You Can Quit Your Job Sooner Than You Think!

EntrepreneurToEmployeeYou Can Quit Your Job Sooner Than You Think!

As my good friend Scott recently posted, You should be doing the work you love. I agree with him so much I recently wrote a book on how to do just that. I don’t believe God puts passions in our gut and dreams in our heart just to frustrate us! However leaving your job for your dream is no picnic. One of the biggest hurdles to jump over, probably the scariest, is the BIG I – Income. Today I want to offer you some insight on how to go for your dreams faster by simply tweaking what “Full-Time {Insert Your Dream}” means to you. 

I’m going to explain what I mean with a story starring James. James is stuck in a cushy job but longs to become a full-time carpenter. It will take quite a few pieces of furniture a year to make up for his oil & gas salary, so James may need to change his perception of what it means to be a full-time carpenter in today’s marketplace. Thanks to advances in e-commerce, he can now easily create and sell carpentry-related content as an added revenue stream. He could sell an e-book of how-to tips. He could host a monthly paid webinar that shows other would-be carpenters the dos and don’ts of custom carpentry. He could have a monthly subscription service that provides a newsletter to subscribers with how-tos, before and afters, and interviews with other master carpenters. Even though his target furniture client is not the group of carpenters, having a large following establishes credibility in his field.

I know what you’re thinking — “But if I teach others my craft, then won’t I lose customers?” You may lose a few, but most intend to learn a craft and never do, and those will end up buying from a seasoned veteran instead. You will have earned their trust by showing them exactly how you do what you do. This technique could work in so many applications; an illustrator who offers online illustration classes, a former teacher or daycare worker who sells monthly curriculum via a subscription fee, a designer or photographer who sells tutorials or templates. The list goes on!

Study successful people in all industries and see if there are any strategies you could apply in your industry. Think through what knowledge or services you could offer as online products. How much better to add revenue in ways that are at least related to your dream, rather than just earning funds through a part-time gig you hate?!

Have you found interesting passion-filled ways to supplement your income?


Kelsey Humphreys is an emerging authority on the subjects of branding, marketing, entrepreneurship and personal development. After starting her career as a graphic designer, her passion for those subjects led her to become an Associate Creative Director and eventually land an international client of her own. She was then able to quit her dream job for her dream; starting her own business. She now speaks, coaches, consults, and writes to empower solopreneurs. Her first book, Go Solo, How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love! is available on Amazon. Follow her on twitter @kelseyhumphreys

  • Brandon Clark

    I definitely needed this Scott! I’m in that transitional period right now in my media dream on being a full time graphic designer & video editor and that’s one of the hardest fields to excel in but I definitely would like more insight about this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Brandon I’m so glad you enjoyed my post today! I think what helped me to transition from employed designer to fulltime self-employed designer is that I started pretty specific with the clients I went after. Are you clearly positioning yourself so that if someone checks you out online they know what kind of designing and editing you do? The clearer you can be the better. Hope this helps!

      • Brandon Clark

        Amen to that!

        Yes I definitely have been marketing myself better especially thru social media so thank God for that. I had my site up until April of this year, and I felt like I didn’t launch it correctly so I took it down and now I’m revamping everything especially since this has been one of my biggest years and I wanna develop more great content and so now what I’m doing is a better fit for me but I’m always down for new avenues. I’m definitely going to check out your book and follow you via social media! You’re awesome!

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