Only a handful of people would dare quit a job without having another one lined up…
Most people keep working jobs they hate year after year because they are afraid of what is going to happen to them if they quit.
- “I won’t be able to find another job”
- “It will be too stressful”
- “I will become homeless”
- “I won’t be able to put food on my table”
- “I am going to die”
- “The earth will stop spinning… And then I’m going to die”
No, I am not inside your head…
I know because I kept having such thoughts as well… Hell, such thoughts kept me imprisoned in a job I hated for 2 years. But then I found another job and quit!
Isn’t this an article about you quitting your job without having anything lined up?
Sure it is!
Because a few months after landing that second job, I did something that no person I personally know would dare do…
I quit it without having anything else at all lined up.
Yeah, I know… Lucky me right?
This is exactly one of the most common thoughts I had when I read the stories of people who had the balls to quit their job without having found another one first.
Some other common thoughts were:
- “Awww, I wish I could do that myself”
- “What a fucking BOSS… Quitting a job like that!”
- “If I don’t quit I’ll remain depressed forever”
- “I am going to order a pizza”
But enough with the mind-reading…
Right now, there’s only one reason that I am here…
I am not here to brag or make you jealous of me… I don’t want to convince you to do something… I am not after selling you anything…
I am here to help you by sharing with you EXACTLY how I quit my last job without having another one lined up, hopefully inspiring and motivating you enough to eventually start taking actions towards getting out of that job you hate yourself.
But before I do that, I think that it’s very important for you to know a few things about who I am, my financial status, needs, and obligations.
Who am I?
Like you care right?
Oh, I think you do though…
Truth is that during the last 2 years I have read hundreds of articles and stories about people who have quit their jobs without having anything lined up.
However, there were 2 things about the majority of those stories that kept pissing me off…
First of all, only a handful of them provided tangible, useful information about how they actually managed to quit their job.
Seriously, when I want to desperately quit the job I hate, reading about you bragging about quitting your job telling your boss to fuck off without providing any further information is just a huge waste of my time.
No! I want to to know EVERYTHING!
- The reasons that you hated your job
- How long it took you to quit
- If you had planned your way out or not
- The steps you took until you quit
- Advice and insights
- The difficulties you came across and how you overcame them
- What happened next
- If quitting without anything lined up was as scary as you initially imagined
Telling me that you quit your job without letting me know how you did it is like telling me about an awesome cake you just made without letting me know about the recipe.
It’s just pointless so why even bother?
To make me want to kill myself because I am stuck in a job I hate and don’t have the slightest clue about how to actually quit myself?
Secondly, and most importantly, almost none of those quitting stories provided any info about the person’s financial status, needs, and obligations.
If I don’t know anything about your financial needs and obligations, how could I possibly relate to your story and leverage your experience for my benefit?
For example, the story of a person who quit their job without having another one lined up and is 20 years old living with their parents will probably not be that beneficial to a 40-year-old person who has 3 kids, a mortgage, a dog, a parrot, and a sick grandma.
Another example, a few months back I was reading about a woman who quit her job without having another job lined up and within a year built a profitable online business.
Since my main goal was almost identical to hers, to quit my job and earn my living through my online business, I paid close attention to her story and how she managed to achieve exactly what I was after.
The advice and insights she shared were all pretty solid overall but there was something missing…
She didn’t mention at all how she managed to cover all her expenses during that whole year that she was unemployed. I didn’t know if she had savings, a side-hustle, some other source of income, nothing.
After digging around for a while, I found out that her husband was earning good money and not only covered all their normal expenses but also let her invest a lot of money in expensive tools and ads for her online business which actually helped her business grow much faster than normal.
Her story was extremely irrelevant to me because I didn’t have anyone to cover my expenses or purchase expensive tools for my business.
If I didn’t want to go broke, I would have to gather a significant amount of savings before even considering quitting my job having nothing lined up which is something she didn’t even mention in her story obviously because she didn’t have to do it!
So, now that you got my point I will first let you know a little bit about me and my current financial needs and obligations and then I will reveal to you step by step the whole process of quitting my job even though I had nothing else lined up.
My Financial Status, Needs, and Obligations
- I am 29 years old
- I rent a small, affordable apartment
- I own a small car
- I am very conscious about buying stuff and I rarely spend money on things I don’t really need
- Most of the time I cook for myself, I rarely order takeout
- I live by myself… I have no family to feed and no else to care for besides myself
- I never go out for coffee
- I have 2-3 nights out per month at most and even then I don’t spend that much money
- I don’t really care about buying material stuff such as gadgets, clothes, shoes, accessories, etc…
As you can see, I basically live a relatively simple and minimal life. It’s really not because I had to… It’s just who I am…
And that’s basically one of the most prominent reasons that enabled me to quit my job having nothing else lined up without being afraid to leave myself without a source of income for a while…
I just don’t spend that much money…
I haven’t gotten used to a lifestyle where I aimlessly spend money on whatever crap I set my eyes on. And I don’t really have that many possessions to maintain.
