The alarm clock rings and you are faced with a decision:
Do I hit the snooze button and try to sleep until the latest possible minute?
Or do I throw the blanket off and get up on my feet, to start the day?
If you are face this internal struggle each and every morning, then you must hate your job.
Working in a job is completely at odds with being able to live your best life. In fact, it gets in the way of it.
No doubt, the thought must constantly cross your mind as to what to do if you hate your job.
If You Hate Your Job, There Is Hope Yet For a Brighter Future
Well, I’m here to tell you that there is hope. You can do something about your situation. Do not believe for even a moment that your situation is hopeless and that you are inevitably relegated to remaining on the hamster wheel of your dead-end job that is bringing you no joy in life.
If you are not looking forward to going to work in the morning, then it’s time for you to TAKE ACTION!
If you find yourself saying “someday I will have a better job”, “someday I will be rich”, “someday I will get a promotion”, “someday I will fire my boss”, “somebody I will go into business for myself”, then it’s time for you to TAKE ACTION and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
You Are Your Own Worst Enemy
Procrastination is your worst enemy.
If you are merely daydreaming about a brighter future, but you are not translating your dreams into tangible actions, then it is time to get off your butt and start taking action.
Are you procrastinating because you know what you want, but you just don’t know how to get achieve it? Are you procrastinating because you don’t believe that you can ever achieve it?
Or are you procrastinating because you know what you don’t want, but you aren’t really quite sure what you want instead?
Then it’s time to create a PLAN. You need to have a VISION, a GOAL. And you need to devise a STRATEGY that will help you ACHIEVE that goal.
Just remember one thing:
Inaction due to procrastination leads to stagnation and complacency.
Complacency Is A Silent Killer – You Must Fight It At All Costs
One of the most self-destructive tendencies of man is to be complacent. If you hate your job, but you don’t want to “rock the boat”, and you don’t want to take risks, then you may need to take a step back and reassess your situation.
If you vehemently hate your job, yet you choose to maintain the status quo, because you are afraid of the risks, the discomfort, the potential for rejection or setbacks, the potential for losing your current job or losing the support of your friends or family, then you have some serious soul-searching to do.
The Fallacy Of The Comfort Zone
Sure, you can get comfortable and complacent with your current situation. That is the easy road. But you must have heard the expression “no pain, no gain” or the expression “with greater risk comes (the potential for) greater reward”.
But if your mind, if your spirit, if your heart’s not into the work you are doing, then are you truly happy? Is your current level of comfort really making you happy?
Are you really living your life to it its fullest potential, by remaining docile and inert?
Complacency Is A Silent Killer
Complacency is like the “carbon monoxide” of your spirit. You can’t really tell that it’s there until you start exhibiting the symptoms that it produces. Just going with the flow, rolling with the punches, will inevitably kill the person inside you.
But if you want to grow, thrive, enjoy the work that you do, and live the best life that you deserve, then it is time to start taking action today.
And it all starts by making the conscious decision that you are going to do something about it. It all starts with your inner dialogue.
Tell yourself that you deserve better. Tell yourself that you will be successful and that you will change your situation.
So if you don’t know what to do if you hate your job, read on. Together, we are going to find out!
The why is every bit as important, so that’s what the next 6 sections are all about.
It might be therapeutic and helpful to come to terms with and understand why you hate your job. Once you understand these, then you may have a better idea of what course corrections that you may need to make in your life in order to better your situation. (Bettering your situation could mean anything from changing something about your working conditions, finding a new job, or even going into business for yourself, just to name a few examples.)
Reason #1: I Hate My Job Because I Don’t Get Along With My Manager or Coworkers
One of the contributing factors to your satisfaction in the workplace is your relationships with your colleagues. If you have a jerk for a boss, or if you have annoying coworkers, it can make coming to work every day fraught with trepidation and anxiety.
The bad news is that you have relatively little control over who you work with. And you definitely have little to no control over the idiosyncrasies and peculiarities of their personalities and behavior.
It’s all you can do, to try to be civil with them and get along with them. But unfortunately, in the corporate environment, you have no choice but to play by the rules.
At best, you might have some maneuvering room by taking things up with your HR department, if you have an issue. Apart from that, your only recourse would be to seek out another job….
