Ok, so last week we talked about how to survive in a job that’s not floating your boat, but as you know, I’m more for thriving than surviving, so this week, as promised, I’m going to give you some ideas as to how you can hatch a cunning plan of escape!
There are plenty of ways you can break out, from accepting homelessness to robbing a bank, but how do you find a less reckless way to free yourself from the rat race? Well, how about these…?
1. Find a job doing what you love
If you hate your job, then why stay there? I know, security right? You need the money. But, the fact remains that there is no such thing as a safe job, a fact that many of my clients regularly discover when bosses turn on them following conflict. But that conflict is usually due to discontentment, and despite employment law protection, many employees are afraid to file complaints and grievances, so often discover that their safe job quickly becomes completely intolerable. So start looking for an out before you find yourself in meltdown.
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Importantly though, make sure that it is the job you have a problem with, and not yourself. Because, if you’re the problem, then you will find the same feelings cropping up, wherever you work. I fell foul to this, job hopping several times, before realising that I had so much self-loathing around what I was doing for a living, that I was actually sabotaging myself in every job.
2. Start a side-line business
If you have something that you know you’d love to do, but don’t have the capital to do it, then starting up part time is a great solution. It’s certainly the way that I got into self-employment and yes, it can be tiring but, actually, when you’re working towards something that you love, it’s much easier to find the energy to work, at times when you might normally have preferred to watch Coronation Street or hit the snooze button a couple of dozen times.
Once, you’ve got your income to a sustainable level, you can wiggle your way free of that nasty 9-5.
3. Teach what you know
If what you want to do can’t happen part time, and you really do need some capital, then teaching what you know is a great way to raise additional finance. And, if you don’t have a teaching qualification, that’s no problem. If you can get in front of a smartphone camera, and talk people through what they need to learn, then you can sell programmes online. Check out my Quit Your Job and Get a Life programme, to see what I mean.
Plus, they’re incredibly inexpensive to produce and, provided you can get it in front of the right people who need what you know, and generate some trust, then you really won’t have much trouble selling what you have.
4. Join a network marketing company
Network marketing is often regarded with negativity, yet it’s actually one of the best business models going, and I certainly wish that I’d discovered it earlier, back when I was in a job I hated. It took me a long time to get involved, and yet it’s incredibly low risk, offers the opportunity to easily create an income in line with your efforts, and is probably the only way, short of building a huge business empire, of bringing in a pay packet that rises every month and year, due to residual and group income, and continues to pay you even when you don’t work. Plus, many networks allow you to will your income to your dependents, so that they can keep getting paid on your previous efforts, even after you’re gone.
So, why don’t people like them? Well, because you don’t get a guaranteed minimum wage for the time you put in. Seriously though, that’s true of any business you start (network or otherwise), but there’s no reason why you can’t do reasonably well from the outset, and extremely well after 2 to 5 years of consistent effort, allowing many to quit their full time and do their network marketing part time.
There is one caveat to this though, and that is that all network marketing companies are not created equal, so do your homework!
So, those are my top tips for hatching an escape plan. If you missed out on how to tolerate that job you’re in, until you’re ready to escape, then check out that article here.