This contributor post was written by Vanessa of Thrift Core.
You just can’t do it anymore. Every time you clock in at the day job, your soul dies a little bit more. I know because until last week I was right there with you, working as a writer in a cubicle. Now I’m a freelance writer, PR assistant and artist and I want to give you advise of leaving the day job, too.
I wasn’t too hasty, you shouldn’t be, either. Here are 5 Ways to Tell You’re Ready to Quit the Day Job and become a full time Creative:
1. You’re Making Money From Your Creative Efforts
Do you have a steady revenue stream coming in from your creative endeavors? Are you positive that you can make more if you were able to transition to it completely? If so, you’re ready to go!
2. You Can See Yourself Doing Your Creative Self-Employed Work for Years
Turning your crafty hobbies into full time work could take the magic out of it for you. You need to be able to see yourself doing your creative job for years without it losing its allure.
3. You Already Have a Five-Year Business Plan Ready
A business plan is essential before you fly free. If you need help writing a business plan, I highly recommend Brittni’s Track This if you need help writing a business plan.
4. You’ve Already Put in Years of Hard Work
I didn’t blindly quit my day job without a safety net in place. I’ve been working hard at networking in the art community, building up clients, and building up my side-business for almost as long as I’ve been employed as a webmarketer. Sometimes it took working 80 hour work weeks (50 at the office, 30 more at home!) to make this happen, but it was all worth it in the end.
5. You Can’t Focus at Work; All You Think About is Your Creative Job
This is a big one. Sometimes it will get to the point that you just CAN’T cut your day job anymore. If your creative work is all you can think of, you need to put that energy into it so you can move forward.
If the five above facts apply to you it’s time to move on to becoming a full time creative. I know how you feel, you’ve completely outgrown the “nest” that was your work. It’s time to fly free.
Good luck, and remember to tackle your new creative career with the same dedication you gave to your former boss!
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