On the other hand, I want to point out that the country I live in (Greece) is going through a very severe economic crisis for the last few years.
Good jobs are hard to find… The majority of them don’t pay enough money to cover your very basic expenses, they become more and more demanding, they don’t pay on time, they “force” you to work unpaid overtime or else they threaten to fire you, etc
In 2018, Greece’s unemployment rate was more than 18% which was actually the highest rate of unemployment in the EU.
Based on those facts and stats, quitting a job without having already found another one is considered a stupid, extremely risky move for the majority of people here in Greece.
But I did it anyway…
And if I managed to quit my job without having another one lined up in a country where the economy is going down the drain and the unemployment rate is off the charts, you can absolutely do it too!
Now that you know some things about me, my financial needs and obligations as well as my country’s economic state and unemployment rate, I think that you’ll be able to get a better grasp of how you can leverage my story towards quitting your own job without having anything lined up.
If your character, financial needs, and obligations have nothing to do with mine (maybe you have kids to support or a mortgage, or maybe you just like wasting money on random crap), some of the advice, insights, and information within this article might not be applicable or beneficial to you.
Nonetheless, keep on reading because you never know… Something in here might actually help you reach the “aha” moment you’ve been waiting for you to take the plunge and do what you’ve been dreaming about for the last few months/years – quit your job even if you have nothing lined up.
The 5 Main Reasons That I Quit My Job Without Having Another Job Lined Up
Before I reveal to you the whole process of me quitting my job without having anything lined up, I’d first like to let you know about the 5 main reasons that drove me to make this decision.
Those 5 reasons were
- Very Long Commute
- Too Much & Unpaid Overtime
- Not What I Signed up for
- Minimum Wage
1 • Very Long Commute
The first and foremost reason that drove me to quit my job without having anything lined up is that I couldn’t stand the daily, extremely long and arduous commute…
It actually took me at least one hour to get to work and at least one more hour to return home from work. I spent at least 2 hours in total on the road going to and leaving from work daily!
And I was actually driving there…
If I took the bus or train, I would have to spend almost twice as much time on the road.
2 • Too Much & Unpaid Overtime
My working schedule based on the contract I signed during my recruitment was 8:00 – 16:00, Monday – Friday.
However, this wasn’t the case at all…
99% of my days there, I could never leave before 17:00 and usually, I would work until 17:30 and at some not so rare occasions until 18:30.
Neither I nor any of my colleagues were paid for all this overtime. And some of them were working there for 10+ years.
Working 8:00 – 18:00 equals to 10 hours of work… Now, include the 2 hours of commute I mentioned right above…
That’s 12 hours of my day devoted to a job I didn’t have the slightest interest in.
I was leaving home at 7:00, I got back at 19:00 and if I wanted to make it through the next day I had to be in bed by 22:00 because I was getting up at 6:00.
Talking about a good work-life balance right?
A few days before I announced my departure, the boss was even mentioning that we will have to start coming in on some Saturdays and even Sundays, again without getting paid, because there was a lot of work being left behind during the week (like we should care).
The funny thing is that during my interview I specifically asked the boss about the working schedule and those were his exact words:
“You work 8 to 4, Monday through Friday. I don’t believe that people should work more than 8 hours a day or more than 5 days a week because they get tired and their productivity drops dramatically.”
You lie? I fly…
3 • Not What I Signed Up For
Five days after attending the interview for that job, they called me and told me that they want to hire me.
The next day I met with the owner of the company and he told me that I would have to take over two positions; one as a supply manager and one as a warehouse computerization specialist.
Both of the positions and their duties sounded very interesting and absolutely doable for me.
But the truth is that I had never worked in similar positions before. I also knew nothing about the industry that the company was operating in.
I would have to start from absolute zero but I was okay with it!
It goes without saying that my employer was aware of everything before they decided to hire me but I guess that they saw something in me and were willing to invest in me learning the ins and outs.
They told me that I would have to be trained for at least 6-8 months before I could even begin standing on my own two feet and work without constant supervision.
The first problem was that from the first day at that job until the day I left, I barely worked as a supply manager or as a warehouse computerization specialist.
My main duties were answering the phone and passing the lines to my other 2-3 colleagues as well as submitting orders and registering new customers in the company’s CRM.
It was boring AF but I guess that it could be part of the whole training process.
However, the second and biggest problem arose two months after I got hired…
A colleague who had been working for the company for 20+ years quit and my boss told me that I had to immediately replace him so they threw me in the deep.
