What You Wish Your Boss at Your Crappy 9-5 Was Doing!

It’s Sunday night. That’s when the dread sets in. Like an elephant sitting on your chest. The weight of the world on your shoulders. You’re coming up on another Monday. Another day at the job you can’t stand. Maybe you’ve been there for years and think you can’t afford to quit. Maybe you never applied yourself in school and took something entry level that just isn’t for you. Maybe you think getting fired is on the horizon and you are scared about what will happen next. Whatever your situation, let’s take a moment to dwell on what your boss isn’t doing at your 9-5:

  1. Ask how you are doing. Wouldn’t it be nice if they even pretended to care? Maybe you even try to be friendly but get no response.
  2. Help navigate your career path. Where exactly is this job taking you? Probably nowhere fast. What a downer.
  3. Encourage creative pursuits. Do they know anything about what you enjoy outside of work? Do you have time for your hobbies at all? What were they again?
  4. Give straight feedback. Maybe your boss is a jerk but do you even know what you’ve been doing “wrong”? Are you doing anything wrong? Are you even sure? Probably not.
  5. Maybe you have spoken up, but were you heard? In one ear and out the other. Nothing has changed.
  6. Give you a job well done. You hear about the negative but never the positive. It would be nice to get some good feedback just once. Or maybe all the time. Yeah, that’d be great.
  7. Mentor and coach. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a leader guiding you? What are your next steps? Can you ever expect a promotion?
  8. Maybe a good boss would help you learn. You might enjoy training if you felt it would actually benefit you. Maybe you would apply yourself.
  9. Lead by example. A crappy boss is not a leader. They just yell at people and sit in the office.
  10. Comfortable with flex schedules. Wouldn’t it be nice to work from home? Make a doctor’s appointment without the hassle? What if you kid gets sick, can you call out without recourse?

If you related to this list you may have a crappy 9-5. But don’t worry, you can escape it if you have drive and persistence to make it happen. You can use your skills to freelance. The gig economy is growing every day. You can be your own boss on a path to success and love every minute of it. If you aren’t sure what skills you have, there are many that you can try and build up a portfolio. One good example is freelance writing. Set up a website and write up your best samples and start marketing yourself. Research online some tricks of the trade. Soon, you’ll be able to escape that awful 9-5 and get rid of that lousy boss for good.

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How to Quit Working So Hard and Do What You Really Want?

You just clocked out of your 9-5. Another day is over. You’re exhausted. But that’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? You work hard, pay your dues, and maybe someday get a promotion. That’s what we are taught from a very young age. But maybe it doesn’t have to be like that. Maybe you should quit working so hard for small goals, like that 3% raise or junior management. Maybe you could have bigger goals and see the big picture of your life. Maybe you could have a flexible schedule and do something you love, from home. How would you go about doing that you ask? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Look at past career experiences. What are you good at? Can you write, draw, do web design?
  2. Determine your values. What do you care about? What is most important to you about being in business.
  3. Work toward your own goals. Could you be your own boss? Where could this go? Do you want to travel or provide for your family?
  4. What is your mission? How will you leave your mark on the world? How could you make the world a better place?
  5. Think broadly. If you could do anything, what would you do? (Hint: You can do anything you want. Seriously.)
  6. Let your mind wander. What do you want out of life? Do you want to be more comfortable financially, have a more flexible schedule?
  7. What are your favorite skills? What are you not only good at but enjoy? Do you like to train, write, blog, design, etc?
  8. Determine your ideal work day. Do you want to work with others or is going solo for you? Could you take breaks in between tasks? Are you a night owl? Do you want to work in your pajamas?
  9. Refine your vision. Bring all these things together. What do you see? Could you make all this reality? You probably can if you dedicate yourself and decide to go into business.

With these steps, you can figure out how to get success on your own terms. You can work smarter not harder. You don’t have to work so hard when you do business your way. There is so much information on the internet today and businesses you can start from home with little to no investment beyond a basic website. Make up a portfolio and start marketing yourself. Most people can write or start a blog. Perhaps you enjoy social media. Can you do web design? Do you want to earn from home? Are you thinking what i am thinking? Perhaps a freelancing website would do… get what I mean? These are all things to think about. Start today, the rest of your life is waiting.