I Quit My Job After Seven Years

Jenn Leach

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I quit my job after seven years.

Yes, I finally did it and here's my story of how I quit my corporate job for my business.

So I started this job shortly after graduating college. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and I was working in banking and finance.

When I landed this job, I was a little disappointed at the starting salary but because the company had such a stellar reputation and my family had been customers for a long time and loved the organization, I decided to work there.

I will never complain about the company. It was an awesome organization that afforded me with some incredible benefits.

I never live paycheck-to-paycheck, I received bi-annual bonuses and multiple raises throughout the year every year that I worked there. I was able to have my first child with no out-of-pocket costs and I also bought my first house while I was working there.

So I definitely went through some major life milestones and life changes while working there but in the back of my head I knew that I couldn't see myself in that job long-term.

Why I Hated My Job

First, there was the lack of movement.

In my job, there was a rumor that once you landed that job, the company kept you there and it was super difficult to get away from that position.

And it wasn't until after management affirmed it a few years later, that less than 5% of the workforce in my job moved out of the department, that I truly knew I was stuck.

Next, the job itself was also very stressful, with long hours, and an overall dissatisfying work experience.

From the start, I also felt like the company instilled this fear in you that any one little thing could have you lose your job. I felt scared most of the time I worked there, in fear of not being perfect, despite all the awards and recognition and raises I received.

It's funny because throughout my time there, I applied for tons of jobs both internally and externally. I was willing to kind of do anything else, even if it meant a small pay cut.

Then an opportunity would come around where I was able to increase my knowledge and skill set, getting training in a similar department and I would always take advantage.

That brought me personal enrichment and increased my level of job happiness (temporarily). It always kept me engaged for a few months until I began to come around to those feelings of hating my job again.

Finally, I was sick of it and I knew that I wanted to start a business and leave my job, so this is what I set out to do.

How I Started My Business

I had no idea what I wanted to do.

I would binge-watch shows like Shark Tank and try to dive deep into myself and figure out what I could do for a business. I always thought of a business owner as an inventor but I just didn't have any inventive ideas where I could introduce a brand new product to the market and sell it in my business.

I was pretty desperate at this point and I tried a bunch of different money making opportunities which I was hoping would turn full-time. This included freelance writing, selling Twitter fan packages, reselling used handbags, dropshipping on Amazon and a lot more.

I would start one gig, try it out for a few months and come to the conclusion that it wasn’t working, because it wasn’t and then get excited about something else and try that out.

It was an endless cycle and while some things were more successful than others, nothing was a true fit for me.

That One Side Hustle That Stuck

The one thing that stuck and afforded me the opportunity to leave my day job was online retail.

I started an online store selling women's apparel and accessories. I was doing dropshipping in the beginning and built my store on a free platform, Storenvy.

I started dropshipping before I knew it was called dropshipping.

I just had this idea in my head of limiting my capital and having my supplier direct ship to my customers and I did it!

Within a week of launching, I had my first sale and with limited promotion, at that!

I still remember the sale. It was a one-item purchase for $25 and that $25 earned (which yielded me about a 50% profit margin) made me feel on top of the world.

I never had such a response from a new project so quickly. In the back of my head, I knew that this was going to work.

Within a few months I was making $1,000 per month and about a year after starting, I was able to replace my day job income, so I quit!

The day I quit is one I will not remember.

My boss was in shock.

Two days later was my last day and I have not looked back since.

What It Was LIke Working for Myself

Incredible is the feeling that comes to mind. I could sleep in even though I didn’t.

I worked a schedule that allowed me to work shorter day time hours to spend time with my family and allow me to have more freedom and happiness.

There was no more asking for time off for doctor’s appointments, no more requesting vacation time, no more two hour daily commutes, no more fake smiles and political-correctness and operating as my “work personality.”

I was free and so excited to have made the decision to just start a year earlier.

You see, when I started, I really didn’t have a plan.

I had an idea and decided to just go for it.

Later, I fully fleshed out my business plan and put my goals and ideas on paper but in the beginning, nervous and unknowing, I set out to launch this business that grew and developed into a successful company.

Today, almost 7 years later, I’m still self-employed and still loving every second of it.

If you have a dream to work for yourself or run your own empire, go for it! Don’t delay your daydream.

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