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4 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job and Become an Entrepreneur

February 17, 2017
Do you think about quitting your job and becoming your own boss? Pay attention to these 4 signs that you should quit your job.
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This article is perfect if you think you’re ready to quit your job, but there are four signs you might wanna pay attention to before you do. Let’s chat…

There is nothing like the feeling of waking up and being able to create your own daily schedule. I’ve had this dream for a long time and in the past, I doubted it would ever come to true.

Many of you probably wake up on a work day and wish you could crawl right back into bed. That’s how I existed for the last seven years. And let me tell you, it’s not a pretty.

First, let me say I’m not encouraging anyone to quit their job. This really isn’t a post that will help you make a decision like that because I understand there are many factors that play into it.

This post is simply gonna outline the signs it may time for you to leave behind 9 to 5 living and pursue your dreams.

Plus, if you stick with me, you’ll discover the inspiration for this post a little later. It’s quite life altering – at least for me it is.


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4 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job


1) You feel physically ill when you think about your job.

A sick feeling settled in my stomach. My hands were shaking. My heart was racing and I was experiencing all kinds of yucky feelings. This was on a Monday.

It doesn’t matter what day of the week it is for you if the thought of going to work or actually going into work makes you sick – that’s not a good sign.


2) All you do is daydream about what you’d rather be doing.

For me, it was writing and blogging. The entire eight hours I was chained to my desk, that’s all I thought about.

My mind wasn’t on the work and my heart wasn’t in it. I’d gotten a taste of what it was like to earn income online and I wanted desperately to have more time to dedicate to it.

I couldn’t grow in my online endeavors and I felt like my 9 to 5 was holding me back.

Is your mind on the work you’re doing? Or have you carefully visualized everything you’d rather be doing than sitting behind your desk making someone else rich?


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3) God starts giving confirmation after confirmation.

It may start as something small. For me, my plans for the year started shifting.

I created a set of goals to complete per quarter and  I noticed that some of them were shifting out of place. By this point I didn’t fight it, I just went with it.

For instance, one of my third quarter goals was to buckle down and start focusing on meditating. I’ve wanted to do more meditating for a while and thought I should focus on it later this year.

But one day I felt so overwhelmed and knew I needed to do it immediately.

Just so happened (not by coincidence) a few days later I read a book about abundance and the Law of Attraction. I gained a sense of clarity have I never had before.

Confirmations kept coming from EVERYWHERE that told me to continue meditating, goal setting, etc. I mean it showed up in memes, television, radio, Facebook statuses… just EVERYWHERE.

When something is showing up over and over again, pay attention to it!


4) You feel like you’re hitting a ceiling professionally and personally.

My plan was to quit my job by 12.31.2017. I set a savings goal and told myself I was quitting whether I was ready or not by this date.

Again, confirmation continued to come through. I hit my savings goal really early, which was unexpected.  I thought it would take me the rest of the year to come up with that kind of money.

A situation came up at work and  I was being forced to come back into the office to work full-time. That made my situation even worse. Things started to shift.

I knew it would be absolutely impossible for me to go back into the office to work again after seven years. It was a number of things, but the main one is that I’m not cut out for corporate America.

Even more, my home life would have been deeply affected by this swift and sudden change. My income and training were hitting a wall. I was going nowhere with this job.  The only reason I was still there was because it was comfortable.

Are you still putting up with your 9 to 5 because it’s comfortable? Is your work fulfilling or are you simply there because you’ve been conditioned to believe that’s where you’re supposed to be?



The Inspiration Behind This Post

Let me back up a minute.

Remember, earlier I mentioned it was on Monday when I felt sick. Like physically sick.

That Wednesday I asked my husband should put in my notice that very moment. My other option was to resign right before it was time for me to go back in office.  I was tired and all of these signs were not by chance.

Buuuttt my hubby, being the more conservative of the two, told me I should resign in a couple of weeks before being pulled back into the office.

Now, here’s where things get interesting. The final confirmation of sorts.

An hour and a half after our conversation, management and HR  from the 9 to 5 called and they FIRED me!

Yep, you read that right. I got fired hours after feeling like I should quit.


Sometimes You Have to Let Go

My ten-year work anniversary was coming up, but it was time to go.

Sometimes you have to let go because if you don’t, God can and will shut those doors himself. I know I did the right thing in seeking and listening to my husband’s opinion, but he didn’t know all the manifesting, confirmations, and what not that had been going on beforehand.

I hadn’t talked to anyone about it. It just happened. And honestly, I’m not sad one bit. I told my manager great, thanked them, then proceeded to pack up their ish to get it out of my house.

I wanted to get rid of that negative energy so I could focus my efforts on what I KNOW I should be doing.


Wrapping Thangs Up

I know you came here looking for signs and these just happen to be from my personal experience.

I’m glad I went through this and I’m ready for the next step. I know it’s my time to do something amazing as an entrepreneur.

If you’ve been holding back on following your dreams, sometimes you have to do a little planning. At the same time, make sure you pay attention to all that life is saying to you.

Is it scary? Hell yes…I ain’t gonna lie.

I was nervous for about twenty-four hours. Now I have an extraordinary sense of peace that I can’t explain. I’m not choosing fear. This is a good thing and I’m glad I didn’t have to wait until the end of the year to experience it!