With just two months of minimal training and without even knowing the basics of the job yet I was expected to pull off the duties and assume the responsibilities of a guy who had been doing the job for 20+ years.
That’s just not right…
The amount of brand new information with which I was being bombarded daily was beyond enormous… I burned out in less than 2 weeks but I stayed there for 2 and a half more months.
When I announced that I was leaving, one of my colleagues told me that if he was in my shoes, he would have done the exact same thing.
4 • Minimum Wage
On top of everything else, the job was paying minimum wage.
I was aware of that before accepting the job but as it turned out it was way too little for what I was going through.
I actually spent ⅓ of it in gas for traveling to and from work and what was left was barely enough for me to survive.
Sometimes I felt like this job was just a means of earning money to be able to pay for the gas I needed to go to and return from work LOL.
Working 12 hours a day in such a demanding job for money which is barely enough to survive is not exactly what I would consider a sweet deal for me.
And so I left!
5 • Death
Sooner or later, we are all going to die…
Once this life is gone, it’s gone for good. We get no do-overs, no remakes, no rematches… We only have one life!
The more I kept working a job I hated, the more I felt my life being wasted.
Half of my waking hours going down the drain day after day knowing that I’ll never be able to get all that time back made me fucking scared.
Eventually, I realized that the thought of me staying in a job I hate for the rest of my life was way scarier than actually quitting it.
Life is just way too short to work a job you hate…
If tomorrow was the last day of your life what do you think you’d regret more?
Quitting the job you hated today or staying in that job literally until your last breath?
And if you think about it, since you are going to die at some point anyway, what do you have to lose?
How many do you think are the chances that quitting your job is going to kill you?
And even if it does, so what?
Personally, I’d rather live a short life full of adventure and doing things I like than a long life doing things I hate.
The Process of Quitting my Job Without Having Another One Lined Up
I always kinda envied people who seemed to be able to jump out of a job the moment they felt like it without caring what happens next.
I am definitely not one of those people and since you are here, I am guessing that neither are you!
I used to think that my inability to leave my job without having to think everything through was a curse for me but I came to the realization that making snap decisions while angry, or frustrated, or generally charged with negative emotions are bad 99% of the time.
Quitting my last job without having anything else lined up wasn’t a decision that I made overnight or in the heat of the moment but something that I was thinking about and carefully planning and acting upon for more than 2 years.
The first and foremost thing I did that definitely played an important part in getting the courage to quit my job, was that I kept saving as much money as possible for at least 2 years.
Now that I have no job but I have at least 10 months’ worth of expenses in my savings account I am not stressed about finding another job right away. Instead, I have decided to just let myself rest for a while, maybe 2 weeks to a month, let all that stress from working jobs I hate for more than 2 years settle, and then, start getting back on my feet with a clear mind.
The second most important thing I did in the span of the last couple of years was applying to hundreds of jobs and attending dozens of interviews.
This helped me in two ways
- I have improved my resume in such a way that I get called for job interviews from more than 50% of the jobs I apply to, even from jobs I barely qualify for
- I have become an interview master… Most of the employers that call me in for an interview want to hire me
I guess that just like with anything else, the more you attend interviews, the better you will inevitably become at them.
So, why was this so important to me?
I KNOW, that if I ever need a job instantly, I can find one anytime.
And so, I am not stressed over finding a random job that will provide me nothing more than some money to pay my bills, but now I can be picky and actually take my time to find a job I will actually like or at least, not hate.
I Lied About Having Nothing Lined Up, Kind Of…
While it’s true that I quit my job without having found another one first, the fact that I don’t have anything lined up is not entirely true…
I have been working very hard on my online business, dearboss-iquit.com for the past year or so and I just have started seeing some substantial results.
I mean it’s not that I earn a lot of money through it right now but this is definitely a nice boost both financially and psychologically which also further reduces the worry of having to find another job right now!
While I would love to not have to work another 9-5 job ever again, earn a full-time living through my business, and become my own boss, I don’t really know if I will manage to achieve such a feat before my savings start running out.
To tell you the truth, I don’t really know what my next move should be right now…
Maybe I’ll just give myself some time off normal jobs and focus on my business while living off my savings… Maybe I will start freelancing to cover some of my expenses… Or maybe I’ll try to find a part-time job to cover some of my basic needs while scaling my business until it brings in a full-time income for me.
Maybe I’ll do everything at once!
This is exactly why having money aside is so important before quitting your job. You can give yourself some time to figure things out without having to make rash decisions because you need money to eat and pay the bills.
Note: In case you aren’t aware, there are tons of ways to earn your living without working a normal job. You can find 15 of those ways right here.
5 Tips to Help You Quit Your Own Job
1 • Determine Your Utmost Value
What do you value the most in life?