But finding another job itself is a daunting challenge. What if nobody else is hiring? What if nobody else is willing to pay you more than what you are making at your current job? And what if the other job has inferior benefits to where you are currently working at right now?
You might find yourself stuck in a quagmire.
Reason #2: I Hate My Job Because I Am Not Being Paid What I Am Worth
You have put in your time. You have given it your all. Yet year after year, you keep getting passed up for that promotion, for that raise, or for that bonus. Your management doesn’t appreciate all of the hard work that you are doing.
You know that you are worth more than what you are currently being paid.
But unfortunately you are stuck in a rut with very little opportunity for upward mobility along the ladder of success. And there is very little opportunity for growth… Unless you were to go back to school and get a new degree, get a new certification, or learn a new skill… Or you were to hit the pavement and start looking for a new job.
Reason #3: I Hate My Job Because It Is Boring
They say that if you enjoy what you are doing, then it isn’t called “work”.
They also say that if you follow your passion, then the money will follow.
And they even say that if there is something that you would be willing to do for free, as if money didn’t matter, than that is your true calling.
But we all know that money does matter. It’s what makes it possible for us to survive and thrive in society.
For many people, a J.O.B. literally means that you are “just over broke”. And it is quite literally nothing more than a means to make ends meet, and to pay the bills.
If your job is a source of somnolence in your life, rather than a source of invigoration, then it may honestly be time to figure out what to do if you hate your job.
If You Hate Your Job, Then Why Not Leave It?
Supposing that you have a love-hate relationship with your job, and you fantasize about leaving it, constantly, then you would think that the logical thing to do would be to simply quit your job and find another one.
Easier said than done, right?
If you find yourself to be hopelessly dependent upon your job, then that is not an ideal situation to be in. Ideally, you want to be able to have the freedom to work where you want, when you want, and doing what you want.
Why Do You Keep Your Job Despite Hating It?
Reason #1: Living Paycheck To Paycheck
I would venture to guess that the primary reason why you (or anyone else) are continuing to work at a job that you hate is that you are hopelessly dependent upon it.
In other words, you are living paycheck to paycheck. You are running out of money as soon as you have earned it, leaving very little, if anything left, for you to survive on until the next paycheck.
Out of fear of poverty, eviction, running out of food or medicine, you would be insane to quit your job, unless you had a backup source of income or another job lined up, or unless you had some cushion of savings to help you ride out the interim period.
Therefore, quitting your job simply isn’t a practical option. In fact, quitting your job when you are “just over broke” like this, living paycheck to paycheck (also sometimes referred to as living “hand to mouth”) is tantamount to flagrant suicide.
Reason #2: Health Insurance
Another common reason why people are hesitant to quit their job despite loathing it, is due to concerns over health insurance. If you are living in the United States, then at the time of this writing, you know that health insurance is a huge mess in this country. Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing while health insurance benefits are shrinking. You are getting less for your money with each dollar that you pay toward your premiums.
(If you live in a country that offers nationalized / universal / free health care, then this may not apply to you, and you can skip to the next section.)
If you currently have halfway decent health insurance, then you may not want to risk quitting your job and making a move, if you fear that your health insurance options offered through your next employer, or through the public exchanges courtesy of The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), may not be as good as what you currently have. Or you don’t want to be stuck paying higher premiums through COBRA.
Since in the USA, most peoples’ health insurance is tied to their place of employment, it can make workplace mobility a bit challenging.
Reason #3: You Have Nowhere Else To Go
You wonder what to do if you hate your job. But you can’t quit your job, because you would have no place else to go if you did. If nobody else is hiring in your field, or if you know that you are being paid higher than average, and that if you were to try to switch jobs you would inevitably have to take a paycut, then you might be stuck in a rut, because you have nowhere else to go.
So therefore, you inevitably have no choice but to resign yourself to staying put, right?
We do not live to work. We work to live.
The fact of the matter is that there are many solutions as to what to do if you hate your job. You just have to be willing to think outside of the box and stretch a little bit beyond your comfort zone.
I am not in any way advocating that you should do the stupid thing and just blindly quit your job. Nor am I in any way shape or form going to insinuate that you should take bold risks that have a very real potential of risking the loss of your current job.