Will you pay attention to the signs you should quit your job? What do you wish you were doing for a living right now? Have you ever quit a job to pursue your dreams (or did you wait too late like me)?


Latoya Scott
CFEI/Social Entrepreneur
Latoya Scott is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and personal finance writer with a mission to help millennials learn how to stop living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially carefree.

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  • Kemkem February 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Number 1 and 4 are great reasons to call it quits in my book. No advancement usually means no raises :-).
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    • Latoya Scott February 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Yeah, or either paltry raises that aren’t even worth the paper they are printed on.

  • Dyana February 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Love this. I am completely miserable at my job BUT I must keep going because it is my main source of income. It puts such a damper on my mood and drains my energy. I am striving to be debt-free (or close to it) so I can move around comfortably and test the waters elsewhere.
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    • Latoya Scott February 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Best of luck to you, Dyana!

  • Aija February 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I’m working hard to make the side thing the main thing. #4 is all me right now

  • Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life February 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    #1 was a sign I had to ignore for 4 years in a terrible toxic job, but I will never forget it. I haven’t had that feeling for at least 4, maybe 5, years now and I have most of the benefits of self employment (set my own schedule, work from anywhere, as much authority as I have autonomy) as well as the steady paycheck of being employed by a company. I would LIKE to move on to self employment but it’s more of a desire to build my own next thing as my next step rather than applying for another job hoping it’ll have all the perks of this one when the time comes. Because you know the time ALWAYS comes.
    Also I’d like to think that self employment has much less of a ceiling on salary. I’m well paid now but I would rather 3-5x it over the next few years and there’s no way that’s happening by staying in this job. So now’s the time to start laying my new foundations.
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    • Latoya Scott February 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Best of luck to you!

  • Chonce February 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I experienced all of these signs when I knew it was time to quit my 9-5 job but the worst was not feeling inspired or motivated enough to work and dreaming about running my own business the whole time. I knew it was unfair to keep going into a job that I couldn’t focus on so like you, I hatched a plan to start saving and exit stage left. I’m glad you’re feeling optimistic about self-employment because I’m sure you’re going to do awesome!
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  • Lee February 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    It’s amazing when everything comes together like this – sometimes life surprises us and gives us the answers to the questions we keep asking! All the best with the next step 🙂

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab February 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Wow! I agree when the signs are there, it is just time to take the leap. The good thing is that you were getting prepared to take that leap. I know you’ll be an awesome full time blogger and freelance writer! I hope to join you in 2018.
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  • Stacie February 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I agree with these tips. When you start getting confirmation, that’s when you need to stop playing and make your move.
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  • Kirstin Fuller February 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I agree, if a job starts affecting your health it’s time to go. But it’s vital to have a plan. The amount you think you need, multiply it by 5.

  • Elle (CleverlyChanging) February 20, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I wish you the best and I hope that you’re able to quite your job soon as you hope. Financial freedom and independence is exhilarating.

  • Tanya February 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I felt all of these back in 2012 when I quit my job. It was the best choice ever.
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  • Mimi Green February 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I can relate to a lot of these, I was 100% miserable going to work every day. I took time off around Christmas and decided that I had to change my mindset. I would love nothing more than to quit but the truth of the matter is I’ve got to lay some foundations.

    I have two small kids and one of them is in private school. I also live in expensive Washington, DC. I have dreams of quitting my cushy job that pays well and is easy but I have a couple of years for that. Until then I’m taking advantage of my flexibility and funding these dreams.

    I look forward to doing what I love 100%.
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  • Taylor Woodson February 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    GIRL. This came at the right time! I’ve been contemplating about quitting my job for the longest! Great article!

  • Candice February 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Wow these were all spot on! #1 for me was my last straw. When I started having physical reactions while at work, I knew that it was time to leave. For me it was chest pains and headaches due to stress. Everything else you mentioned happened to me as well, but once I started actually feeling symptoms, I put in my resignation a few days later.

    • Latoya Scott February 21, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Yes! Sometimes you have to put yourself and your health above everything else. Including a paycheck. This is why I’m adamant about my emergency fund.

  • Michelle February 22, 2017 at 4:39 am

    These are definitely four sure-fire signs! I didn’t have to quit I was let go which was such a blessing. I was feeling all four of these right before it happened. My life has changed for the better, and I feel GREAT! 2017 is my year! So many great and amazing things have happened and it’s only the beginning!

    • Latoya Scott February 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      I’m right there with you. Glad to know that I’m not the only person who has experienced these four signs! Rooting for you in 2017 and beyond, dear:)

  • Holly February 23, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I have definitly quit jobs when the thought of them has made me sick and had nightmares about them. So that is right on the money.
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  • Tiffani D February 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    So the first thing I thought when reading this title was, “let me see if it’s my time to leave my job.” That #2 and 3 are definitely something that I experience. I have really been praying that God would reveal my time. I said my date would be 0/17/2017. It didn’t happen last month, but I know that my time will come so I just have to continue to seek Christ for His direction. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Kim February 24, 2017 at 1:09 am

    This post came right on time! I am feeling all of these ways.
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  • Daniel Palmer March 1, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Great post! I’m so glad things worked out for you! Our family’s been going through a similar situation, except we definitely don’t have a fully funded ‘quit fund’. However, it’s amazing how fast you can replace a primary income with a bunch of side hustles when you put your mind to it!

    Thanks for having the courage to share your story!
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