Stop Keeping a Job You Hate – Break Free from the 9-to-5

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I’ve had good jobs and bad jobs but the underlying factor to all of them is that I didn’t want to do any of them.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to work for myself. Growing up you are taught to get a good job and keep a good job.

I didn’t know how to escape this rat race until one job interview that changed everything for me.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to stop keeping a job you hate and escape the daily grind for good.

The Job Interview That Changed Everything

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Many years ago when I was applying for different web jobs, I ended up having an interview for a company in which the owner made his fortune selling an ebook.

After doing research on the company and the owner, I discovered that he was an affiliate marketer. Affiliate marketing was the answer I was looking for.

Affiliate marketing is the promotion of other company’s products in exchange for a commission whenever a sale is made.

My favorite parts of affiliate marketing include:

  • You don’t need your own product
  • No products to buy or store
  • There is nothing to ship
  • No worrying about customer service
  • No worrying about returns or refunds
  • Unlimited earning potential
  • Super low-cost to get started

I didn’t get the job but I got something better. I learned about affiliate marketing and how to earn a living online.

How I Was Able to Quit a Job Without Another Job Lined Up

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I’ve quit a job without another job lined up before but the recent job I quit was much more significant because I went into it knowing it was temporary.

In the past, I was a web designer/developer. I worked for two web marketing agencies for a total of eight years combined.

That was eight years of soul-sucking cubicle work.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take affiliate marketing seriously until I was laid off from my last web job.

After being laid off, I promised myself that I wouldn’t go back to working in a cubicle again.

I purposely applied for a retail job because I wanted an easy job that allowed me the flexibility and time to work on my websites.

What I Didn’t Expect with Retail

Retail is not easy. It involves A LOT of standing, walking, lifting, pushing, and pulling. Not to mention the craziness you deal with in terms of customer service.

Although I already planned on quitting my job when my online income started picking up, I ended up developing tendinitis in my hands so I had to quit.

Thankfully, due to all of my hard work on my off hours, my website began earning consistent income.

I initially planned to work part-time at my job and continue growing my online business. However, there were no part-time positions available.

My hands were really in pain as well so I had to quit my job anyway. I went full-time into my business and it has been growing each month since then.

Why Keeping a Job You Hate Until You Can Quit for Good is Beneficial

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I know that sounds crazy to say but give me a chance to explain. If you truly hate your job, I think you should leave.

I have done that and purposely applied for a job that I knew I could tolerate.

If you are in a job that you can tolerate, even if you dislike it (lots of people hate their jobs), it may be better to stay.

The reason I say this is because you have to look at your current job as your LAST JOB. That was my plan for escaping the 9-to-5.

Making that plan, saying out loud, and following a blueprint is how I did it.

Here are some positive reasons to stay in your current job:

1. You already have a job

Job hunting is a job in itself and chances are you will not be happy in any job if your desire is to work for yourself. Why jump from one crappy job to another?

2. You are already established in your job

Depending on your job you have vacation days, sick days, 401k, etc. There is no need to start over obtaining these things at a new job unless you absolutely want to leave.

3. Use your current job as motivation to leave

You can use your current job as a daily reminder of why you want to work for yourself. Let it push you to work on your online business even when you’re frustrated and tired.

Follow the Same Process I Use to Earn a Consistent Income

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If I had to sum up what I do to earn income online, I would say, “I blog full-time for a living.”

You may think that you need to be a good writer to blog. That isn’t true at all. Blogging is awesome because you write in your own voice.

All you’re doing is communicating with others. There is a process for blogging when you’re trying to earn income.

There are four steps:

  • Choose something you’re genuinely interested in
  • Create a niche website based on your interest
  • Attract visitors with your content
  • Earn revenue using affiliate marketing

I can tell you that the road is not always easy. You have to want it more than what you’re currently doing.

Remember to use your current job as fire to fuel your online business. Work on your business after work, before work, and on your days off.

It is what I did and if I hadn’t put in the time and effort, I wouldn’t have been able to quit my job when I did.

You need to have the same mindset and be prepared to be in it for the long haul. It is your business.

To put it into perspective, ask yourself how long you have worked for other people to help them make their dreams come true?

Can you devote at least a year to developing your own business? I know you can. Grab a FREE copy of my guide for earning a consistent income online.

About Eartha

Hey there! My name is Eartha. I'm an internet marketer. I enjoy helping others discover the benefits of starting their own online businesses. Start your own eCommerce Dropshipping business today. Get your custom made dropshipping store! (Use: EARTHA for 10% off!)

4 thoughts on “Stop Keeping a Job You Hate – Break Free from the 9-to-5

  1. Thanks for this article. I think many people wrestle with the thought of having a soul crushing “JOB” rather than doing something they love.

    Interestingly, I was told recently that more people die at 9AM on Monday than any other time. Does this mean that people would rather die than go to work??

    You lay out some great advice, particularly about affiliate marketing. I too am on the journey to free myself from the 9-5 so that I can spend more time with my wife and kids and doing other things that I truly enjoy.

    Thanks again for the post and I wish you continued success in your ventures.

    1. Hi Josh,

      I find that many of the people I know do struggle with having a job and wanting to work for themselves. It is so easy to become addicted to the paycheck every two weeks.

      I know I was and I became complacent with following my dream of working for myself. It was only when I was laid off from the job that I decided to take it seriously.

      Thank goodness I did because I’m so much happier working in my business. I have my time freedom back which is something a job takes away.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. I wish you much success in your online business!

  2. Hey Eartha, really nice and interesting article. I have a blog that produces a decent income. I started with wealthy affiliate too and it was perfect they told me what to do, so I was able to work at my 9-5 and build up my blog. Until I hit the point where I made enough money to cancel my 9-5. Now I travel a lot and live my life as I want to 🙂

    1. Hi Aaron,

      Escaping the rat race is difficult. Building an online business is a great way to escape if you follow a process and stay consistent. The great thing about an online business is that you can work on it part-time while holding down a full-time job.

      That is what I did and seems to be what you did as well. Thank you for sharing your experience and I wish you continued success in your online business!

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