How to Quit Your Job & Not Freak Out

Quitting your job the right way results in a less stressful transition.
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Whether you're quitting your job to explore a new career path or starting your own business, there's a right and wrong way to quit. If you quit the wrong way, you may freak out and regret quitting after the reality sets in. Quitting the right way helps maintain your sanity during the transition.

Step 1

Talk things over with your spouse or partner before quitting. It's easier to quit when the two of you agree. If you quit during a heated moment with your boss, you'll likely freak out over how to break the news to your spouse.

Step 2

Save enough money for you to comfortably live and pay bills for at least six months. When you have this nest egg saved up, you don't have to worry immediately about losing your income. This also decreases the financial burden on your spouse.

Step 3

Have a success plan in place before you quit your job. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” You need a vision of what you want to accomplish after quitting. A strategic plan detailing exactly how you're going to accomplish those goals is in order. Otherwise, when you will quit your job, the savings will run out and you'll begin freak out.

Step 4

Test out your skills before quitting if you intend to start your own business. If you desire your own bakery, pass out some sample cupcakes to see if people like them. If they take a bite and hand the cupcake back to you, it may not be time to quit your job. However, if they come back for more, it's a sign that you might do well.

Step 5

Leave the right way. This means turning in your advance resignation notice, remaining productive and following all the rules until the moment you exit. When you quit your job the right way, you don't have to worry as much about things not going the way you planned. Consider that you might need to use your old employer as a reference for your new job. And if things don't work out, since you left on good terms, you may be able to go back to your old job.

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