What Should I Do If I Hate My Job?

What Should I Do If I Hate My JobEver since I left my day job last year, I have had several people ask me what they should do about the job that they hate. I have heard some horror stories about jobs that almost sound like the same reasons for why I knew I had to leave my day job.

Because of this, I thought it would be a great idea to discuss what a person should do if they hate their job. While most people cannot just simply quit their job and retire whenever they would like, it is possible to find a job that doesn’t make you ill.

Since everyone spends so much time working, I always think that it’s best to either have a job you love, or have a job that allows you to do what you love outside of work.

Below are different things you might want to think about before you quit a job you hate:

What do you hate about your job?

Leaving your job just because you hate working is 99.9% of the time not a good idea. I can’t think of a time where it would be a good idea but I’m a believer that anything is possible. You need to be realistic with this question.

Figuring out the answer to this question could possibly lead to you not hating your next job. Just think about it – if you don’t figure out why you hate your job, you might just be putting yourself in the exact same position with the next one.

Here are some different things to think about when pondering this question:

  • Do you hate the work you do?
  • Is it management that you have a problem with?
  • Is it the work environment you hate?
  • Are the clients the problem?

Do you have a game plan?

Before you quit your job, you probably want to have some sort of game plan. This can make everything much easier and possibly a little less stressful if you do your research.

This leads to the different areas I will be discussing below…

What will you do for money?

If you quit your job, what will you do for money? I’m sure you have at least some bills that will need to be paid after you leave your job. Will you be searching for a new job? Starting your own business? Relying on savings?

Can you possibly look for a job while continuing at the one you hate?

I know there are certain circumstances where you might have to leave your job immediately because something at your job may be harming you physically or emotionally.

However, if you do not need to immediately leave your job, it may be wise to look for a job while you continue to work at the job that you hate. This way you can continue to bring in an income and not have to worry about when you will land a job.

Do you have an emergency fund?

Before leaving your job, having an emergency fund can be a lifesaver. This way if you end up hating your next job as well, then you will have something to fall back on in case something were to happen.

An emergency fund is also a lifesaver if you plan on starting a business after you leave the job you hate. You never know if you will have a bad income month when you work for yourself, so having an emergency fund can hold you over until you are able to make a more stable income.

What would you tell someone who tells you that they hate their job?

9 Ways To Make Money While Traveling

9 Ways To Make Money While Traveling

Recently, I published the article 5 Tips For Managing a Job And Working On The Road. Today, we will be talking about the many different ways you can make money while traveling.

I love being able to travel and work. Being location independent is something that I never thought would be possible for me until just a few years ago. I can gladly say that it is just as great as I thought it would be.

If you are interested in earning a living while traveling, there are many ways to make this dream a reality.

Below are 10 different ways to make money while traveling:

1. Start a blog.

Blogging is definitely not a way to get rich quick, but it can be a great way to travel and earn a living once you start making some money. Some may never make enough money off their blog to live off of, whereas others seem to get it right from the very beginning.

Read How To Start a Blog on WordPress on my main website, Making Sense of Cents. Also, if you are interested in blogging, check out my monthly income report $13,673 December Income – My Monthly Online Income Report and 2014 Wrap Up.

Another way to make money that is related to this is if you have a Twitter account, Facebook account, blog, etc.

IZEA is a company I used a lot when I first started blogging. If you already have a blog or social media accounts such as Twitter, then signing up for Izea is a great way to make some extra money. All you have to do is sign up and wait for opportunities to come your way. It’s easy, but if you have any questions just shoot me an email and I can try my best to help you out.

With Izea, you are getting paid for whenever a company wants to advertise themselves through your blog and/or social media accounts (such as your Twitter account). You get paid electronically, and they always pay. They partner with big name companies such as Marriott, Netflix, Walmart, Kraft, Lego, and more. It’s an EASY way to make money through your blog, so I highly recommend you check Izea out.

Click here to sign up for Izea. It is free to join and free to use.

2. Become a website designer.

I’m not skilled enough to become a website designer, but I know many others who do this and make a great living. This can be a great way to travel the world while making money because you are not tied down to a specific place in order to earn an income.

3. Staff write for a living.

If you do not want to start a blog of your own but you still are interested in writing online, then you may want to look into star writing for another website. This can be a great way to be location independent because you won’t be dependent on whether or not your blog is successful, and you don’t need to build one from the ground up (however, it is helpful to have a blog of your own if you are looking for clients).

Related article: How To Find A Writing Job.

4. Virtual assist for others.

There are many things you can do for others and all you need is your laptop and an internet connection. I know a few people who have virtual assistants across the globe and are able to run a successful business. This could be you!

5. Teach English in another country.

I have a few friends who have taught English in other countries such as China and South Korea. There are schools in many countries all over the world that offer this great opportunity to be able to travel and make a living.

