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  Are you among those tempted to heed the call, to swap your cubicle walls for the boundless horizon of self-employment, side hustles, or simply a well-deserved sabbatical? Before you make a hasty exit, let’s explore some thoughtful steps. In this article, I’ll discuss some things you can do if you want to quit your 9-5 job in 2024.
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  • Consider the purpose

This isn’t a decision for a spreadsheet; it’s a conversation with your soul. Why are you considering leaving? Is it burnout, lack of purpose, or a yearning for something more? Understanding your “why” is crucial for charting a fulfilling path, whether it’s within your current company or outside its doors.
  • Be clear

Don’t romanticize the financial void! Crunch the numbers honestly. Calculate your expenses, potential income sources, and any safety nets you have. Financial stability plays a crucial role in your post-9-5 journey, so plan with prudence, not blind hope.
  • Audit your skills

Take stock of your talents and experiences. What skills can you monetize? Can you translate your current expertise into freelance work or a passion project? This self-assessment helps you identify your strengths and build a plan that leverages them effectively.
  • Research

Don’t jump into the unknown! Research alternative career paths, explore the freelance market, and connect with people who have leapt. Gather information, understand potential challenges, and create a realistic roadmap for your post-9-5 journey.
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  • Communicate properly

Before burning bridges, have an honest conversation with your employer. Express your concerns, explore potential solutions within the company, and leave the door open for amicable possibilities. Professional bridges may come in handy down the road.
  • Take baby steps

Consider a phased approach. Could you take a sabbatical, try part-time entrepreneurship, or negotiate flexible work arrangements? Testing the waters gradually can provide valuable insights and mitigate the risks of a complete career overhaul.
  • Have a financial cushion

Having a financial cushion or a supportive network can ease the transition. Build your savings, secure freelance gigs, or seek help from family and friends. A safety net provides valuable peace of mind during your exploration.
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Final Thoughts

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Leaving your 9-5 doesn’t guarantee automatic bliss. Self-employment brings its own set of challenges, responsibilities, and uncertainties. Be prepared for hard work, long hours, and the constant hustle of building your path. Choose wisely, explore with courage, and carve your path to a future that truly resonates with your soul.
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This article was first published on 2nd January 2024 and updated on January 8th, 2024 at 1:53 pm


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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