Quit Your Job, Work At Home, Save Some Money, Or What The Hell Was I Thinking?

So the title of this post is a little, um, overstating it. But really, this is exactly what I did and so far, it has worked out well for me. When you consider all the financial and emotional expenses that can come along with a “real” job, sometimes its best to quit and go it alone, or at least find a job you love or can do from home in your pajamas. What was I thinking? I don’t know, but it worked out to my advantage.

See, here’s the thing. I was at a job for 4 years that I was not all that happy at. I mean, it paid well, it allowed us to live a comfortable life, but it wasn’t very challenging or rewarding, and after a while it wasn’t even that interesting. So one day, without a safety net, I gave my notice. Everyone was stunned to say the least, and I gave them 30 days notice. That was back in September, and my last day was September 30. While I would NEVER advise anyone to jump ship without a backup plan, I felt like I had to in order to move forward. I had to force myself to explore other options and to find something else. So when we started talking about me doing this, we started saving up some cash in case I didn’t find work right away. But I got lucky. More on that later.

Now, as for those tolls, both financial and emotional that a job you don’t like can take on you, here was my problem. For starters, I was commuting 25 miles each way. For those of you NOT in Los Angeles, that might not seem like much. In fact, you might think that was a good commute. But not here. Sure, some days it could take you 30 minutes or so. Other days it could be 1 hour +. I am not kidding. So that was draining in and of itself, not knowing what kind of commute I was going to face day to day. Also, in regards to my car, the wear and tear in start and stop traffic can be horrific on your car, and the gas prices were killing me at that time. So, either working from home or closer by would save my mental state and some money on my car expenses. Emotionally, being at a job you are not happy with is one of the most damaging things you can do to yourself. We spend 8+ hours a day at these jobs…sometimes more than we spend at our own houses. Shouldn’t we be happy with what we are doing? My job was causing panic attacks and depression because I just was not happy. It took me a long time to recognize the cause. Health care costs go up because you go to the doctor more often, whether because you get more colds or you need medicine to handle your aggression at your job. Whatever the case may be, you probably see the doctor more when you hate your job. So that was another reason for me. Lastly, at least for me, was the expenses of buying “work” clothes and eating the occasional meal out with colleagues. Now that I work at home, I wear jeans and t-shirts and eat what is in the fridge. That alone has saved us a lot of money in the last 2 months.

Now, for how I lucked out. My last day at my last “job” was a Friday. I packed up my office that day and went home, singing all the way back to my house. I was so happy. I couldn’t wait to see what new adventures I could get myself into. That weekend was spent rejoicing in my new found freedom. Then, Monday morning, my phone rings. Its a friend of a friend who was looking for someone to do webmaster stuff for a big organization, and they knew I had some of the skills they needed. It would be a work from home, make your own hours, but get it done type of situation. Sold. So on Tuesday morning, I woke up, fired up the trusty Mac, and back to work I went…in my pajamas, listening to some morning talk radio, with a mug of coffee. Sometimes, the spirits just smile on you.

So really, the main point of this post is just to remind you…you don’t have to do a job that you hate. I know some people will say they are stuck in their position..but no one is TRULY stuck. You can take classes to learn another skill, go back to college, start a hobby that could end up being lucrative….the opportunities are endless. But it is up to YOU to make that change…and sometimes, it just works out for the best. I was out of work for one day…..after quitting my job without a back up plan. Make it happen….quit your job, work at home, save some money. Sometimes, not thinking too hard about the result ends up in the best result.

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  1. Brian says:

    Quitting your job without a backup plan shows me that you were raised with no sense of money’s value, or no sense in general. Who is this “We” and “us” you keep talking about? I’m guessing its someone whom might not have been happy if they had to support you if “Luck” didn’t kick in.
    Your story is entirely irrelevant. The moral is, that if you make retarded decisions, luck can bail you out. (But always thing positively. cuz thats good, right?) I KNOW that you can get money from luck. We all know that. Tell me something usefull.
    – Bri

  2. david says:

    Wow, Bri…sorry that it makes you so angry I lucked out. And if you read the post, you would have seen that we saved in order to do this, just in CASE I didnt land another job.

    So, if that means I have no sense or dont know the value of money, than so be it. But since WE (my wife and I) live very comfortable lives, and I have never been without a job in my 12 years since college, I have a good grasp on my retirement prospects, my wife works..etc etc..I guess we really dont know anything about money.

    Again, sorry if you are angry that I got lucky…the post was meant as an inspiration for those stuck at jobs that they dont like, that things DO work out, whether it be the next day or next month.

  3. Brian says:

    Hi Dave,
    If I /read/ the post I probably would have noted such places where you said “So one day, without a safety net, I gave my notice.” or, in the next sentence where you more or less said that you “Felt like you had to…” “jump ship without a backup plan.” I’m sorry -I thought you had no backup plan. My bad.
    I did just read through your response. All you did was re-affirm your initial statement. Please note, I’ll say it explicitly: I am not mad that you lucked out. I’m actually happy for you, I wish more people would. My problem is that you’re publishing what is essentially a “luck story” as though it could convey usefull planning. Hope is not a strategy, nor are positive feelings.
    People don’t just need a strong ‘gut’ feeling to quit there jobs, or an ‘attitude’ or something like that. They need a sensible plan in case things /don’t/ work out as they planned.
    Your closing statement: “Sometimes, not thinking too hard about the result ends up in the best result.” Wow. Not thinking too hard. Sounds like sensible advice to close a collumn with.
    – Bri

  4. Lyman Reed says:

    I, for one, am happy for you that you did what you needed to do to make your life better. Don’t worry about the naysayers; just do what you think is right. Congratulations!

  5. If it trips your trigger to call it luck, have at it. I’m more of a law of attraction type. Regardless, the bottom line is you were where you had to be to do what you have to do and that’s great. Good for you and best of attraction in the future.


  6. Ellen says:

    I agree with Carolyn, above. Sometimes, we are unhappy because we’re resisting something that fate (or luck, or god, or whatever you call it) is trying to do for us and when we give in and do something that seems totally illogical, that’s when your life can just click.

    And you weren’t totally without a plan, were you? You’d been telling friends that you were looking for at-home work of this nature, I bet, and all the career books say that networking of that sort is really the way to score the best jobs of all. So really, you were following some traditional advice! 🙂

  7. David says:

    Thank you for your support, I am glad some people can see the benefit of doing things a certain way and having it pay off!

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  10. I’m somewhat in the same boat. I got this really fancy job with a big fortune 500 company — and to put it plainly I hate it. Whenever I talk to my friends about my business ideas, I get so happy and excited. I know I’m not doing the right thing by staying here, but it is expensive to live in California. Even if I did have a $15K safety net it wouldn’t last me very long. *sigh* I just need one spark of motivation and I’m off. Well buddy, I’m glad you’re doing your thing. Handle it!


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