But what I am saying is that you need to change your mindset.
You need to start taking action. Don’t let life happen to you. You need to take charge of your life.
Don’t be a passive observer. Be an active participant in creating your own destiny.
Quit Wasting Time
If your excuse is that you don’t have enough free time in a day to do something about it, whether it is to go back to school, or to brush up your resume, or to pick up a new skill, or to take up a second job or even to start a part time side business, then you need to evaluate what it is that you are occupying your time with!
First of all, you need to stop mindless consumption of entertainment media.
Stop that mindless, endless scrolling through the bottomless pit that is your social media newsfeed. Whether its Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you can easily burn countless minutes or hours per day or per week, just mindlessly scrolling, to fulfill your curiosity. The same goes for YouTube channel surfing.
TV and Social Media
And the same even applies for all the TV shows out there, on Hulu, YouTube Red, Netflix, Disney+ and more. I’m not saying not to entertain yourself once in a while.
But you have to evaluate your life:
You could either drown yourself in the misery of your dead-end job by consuming media all the time (which does nothing to better your life. In fact, social media can actually make you feel even more depressed and despondent about your life).
Or you could use that valuable time toward a worthy cause: Bettering your situation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to wake up in the morning and actually look forward to your day? Wouldn’t it be nice to look forward to the job or the business that you have to report to in the morning?
Well, that can only happen if you take action.
Slow and Steady Transition
Are you still with me so far?
If yes, then there is one caveat I would like to share:
Making a change in your life takes time. It takes baby steps. It requires a slow and steady transition.
Abrupt changes (such as suddenly quitting your job) usually result in an upheaval that can be risky and fraught with adverse consequences.
You want to be able to change your life situation on your own terms, not on somebody else’s terms.
You want to approach things deliberately, methodically, and with a well-thought out plan.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Create Multiple Streams Of Income
Traditionally, the vast majority of people spend their lives slaving over one job. They hold one job at a time. And that is their sole source of income.
Some people may have a second job. (For example, they work a regular 9 to 5 job during the day, and then they moonlight at a second job at night or on weekends.) And they do this, in order to bring in the extra income in order to help make ends meet. Or they may do this in order to earn a little extra money for a specific short term goal, such as saving up for a vacation, saving up for Christmas gift shopping, or saving up for their kid’s college tuition.
The fact of the matter is: If you want to know what to do if you hate your job, the answer is to create multiple sources of income for yourself.
You should never be reliant on only one source of income. This way, in case one source of income suddenly stops (such as if you were to get laid off or fired), you still have income coming in from another source. Or, if you are fed up with your job, you can quit, with the peace of mind knowing that you still have income coming in from other sources.
But what are these other sources of income? There are several.
Let’s talk about each one…
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Work a Second Job
As mentioned above, the most common way that most people try to create a second source of income for themselves is to simply find a second job that they can work on the side… This means that after putting in time at your primary job, you will put in hours at your second job.
Obviously this has its pros and cons. The pros are obviously that you are earning more money, and it is quite possible that your second job is doing something that you might enjoy.
But there are a number of cons… You are:
- cutting into your free time that could have been spent with family, on your health, on doing something productive with your life.
- possibly getting less sleep.
- still beholden to another boss, so it may be possible that you may not enjoy working at that second job either!
In this case, I would have to say that the cons definitely outweigh the pros.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Go Back To School
Another option would be for you to go back to school and get educated, and make the leap into a new career. Let’s say that you are an auto mechanic. But now you want to become an accountant. You would have to go back to school to learn accounting and then get certified as an accountant. Once you get certified, you could conceivably quit your job as an auto mechanic and get a job as an accountant and hopefully make more money.
(This is just an example. It may entirely be possible that as an auto mechanic, you are making more money than an accountant. But just humor me, for argument’s sake here.)
There are pros and cons to going back to school in order to acquire the skills that you would need in your new career path:
The pros are that you will have gained more knowledge, which makes you more marketable, and hopefully boosts your self-confidence in your ability to potentially walk away from your current job, which you hate. This will help you get out of the rut that you are in. Hopefully the new career path that you are undertaking will bring you a greater sense of fulfillment and job satisfaction, and more money, to wit!
