Do Before Quitting Your Job

Dec 19, 2019

Maybe you’re thinking about a career change and quitting your job. But sometimes making a big change can seem scary. I’d like to encourage you to take the leap and make the change. Especially if you find your current situation to be unfulfilling and meaningless.

Quitting Your Job is Scary

I took the leap 15 years ago and quit my job as a lawyer and did a total 180 and started a PR agency. I had zero contacts and zero experience but I knew this was the career path I wanted.

After almost 8 years of my life in the field of law, studying and practicing, I discovered that it wasn’t what I really wanted. It was costly and emotionally draining to become a lawyer, so it was a big decision to quit my job. 

It was a bit challenging for me to leave my career as a lawyer because I didn’t want to disappoint my parents and I didn’t want to feel like I couldn’t make it work. I felt some shame because of that. 

But when I was 27 years old and after practicing 4 years of law I had a major realization. I realized that I only have one life. I could make my life to be what I wanted. I couldn’t just expect things to come my way. I had to be proactive and make it happen.

So I took the leap and changed careers. It’s one of the best decisions of my whole life. 

Looking for Balance

Balance is what I was looking for in my life. Running a PR agency has allowed me to have the work/life balance that I needed. 

Running an agency is such an amazing way to run your business or to structure a career that gives you flexibility, freedom and good revenue. 

Change Doesn't Need To Feel Scary

Looking at changing your career or quitting your job shouldn’t be scary. It should feel empowering. You may be working in an agency right now and want to go out on your own, or you may be working 9 - 5 and want to start a business.

Whatever your situation, you shouldn’t feel like the career you have right now has to be miserable and that you need to struggle to get through the day. Your job should be gratifying and fulfilling. 

Write Down the Reasons Why

Pay attention to your feelings. 

Why do you want to make a career change? What is it about your current career that isn’t leaving you feeling fulfilled? Do you want more freedom? More income? To be your own boss?

What are your revenue goals? Do you want to pay off debt?

Write everything down and all the feelings that go with it. How would you feel to run an agency?

3 Steps I Recommend

Here are 3 things I recommend you consider as you make your career change.

1. Have a mentor.

You can find a mentor who doesn’t even know that they are mentoring you. You can follow someone’s podcasts and website, buy their courses, etc. But because they put out great content, that can serve you as a mentor. 

You can follow someone on Facebook and Instagram and get inspired by what they do.

Or you can choose a mentor who is like me. I have a course that can help you create your own business and I’m always able to help and coach people within that course too.

People get inspired by the transition I’ve made with my career. 

If you get a mentor and invest in their program and coaching, it will fast track you to success. 

Related: How to Find (and Keep) a Mentor in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

2. Take the leap and the net will appear.

What I mean by that is you don’t have to have everything figured out first before quitting your job. If you keep waiting till it’s 100% figured out, you will just be stuck in neutral. 

Instead of staying stuck, you can make a plan. It doesn’t have to be fully hatched but at least have an idea of where your first clients will come from and what you’re offering them. 

Give yourself at least six months to start getting momentum. You don’t need to have a perfect website all set up, or your brand identity and logo ready to go first. These things can wait.

You want to start to generate some clients, case studies and results. First, figure out the service you’re going to provide to earn revenue. Then figure out who your ideal clients are. 

Things are going to evolve over time, so it’s important to just start and take that leap.

3. Build a business you’re going to love.

It’s important to think about what you want your business and your life to look like. 

A lot of people don’t view their career and business in a way that serves the type of life they want to have. Ask yourself these questions.

  • What's important to you? 
  • How do you want to spend your time? 
  • Who do you want to spend your time with? 

You need to set priorities and boundaries. If you want to spend more time with your children, like I do, then you have to build your business in a way that serves you and your goals. 

And in your business, you want to set a vision and stick to it. You don’t want to get clients just because you need money. You want to pick and choose your ideal clients and the amount of revenue you need to make. 

Set up your business to have flexibility, freedom, and control over your schedule. This can happen when you have a mentor who can show you how to do it.

Related: Set Goals Like A Boss: 6 Ways to Ensure Your Goals Become Accomplishments

This is your one life. You should feel lit up, inspired, passionate, and driven in your work. Enjoy your work every single day. And if your current position doesn't make you feel fulfilled, maybe it’s time to make a transition and think about quitting your job. Take the leap and create a life that you love. You don’t have to suffer and pay your dues in order to be successful.