Tuesday Tip: When to Quit Your “Day” Job


I’ve asked work-at-home professionals to answer answer a series of questions regarding work-at-home. This week’s question is:

“When did you quit your day job or know that your venture would be a success?”

Nancy Gong, Glass Artist Gong Glass Works

When the weight of the balance time required more time for commissioned work. So much that I knew the art work could consume a full time commitment with financial security.

Michael Kaiser-Nyman Impact Dialing

I stopped working full-time only after a few months of working on Impact Dialing, and even then I kept doing consulting until we got funded. I knew we would be successful very early on, though – the reception to our product from our first customers was really promising.

Lakeisha Johnson Absolute Solutions

I made the decision to leave my job in November of 2008. My last day was February 29, 2009. I spent the time between when I made the decision to my last day educating my self and putting systems in place to run the business.

Ben Fisher ParkCityLifeStyle.com

When I got my first sale from my online marketing efforts. The months I had spent researching and teaching myself how to properly market real estate were invaluable to me in obtaining my first sale in the business.

Shel Horowitz, Green and Profitable

I started my business in 1981, because I couldn’t *find* a day job. I think by around 1986, I wasn’t really looking for a job anymore.

Sally Murdoch Sally Murdoch Media Relations

I knew I was onto something when I did my first proposal for a prospective client. He told me I seemed to know exactly what he was thinking and what goals he was trying to attain. I quit my job the next day and never looked back.

Jessie Boone IntegratePR

I had the idea of creating the Handstand Kids on a very long flight back from India. I wanted to bring back cookbooks for my little cousins, but was discouraged when I couldn’t find any for children. It’s my goal in creating a series that children will be inspired to use their new cooking skills to give back to their own communities. I knew the line would be successful when children started responding so positively to the books and accessories and believed in the mission as much as I did.

Craig Wolfe CelebriDucks

I quit it the moment I found that to make my venture work it would take my full attention and the potential was limitless if I did it right. In other words, I quite when I saw niches that were not being fulfilled and huge opportunities ahead of me if I was willing to take advantage of them.

Aneesah LaStrape Black Millionaire Media

I’ve always been an adventurous woman, worked very few day jobs. Every time I worked, I got fired. I have strong opinions and don’t mind voicing my ideas. Although I may have put it in a professional manner, it didn’t seem like corporate America wanted to hear my entrepreneurial ideas. So I had to make it work on my on.

Christine Shuck C’s Cleaning Services

I quit my day job in late September 2005 – and my first venture, a cleaning biz, continues to be a relatively steady source of income (it became ‘steady’ in late 2008). So I would call that a success.

Tiffany Powell Sapphire Bookkeeping & Accounting Inc

Once I started my business I did not have a full time job. I had a couple part-time jobs that allowed me to pay my bills for the first few months before I had enough clients to completely work on my business. It is difficult in the beginning if you don’t have a spouse with a steady income to commit to giving up your day job while working on building your own company.

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