Yesterday, we talked about what are some of the wrong reasons for quitting your job.
If you’re looking to quit your job, it doesn’t always need to be a choice of two options.
Option #1 is to stay at a job that crushes your soul.
Option #2 is to quit your job too soon and place unnecessary financial strain and stress on your family.
I want to let you know that there are alternatives to these two extremes and perhaps one of these alternatives might be exactly what you are looking for.
Had I been aware of some of these alternatives when I made the decision to quit my job, perhaps I would have had a much better experience.
In 2015, I accepted a customer service position. However, it wasn’t a standard full time position.
It was a seasonal position.
I was required to work there from January to June. I had the option to work there from July to September. From October to December, I would not work.
If you are looking to quit your job, perhaps a better alternative for you is to look for a seasonal position instead.
Here are some of the benefits of a seasonal position:
1 – It gives you the same security of a full time job during the season that you are guaranteed work.
This is great as an entrepreneur still scaling up. Instead of having to worry about how you are going to pay your bills for 12 months, with a seasonal position you only have to worry about how you are going to pay your bills for the months that you’re not working.
2 – It offers more flexibility than a full time position.
In a seasonal position, you have more flexibility than what you have in a permanent position.
This is especially true in a scenario where you have an optional time where you can work or not work.
3 – Depending on the laws of where you live, you can potentially collect unemployment during the season you’re not employed.
During October through December when I was laid off, I would receive an unemployment check. That can be a great help when you are attempting to scale your business.
Another option with less security but more flexibility is to accept an on call or per diem position.
This is where you accept a job where you are not guaranteed any hours. However, you also aren’t required to work any hours either.
Your employer calls you when they have work available to you and then you decide if you want to work that day or not.
In 2015, I worked a position like this as a driver. My employer would call me when he had work available. I then had the option to say yes, I am available or no I’m not available to work.
As an entrepreneur, this provides an incredible amount of flexibility. If you are going through a good time in your business, you can say no more.
However, if your business is going through a slow point you can say yes more and make some money to supplement your business.
A very popular alternative to this is called the “gig economy.”
If you have ever requested a ride from Lyft or Uber, or ordered food from DoorDash or GrubHub, or groceries on Instacart, you have participated in the gig economy.
You download an app on your phone and whenever you are interested in working, you turn on the option that allows you to receive jobs.
When a job is available in the app, you accept the job, complete the job and then you are paid for the job sometimes as soon as the next day.
You can also consider taking a temporary position.
This is very similar to a seasonal position. However, there’s one major difference.
While a seasonal position, the employer is almost assuredly going to call you back a temporary position, once you’re done, you’re done.
Usually you are brought on for a temporary period where there is more work available. You also might be brought on to replace an employee who is temporarily not working.
Another option that can work for a lot of entrepreneurs is a shift based position.
In a shift based position, you are assigned a specific shift from your employer. However, you have the option to give away your shift to another co-worker whenever you want.
This could be a huge opportunity for an entrepreneur.
When your business is doing well, you can literally give up all of your shifts and just work your business while still having the option to go back to your job if things change.
If you are close to replacing your income but not fully there yet, a part time job might be a good option for you.
With a part time job, instead of working a full 40 hours a week, you might work 10, 15, or 20 hours a week instead.
This allows you to have at least some income that you can consistently count on but have more time to be able to build your business.
If you have a special skill like programming, design or writing, freelancing might be a good option for you.
With freelancing, you take on projects instead of a job.
You work until the project is complete, collect your money and then you don’t work anymore until you start a new project.
Finally, if you are ready to go after it but you aren’t sure if it’s going to work out and you would like to have something to fall back on, you can consider taking a leave of absence or a sabbatical.
A leave of absence is usually unpaid. A sabbatical can be paid or unpaid depending on the policy of your employer.
The length of time can vary from a few weeks to a year or more. However, the main benefit, even if you aren’t paid is you have the ability to come back to work at the end of the leave or sabbatical.
This way, if you decide to work your business full time during this period and it doesn’t work out you still have a job to come back to.
So if you’re considering quitting your job, keep in mind it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing choice.
These alternatives can all be great options for you to help you bridge the gap.
Roosevelt Cooper – The10Talents.com
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