How to Transition Out of a Job You Hate and Work for Yourself

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We recently took a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood and on the way back we, unfortunately, got stuck in rush hour traffic. We were stuck on the 710 in a desperate effort to merge over to the 5.

The traffic was gridlocked and I repeatedly asked my spouse how people can live in Los Angeles and how can they do this commute every single day?

That is just the commute. I’m sure there were many people sitting in that traffic making the daily trip to and from a job they hate. If you can relate then maybe my story may help inspire you to make a change.

I’ll explain how to transition out of a job you hate into a career that provides creativity and lifestyle freedom.

How to Cope with a Job That Makes You Miserable

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I’ve only had one job that I didn’t mind doing. It was low stress and my commute was no more than 20 to 30 minutes. The other jobs I’ve had were what I considered miserable jobs. They included:

  • Web developing (cubicle life)
  • Retail work (physically demanding)

What is difficult is that you won’t know that a job is going to make you miserable until you’ve worked it for a while. You’re probably already at the point of thinking, “I hate my job with a passion!” and I can relate to that.

In most cases, it is difficult to quit a job you’ve just started when you need the paycheck.

The way I coped with miserable jobs in the past was by telling myself that they were temporary.

I was also constantly searching for a new job. However, all of that in combination with being unhappy at work often only led me to become complacent.

At times it felt hopeless so I became comfortable with the drudgery of my job and the biweekly paychecks.

Should You Stay at a Job for the Money?

Looking back, my answer today is no. In my opinion, being miserable at your job is never worth the money. However, that answer doesn’t work for everyone.

I do believe that a person that is miserable at work should seek another career path. One that they would actually enjoy doing. As for myself, I wanted to work for myself running an online business.

It wasn’t until a job layoff (from the job that I actually did like) that I decided to pursue my dream.

Strategies to Work for Yourself Online

The only regret that I have about starting an online business is that I didn’t start it while I had those miserable jobs.

I blame the fact that I was complacent in my jobs. Rather than pursue my dream, I decided to feel hopeless and collect a paycheck.

After my job layoff, I set my mind to creating an online business. There are many benefits of having an online business to include:

  • Location freedom
  • Time freedom
  • No cap on your earnings

There are a variety of ways in which you can start an online business. The strategy that I chose was to create niche blogs.

I wanted an online business model that was low-cost and low-maintenance. Blogging was the answer for me.

Not only that, I was fascinated by the many bloggers online that were able to work for themselves full-time by maintaining a niche blog.

How to Start an Online Business with a Blog

You may be wondering, “how can writing on a blog make any money?”. The truth is, simply putting up a blog is not going to earn you any income.

You have to approach it as an online business in order to do that. What do all businesses have in common?

All businesses solve a problem or make a particular part of life easier. So should your blog.

This is why it is important to choose a niche. Fill in the blank below:

I want to help people _______________.

Whatever you put in that blank is likely the niche you should create your blog in.

Then your job is to provide consistent value to that niche. When you do that, you will attract visitors to your blog and your blog can begin to earn income in the form of sales of products, advertising, and more.

How to Get Your Own Niche Blog

I started my online business with a $12 domain name and a self-hosted WordPress website.

Once you know what you want to help people with, it is a matter of getting your own domain name, web hosting, and WordPress.

You can get all three quickly and easily with most commercial web hosting providers.

I do recommend getting an Optimized WordPress Hosting Plan from HostPapa. They provide a free domain registration and automatically install WordPress for you.

Then it is a matter of creating content that helps to answer the questions that people in your niche are asking about. This can be accomplished by doing keyword research.

How to Make Money with Your Blog

Blogging income can come from product sales, display advertising, selling your services, and more.

My primary and favorite way to earn income with niche blogs is with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is the promotion of another company’s products and/or services in exchange for a commission when a sale is made.

In other words, you promote a product and when a visitor to your blog clicks on your affiliate link (a special tracking link provided by the affiliate program you join) and buys a product, you earn a percentage of the sale.

Affiliate commissions can range anywhere from 5% to 85% depending on the affiliate program. I am part of programs that provide 50% commissions on some sales.

There are over 100,000 different affiliate programs online and becoming an affiliate marketer is free to do.

Note: I always recommend promoting products that you personally use or have used in the past. You service your niche when you can stand behind the products that you promote.

What if You Prefer to Sell Physical Goods?

I understand that blogging isn’t for everyone. Maybe you prefer to have an eCommerce store but don’t know how to get started.

The good news is that selling goods online is easier than ever due to the dropshipping model.

Dropshipping is the process of selling physical goods and passing along your customer’s shipping details to the suppliers.

Your suppliers then ship the items to your customers for you. Your profit is the difference in price between what you’ve charged the customer and what your supplier charges you.

Here is a graphic representation of how it works:

dropshipping model

I have tons of content on this blog on how to get started in dropshipping. Similar to blogging, it is a low-cost business to start with great earning potential.

If you prefer to get up and running with your own store quickly, consider having your own store custom built for you.

In Conclusion

It isn’t impossible to transition out of a job that you hate. My only regret is that I didn’t start my niche blogs sooner.

If you are currently feeling stuck in a miserable job, use that to fuel your starting an online business of your own.

I have provided two strategies in this post but there are many to choose from. Blogging was the strategy I chose and the one I like to recommend, especially for those that want to have time and location freedom.


Hey there! My name is Eartha. I'm an internet marketer. I enjoy helping others discover the benefits of starting their own online businesses.

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