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There is a good reason so many people refer to their jobs as “just a 9-5.” It is because they don’t feel a genuine meaningful connection with it.

Are you working with people you respect and enjoy spending time with?

Is the work you are doing solving a problem or improving someone else’s life?

It is estimated that  87% of employees worldwide feel disengaged  from their work.

 I’ll bet office politics and a 24/7 “always on” work culture promoted in many companies has a lot to do with it.

In today’s workplace, however,  the criteria for job satisfaction is much more about whether you feel your work is  meaningful than it is about money. Sadly, employers seem to  be falling short in creating that kind of work environment.

If you’re in a job that seems meaningless, getting paid a lot of money is unlikely to translate to lasting, fulfilling employment.

A bad job is still terrible no matter the money.

Once you are able to support and provide for a  family, additional pay doesn’t bring job satisfaction.

If you are thinking about going into business for yourself, consider yourself lucky.

You are awakening from your sleep to pursue your passion, and to do work you love.

Strike while your fired up 

Once you decide going into business is for you, move forward don’t overthink it or second guess yourself. That’s the quickest path to losing courage and falling back into the familiarity and comfort of a job that makes you miserable.

Get on with it.

Pursue your goal with intention by acting as if you have already achieved it.  Experience what it feels like to have your first customers congratulate you on opening your doors.

In other words, don’t just imagine it, believe in it.

So,  sit at your desk or somewhere and think about that side business or your dream job. Make them one and the same.

Imagine what it would be like to finally have a job that makes you happy.

Disengage from the laundry, the kids, to-do lists, your job, and spend some time exploring new possibilities to break free from the 9-5.

Trust me, it will be time well spent.

Here’s how you can start.

The article below by  called Three Paths to Quit Your Job This Year is great because while it may not give you 50 ways to leave your job, it shows you

3 concrete options you can choose from to put you on a path to either pursue that side business, your dream job or to stay put.

A Dream job is worth pursuing 

You have to go out and grab it. Sometimes, that means making bold moves, like leaving your job without knowing exactly where you’re going next. However, bold doesn’t mean foolhardy. To make a big change and see positive results, you need to prepare before you take the leap.

The first step is financial.

“The larger the emergency fund you can build up, the lower the possibility that you’ll have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle before you start your next job,” says Michelle Herd, a Certified Financial Planner and senior client advisor at TFC Financial Management, an investment advisory firm in Boston.

Herd says that they recommend keeping an emergency fund with six months of expenses, even when you’re employed. The number goes up when you’re planning on changing jobs.

“The gap between jobs can be unpredictable and you may incur additional expenses in your search for a new job,” Herd says. “To avoid having to drastically alter your lifestyle between jobs, you should try and set aside as much in your emergency fund for the immediate term as you can.”

Path No. 1: Save Up as Much as You Can… and Then Quit

Maybe you meant to travel after graduation but never pulled it together. Maybe you want to train for something new, but you don’t think you can handle coding boot camp or a certificate program and your present job at the same time. Or maybe you just need to get out of your current gig before you start pelting your boss with office supplies.

Regardless of why you want to quit, if you’re not going straight to another job, you’ll need to build up that emergency fund – and budget for the fact that you won’t have another job lined up the moment you decide to go back to work.

How do you do that? In part, by being extremely frugal.

“In the months leading up to a potential job transition, it’s advisable to keep a particularly close eye on your expenses and cut out or delay as many unnecessary items as possible,” says Herd. “You’ll need to continue to pay your routine expenses like rent or mortgage payments and utility bills, but delay large purchases and avoid taking on additional liabilities that you’ll have to add to your expenses.”

If there’s not a lot of wiggle room in your budget – and let’s face it, that’s the case for most of us – you’ll need to make more radical changes. Get a roommate. Become a single-car family. Take on a part-time job. Do whatever you can to cut expenses and add income.

Path No. 2: Make Yourself Into a Super-Candidate… and Then Fly Away

It’s almost always easier to get hired when you have a job. Why? Because many hiring managers still have a bias against candidates who are unemployed. It’s not fair, but it’s reality.

Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of Human Workplace, writes that she’s talked to many HR folks who claim not to like the practice, but still hold onto it as a “fast way to screen people out.”

“If employers are looking for fast, arbitrary ways to screen out applicants, I can think of 20 ways that are just as effective as screening out job-seekers who aren’t working,” she writes at LinkedIn. “They could interview only the candidates whose last names start with K, or screen out everyone whose application arrives on Monday or Wednesday.”

Of course, the downside to looking for a job when you have a job is that it’s also harder to get motivated to find the time to job search when you’re employed. If you’re in that spot, give yourself a deadline.

Start by thinking about what’s stopping you from getting hired for your dream job right now. If it’s a matter of skills, you can acquire those. If it’s a matter of opportunity, you can build the connections that will put you on the fast track to hearing about job openings before they’re advertised.

Give yourself six months to close any personal skills gaps or make connections in your industry. Then use the second half of the year to start applying for jobs. (Your new connections should be helpful here!)

Path No. 3: Start a Side Business… and Then Turn It Into a Full-Time Career

This is what I did, and it could not have worked out better.

Everyone could use some extra money, and a side business is a great way to make it happen. Pick the right one and you could eventually turn your it into full time income.

It’s possible. I did it!

The key is choosing a side business and to set a deadline.  Start pondering possibilities today, and then get serious about making your dreams into reality.

Again, deadlines are important. Make your calendar, and let that be the day which you assess your accomplishments and decide whether to make the leap… or stay put.

So, if you are in a situation that just looks like it isn’t going to end well, remember there are lots of ways to leave it and move on.

Hopefully, these three options get you thinking and perhaps one of them put’s you on your way to achieving your dream.

Running your own small business affords the opportunity to earn extra income.  But, money aside, the best part of running your own business is the quality time that you will have to spend with your own family.

Lisa Zakar is a wife and mother of 3. She is the owner of Lisa Rose, a popular Princess Tea Party venue. She has a 20-year track record in the Princess Tea Party business. Lisa Rose is an award-winning Princess Tea Party venue with Best of Honolulu/children’s parties/Honolulu Magazine, and, Winner of Best Children’s Parties/Island Parent Magazine. Lisa Rose is located in Honolulu.      http://www.princessteapartybusiness.com/

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