“How did you manage to fire your boss?” my friend asked me? They had just been telling me about how their boss was … “unpleasant” and someone they didn’t respect. They would love to not need a boss or a job, but couldn’t see a way out.
I had fired my boss but I actually had a great boss. I had a great job. The income was solid and the work environment was a lot of fun. Why did I quit?
For me, the big motivator was that I wanted to be involved in the lives of my five children. I loved providing for them but hated missing those “firsts”. I wanted to be a part of their lives, not come home and hear about their lives. So, I made some decisions that lead me to the world of network marketing and home based business.
These days, I run my online business on what is, for the most part, a fairly laid back schedule. I enjoy playing music in the Houston area, and I am prone to taking a mid afternoon dip in the pool to clear my head or just get out and stretch a bit.
If I want to travel, have dinner with friends, have a little “staycation”, I can. I don’t have to ask permission, get approval, etc.. I can just go.
Now, it’s not all laid back sipping mojitos, although I do love a nice mojito! I will have seasons of crazy “grinding it out” schedules when I’m launching a new project, updating systems, going on a marketing blitz, etc… but it really doesn’t feel like “work” because I genuinely love what I do.
I recently saw a Facebook post that said:
Entrepreneurs will gladly work 80 hours a week to avoid
working 40 hours for someone else.
And it’s really true. When the boss asks you to stay late or come in early, it can be mind numbingly frustrating. But when you get up early or stay up late to knock out your own goals, it just feels different. And the reward for a job well done is much more significant when it’s in your own business! Instead of just making your boss richer, you can actually create YOUR wealth story when you build a successful home based business.
So, how do you actually fire your boss?
First … recognize that having a job is actually a blessing. You need the income you have coming in to pay your bills.
Second … start a “side-hustle” to start bringing in more income on the side. As you start getting that income, your situation will determine the best way to handle the income. You should make sure you are taking care of debt if you have any. Pay down those credit card bills. Pay off that car. Get out of debt. Then, start setting money aside.
One of the biggest mistakes I see with network marketers when they first start making money is that they act like it’s just going to keep growing. There will be peaks and valleys just like with any business.
Before you fire your boss, make sure you have enough money saved up to help you through the transition.
After keeping and working my regular job, I would have gone to work on my business idea. I would have read more, learned more, and met with more people who were doing the sort of things I wanted to do. I would have been more open to mentoring so I could avoid a lot of the mistakes I made when I struck out on my own.
So, while I was working my new part-time jobs (which I really hated) and projects, I would come home and learn, read, study, research, test … I would often come home and start working only to see the sun rising and get up to go back to job #1. I was a janitor. Yeah. I had gone from making really good money in the commercial finance world to being a janitor … for a season. One thing about that job is that it motivated me to never have to do that again! This is one of the reasons I was able to often go 2-3 days without sleep.
At night, I would teach music lessons. On the weekends, I would clean boats and play music with any bands that would hire me.
Here is the smartest thing I did:
As my home based business income grew, I started firing bosses, again. This time, with more respect and with more income! The first boss I fired was at the janitor job. Man, that felt good to walk out of there! The second boss I fired was at the music school where I was teaching lessons. Then I stopped cleaning boats. These days, I still play with bands all over Houston. I just love playing bass and hope I never have to stop. I’ll cash every check I get but I am very grateful to not have to rely on gig money to support my lifestyle.
Really want to fire your boss? Don’t be a jerk! Don’t be in a hurry! Put in the work to build your home based business. Face it. You are going to have to grind it out for a while to make it work.
Make sure your home based business income is at least equal to your job income (or more) before you let that boss go. While you’re working: learn, take on a mentor, read, and get all the help you can. You can avoid a lot of very expensive and time consuming mistakes.
Is it worth the struggle? Absolutely! I’ve still got a lot of work to do to reach my bigger goals but the freedom I experience along the way, the memories I’ve made with my family, and the ability to live life pretty much the way I want to is PRICELESS!