When to Quit Your Day Job

In this day of less than ideal economic security, one naturally hesitates to quit a job. However, are there times when you should quit your job whatever the consequences? In the end, only you can answer that question for yourself, but here are some things to think about before making your decision:

Lack of Progress

Under normal circumstances, the longer you stay on a job, the more you should be moving up to higher status positions with more pay. If that is not happening, then that is a good clue you may have reached a dead end in that job. Answer this question honestly: Do you expect to be at the same job level a year from now that you are now? If you don’t like the answer to that question, perhaps you should consider moving on before your career goes stagnant.

Employer in Decline

Your career with a certain company may be doing fine, but what about the company itself? Are there signs that your employer may soon be going out of business or undergoing an unwelcome buy-out or merger? Don’t get stuck on board a sinking ship. Instead, consider bailing out before it’s too late.

Bad Boss

Alas, even the best jobs can be ruined by a bad boss. Every successful career requires having supervisors you can work with, respect and who respect you. A likeable but incompetent boss can also hold you back. Don’t waste your time struggling under bad management. Either quit to go to another company, or maybe become your own boss by starting your own business.

You’re Bored

It’s hard to get ahead when you don’t like where you’re going. Maybe at one time you had a passion for your job, but there is no surer sign that it’s time to move on than if you’ve discovered your job bores you. People who attain real success have a passion for what they do. If you don’t, it may be time to quit and enter a field of work you love.

Always remember, quitting your job is an end, but it’s also a beginning.

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