How quitting my job changed my life

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Since I was a child I always had the dream of doing creative stuff on my computer all day. That’s exactly why I started building websites, editing videos and photos and got into music production just for fun. It felt like a dream to me to be able to express yourself in a digital form and even earn money by doing that.

After finishing school I started apprenticeship in an advertising agency and I thought this would already be my perfect career path. Other people at my age struggled to even find a direction they wanted to go, which degree to pick or what their real interests were so I was already blessed knowing what I wanted to do for a living.

Six months in a started side-projects again, just like I did when I went to school. That made me realise that it wasn’t as fulfilling as I thought it would be, otherwise I would just come home after my 8 hour work day and play video games or meet with friends. But instead I worked on my brand, took music production more serious and tried to build something on my own — get my name out there.

It was cool to work for a renowned on projects for famous companies but I still had the urge to achieve something big on my own. So I worked evening after evening until I would start to blow up as a producer.

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Knowing I’m making money next to my main job relieved a lot of stress. Even though I worked more I wasn’t relying on my career as a graphic designer and when I was finally making as much money self-employed as I was making at the advertising agency I decided I want to be my own boss and live off my own projects full-time.

“don’t quit your job until you can replace your current salary with your income from side-hustles”

I know a lot of people have crazy stories like quitting their job with no idea of what’s next and then finding a way to make money in the process but I really want to advise you to stay in your job and build up your income so you can make a living off that right when you hand in your resignation.

The following chapter truly changed my life to the positive

Right on the first day of not having a 9 to 5 job anymore I felt free. I don’t have to be at an office at a certain time, I don’t have work on high-budget projects and put in all my effort just to get the same hourly rate as before. If I wanted to make an impact on my finances I could put in the work and effort to make more progress and if I feel like I need a break or I want to go to that country I just simply could, whenever I wanted. On the other hand, working a lot of hours a day on my own business made me feel productive — made me feel proud of myself. And it made me realise that in my full full-time job before that I had basically worked for somebody else the whole day.

“Believe in yourself”

I think everyone can make it. If you don’t have a talent that makes you stand out (yet) you can achieve it with hard work. And even if you get very lucky you’ll still need discipline to maintain the success.

Generating money on the internet opened a lot of doors for me. I could plan my days way differently, I was able to adjust my work to my personal sleeping schedule. I was able to go on ‘vacation’ while I could still work a few hours a day. Seeing a lot of different places and doing what I love doing has been my ultimate goal — and now, it’s here.

If you feel like you’re stuck in your everyday job there’s thousands of possibilities to earn money online. With hard work and discipline you could make a living off any of these. It’s worth the change if you’re striving for freedom and want to get out of the comfort zone from time to time.

It’s your life, live it.

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