Of course, when teaching English, you will be required to put down roots for at least a little bit. This is because you will have to teach the language for usually at least six months to one year. There’s nothing wrong with that though as you can really learn about the country you are in and the surrounding countries all while making a decent income.

Different countries have different requirements when it comes to teaching English in their country. A country such as South Korea requires that you have a four-year degree, whereas some countries just ask that you have a TEFL certification.

6. Work at a hostel, resort, etc.

Like with teaching English, working at a hostel or a resort would mean that you would have to stay in a certain location for a designated amount of time. However, doing this may allow you to travel around the world while earning money. You might just work long enough to get you to your next destination, or you might find that you love a certain city and stay for a longer period of time than you originally thought you would.

Some places will even allow you to do work in exchange for a free stay. An example of this may be working the front desk at a hostel while you are staying there.

7. Become a cruise ship employee.

With many cruise lines, your housing and food are covered by the cruise ship company which can make traveling this way very affordable. You usually have to sign a contract, and it can be hard to do this if you have a family. However, if you are single and ready to travel the world, then working on a cruise ship can be a great way to earn a living and see the world.

8. Create passive income.

Having passive income while traveling may be one of your best options. This way you won’t feel tied down to work and can truly enjoy every place you are visiting.

Related article: Sources of Passive Income.

9. Find an Au Pair job.

There are many families out there who are looking for an au pair. You can make some money, and have room and board provided for while traveling the world.

For this job, some of your tasks might include:

  • Watching the children;
  • Cooking meals for them;
  • Taking them to and from school;
  • Assisting them with homework and studying;
  • Cleaning up;
  • And more!

Are you interested in working while traveling? Why or why not?

What other ways can a person make money while traveling?

9 Plugins You Need If You’re A Blogger

9 Plugins You Need If You’re A Blogger

Many ask how I am able to manage so many different websites. One way I am able to do so much is due to the help of the numerous plugins I rely on. They make running a blog so much easier because they allow me to worry about one less thing because they do it all automatically.

EDIT: If you are new here, please check out my monthly online income posts on my main blog, Making Sense of Cents, such as $13,673 December Income – My Monthly Online Income Report and 2014 Wrap Up.

Below are some of the many plugins I use for my WordPress blog (in no particular order). They are all FREE as well.

1. Limit Login Attempts

This plugin limits the amount of times someone can try to log into your blog. I won’t lie, I have locked myself out a few times but if you are the true owner of the website there are ways to go around this so that you don’t lock yourself out for hours and hours.

You can limit how many times someone can try to login before they are locked out, how long the lockout is, and what happens when they are locked out multiple times. You can change the settings to exactly what you need them to be set at as well. This is a great way to prevent hackers from getting into your website.

2. Missed Scheduled

I’m pretty sure this has happened to every blogger out there. You schedule a post, only to wake up in the morning and find out that it never went live. To prevent this problem, you can download the Missed Scheduled plugin which will help prevent this.

3. nrelate Related Content

There are tons of different related content plugins out there for WordPress users, but I prefer nrelate the most. You can easily display your related posts with this plugin, and you can edit the settings to only show what you want to show as well.

With this plugin, readers can find similar posts on your blog when reading a blog post without having to really dig too far to find anything.

4. Pretty Link

Pretty Link is a lifesaver. I use it mostly for my affiliate links.

This way my affiliate links aren’t scary long (sometimes affiliate links look like spam), and look much cleaner. You can also track how many times your affiliate link has been clicked on with the Pretty Link plugin.

5. Send email only on Reply to My Comment

I always try to reply to every comment that a person leaves on my blog. I like readers to know that I appreciate the fact that they are reading my blog, and I just think it’s a good habit to have.

The Send email only on Reply to My Comment plugin allows commenters to decide whether or not they want to receive an email notification when a comment is replied to. So your readers can always opt out easily if they want to.

6. Shareaholic

Shareaholic is what I have at the bottom of all of my posts. This allows readers to share my posts easily. If you do add this plugin, make sure you add your Twitter handle to the tweet button.

7. SumoMe

SumoMe is a relatively new plugin for me, but I know I already love it. It is free, but they have some other affordable options that you can pay for as well. SumoMe is a great plugin if you are looking to grow your email list.

8. WP-SpamShield

Without the WP-SpamShield plugin, I don’t know what I would do. According to this plugin, they have blocked 41,099 spam comments since I downloaded it, or 913 spam comments each day.

That is a TON of spam.

Best part is that you don’t have to annoy your readers with an annoying CAPTCHA. They don’t even know this plugin exists. If you are making your readers enter some secret code that no one can read that is 100 letters long and makes you solve some sort of mystery, then you need this plugin.

9. CommentLuv

This isn’t exactly a need, but I do like installing CommentLuv on all of the blogs I run. CommentLuv allows commenters to leave a link to one of their latest blog posts when they leave a comment. This is a great way to find new bloggers to become addicted to.

What plugins do you recommend? What can you not live without?


These are not all of the plugins I use. I will be making a Part Two soon! 🙂