Leaving behind a secure 9-5 job may seem like it’s only a possibility for “other people.” You know the kind of people I mean. People who:
- Are natural risk-takers.
- Have an entrepreneurial spirit.
- Don’t have obligations or families to support.
James Altucher says the “security” of that 9-5 job isn’t enough anymore. Incomes are rising more slowly than inflation. The dribble of salary increase and job title advancement aren’t enough to make ends meet let alone give you the satisfaction of reaping the benefits of your own creativity.
Furthermore, that secure “9-5” job has become more like a 90-hour-per-week job and it’s killing your aspirations. You have no money, no time, and no freedom.
Our own Kate Buck Jr. was “lucky” in this regard. She got the dreaded pink slip and HAD to search for new work. At first, she took on getting facile with Twitter only as a means to broaden her job search. She was so helpful that people began seeking her out for social media advice. Finally, she had so much freelance business she realized she no longer needed a traditional job. Now, she wouldn’t dream of giving up her lifestyle business.
Here’re a couple other case studies of people who “chose themselves” and got started in social media management:
- Jeffrey Rufino had a 9-5 retail job and he realized it didn’t make him happy. He wanted to work remotely wherever he happened to be and to enjoy a lifestyle not constrained by traditional hours or showing up at brick-and-mortar store every day. He’s now a “full-time” social media manager working where he wants and when he wants.
- Erica Price had a full-time job where she earned “good money,” but was starting to get bored. She also was tired of juggling set hours with the demands of parenting two small children. While continuing her “day job,” job she took a social media management training course and landing her first client. Within 6 months, she was working part-time at her “day job” and had hired her first employee in her steadily growing social media management business.
- Takara Shelor was an engineer and manager in the pharmaceutical industry and the pressure and stress were over the top. She left and began building websites and dabbling in other online businesses and then she stumbled onto social media management. She found social media management was a lot more FUN and with a bit of training learned how to implement social media management strategies for herself and her clients and become a bestselling author.
Altucher says we’re now in the “Choose Yourself” era and only by modifying your lifestyle now can you hope to satisfy your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.
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Make a list of your dreams and see if you feel you’re going to get there staying in your current job. Altucher says it’s time to start planning your exit strategy NOW. Too scary? The beauty of Social Media Management is you can start part-time so you don’t have to quit your day job right away. And when you do quit your day job, you can quickly grow to full-time earnings with part-time hours.
If you’re thinking about getting started in social media management or want to test the waters before a big leap, think about one client you could take on to get your feet wet. Potential clients are all around you. Perhaps you volunteer at an animal shelter or are involved at your local church. Know that boutique you visit once a week on your lunch break and everyone there knows you? All of these are potential social media clients and you could start right now by doing posts from your phone. Learn more.