Is it time with your family? Money? Peace of mind? Freedom? Independence? Being busy all day? Health?
If your job doesn’t align with your most prevalent value(s) you have 3 options…
- Keep working there and be unhappy
- Change your values to fit your current job
I’ve tried option #1 and #2 without any luck…
So, I had to go for option #3.
My utmost value is freedom…
But I believe that no job can make me feel free.
How can I possibly feel free when someone else tells me what time I should leave my house, what to do during my day, how to behave, how to dress, what time I can eat, or leave, or take a shit?
And that’s why I am building an online business for myself… To become my own boss and the master of my schedule…
In the meantime, until I am earning enough to be able to survive through my business, I know that I will probably have to work some jobs in order to be able to eat and stuff.
However, I will quit anything that makes me miserable until I get where I want…
So, here’s what you should do
- Determine your utmost value(s)
- Figure out which jobs/career paths are in favor of your values
- Start doing what’s necessary to acquire the skills required to fit those jobs/career paths
- Until you actually earn your living through your desired job/career path, you will probably have to work and quit several jobs which you won’t like or hate
- That’s okay as long as you keep moving towards your ultimate goal
2 • Start Saving Up Money
One of the most important actions you can take towards quitting your job is to start setting some money aside.
Having a financial cushion is definitely going to make your decision to quit your job much easier while buying you some time to figure out what your next move should be without having to stress about not having money to eat and pay your bills…
If I hadn’t been saving money for the last couple of years, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to quit my job without having found another one first.
Optimally, try to gather 12 months of expenses before you quit. Having 6 months of expenses is also acceptable but anything less might be way too stressful to promote smart decision making. A scarcity mindset might contribute to making decisions out of necessity which most of the time are not the smartest or the most beneficial ones…
To be able to save money faster, consider downgrading your lifestyle… Cut unnecessary expenses, stop buying crap you don’t need, stop going out every single day, get a car which consumes less gas, move to a smaller house, etc…
Once you are finished downgrading, figure out your average monthly expenses.
This will also allow you to start considering jobs that pay less but might be more tolerable, less stressful, and more in favor of your values.
I have downgraded my lifestyle so much that if I wanted to go any further, the next steps would be
- Sell my car altogether
- Cut my internet and my phone
- Stop buying food
- Live on a bench.
3 • Start Applying to Random Jobs
There’s no better way to beat the fear of not being able to find another job than knowing that you can get hired to a job anytime you want.
And there’s no better way to actually know that unless you start applying to other job positions and going through some interviews.
Take the next couple of days to improve your resume and start applying to jobs that you believe you could do and that could pay enough to cover your expenses.
Believe me, once you start getting called for interviews as well as getting positive answers from the interviews you have attended, you’ll start asking yourself “Why the fuck am I even still working that job since I am able to find another one so easily?”
Once you are confident enough that you will be able to land a job just to cover your expenses if needed, go ahead, quit that job you hate, give yourself some time to rest and enjoy a jobless life, and then start figuring out your course of action.
And who knows, through those interviews you’ll attend, you might end up finding a job which you like better than your current one.
4 • Figure out your worst-case scenario
Take the next 10 minutes and consider the worst-case scenario if you were to lose your job tomorrow.
Did you get it?
The chances of your worst-case scenario actually playing out are less than 1%.
5 • Consult Others
Do you happen to know any other people who have quit their job without having anything else lined up?
Speak to them. Ask them how they did it and what drove them there. Did they regret it?
If you don’t personally know such people, then you can find thousands online.
You can try forums, Facebook groups, or blogs just like this one. Hell, you can talk to me and ask me whatever you want!
During the last couple of years, I have spoken with dozens of people who have quit their jobs cold-turkey and I have never heard from anyone that he had regretted quitting his job wishing he hadn’t done it…
NOT EVEN ONCE!
And do you want the ultimate truth?
Most of them wished they’d quit sooner.
I know that no job is easy but I just can’t settle working a job I hate.
Call me crazy but when I left my last job, which I had been hating for 2 years, I made a promise to myself that I won’t wait that long to quit a job I hate working.
I also understand that quitting your job without having another source of income in line is freaking hard…
But it’s not impossible.
And if I was able to do it, you are too!
For more articles on quitting your job, starting your own online business, motivation, and finding legit courses which could help you make money online and become your own boss, go ahead and take a look at my website dearboss-iquit.com
Till the next time 🙂
CEO & Founder at Dear Boss I Quit
Xaric started his journey to making money online back in 2016. After a lot of trial & error, he managed to build a full-time income online and he is now working from home. He founded dearboss-iquit.com in order to help as many people as possible achieve the exact same thing and he now serves more than 30.000 people per month!
You can read more about Xaric’s story here.