If you dislike your job, now is a great time to look at your situation and decide exactly what path you’re going to take. This is especially important right now, as we’re in the midst of a virus and a lot of people are working from home.
It’s a good opportunity to reflect and look at your career. If you’re waking up in the morning, even while working from home, and you really dislike your job, then that job probably isn’t for you—and that’s okay.
The purpose of this post is to give you a five-step plan to help you understand exactly what you need to do if you dislike your job to make it something that’s fulfilling and that you genuinely enjoy.
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What is it that you dislike about your job? Is it that you dislike your boss? Or, do you dislike your job responsibilities because you aren’t in the right industry? Maybe you just don’t feel good about what you’re doing?
Whatever it is, try to identify the problems. The reason you’re doing this is to figure out what you can avoid in the future so you don’t have the same problem again.
I know while you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking of some reasons. Whatever it is, I want you to know that you’re not alone. There are a lot of people who dislike their jobs.
2) Understand Your Goals
What you need to do when you’re trying to understand your goals is to figure out if your job is fulfilling or unfulfilling. If it is unfulfilling, then you need to understand what you want to do in the future to make it fulfilling, and understand what your goals are as a professional.
The key to making sure you’re going to be motivated is working on something that makes you happy. At this point, you should probably look at your situation and decide if you want to work for someone else.
Most people will say, “Yes, I want to work for someone else.” Then when you ask, “Why?”, they’ll say it’s because of the salary or the healthcare, or that it’s just not stable.
Due to the recent virus, a lot of people are losing their jobs. This is a good time to reflect and say, “You know what? Maybe working for other people isn’t the best.”
That’s the reality. It doesn’t mean you’ve got to quit your job right now; it just means you need to realize that this is not the direction you want to go.
3) Decide If You Should Start a Side Hustle
You need to decide if you want to start a side hustle or not. If you don’t want to, you can just go out there, submit your resume, go into different industries, and keep aimlessly trying to find that job that’s going to keep you happy.
But if you decide you want to start a side hustle, and you want to have the freedom and the flexibility to do your own thing (like I currently do), you need to understand that you are capable of that.
A lot of people are capable of that. They don’t think they are, but the key to this is to just start. That’s the biggest thing. Keep in mind that even if you start your own side hustle, it doesn’t have to be a full-fledged business right away.
If it doesn’t go well, then hey, you know what? At the end of the day, it’s going to be a really big positive for your resume and for a future career change.
Maybe you’re interested in a particular topic, but your career is in sales. This is a good way to showcase your expertise to a potential new employer and say, “This is what I did here, and this is what I know.” It can really open some doors.
As for actionable steps to a side hustle—you need to decide exactly what it is that you want to get into. I recommend websites because they are passive. You don’t have to be actively working on it to make money. It’s something that you can easily do during off-hours.
While I was working my full-time job, I started with websites because I thought, “You know what? If I just create a website and get over all the technical nervousness, it’s something that will work for me, even when I’m sleeping.” And it really, genuinely, does.
You could also do YouTube if you wanted to. There are some challenges there, but it’s always an option. You could get into doing some consulting or contracting on something that you’re passionate about. Maybe it’s exactly what you do now, and you just want to do it on your own. Or, you could do something like graphic design if you’re more artistically inclined.
Regardless of the reason, the point is for you to be happy. In the beginning, you just need to decide what it is that you would be passionate about and actually enjoy doing. It is really important that you are passionate about whatever it is that you choose.
I advise people to not quit their day job. After you’re done with your day job, you come home at five o’clock and you had a bad day at work, that’s great—now you can use your disdain and your hate for your current job to fuel you while you work your other job.
It’s really helpful to use your other job as a motivator. When you’re you’re saying, “I’m not sure how I’m going to do it,” just remember that the other job is your only way out, which is a very helpful and motivating thought.
4) Grow Your Side Hustle
Let’s say that you did decide to go with a side hustle; now you need to grow it.
What you need to understand is that getting started is the hardest part. Since you’ve already gotten started, now you just need to grow it, which isn’t as difficult as it seems.
You just need to consistently work on it. That’s the most important thing. What I always tell people is to make sure that they are working on their side hustle for one hour a day, Monday through Friday.
By the end of the week, all that momentum is going to lead to something. But what I find is that on Saturdays and Sundays, most people end up working a heck of a lot more than one hour because they realize on those days that, “Man, I really want to do this other thing.”
They start working their butts off and they put in six, seven hours on those weekends. That’s a great thing because that’s when you can be really productive and your full-time job isn’t going to stop you.
Now, if you have a family with kids, and you don’t have time to grow your business, then what I think you should do is look into outsourcing some of your responsibilities.
It is important to remember that you shouldn’t just throw money at the problem. If there is a problem, you need to understand what you can do to fix it first. After you have that understanding, then train someone else on exactly how to do it.
The way that I usually did it with websites was to outsource the content to a writer. They would write it for me, and then I would review it as the editor and put it onto the website myself.
The point is, it is crucial that if you don’t have the time, you keep the momentum going by hiring someone else.
I always say that if you’re going to start a business, expect to work the entire year. You need to put in a lot of work and expect absolutely nothing to happen. That type of mentality is what will get you through because there will be a lot of negativity in the beginning. It’s hard to start a business from scratch, but I promise you that if I can do it—and I did—you can do it, too.
5) Quit Your Job When the Time Is Right
This is the last step in the whole process: you need to quit your job when the time is right. Some people say, “You know what? I’m just going to start this, quit my job, and go all-in.”
All I can say is, that is a pretty ballsy move. That’s not something I could do; I like to take calculated risks. When I say, “Quit your job when the time is right,” I think you should have savings.
I think you should have an emergency fund set up so you understand how long you can go without a paycheck to still be okay (assuming no catastrophic events happen).
For me, I had about nine months of expenses saved up. I had also pared down my expenses and moved out of a condo into a pretty crappy apartment. I did a lot of things to sacrifice. That is a big thing, too—make sure you are sacrificing.
If you decide you want to leave your full-time job earlier, make sure your expenses are down because, in the beginning, it’s going to be really tough to turn a profit from your business. You don’t want to rely on that revenue to pay your bills; it’s just not a good idea.
I don’t necessarily have the best answer for you as to the best time to quit your job. It depends on what your risk tolerance is. For some people, if they have three months of expenses in the bank, then they’ll say, “Yep, I’m ready to go,” and they’ll quit their job. Some people need a year.
My point is, sit down and think about what would be appropriate for you. How long will you give yourself before you decide to turn back? You might have some failure, but those who persevere through it will be more successful than those who are willing to go right into failure.
Just go head-first into failure, learn from it, and keep moving.
What ends up happening is that after many different failures, you don’t make the same mistakes anymore. Eventually, you end up being successful.
It happened to me and it’s happened to countless people who I’ve worked with, so it really does work.
The key is to do what makes you happy. Life is way too short to sit there and work at a job you hate, day in and day out for 30 years—that’s crazy.
That’s how they used to do it in the “olden days,” as I say. These days, there is so much opportunity, especially online, that I highly recommend you take these steps if you’re in this situation and really implement them. Take them to heart, think about it, and move forward with it.
That is what I recommend to do, and I’m doing this based on experience. I was in this situation where I didn’t like my job, I couldn’t stand my commute, and it made me very frustrated every day. These are the steps that I took and it actually worked; I really think it could work out for you as well.