Quitting your job is always a scary thing. But it can be downright terrifying when you don’t have another one lined up. The nerves build up to the surface from the moment you hand in your resignation notice. “Where are you going?” is typically the first question your boss and coworkers will ask. Saying you’re not sure will undoubtedly lead to quizzical glances and perhaps even snickers of “you’re crazy.” But here are seven times when quitting with no backup plan is the right thing to do for your career.
Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer, covering topics related to careers, self-development, and the freelance life. In addition to writing for The Muse, she's also the Career Editor for The Everygirl, a columnist for Inc., and a contributor all over the web. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she's usually babying her rescued terrier mutt or continuing her search for the perfect taco. Say hi on Twitter @kat_boogaard or check out her website.
What’s the catch? None, really. Cash back apps act as affiliates for many online merchants, which means that whenever you make a purchase through one of the apps, they get a small commission — but then, they give you a portion of that commission as “cash back”. For example, if I buy a pair of Nike shoes through the Ebates app (or website) and spend $75, Ebates may get a $10 commission but then they’ll pass $7 back to me. It’s basically a way to get sale prices on stuff that isn’t on sale!
Where To Move: "Lima is a city with many parks, panoramic sea views and a foodie culture that’s world renowned," says Stevens. A nice apartment in Miraflores (an upscale district of Lima) starts at $800 a month. "But it’s not just Lima that’s worth attention," says Stevens. "Arequipa, the 'white city' is a walkable, colonial city with lots of galleries, restaurants, shops and cafes." In Arequipa, three-bedroom apartment rentals in the most desirable neighborhoods near the historic quarter start at $400 a month. Another spot worth looking at: the beach town of Huanchaco. "Here temps hover in the low- to mid-70s year-round," says Stevens. "Rentals start at $350 a month." Throughout Peru, utility costs are also reasonable: electricity costs $50-$60 per month, water is $10 per month and internet/cable TV is $70. For meals, plan on paying $2-$3 for a local meal, $10 for something in a high-end or international restaurant.
Become a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants perform a wide range of services for their clients, all of which can be completed online. Depending on the day, they may open and reply to emails, schedule online work or blog posts, write mock-up letters and proposals, or perform data entry. You can look for virtual assistant jobs on sites like UpWork.com and Problogger.net.
Although online marketing creates many opportunities for businesses to grow their presence via the Internet and build their audiences, there are also inherent challenges with these methods of marketing. First, the marketing can become impersonal, due to the virtual nature of message and content delivery to a desired audience. Marketers must inform their strategy for online marketing with a strong understanding of their customer’s needs and preferences. Techniques like surveys, user testing, and in-person conversations can be used for this purpose.
Why: "Thailand is a place where you really can’t get bored," says Stevens. "It offers up lively beach communities, frenetic big cities, university towns full of things to do — and all of it to be had for pennies on the dollar." And it’s so centrally located in the region, it’s easy, quick, and affordable to fly anywhere nearby, which makes it a great jumping off point for exploring Southeast Asia.
If you’re planning to quit your job to start a business, you need to make sure you have proof of concept. Is your business idea viable? The only way to answer this question is to start a store while working a 9 to 5 job. It might mean you spend an entire weekend building your store, importing products and creating ads. Once you’ve created a successful ad and are seeing sustainable results from it, you have proof. You’ll know that your niche is profitable. In addition, you’ll have proof that you’ve got what it takes to succeed. You’ll never have to worry about second guessing yourself. Set a milestone you want to achieve on your store. Once your store hits that milestone, get ready for your next career chapter.
As someone who's been immersed in a number of online industries for quite some time, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in this arena. However, just like you, I started at ground zero with little knowledge, but a great deal of passion. What I learned along the way were some invaluable lessons from failure that hurt at the time, but helped immensely in the grand scheme of things.