I have been super quiet on the blogging front for a few weeks now, and there’s a good reason for that! Back at the start of June I quit my boring desk job to pursue my dream. I’ve since set up my Etsy shop and have started designing and selling my own prints!
Before this point I’d been working in an office environment for 6 years. I left college fresh faced and full of joy at 19, found the office job within a couple of months, and hated it ever since. Not. Good.
Fast forward 6 years. I’d had enough. Although I was working in an admin capacity, more and more work was being lumped on us daily. With no pay rise to match. Can you see why I wanted to leave?
Not only that, my mental health was suffering. I was fast approaching a burn out. Big time. I would cry before leaving for work in the morning, come home and get angry with my partner for absolutely no reason, then go to bed and cry again.
How can people be expected to live like that?!
And how many of you out there do live like that? Society tells us from a young age that we have to go get a job, work 8.5 hours a day, get a mortgage, pop out some kids and then retire to somewhere a bit greener.
But what about those of us who don’t want to live that way?!
I’ve always known from a young age that I don’t want to live the way I’ve been told to. And when I met my partner, a total kindred spirit who also doesn’t give a toot what society tells us we should be doing, it’s like all the pieces fell into place.
So, onto the big question…
How I quit my job to pursue my dream!
Disclaimer: I’m lucky to have a partner who wants nothing but the best for me, and was willing to saddle the burden of being breadwinner for a while. And I don’t mean just a few bills, he pays all of the house bills at the moment. But it can still be done even if you’re financial situation isn’t all that rosy. Read on.
1. Plan ahead!
For a little while we both knew I HAD to leave that job. Initially the plan was to find a part time job to keep us ticking over financially, but finding a part time job is like looking for chickens teeth where we live.
So we set a date for my departure. And we saved a bit of money. Fortunately I already had a substantial savings pot, but if you don’t I would highly recommend having enough money saved to cover your ass for a few months.
We also started getting rid of bills we didn’t need. Bye bye Spotify! Bye bye unnecessary insurance! We didn’t quite get rid of Netflix, just downgraded to their basic package. We don’t bother with a TV license as we don’t watch live TV, so we figured this was a good trade off.
Once you’ve got you’re outgoings to a minimum and saved up a wedge of cash, it’s time for the next step.
2. Hand in your notice.
This step is a surprisingly big one! I know a few people who have handed in their notice, only to retract it a few days later. You need to hand it it.
And do not retract it. No matter how scared you get.
Quitting a job without another one to go to is terrifying. But you know what? It’s also the most exciting thing you can do in an office! Plus, all of my co-workers would look at me with big dreamy eyes and say “I wish I could do what you’re doing”.
Maybe I should send them all a link to this post?! 😛
3. Take time to build your dream idea.
So, you’ve quit your job, you have no source of income but you should have enough money to last you a few months. Now what?
You need to start building on your dream. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether it’s setting up an Etsy shop like me, or becoming a dog walker, or becoming a full time blogger. You need to think it through and have a vision in your head.
My Etsy shop has been an idea I’ve had for a long while. I make woodland and adventure themed home decor. It’s stuff that I would personally buy, and stuff that other people have already started buying.
Without a clear idea in your head of what you want to do, you won’t be able to achieve it. This includes researching your dream idea too. Look at how much other dog walkers charge, or the legality of having an online business.
By the end of your first week of freedom you should have a really well rounded idea of what your dream entails.
4. Just go for it!
It sounds silly, but sometimes people can drag their feet even though they know what needs to be done. Do. Not. Hesitate.
PURSUE YOUR DREAM NOW.
The longer you hold off from doing it, the more you will hesitate and second guess, and the more likely it is you will start running out of money and have to go find another dull office job.
It took me a while to build up enough designs to create my Etsy shop, but I did it fairly quickly. I knew that if I held off too long I’d just never do it.
And as of writing this I’ve had 18 sales within a month and a half. Ask any other folks setting up their Etsy shops and this isn’t too bad. I mean, it’s not enough to say I’ve earnt a lot of money. But it’s enough to show that I have products people like and are willing to spend money on.
I’ve also found pure excitement in the fact people across the world are buying my products! I’ve had several sales to America, and one to New Zealand. I love it.
I really hope you’ve found some inspiration here to go off and do what makes you happy. I can’t imagine going back to a full time working for the man kind of role again. If I had to, I could do both. But for now running my Etsy shop is the most fulfilling thing.
As a thankyou for reading please please please head over to my shop and treat yourself to 20% off! Just click the above image and you can go for a browse 🙂