This post originally appeared on The Self Publishing Blog as a guest post. I share it here on my blog today. Enjoy!
The sensible and conventional advice you will get from well-meaning friends and family is only to quit your day job when your writing income can replace the monthly paychecks.
Sounds sensible right?
Well yes, it does look sensible because it’s what most people do.
But it’s also what most people hide behind as a convenient excuse never to start writing or taking their writing career seriously.
That’s why after years of listening to others and thinking my writing had to make an income before I made the leap, I jumped out of the day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur.
‘How foolish’, many people would say but let me explain why ditching the day job to follow the dream job is the best decision I have ever made.
For years I put off pursuing my dream job of being a writer. I listened to the naysayers who convinced me that writing was not a viable business or career.
But what you seek, you shall find.
So I stopped looking for excuses and reasons to why I couldn’t be a writer and started looking for how to make it happen.
As a result of my new focus, I found a plethora of indie authors who were not just covering their rent with their writing income but making 6 and 7 figure incomes.
And so I made a decision that if I wanted to pursue a career as an author-entrepreneur, I needed to jump in with both feet. But before I jumped I made a plan.
The biggest consideration was ensuring I was financially able to take this risk. Because the last thing you want to do is to worry about finances when you are pursuing your dreams.
You need to set yourself up for success from the get-go. Creativity needs the freedom to thrive and finance provides you with this luxury.
So to quit the job I hated and create a life and career I could love I took the following steps over a two-year period before I quit the day job:
1. Start writing now
I wrote the first draft of my book during 30-minute lunch break sessions while at the day job.
2. Build confidence
I started a blog to gain the confidence to press ‘Publish’ in a low-risk environment. Blogging also got me speaking opportunities at Google Campus and The Bank of England
3. Invest in me
Going to workshops and meeting my mentors online and in real life.
Reduced my living expenses and sold stuff I no longer needed.
I think this is so important that I dedicate an entire chapter in my upcoming book ‘Escape TheCubicle’ about how you can prepare financially for the changes you want to make in your life.
5. Find a tribe
I surrounded myself with people I aspired to be like by joining ALLI and attended relevant events like the HuLit Festival.
Where are the people who are doing what you want to be doing? Where do they hang out?
I also have another chapter focused on how to build and find your tribe in Escape The Cubicle.
I learnt new skills while at the day job (retraining as a life coach and starting a tech business) which created new income streams.
What new skills can you learn alongside your day job?
7. Create empty space
More importantly, as much I as I cleared out stuff physically in my life, I had to also clean out space emotionally and mentally for new things to enter my life.
Letting go of the things that no longer worked for me allowed me to bring in things that were better suited for me.
And as I continue to learn and do the work, my financial wealth from writing will also increase. It’s not a question of ‘’if’’ it will happen but ‘’when’’ it happens.
So that’s why I advocate why it’s a good idea to quit the day job to pursue your dream job because sometimes you need to surrender yourself to the dream and believe in yourself totally. (But it doesn’t also hurt to make a plan!)
Have you made the leap into your dream job? How did you prepare for it? Please join in the conversation by posting a comment below or like and share.