According to a study by MetLife’s Annual Employee Benefit Trend Study, 57% of workers have indicated their interest in freelancing while 77% of millennials say they are interested in freelance jobs rather than full-time jobs. This single fact should tell you that times are changing.
More people are seeing the goodness in remote jobs, more people want to explore freelancing and simply everyone wants to be able to do a job that gives them the flexibility to build something meaningful for themselves instead of having to spend ages trying to pull through a 9 to 5, especially if it’s not a convenient one that fends for your everyday needs.
4 Signs You May Need to Switch from a 9 to 5 Job
Still not sure if switching from a 9 to 5 job should be one of your goals? Well, if you do fall under any of the four categories mentioned below, then you should start working out your switching plan. Keep reading to find out if you should switch.
- You Feel Stuck
This can be caused by non-flexible or unrealistic work hours, people who want flexible work hours due to the complexity of their jobs frequently wish to leave their 9 to 5 jobs and pursue other alternatives. Unlike a freelance job that gives you the flexibility to choose your own hours, 9 to 5 jobs usually have predetermined hours. So if you find yourself always wishing for an opportunity like that which freelancing offers, then it’s not out of place to say that you need to switch your 9 to 5 job.
2. You Have Other Interests Outside Your 9 to 5 Job
Having several other interests outside your 9 to 5 may be equivalent to losing interest in the 9 to 5 job. The only difference is that you’ve not been able to monetize those other interests so you’re not thinking of leaving your job any time soon. My advice is simple, start building those other things you have an interest in and gradually grow them into passive income streams, you’ll definitely be ready to switch your 9 to 5 someday.
3. Your 9 to 5 Job is Not Related to What You Find Fulfilling
I know of people who only keep their 9 to 5 because it’s the job available at their disposal and not that it’s what they really want to do. Are you such a person? If you are, then you need to figure out what it is you find fulfilling and start doing it soon because sooner or later, you will need to take that bold switch.
4. You Just Don’t Feel That Your 9 to 5 Job is Good Enough
This feeling can be a result of low income from the job, lack of interest in the job, or even that job isn’t at all flexible or comfortable for you. It’s okay to feel that your job isn’t good enough, but it isn’t okay to not know what is good enough for you. You have to figure out what it is you find unpleasant about the job and figure out what kind of job or role will give you your desire. In essence, you might have to switch that job real soon.
Okay! now you know whether to stay in your 9 to 5 or start planning your escape route, but… what can you switch to if not a 9 to 5 job?
If Not a 9 to 5 Job, Then What?
Right now you may be wondering, “If my 9 to 5 job is not good enough, then what should I do?”. Well, I got you covered! Simply do the following to help you gradually hands off your 9 to 5.
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- Start Freelancing
Freelancing is a great way to earn money for people who are looking for flexible work schedules. It is also a great way to get experience in a new field without the need of having a degree or qualification.
Freelancers have the freedom to choose what they want to work on, when they want to work and how much they charge for their services. They can either freelance from home, go out and find clients themselves or apply for jobs through freelance websites like Upwork.
2. Establish You Own Business
If you have a good idea for a business, you should consider starting it. You will need to do some research first and find out if your idea is viable. You will also need to start building your network, finding customers, creating a business plan and making sure that you have enough funds for the initial stages.
You should also make sure that the competition in the industry you choose is not very high to avoid competing with several companies in the same industry at your early stage. If there are already many companies in your chosen industry, then it might be more difficult to establish yourself as an authority in the field.
3. Build Up a Portfolio
One of the best alternatives to switch a 9 to 5 job is starting a portfolio career. It is the ideal combination for those with a variety of skills and broad interests. This would be a great match for you if you have different unique skills and interests and is a great way to finally choosing a career path over your 9 to 5 employment.
How To Finally Take the Bold Step and Switch Your 9 to 5 Job
Below are tips to help you plan and transition from your 9 to 5 job.
- Create a plan
The first step to transitioning is to figure out what you’re moving to. Is it to start your own business or a freelance role? you have to figure that out first. Also, consider juggling both jobs (Your 9 to 5 and the new one) at once to be able to decide if it’s worth it or just to start up something before you finally leave your current job.
You might want to consider freelancing as an option for a smooth transition before quitting your job.
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- Set SMART Goals
You have to set goals that are Specific, Maesurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. This would keep you on track towards success.
- Start Exploring Other Alternative Jobs
The first steps towards being ready to step off your full time job is to have other alternatives that are either paying you already or are sure to pay you within your set timelines. I remember my journey towards stepping off my full-time job, I waited till I was sure my pay checks from my digital business was in view before I finally left.
In essence, just ensure that you are leaving to something more meaningful that is also sustainable before you take the step to switch so you don’t get stranded at some point after leaving.
- Take the Bold SWITCH!
After doing all the aformentioned, it’s time to start making that long awaited transition. You’ll only be glad at your pace and your journey to building a successful career, business and lifestyle. Cheers to new beginnings!
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