I’ll assume you already want to quit your day job or you wouldn’t be here. I’ll also assume you want to work anywhere in the world because there’s nothing quite like the freedom of picking your favorite hammock and getting down to business. Having said that, you can’t just quit your day job overnight. Or can you? After all, that’s exactly what I did. Here’s what I’m saying… If you’re going to take the next big step, you need to get your online business up and running, and at least semi profitable.
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The transition is the hardest part. You’re probably working ridiculous hours (at least I was) at your job, and you probably feel too tired to do anything when you get home. When you finally do get some time on the weekends that you can put into your business , sitting in front of the computer is about the last thing you want to do.
I almost hate to tell you this. When you’re just starting out, you need to spend most of your spare time building your online business. It’s just part of the game, and if you want to be free, it’s the price you’ll need to pay.
If you don’t, you won’t have a platform to land on when you finally quit your job. As I always say, it’s better to rip off a bandage and make a clean sweep than it is to spend month after month (or year after year) slowly trying to escape the 9 to 5. If you’ve got these three items in order, the band-aid should come off with ease.
1.) Do You Have A Cushion So You Can Work Anywhere?
I personally was able to save up enough to pay for several months of food and rent expenses in case something were to happen. I see it this way, the money I have saved empowers me to make my own decisions in regards to the type of work I do in my online business. With just a few months worth of expenses saved up, I never feel desperate. It’s not a lot of money, but it allows me to work with whomever I please.
2.) Do You Have Regular Customers? Can You Scale Your Business?
I started my remote business while I was working my 9 to 5. I would get home and immediately start answering emails over dinner. By the time I quit my job, I was making enough money per month to pay for half of my living expenses. This was great because I didn’t have to scale my business that much to get it to pay for everything.
I’ll tell you this. Your first few months will probably be a little difficult. That’s why you’ve saved up enough money to get you through the initial stage. Not too long after that, you’ll start seeing monthly growth, and at that point, you can choose how many more clients you want to take on. Unlike having a boss who is always asking you to work harder, you get to decide when you want to scale up or scale down.
If you don’t have many clients or customers right now, check out my article on how to grow your online business.
3.) Can You Work A Ten Hour Day From Your Home Office If You Need To?
I’m saying this because the home work environment is quite a bit different from the office work environment. When you’re in an office, you are expected to work because that’s what everyone else is doing. When you’re at home, you’re the one who makes all the rule. It’s great to work anywhere, but it’s really easy to get distracted. You need to prepare for your new job by slowly increasing your productivity in your home office.
I always keep a timer at my side. It records the hours I put into each project I’m working on for my clients. Even if you don’t decide to go with a service-based business model, you should keep track of the time you spend corresponding with people, developing ideas, marketing your products, and communicating with your employees. When you do this, you’ll know how much time you are spending on the actual work. If you know, for example, that you’re only really working 3 hours a day, you’re much more motivated to work toward a bigger number.
I am in no way advising you to become a workaholic, especially if that’s the reason you want to escape the 9 to 5 to work from anywhere in the first place. I am saying, however, that you need to be prepared to work a few long days in case it’s a requirement for your business. A little training can go a long way. Here are a few other tips for being more productive at home.
If you have checked off all three of these things, congratulations! You’re ready to work remotely from anywhere. Go ahead and put in your two weeks or just give it up right now. You’re about to live the dream!