But there are cons with going down this path, just as well:
First of all, it will take time to earn your new degree or certification. It could take several weeks or several months just to complete your new course of study. And then even once you get your new degree or certification, it could take you several weeks or even several months to land a new job.
The new job obviously has to be worth it in order to make the move. You have salary to consider, commute to consider, benefits to consider, and work-life balance to consider. And even still, there is no guarantee that you are going to not eventually start hating your new job sometime down the line. Furthermore you also have to look at whether the salary is worth the move. How much more money will you be making?
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Start A Side Hustle
You should start a side hustle… A side business. You should go into business for yourself.
You should be your own boss.
And you can do all of this, without quitting your current job.
You can do this without getting another degree or certification.
You don’t have to brush up on your resume or go for an interview.
And best of all, you do not have to spend any money in order to get started.
Depending on the nature of your side business, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home, in your spare time!
While earning this side income, in a field that you are hopefully passionate about, you can slowly start to take the edge off of the drudgery of your day job… Over the course of time, you may even be able to build up enough income to replace your regular day job income altogether.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Start An Online Business
Millions of people across the world today are earning money on the Internet. Some people are earning spare money, doing it part time as a hobby. Some people are making a full time income of it! And some people have managed to expand their full time income into a major online business empire.
The good news is: You do not need to be tech savvy in order to get started. And secondly, you do not need to invest any serious outlay of money in order to get started!
Look around you! There are umpteen million opportunities for you to make money for yourself online. In this world, there are people:
- generating income through blogging
- generating income with their own YouTube channels
- selling things on Amazon or eBay
- self-publishing their own e-books
- freelancing online
There is virtually no barrier to entry for any of these. Anybody can get started, with little to no money. With some creativity, discipline, perseverance, patience, and determination, you can become financially free and break free of the bonds of that job that you hate.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Start a Blog
There are millions of blogs out there. Let me let you in on a little secret: Millions of these blogs are making money for their owners. The vast majority of these blogs are owned by regular people, like you and me. Not all of them are owned by major media or publishing companies.
Yes, you read that correctly. Regular people like you and me, are making money by blogging on their blogs. They write about whatever topics interest them. And guess what? When people come to their websites and click on an ad, or click through and buy a product, or subscribe to a service, the owner of the blog is making money. They are making a small commission for every product that they refer you to buy.
You too can start a blog right now! It’s free and it’s easy!
When someone clicks on a link from one of your blog posts, to a third party site, and you end up buying that product or subscribing to that service, the blogger earns a commission from that sale.
Or, when someone clicks on an advertisement that is shown on your blog, then you will earn money from each click.
Millions of people across the world are making money on the Internet in this fashion. Some people are making a few bucks as hobby income, some people are earning a full-time living online, and some people are even making a killing online.
Yes, you read correctly. There are countless people out there who are making a full-time income as bloggers. They don’t have a regular day job. Or, if they have a regular day job, they can quit it any time they want, because their blog earns them all of the money that they would ever need, in order to meet all of their living expenses.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Start a YouTube Channel
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past 10+ years, you must know that there are millions of channels on YouTube, with millions of videos published online, which receive millions of views every day, in aggregate.
And millions of these YouTube videos are being uploaded by regular people like you and me.
And millions of these YouTube videos are being monetized. In other words, the people who have uploaded these YouTube videos (known as “YouTubers”) are making money.
How do they make money?
They make money whenever someone watches or clicks on the advertisements that show up while watching their video… or if you click on the links in the YouTube video description and then end up buying the product or service that they are offering.
Millions of people are making money on YouTube every day… Why aren’t you one of them?
See here for yourself! Regular people like you and me have made millions of dollars on YouTube. Check out this article from Business Insider on the most popular YouTube channels of 2019, and their revenue earnings:
So do you want to know what to do if you hate your job? Start your own YouTube Channel!
(And you can do it anonymously, if you are worried about your boss finding out. You don’t ever have to show your face in front of the camera…)
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Become A Freelancer
If you have a highly specialized skill, such as programming, writing, website design, editing, researching, or any other type of technical or administrative skills, then you may want to look into becoming a freelancer. This will allow you to take the skills that you already have, and offer them to other clients on a per-project basis, on the side.
