Whether you are planning to quit in order to pursue a freelance career, start your own business, or simply because you can’t take your job any more, being without steady income in this day and age is a frightening prospect for many. Before quitting your job, here are 4 things you should know that could help your transition.

Everyone will have their say

When making such a large, life-altering decision, you can bet that the people around you will all have an opinion. Whether it’s your parents, or significant other thinking you’re crazy, and querying how you expect to pay your bills, or your colleagues at work who may support your boldness, or denounce your decision as foolish, everyone will have their say. It’s a good idea to listen to the varying opinions, at least from those you value at any rate, but remember, you made this decision for the betterment of your own situation, not theirs.

There is no such thing as job security

4 things to know before you quit - no such thing as job security

People often place a lot of emphasis and importance on the idea of job security, but this is nothing more than an illusion. In this ever-changing economic climate, where economies can crumble over the course of days, and large, well-known companies can go out of business at the drop of a hat, job security is something that nobody can provide. As such, when quitting your job, don’t worry about it, the only job security you can have is to constantly develop your skills so that you remain an asset to any potential employers looking to hire in your field.

Job satisfaction is more than just a pay check

Job satisfaction is often linked with high levels of compensation, when this couldn’t be farther from the truth. If this was indeed the case, then it would be difficult for companies to retain their best employees as the simple prospect of a higher pay check would lure them away to competitors. A process that would continue to happen over, and over again. Instead, real job satisfaction stems from the concept that the employee is making a difference. Whether that be for the company, their colleagues, or society at large, seeing that the work they are doing is having a positive impact is what brings an employee satisfaction. If you are quitting you job in search of that feeling, there is nothing to be ashamed of.

It’s ok to not have a plan

4 things to know before you quit - you don't need a plan

This is a question you will likely hear a lot when announcing you are going to quit your job; “What is your plan?”In fact, it has become customary in our overly organised society, where time is the most important commodity, and there aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done, to plan everything down to a tee. Have you ever heard the saying “life is what happens whilst you’re busy making other plans”? Remember, it’s ok not to have thought out every single, minute detail of what your plan for the future is. In fact, not trying to restrict yourself to a certain path may prove advantageous, by leaving you open to unexpected opportunities that may come your way.

Quitting your job can be a daunting task, and you may never be completely certain about doing so, but remember the reason why you are doing it. If you’re current situation is not what you want it to be, you alone have the power to change it, and don’t let anyone dissuade you from doing so.

Posted by Alexander Goodenough

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