Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Unless You’re Willing To Do These Three Things by @LynnBardowski


by Lynn Bardowski

A frequent question I get asked is, “How did you know?” As in, how did you know when you quit your day job that it would all turn out ok. How do you know the bills will get paid and you won’t lose everything you’ve worked for? My first answer is, I don’t recommend anyone quit their day job until they’ve created a business plan and gained some experience with their new venture. I did both for six months, working my day job Monday – Friday while building my direct sales biz on the weekend. With a three and five year old to care for, my husband had to fill in the gaps. It was a stressful six months for all of us, but it gave me the experience and confidence I needed to make my crazy idea work.

My second answer is, giving up a weekly paycheck and going all in on your entrepreneur dream is scary. Channeling your fears, which my Mom called “sink or swim”, can be very motivating. You’ll swim faster and harder to keep your head above water, giving up all the excuses that are pulling you down. Fear gives you no other choice.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Unless You’re Willing To Do These Three Things.

  • Give up your stuff. Becoming a full-time entrepreneur requires sacrifice. My husband and I cut back on everything from the Disney channel to the daily newspaper. Coffee at Starbucks? Forget about it. At the end of the day, none of those things brought us happiness. Get lean and mean and create a budget with less frills. Cut back, stay in more and clip coupons, it still beats working for someone else any day of the week.
  • Go all in. When you go all in there’s no looking back. Like the “Who’s with me?!” scene in Jerry Maguire, going all in is a wild, fun, exhilarating ride that will take you out of your comfort zone. You’ll be amazed at how many ideas you can come up with when your business is your only source of income. Be prepared to go on a life changing journey that will enrich your life, and your bank account. Life’s to short to not play big.
  • Fire your a$$ if you need to. Being a good boss of you can be a challenge when you work from home. There’s so many distractions… GMA, The Ellen Show and don’t forget the big traffic jam in between your bedroom and your work space, which may be the kitchen table. The best advice I heard was from business consultant Kathleen Cashman, CEO of Cashman Consulting. Kathleen says, “Fire yourself every Monday and work your butt off to get hired back by Friday.”

Quitting a day job is something most people dream about, but few will act on. When your why is big enough, you’ll figure out how to get there.


Lynn BardowskiLynn Bardowski: Award-winning Entrepreneur, Top 100 Small Biz Influencer, Speaker, Amazon #1 Author, Radio Host. Mom of 2. Detour Taker, Wine Taster, Traveler.

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5 Replies to “Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Unless You’re Willing To Do These Three Things by @LynnBardowski”

  1. Pia Louise

    LOL Lynn – You can attest that I just emailed you that I sold all my stuff, ‘off-loaded’ my house and jumped in to J. Hilburn F/T. LOL
    I love this affirmation that what I just did is not only insane but so right…for me.
    I look forward to the information. Every single thing I hear from someone who is more than a few steps ahead of me is so helpful. Regards, Pia

  2. Patti

    I love this. I have been working on building my business so I can work it full time and it is sometimes difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

  3. Sunil Jain

    Hello Lynn 🙂

    It really takes some courage to quit your day job and start off being an entrepreneur. As you said “work from home” has lots of distraction, so it would be good enough If we can have a separate small cabin or office somewhere where actually people can’t disturb you.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😀

    Sunil Jain aka @gupshupblog

  4. Brandi Starr

    Great post, my favorite line is “Fire yourself every Monday and work your butt off to get hired back by Friday.”

    The “give up your stuff” is sometimes the hardest part. We get so comfortable with the various amenities that it is often hard to imagine letting them go. My husband and I are going through this now as we prepare for a new baby.

    1. Lynn Bardowski

      Thanks Brandi,
      Congrats on your new addition! My CFO is my hubby, also known as budget Bill. lol It helps if someone in the family is good with creating a budget. If not, there’s plenty of online resources out there. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save when you cut back on all the extras.

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