When Should You Quit Your Job?
Each of us has faced the question of “should we quit our job” at one time or another in our working life. If you’re even considering this, it probably deserves some further investigation. Quitting your job should never be taken lightly so you need to ask yourself some questions and put the answers down on paper. That way you can set it aside and come back to it and review to see if you feel the same.
Discussing whether you should quit a job with friends and family may not be the best decision for you. Most of them would have ulterior motives for their opinions. Think this through on your own first and make your choice before letting them know. And yes, maybe they will have some good feedback but the ultimate decision is yours. Obviously there are so many things to consider prior to making the leap. You may not have the luxury of quitting a job without first having another in place.
Here are the 5 questions to ask yourself before quitting your job:
- Why are you considering leaving your current job? Is it something that will pass or has this come up before. Is it an ongoing issue?
- Are you stuck in your current job? Maybe you have stopped advancing in your career and the only way to move forward is by changing or quitting your current position.
- Are you worried about layoffs or getting fired? If you know that big changes are going to occur and you may end up getting fired or laid off you should consider the benefit of quitting. Stick it out if you are expecting a layoff. That way you can file for unemployment. If you’re think you will be fired it may behoove you to quit first and avoid the black mark on your career.
- Do you have a plan? Have you been looking for other careers or jobs that you’re interested in? Know what your next step is going to be. Will you start your own business? Plan this out before you quit so you can quickly transition to the next phase.
- Do you hate getting up in the morning knowing you have to go into work? This is a biggie. Life is too short to spend most of your waking hours doing something you hate. This is a big red flag and signals that it’s time for your new career planning immediately.
There are likely more questions to consider before you should quit your current job but these will get you started. This is a life-changing event and should be treated as such. I don’t know many people who have made this decision and regretted it but I do know quite a few people who have regretted not doing it.
I took the plunge and started my own online business. While it’s had its ups and downs I get up every morning excited to see what the day will bring. It suits me perfectly because I get to live and work exactly where I want and when I want. I can promote and sell products and services that I believe in and feel passionate about. What could be better than this?