Do you hate your boss / manager / supervisor? Remember that bosses don’t have to be nice. A manager who is hard on you can be good for you. There is plenty you can learn from someone who is not always friendly to you. Sometimes having someone be hard on you can be a good thing. We sometimes need people to be hard on us in order to learn valuable lessons. So, is this person teaching you something, or are they just awful?
Apart from your boss, is there a toxic work culture? Are your co-workers nice to each other, or are they horrible? Do people help each other, or go out of their way to hurt each other? Is there racism, sexism or other discrimination at work? Do you have to stop yourself from speaking up all the time in order to keep your job?
Are you finding that you are bringing negativity and stress home from work? Do you come home crying and / or angry regularly? Do you feel stressed and unhappy at the thought of going to work? Do you call in sick just because you can’t handle the thought of going in today? Are you taking your stress out on your family and friends?
Are you bored? Have you stopped learning anything? Do you feel there is no chance of promotion? Have you asked for a promotion or a change of job? Are you stuck in a rut? Are there opportunities for you to move horizontally to a different department? Would that make it better?
Could it be that your job doesn’t align with your priorities and values? Does the company’s social or environmental policies not line up with your values? Do you feel like a hypocrite? Have you tried bringing the company into line with your beliefs?
Be careful not to make it too obvious that you are looking around. Sometimes your present employer can get upset if they know you are not planning on sticking around.
Also remember that moving around too much doesn’t look good for prospective employers. Try and choose your jobs wisely to make sure you are not moving every few months. Most employers don’t want to hire employees who are unlikely to stick around.
Just remember that working for yourself is not easy. You need to motivate yourself. There are no sick days, and nobody to make sure that you do the work you are supposed to be doing. Is there even a big enough market? Can you get enough clients to support yourself? Starting your own business is extremely difficult. Most companies fail within the first couple of years, and often the business owner ends up working long hours, and paying themselves very little for the first few years.
Is it possible to try and build up a client base on the side, while staying with your current job? This is not easy and the long hours might negatively affect your ability to do your current job, but it is safer to build up a side business while still receiving a salary. It just means you can’t give all of your focus to either job. Quitting your present job without building up your side hustle first could leave you with nothing if the side hustle doesn’t work out.
Most of us just tolerate our jobs and use them as a means of giving us the things we need in life and to provide for our families.
Sure there are people who love their jobs and couldn’t think of doing anything else, but these people are few and far between. You don’t have to love your job. But if it is making you sick, angry or depressed and there is nothing you can do to improve it, then it might be time to look around. But don’t make the mistake of quitting without a plan, and end up with a bigger problem.