Sure, you might be thinking: “Sheesh it’s easy when you’re 23 and have no responsibilities.”
When I decided to get out of the 9-5 cubicle life for good I was newly married, a new home owner and let’s top it off with a baby on the way. True story.
The good thing about having an overly cautious, worrier for a husband is that we started our life together by living below our means. It’s a crazy thought, I know. I come from the generation of wanting everything we want, right when we decide we want it, and that means right away. Gen Y, baby!
My hubby and I were able to manage our lifestyle easily with my new part time income and my husband’s full time income. The beautiful thing about living below your means is that you have the room to play and explore…with a business!
Even when we were dating, my husband and I spent Friday nights building landing pages, designing opt in bars and writing code while our friends were partying.
I always had the dream of having a family and also having a fabulous career or business I could run from my laptop.
Ever seen the movie The Holiday, with Cameron Diaz? There is a clip at the beginning where her character, Amanda Woods, is working in her home based video editing suite with her two employees. They are cutting a trailer for a Hollywood movie; she has swarm of other people working for her, maid, landscapers etc. Now that is my idea of a CEO; working in her zone of genius (psst never mind that it’s just a movie).
I get a lot of readers on my blog who tell me they want to quit their day job. (Note from Denise: You can read my thoughts on quitting your job here.) Well it’s simple to understand, but harder to implement.
Here is my rundown of unsexy things you need to know about leaving the 9-5 life.
- Your full time income will take some time to replace, you will want a good BJ (Bridge Job).
- Living below your means is the best way to help your business grow.
- Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s end.
- Work your ‘zone of genius’ and delegate the crap you don’t want to do.
- Stop sucking in pleasure and start serving others – your bank account will grow.
Today I have a website that has served over 3 million visitors and a membership community that teaches women to design a life and income that suites their ideal lifestyle. I’m happy to say I’m living out my purpose and impacting thousands of women.
So there you have it. Unsexy or sexy? You make the call.
Susie Romans of StayAtHomeSusie.com inspires and teaches women to build an online income so they can enjoy a lifestyle on their terms. Old fashioned, family values are at the heart of her mission, because Susie knows that we can better our society by teaching women to do work that matters with flexible schedules. Most recently, Susie developed a community membership site with step by step video training that takes women from idea to online income.