Admit it… You’ve asked yourself this before, perhaps even on more than one occasion…
Should I quit my job and take a leap of faith?
I talked about not getting discouraged in your job search in a recent blog post, but have you yet come in contact with a proponent of the “Quit Your Day Job” movement?
I’ll be honest, I’ve heard the hype and I have asked myself from time-to-time “Should I quit my job?”… Is it time to just take a leap of faith and just walk away from it all? But what does walking away from it all entail?
Becoming a full-time job-hunter? We know that doesn’t pay at all.
Starting a side hustle? But that defeats the whole purpose of it being a “side hustle”… If you make your side hustle you main hustle then what’s the point?
Typically, side hustles bring in a nice tidy amount of side income, usually not the same as your regular paycheck but good enough to buy yourself some fun toys or to go on a nice vacation.
I’m all for side hustles, and I’ve had a few myself, but you have to keep the right perspective and keep them in their place… On the side… Right beside your regular well-paying full-time hustle aka your regular day job.
I’ve been around the entrepreneur community because of my various side hustles so I’ve heard the song and dance they do. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with being an entrepreneur, nope, not at all.
In fact, if you can make it in a business of your own, that’s ideal!
But… It is hard work.
And if you’re a pharmacist that’s used to getting a nice steady, healthy paycheck, then you’ll quickly discover that replacing that corporate paycheck that the entrepreneurs pooh-pooh so much is not as easy, nor as glamorous, as they make it sound.
I’m here to give you a reality check.
You need to be realistic. If you’re used to getting a pharmacist’s paycheck and have created a lifestyle for yourself based on your income level, then you need to really consider if whatever you’re quitting your job to follow… If that entrepreneurial pursuit will afford you the same or better lifestyle than you’re accustomed to.
Now of course, there might be a ramp up period where you make a temporary financial sacrifice because you know that you’ll be able to come out in a better financial situation after a defined period of time.
However, if your leap is taken in totally blind faith then I suggest you just stick things out in your day job, wherever you are, until you can make a more rational move.
Personally, I am using the Epic Willow skills I’ve gained to carry me through until I make my next move. The skills you gain once you’re certified and have gone through multiple build-outs and go-lives prepare you for a wide variety of positions, including contract work that can be pretty flexible, especially when you’re in job transition mode.
So… Should you quit your own day job and become a full-time job hunter or something else? I think you now know where I stand on this issue but of course, the decision is entirely yours 🙂