“Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?” – Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder
A 2014 Gallup Poll found that 70% of U.S. employees were not engaged in their jobs. In other words, they were not enthusiastic about their work, or committed to their place of employment. A vast majority of people hate their jobs. As Richard Branson points out in his quote above, a lot of us are spending 80% of our lives miserable.
I get it. Kinda. I’ve never had a “real job” and really never found it that difficult to start a business. And trust me, it’s not because I am any smarter than you. If you can stomach the torture of the nail-biting interview process, I’m pretty sure you can handle getting an EIN number, and a business license.
Not everyone should to quit their jobs today, and start a business, but a lot of you really need to consider it. If you love your job–stay. If you don’t like your job, but your financial/health/family situation is precarious–stay for now, but start a side business and start planning your exit. The rest of you, listen up!
5 Reasons To Quit Your Job Today
You Don’t Have Kids or A Mortgage: If you don’t have the burden of a lot of huge responsibilities, take advantage of it. I started my first business when I was 19. I was single, shared an apartment with three other people, and I owned very little. It was the perfect time to take a risk on a business idea because I had little to lose. By the way, I started that business with $75, and it later became a million dollar company.
Take stock of what you have to lose. If you are still living at home rent-free, and going to a job that you hate, I just don’t get it. Make the most of that kind of privilege while you still can. Take control of your destiny now. And get out of your parent’s house as soon as possible. Independence is a keystone of any entrepreneur.
You Already Have A Business But Your Job Is Your Security Blanket: The truth is, the job you hate, is hurting the business that you love. How screwed up is that scenario? How can you grow your business to the point it needs to be to sustain you when you are giving your good stuff to your employer ? Keep in mind, you are also actively assisting in making someone else wealthy, so let’s get jiggy with it, and do that for ourselves. What say you?
You Are Being Verbally Abused, Bullied, Or Harrassed: A paycheck, or anything else for that matter, is not acceptable tender for abuse. Get the f*ck out. If you are reading this at work, and this is happening to you, I want you to stand up, pick up your things, get your sandwich out of the fridge, and walk out. If you are reading this blog, I trust that you already want to, or have started a creative business. If you need help getting a business started, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You Spend Your Workday Dreaming Up Business Ideas: You are an entrepreneur trapped in an employee’s world. If only there was a portal to the entrepreneurial world where you belong.. Oh yeah, it’s called a door. And if you also happen to have an emergency savings account, you should run, not walk, through it.
You Care More About The Company Than The Owner: I know who you are. You are the employee that shows up early, stays late, notices company problems and tries to fix them. You are constantly trying to instigate change. Screech! Pump the brakes. Your boss doesn’t want you to improve the company, he wants you to do your job, and not rock his gravy boat.
What you do for them, you can do for your own business. Make yourself rich by removing the salary ceiling. There is no salary ceiling in entrepreneurship. Work hard for yourself, and see your dreams come true, not someone else’s.