What Happens When Your Job Sucks? Step-by-Step Guide For Making a Move

by Martin

“I hate my job. I can’t believe I have to do this every single day.”

I hear this all of the time from friends. Most people seem to hate their jobs. You notice that? Rarely do you meet someone that’s excited about work or going to work. Most folks just want to complain about how bad they have it.

It used to be me all of the time. Now I choose what I do and when I do it. I’m not rich, but I’m certainly happy. I’d choose happiness over money any day of the week.

What happens when your job sucks?

The following comes from personal experience and watching others…

  • You drink or do drugs to escape.
  • You’re always miserable.
  • It takes a toll on your personal relationships.
  • You’re a crappy friend.
  • You waste life.
  • You do stupid things.
  • You’re not the same person.
  • You lose motivation.

Okay, I’ll stop there. Depressing enough?

So what the hell can you do about this? What do you do when your job sucks?

Stop escaping and focus in!

You need to snap out of it. Like right now!

Getting wasted, smoking, eating fast food, and doing drugs will only make matters worse.

You need to get things done. Getting wasted all of the time won’t help you with anything. You got to realize that you’re only making things worse for yourself by escaping and doing stupid things.

Once you snap out of it and start to focus, you can grab a hold of your life and take some action.

What should you do first?

Start saving.

You need some money in the bank so that you can build your F U Fund. This is the cash that will allow you to quit or at least give you the option. Without money in the bank and tons of credit card debt, you’re stranded. You have to go to work because you desperately need the money. I don’t want this to happen to you. I don’t want to see you forced to work a job you hate.

It’s also nice to have some money in the bank so that you don’t go homeless if you choose to freelance full-time.

Your first priority should be to find a way to put aside an extra $20 or so per week. Then you can slowly increase this number. If you have debt, you should strive to put extra money towards your debt payments.

I realize that it’s easier said than done, but you have to start. Without money, you have no options and are trapped.

Moving forward…

Build an income on the side.

You don’t have to start a blog on how to blog. You don’t have to blog at all. I just advise that you start building some sort of a side income. You could start with a part-time job and slowly transition towards freelancing of some sorts.

There has to be something that has been on your mind for the longest time. There’s something that you can teach others or do for others that will help you earn some money.

You can even work for free to build up your portfolio for the first little while.

Trust me, if you think about it long enough or just try, you’ll find something.

Please launch right now!

Test out your ideas. Put them to the market. You have nothing to lose. If things don’t work out, you just try a new idea or promoting to different folks.

As you’re doing all of this…

Look for other jobs as a backup plan.

This is the best time to look for new jobs because you’re not desperate. You have an income coming in. You have somewhere to go.

You don’t believe me? Imagine how your buddy who just got dumped behaves? He’s desperate. It’s pathetic. He chases after everyone and anyone that will look in his direction.

That’s how you’ll look if you start your job hunt when you’re desperate for work.

Look around now. Go for interviews. Throw some feelers out. See what happens.

And finally…

Keep your eye on the prize.

No matter what happens, you have to keep your damn eye on the prize!

I know the feeling. Your boss pisses you off, your job drains you, and your co-workers are frustrating. You get pissed off and you want to grab a case of beer on the way home. We’ve all been there before.

It sucks. But your goal is to break free, not to stay trapped. Never forget this.

I suggest that you use your disdain for your job as motivation to launch something and make it successful. A little bit ago, I interviewed a bunch of successful folks on what made them launch. Their motivations varied. This didn’t surprise me because we all have our own reasons for doing things. If you hate your job right now, this could be what pushes you.

So now you tell me, what are you going to do? Will you keep on complaining about your job or will you do something about it?

I want to see some results. No sob stories.

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midlifefinance September 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I felt like that all the time at my old job. It sucked to be like that day in and day out.
Looking for a different job is the way to go. You might get a raise too when you change job. The important thing is to never just sit and take it. Keep thinking and try to get out of that crappy situation.

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Martin September 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

That’s a good point. When you have a job, you have options. You can ask for more money or look for better options. If you wait until you lose the job, that could cause trouble.

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maria@moneyprinciple September 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Pass me the dope! And the interesting thing is that I love what I do – just am not very keen on the conditions in which I (and my colleagues) are expected to do it. This is why I have been doing two things: get to the top of ‘my game’ so the organisation doesn’t own me; and build sufficient wealth (or equivalent so that I don’t heave to be employed if I don’t want to (deadline is 2018). Good luck to you too :) .

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Martin September 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Awesome that you have a deadline. I’m curious though — why is it so far away?

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Justin @ Root of Good September 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Very motivational post! Thanks for sharing!

Even though my jobs have always been decent, eventually the BS Bucket ™ always fills up. It is very empowering to know you have options to jump ship if your BS Bucket overflows. After getting let go from my last job, I said “screw it, I’m retired!” and decided to live off the dividends from my investment portfolio, and maybe pick up a little work here and there if necessary to supplement investment income.

The mere act of quitting a job to “retire” or try working for yourself freelancing doesn’t have to be a final act in the full time employment world. Call it a sabbatical or “mid career break”. I wrote a piece recently that outlines some tips on how to gracefully exit full time employment, and set yourself up to re-enter the full time job market if you want or need to later:

http://rootofgood.com/sabbatical-mid-career-break-retired/

So many people think it is crazy to leave a sucky job. What’s the worst that can happen? You end up finding out you need a full time sucky job to survive comfortably, and you go find a new sucky job. You can benefit from knowledge of what made your previous job sucky, and focus on finding a less sucky job. That is, if your freelancing or side income can’t support you.

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Martin September 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Thanks for the comment Justin. I love the idea of the BS Bucket. And I agree on the sabbatical. The worst case scenario is that you return. No big deal. As long as you taste that freedom.

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