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7 Surefire Signs It’s Time to Quit Your 9 to 5

This awesome guest post is by Tami, who recently made the transition from employee to consultant. If you’re debating whether or not to make this transition yourself, then this article is a must read! Enjoy.

Everyone who works a traditional job has thought about throwing in the towel at some point—how good it would feel to just walk out the door and leave the stress behind.

The truth is, the life of a digital nomad is far from stress-free, but for the right person it can be the most rewarding thing they ever do.

Is it time for you to break up with your 9-to-5? See how many of these signs apply to you.

1. Your motivation has gone the way of the landline, pager and compact disc

It’s extinct.

We all get burned out from time to time, but if you’re suddenly taking three hours to complete a task that should take 15 minutes, it could be because your heart is elsewhere.

Remember—you don’t have to stick with your cubicle job forever, but you do have to avoid getting fired until you’re completely ready to call it quits!

2. You’re copping an attitude, even if that’s not normally your style

You show up on time. Your personnel file is clean as a whistle. But lately you’ve been feeling the urge to flip your boss the bird, and it’s come dangerously close to actually happening.

If you’re irrationally irritated by everyone and everything that has to do with your job, it could be time to make a graceful exit before it turns into a meltdown.

3. You’re working all the time… just not on your actual work

Your nights and weekends used to be untouchable, but lately you find yourself glued to your laptop dreaming up new ideas for your new, non-traditional career. You might even be guilty of putting in hours on your side hustle while you’re on the clock at your 9-to-5 (not exactly kosher, but we’ve been there!).

This is a great sign that you’ve got the passion the life of a digital nomad requires. However, if you’re no longer performing the duties you agreed to do at your full-time job, it’s only fair to hand in your resignation.

4. You feel a sense of guilt about your mixed-up priorities

Admitting that you want to run for the door comes with a lot of confusing emotions, one of them being guilt.

Take it for what it is. Experience it. Realize it could be your gut telling you the time is right to walk.

5. You can’t stop thinking about your passion project

Whether it’s web design or woodworking, if it’s on your mind more than anything else, there’s probably a reason for it.

Have you had hobbies you were passionate about in the past? Did any of them consume as much of your mental energy as this? If the answer is no, it may be time to give your 9-to-5 the boot and cash in on your passion.

6. Money has stopped being a factor

This is a biggie, because the comfort of a steady paycheck is often the last tie binding people to their day job. This is amplified even more for those with a family.

If your salary has ceased to be a worthwhile reason to show up each morning, it could be time to make the leap into a full-time digital nomad lifestyle.

The amount you should have in the bank before calling it quits will vary for everyone. You’ll want to take into consideration a few key factors:

  • Your static month-to-month expenses that won’t change, like insurance and groceries
  • How lifestyle changes will affect your expenses (selling your car, losing your company health plan, etc.)
  • How much, if any, side hustle income you already have coming in the door
  • Your turnaround time for being able to rebuild a full-time income on your own

7. You can’t stop talking about quitting

If your friends’ eyes glaze over each time you bring up quitting your job, it might be time to suck it up and do it already!

So tell us: are you ready to break up with your 9-to-5? If you’ve already made the leap, how did you know it was time? Leave a comment with your answer. 

About the author: Tami Brehse is a self-employed marketing consultant who left her 9-to-5 lifestyle behind in 2015. She blogs about marketing, PR and social media for small businesses at You can connect with Tami on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Kelsey! It’s definitely an inspiring article that could benefit a lot of people. Sometimes you continue pushing through a job you don’t enjoy just because you aren’t sure what to do. However, if the project doesn’t seem to be a good fit, then by all means, it’s time to move on!

  1. #7 is a big one. While swimming was not my job I spoke about this once a week. Only reason I had to do it was for my scholarship otherwise I would have quit. I feel guilty for putting in a half hearted effort throughout my college career but it can be hard to do something you do not enjoy.

    1. Absolutely! It’s very challenging — especially when you feel committed and guilty about leaving. But once you’re done — however it ends — there is a huge sigh of relief.

      Thanks for stopping by Stefan.

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