Find out how I quit my job, started my own business and improved the overall quality of my life by doing what I love.
Read this article or watch the video if you want some tips on how to quit your job and start your own business online.
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How Did I Quit My Job?
So here’s some background information about myself.
I was working as a full-time music instructor and guitar teacher, and I traveled around the country to teach students in schools and in their homes.
Although I was getting a decent salary, I was still being paid by the hour.
That means that if I wanted to earn more money, I needed to teach more hours or increase my hourly rate, which was not possible because I was going to become a mom and I knew that I need to spend time taking care of my baby once he arrives.
So instead of hiring a babysitter, I decided to be the main caregiver to look after my baby and work from home.
I quit my job since I was 3 months pregnant when I started having morning sickness, have been completely self-employed ever since.
Before I quit my day job to become completely self-employed, I had actually spent a lot of time and effort with growing my Instagram account and focused on marketing my personal brand as I was looking for more students as a guitar instructor.
I was also running a few other businesses such as my online e-commerce store and a music company.
Eventually, I managed to gain more than 30,000 followers in 10 months so I realized that I was actually good at social media marketing.
I Became a Full-time Influencer on Instagram
When I was pregnant, I decided to take the path of becoming a full time Instagram influencer.
It wasn’t my intention to be an influencer, but since I had grown my following and built a relationship with my audience, I seized the opportunity to work with brands and get paid to do so.
I wanted to be able to spend time with my baby, Zane, while supporting him at the same time, as I am a single mom, and traveling to teach guitar from place to place will be too time consuming and I would need to get someone else to look after Zane.
And that was not what I wanted. I didn’t want to miss out on the first few years of his life and watch him grow, which is the most precious experience.
So I made the decision to become a full-time “influencer”, and this has helped me to secure a lot of free baby items and get paid to promote several motherhood brands.
I started by pitching brands directly and overtime I received more publicity as they re-posted my content, and more brands started approaching me and that’s where I started to make a living completely from Instagram, while getting to spend more time Zane AND provide for him at the same time.
A few months after Zane was born, I thought about the business direction that I wanted to take in the long run.
I was obsessed with marketing and knew that business and marketing is something that I was really passionate about.
I would spend hours reading up on new marketing strategies and articles that would help my businesses grow.
So I decided that this was the new direction that I was going to take, as a full time digital marketing expert.
I read up, took courses to develop my skills, and continued experimenting with digital marketing and ran paid ads on Instagram and Facebook to gain more experience.
I started my own Instagram marketing company called Scarlet Social Media in 2017 and recently rebranded it to Zane Digital Marketing this year, and included more digital marketing services.
So this is basically my story on how I quit my job and started my own business.
How Can You Quit Your Job?
Now, if you have always wanted to start a business in order to make a living for yourself so that you can quit your day job, here are some tips that I have for you.
Tip 1: Start a Side Hustle
Don’t quit your day job just yet until you have a plan and enough savings in order to support your new venture before you even start profiting.
My Instagram account had been my side hustle all along and it was a backup plan that I could fall on when I quit my full-time day job.
I had already been earning some side income from it, along with my e-commerce when I was working my day job.
I had a plan and direction when I made that decision of quitting my day job.
If you quit your job without having any plan and savings to tide you through the next few months, it’s going to be much tougher and I don’t recommend that because I don’t want you to end up being unable to feed yourselves or end up in debt because of your new business.
When you have a side hustle, you will be in a better position to quit your job, and you will not be as stressed out as compared to not having any other plan to fall back on.
This plan is not just for your physical wellbeing but for your mental wellbeing too.
Tip 2: Create a Plan
If you don’t have a side hustle or a plan yet, create one.
If you want to be your own boss but you’re not sure which niche you should be in, try to choose something that you are passionate about which is profitable at the same time.
If you are passionate about something but the niche that you choose is not really profitable, it would be more challenging to actually turn this into a full-time gig.
All of us have a few interests so write all of them down and choose the one which is the most profitable and turn that into a business idea.
On the other hand, if you choose a profitable niche but you’re not really passionate about it, it would be difficult to stay consistent or keep up with it in the long run.
