What Not To Do When Leaving Your Job

What Not To Do When Leaving Your JobI know that everyone has different reasons for leaving their job, and sometimes it is a really toxic environment that you are trying to leave.

However, if you are trying not to burn any bridges, then you might want to read my post How To Leave Your Job on Good Terms.

And, of course there are always cases where no matter what you do, your work will be upset.

That will most likely be my case, as none of this will most likely help. However, I still need to show my work respect, since they are great people to work with. I wouldn’t be happy if they did something evil to me, so I don’t plan on doing it to them.

When I worked in retail as a manager, I witness many wrong/weird ways to leave your job. We didn’t have super high turnover, but those who were new to the job most likely left soon after because jobs in customer service are definitely not the most fun, and they are not high paying at all.

Below are some not so good ways to quit your job:

Simply not show up for work.

Yes, the easiest way to quit your job would be to simply not show up. You can avoid any confrontations and no one will be mad directly at you. You can’t get yelled at because you won’t even be there. However, is this the smartest way to leave your job?

If you don’t want to burn any bridges, this is DEFINITELY not the correct way to leave your job. You are not only hurting yourself, but you aren’t giving your work any notice and they may even get worried about you if you are not answering their phone calls or emails.

Leaving your job this way can hurt you badly if you ever need recommendations. Also, I wouldn’t count on this employer as being a reference for any future jobs.

Leave a letter stating why you hate your boss and why you hate your job, and then not show up.

Yes, I have actually personally witnessed this. Someone that I worked with left a detailed note about why she hated my boss and didn’t give notice or anything, and she was an employee for over 5 years. That was not a pleasant day to work… It was also awkward because she was/is a friend of mine.

Leaving on a negative note like this can really hurt you. It can be hard to find another job as well. You should try your best to leave your job on a positive note.

Throw everything everywhere, and then create a scene and a mess.

Yup, I’ve seen this one too. One time an employee got angry and threw stuff everywhere. She then slammed every box, basket, bucket, file, etc. she could find. Not pleasant and you make all of your former co-workers hate you because they have to clean your mess up. Believe me, none of us will EVER forget your face 🙂

Tell everyone you are about to quit besides your boss.

You might think that you need to tell everyone that you work with that you are quitting, but it is usually your best bet to tell your boss first. You don’t want gossip to be spread around, and your boss will most likely lose faith and respect in you if they find out last.

Leave without any notice.

If you have an important job, it is most likely wise to give your work notice. You don’t want to tell them that you start your new job the very next day and that today is your very last day. You want to give your work to prepare for your departure.

Have you ever witnessed someone leave a job in a ridiculous way?

What other ways would you consider wrong?

 

Things People Say When I Tell Them I’m Making The Switch

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Everyone knows that I’m making the switch. Big surprise, right?  However, when I tell certain people that I am making the switch, I tend to get the crazy eyes. People usually think I am insane and/or don’t believe me.

I received much more resistance to my self-employment idea a couple of months ago, but lately everyone seems to be coming around. This of course makes me happier, but some of the things that people have told me just make me laugh. And that’s why I’m sharing everyone’s thoughts with you today.

Some think I’m making a huge mistake.

These people have no problem with telling me that they think I am making a huge mistake. I kind of understand where people are coming from. I have a stable job where I make decent money, and I am about to just throw it all away.

Also, I do have three finance related degrees, so I’m sure people are confused as to why I want to make the switch to freelancing. I don’t regret my degrees at all, and I am still 100% happy that I have them.

Some think I am just running away.

Certain people think that I am just running away from my job, which I just find hilarious! I’m not running away from problems at all.

Some think my plan is horrible and that I am acting like a child.

When I tell certain people my plan, they tend to think that I just want to freelance and enter the self-employment world because I’m being lazy and don’t want to act like an adult. UM HELLO?! Since when does working for yourself make you a baby?

Some people also ask me if I have thought about things such as taxes or insurance. Yes, I have thought about these. I would never just make the jump without researching and knowing as much as I can.

Some just think I am “lucky.”

When I tell certain people about my self-employment switch, they tell me that I am lucky and that it would be nice if they could just “do nothing” for the rest of their life. I do a lot! I’m not just sitting here for 5 minutes each day and calling it a day right after that.

Some don’t see it as sustainable.

I published my extra income post yesterday on Making Sense of Cents, and in it I stated that I made $11,117 in extra income in July. My income has been growing drastically each month. Just in the beginning of last year, I was making $0 in some months.

A couple of people who I have talked to have told me that my freelancing is not sustainable. Is anything extremely stable?  Everyone should be growing and adjusting their skill set constantly, and this is what I plan on doing.

Also, we will still be saving a significant amount of money each month, and that will help us in months where I don’t do as great.

This is also why I am constantly working on diversifying my income. I want both active and passive income.

 

To calm everyone’s nerves:

I am not making a mistake. At least I don’t think I am. I think this is actually the best decision of my life. I am very excited and I cannot wait 🙂

I’m not running away. If anything, I am running towards a new start in my life.

My plan is almost 100% thought out, and I’m living my life. Yes, I could plan a little bit more probably, but I don’t think I’m making a life or death decision.

I have worked very hard, and am very grateful for everything that I have. Yes, I will have more free time, but that is only because I have been working 100 each week for YEARS now. I deserve some down time.

I will grow as the industry changes.

 

Have people ever looked at you crazy when you decided to change your career?

If you are on the financial independence route, how do people react when you tell them that?

Disadvantages/Negatives of Working From Home

OfficeLast week, I talked about how I’m super excited to start working from home, and all of the positives that go along with it (such as no pants and making your own schedule, haha). However, there are some disadvantages and I would like to talk about them.

To me, the positives of working from home greatly outweigh the negatives. The negatives don’t bother me all too much, and it’s much better than dragging my butt to work everyday at a place that I am not in love with. However, I have met a couple of people who say that they hate working from home and prefer to work in an office environment.

You’re always working

Working from home and freelancing means that you’ll most likely devote more time and always feel like you are working because of the environment that you are in.

Also, running your own business almost always equals more work, because you don’t want to see your business fail. So many freelancing professionals work over 80 hours per week, it’s almost like it’s normal!

I know that eventually my freelancing will probably take over my life, but I am fine with that! I just want a healthy balance, and I want to be able to devote more time to my freelancing. I also want to enjoy what I am doing.

Feeling lonely

If you are used to working in a very social environment, then working from home will be a complete shock to you most likely. You might miss the daily interactions with your coworkers and lunches out. I eat by myself everyday and have almost no interaction at my job (it’s a very, very small office that I’m in), so this won’t be a big change at all.

Most of my friends and W have a different work schedule than I currently do, so I will have more time to see everyone when I start working from home.

You might get easily distracted

Working from home can be great but you need to be really focused. It is all too easy to start procrastinating and turning on the TV instead of working. Life without a schedule can prove to be difficult as well, and a person needs to be very self-motivated.

Having children and working at home can always be a big distraction as well. I know of many people who send their children to daycare or a babysitter a couple of days a week so that they can get undistracted work done.

Losing benefits/stability

A negative of freelancing 100% (so, this is not entirely related to working from home because some people work from home but still work for a company), means that I will lose my stable income from my job. I will also lose my free benefits such as their contribution to my SEP and health insurance.  Success means I have to take risks, right?

Would you work from home?