I’m going to find a way to make money from my phone, I’m going to quit my job and travel the world when we get back,” I said, turning to my partner Bradley.
Bradley looked at me as if I was mad. “Yeah how you going to do that?”
“No really, I am. I’m going to quit and travel the world,” I said, turning my face back into the warm sun.
It was the start of 2018, and we were in Los Angeles. I went through hell and back to book three weeks off work to road trip around California with my family. I was sick to death of work. I was sick to death of being told when I could take time off. I was sick to death of making someone else’s pocket full. I finally had some freedom. I reflected a lot on this holiday. Although, I was really enjoying myself I constantly had a little nagging voice in the back of my head. That voice was saying “Stacey what are you doing? You can’t go back to that dead end office job” I tried to switch off and relax but the little nagging voice wouldn’t go away! I was determined to quit my job. I even started to prepare for it whilst i was away before I had any real idea of what I was going to do.
I started to google ways to make money online. I started planning a route in my head. I knew I wanted to go to traveling again. I knew I wanted to go to India first. But I didn’t even know if I’d go there on my next trip. I didn’t know when my trip would be or for how long or what I wanted to see. It was just my commitment to travel. I spoke to Bradley about it. Lucky for me he loves to travel. Obviously he was going to come with me. He promised me that he would save enough money to travel with me. So that was it, the promise was made. I went straight onto skyscanner and booked us both a one way flight to Goa; there was no turning back now. The flight symbolised our adventure, and for me, it represented what I had to do to make the mental leap of quitting my 9-5.
However, once back home, I came to the realization that I had no idea how to make this happen. Would I have enough money? How much money would I need? What would people say?
The list of questions seemed endless. Each night got longer as I laid in bed starring at the ceiling. I would toss and turn until the sun come up. Then I would wake up and get ready for a day at the ‘prison’. By 10am I would be sat at my desk looking out the window. I would then start googling ways to make money from phone. I would read travel blogs and scroll through Instagram looking at peoples travel photos to keep myself inspired and motivated. Then one day, that was it. I stumbled across a opportunity that changed my life!
To be honest the more I read about it, the more it sounded to good to be true. The salary they were offering was much higher than my full time job at £22 per hour (plus hefty bonuses). The hours were less (2-6 hours per day). But the best part of the job that really caught my attention; is that you are in total control of your schedule. This means that you can work as little and as often as you like!
So what did I have to lose? I signed up right away! I started working weekends alongside my full time job. The first month was very daunting. How would I get paid? Will they pay me? Am I doing this for nothing? All those questions spiralled around my head. But I took the risk and I received my first pay check! My first month I earned just over £500. That was just working weekends! Crazy right! And I have never taken less than that. In fact, each month just keeps getting better and better. My best month being over £4000.
At first I worked two jobs, living on very little sleep for six months. I was constantly getting moaned at for not resting by my family. It was difficult living off 2-3 hours sleep. It was a LONG path, but I was finally making more than £25k per year. I started to hate my full time job. My directors were greedy and they really started to grate on me. My attitude towards the company totally changed. I had lost my motivation. I use to drag myself out of bed in the mornings and then clock watch all day. The majority of my ‘work time’ would be spent talking to Bradley on LinkedIn, planning our trip.
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Career life soon become easy to summarise for me. If you are currently unhappy, demotivated and uninspired to get out of bed. Then your working to survive, not as a passion! By now you should know your worth. It comes to Tuesday 2pm, you look around the place and think ‘screw this’ then you simply quit.
You simply quit, you simply move into new territory. Force yourself outside your comfort zone and force yourself to grow. Quitting a job has a bad perception, in reality it’s a normal task.
But the real challenge would be telling people I was leaving and letting them know I meant it. I don’t remember the exact conversation I had with my parents. Over the years I sort of tuned them out, they often tell me that I am in my own little fantasy land. I have my dad’s stubborn streak, and once I make a decision, I make it. For a while I don’t think they even believed me.
But what I do remember is going into my boss’s office. It was the day I returned to work after being off sick, and I was getting more and more sure that I was going to quit. I knew I had to do this. I went into his office and I was lectured for taking time off. I was made to feel worthless. My boss had heard through the grape vine that I had been teaching online in my spare time. He wasn’t to happy about it and he told me that it was putting my job at jeopardy. In fact, whilst I was off he had gone through my whole computer and the search history. We had a long chat about why I had been spending so much time on LinkedIn. I was warned for a third time about using the internet in ‘work’ time. The conversation swiftly turned onto my figures. Obviously with the lack of motivation they had dropped. I was told that I needed to buck my ideas up and make the company 25k a month. That was my yearly salary, and I didn’t see a penny of that in commission. After hearing that I was definitely quitting. I grabbed my coat and walked out of the office. 15th October 2018 was the day I quit my job and I haven’t looked back since.
In a way, it was more than my job I quit that day. I quit my life.
The day I left the office was the day I quit a life I had never really liked. I was living to work, not working to live. Ive now come to realise that I could never go back to a ‘normal job’. The divide between that world and mine is too great.
Sometimes decisions we make ripple forward in our lives like giant tsunamis. I thought the day I quit I was just quitting a job. It turned out I was quitting a lifestyle. I quit the 9-5 and in doing so, I found my own and have never looked back.
Four months later
It’s been four months since I quit my 9-5. As I write this I am sat on a beach in Goa. Bradley saved more than enough money to travel the world with me. We are both working remotely from our phones in the evenings. It’s perfect as we work as little as 2-4 hours per day. It doesn’t get in the way of our travel plans. We don’t have to worry about our money running out and having to book a flight home. We are living comfortably, replacing any money that’s been spent. We are traveling slowly, taking each day as it comes. There is no need to rush to jam everything in. We don’t have to worry about skipping countries out. If we want to do something, we simply do it. No more holiday requests, no more calling in sick and getting stick for it. We are no longer working for money, we are striving for freedom. As they say..
“True wealth is being able to drop whatever it is your doing and travel somewhere else without any worry”
And they say quitting is for losers…