And the whole purpose of starting a business and quitting your job is to do something you love, not something you hate.
Tip 3: Change Your Mindset
When you want to be your own boss, one of the biggest changes that will take place will be your mindset.
I have changed drastically in the way that I see and perceive things, which has caused me to become an action taker, and someone who develops good habits and does things consistently, even if I don’t see results yet.
One very common question that I got as a new business owner was “Are you earning money yet?”.
As business owners, we should not expect to earn and be paid for every single thing that we do, because we no longer have that employee mindset.
When you start a business, you expect to put in more hours and not be paid for it because you are building yourself from scratch, and you need to understand that you are starting somewhere and it’s okay and perfectly normal not to earn money right away.
The mindset that I have when I started was, I may not earn from the first year or so, but when I do succeed, the amount of money that I earn will be so much more than what I would be paid as a regular employee if I had stayed in a corporate job for the same number of years that I took to start my business.
So tell yourself that whatever amount of money you earn in the future, in the next 2 years for example, will actually cover you the 2 years of not being paid PLUS additional income.
Success is exponential so once you succeed and have grown your influence as an authority in your niche, the opportunities that you get will be endless.
You don’t have to feel embarrassed when people ask you questions like “You mean you’re not earning money from your business yet?” or “When will you start earning? Are you sure about this?”.
People who ask you those questions are probably employees who are stuck in their employee and I-must-get-paid-for-everything mindset.
As business owners, we see things different and we are more far-sighted because we look at success in the long run, and not as short-term accomplishments.
We know that long-term success requires sacrifices in the beginning.
Tip 4: Set Small Goals
Great things take time to build and if you try to rush and skip certain steps, it wouldn’t be as good as it supposed to be, so don’t rush to get to the end as the process is part of the learning experience which will help you succeed and make your business better.
As a guitarist, it takes time to learn a song, and it requires practice over and over again.
Sometimes, I will practice the same riff over and over again for hours.
I will tell my students to break down a song into various sections and start by focusing on a short section instead of attempting the entire song.
Because if you attempt to play a new song which you’re not really good at right away, honestly, you’re going to suck big time.
But when you focus on perfecting a short riff until you get it right before moving on to the next part of the song, it’s going to sound much better once you get through all the way to the end.
So, whether you are a guitarist or a musician or not, the same concept applies to anything that you are trying to master.
Setting long term goals are great, but trying to achieve it in such a short period of time means you have a higher chance of getting stressed out and getting burnt out, because you are not giving yourself a realistic time frame to achieve it.
The key to achieving long term goals is to set short term mini goals which are achievable, and you work towards them by taking baby steps.
This will help you so much with your overall mental wellbeing, because when you accomplish a short-term goal, you will feel a sense of achievement and fulfilment, which will further motivate you to take the next step towards your next goal.
However, if you only have a long-term goal such as earning a million dollars in a year and you get so stressed out and angry with yourself by not even earning $10,000 in a month, then you are helping yourself reach your goals, because all you are doing is mentally beating yourself up for not being good enough, or successful enough.
This is what I’ve learnt through personal experience as I’ll set these really huge goals to earn a certain amount by a certain period of time, because I’ve seen others do it and I’ll feel so incompetent about myself.
And I realised that I was actually stressing myself up for no reason, and I couldn’t sleep because I kept worrying about what I should do and how I should do it in order to earn more than those people in a shorter time frame.
I reflected about it, and you know what? I am my own boss, and I have so much time ahead of me. Who was I trying to compete with?
Other people’s success should not be seen as a threat as we are all fighting our own battle and running our own race. Our success has nothing to do with theirs, and likewise their success should not make us feel threatened.
We should instead study their success and learn from it, and use it as a source of motivation to spur us on to achieve our goals.
Setting these small term goals has really helped me to manage my own expectations and helped me to be in a better state by positively reacting to other people’s success instead of in a negative manner, because I see them as an inspiration rather than a threat.
By doing so, this has helped me grow and develop in a profound manner, and I’ve been able to see myself become much more productive than before.
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