Once you sign up and setup your account, you can bid on projects.
Millions of people across the world are earning either supplemental income or even full-time income through online freelancing.
The nice thing about online freelancing is that you do not need a college degree. You do not need to send in a resume. You don’t need a credit check or background check. Furthermore, you don’t even need to physically report to an office. And you don’t even need to show your face to the client! You can work from anywhere, any time of day, and make money on your own terms!
How’s that as a solution for what to do if you hate your job?
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Become A Reseller
Who is the world’s largest online retailer? You guessed it! Amazon!
Over half of all ecommerce transactions across the planet are conducted through Amazon.
And guess what? Millions of products are being bought and sold through small business owners… not only through big name corporations.
Millions of individuals have taken the entrepreneurial plunge and started their own Amazon retail business… in their spare time as a side business or as a full-time venture.
Amazon has a program called “Amazon FBA – Fulfillment By Amazon” – which is intended to be a turnkey business, where they handle all of the merchandise, the order processing, and the shipping for you. All you have to do is source the products and list them on Amazon, and Amazon takes care of the rest.
You can become an Amazon reseller too, and create another stream of income for yourself… so that you become less dependent upon your main job, should you ever choose to jettison it someday (or should they let you go someday).
What To Do If You Hate Your Job: Teach An Online Course
Do you consider yourself an expert on any particular subject or any particular skill? Or if not an expert, do you have a great deal of knowledge and experience with a particular subject or a particular hobby or skill that you are passionate about?
If you do, then you can make money online teaching others.
Now, you don’t need to become a teacher. You don’t need to get up in front of a class and deliver lectures. You do not even have to grade any homework.
What you can do is create online video courses and make money whenever someone purchases your course to view it.
There are a number of online video course services out there, such as Udemy.com, Skillshare.com, Coursera.com, Lynda.com, and all the others that are listed here: 7 Best Udemy Competitors Or Online Courses.
The best thing about these, is that you only have to record your course once, and you can potentially garner thousands of subscribers, forever. This is a great source of passive income.
You yourself don’t even have to appear in front of the camera if you don’t want to. You can just record videos using desktop recording software and a microphone! Any of the aforementioned websites can provide guidance on how to create your courses and publish them for their respective platforms.
The above are just a few examples of the many types of side hustles you can get started with. There are countless others, but the ones mentioned above are something easily within reach of most anyone and do not require too much in the way of prerequisite technical knowledge.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job But Don’t Have Time To Do Anything About It
If you feel that you are hopelessly stuck in a rut and that you are powerless to do anything about your situation, due to lack of free time to take action, then you may need to take a careful look at your schedule and see how you can carve out the time that you need. Can you spare 2 hours a week? 5 hours a week? 10 hours a week? 20 hours a week?
You may have to sacrifice something else that you are doing with your time, in order to make the time to start your side hustle. Adjustments may need to be made. You may need to find more efficient ways to manage some of the other tasks and commitments that you may have during the week, in order to create the time at your disposal in order to better your situation.
If you have the money to spare, you can outsource some of your chores and tasks, in order to save time, and thus use that time to work on your side business.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job But Don’t Have The Money To Invest
The old adage that it takes money in order to make money is an absolute farce. It is by no means a universal axiom. While it is true that you can make money, if you have money to invest, it is absolutely not true that you need money in order to make money.
You can get started making money on the Internet with absolutely zero outlay of cash. Or at best, with an extremely modest initial investment (modest being anywhere from $10 to $50).
With a modest amount of seed money, millions of people across the world have been able to create substantially healthy streams of income for themselves.
You too can become the next Internet millionaire without spending even a dime to get started.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job But Lack The Proper Education To Make A Move
One of the most egregious reasons that the vast majority of people who hate their jobs are unable to make a move is due to their lack of a proper education in whatever alternative career or business path they wish to undertake.
That is why it is important that you take the time out to educate yourself. As we had discussed earlier, you do not need to get a college degree in order to create additional streams of income for yourself.
You can educate yourself for far less, with self-paced education websites such as Udemy, Coursera, Skillshare, Lynda, and others.
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What To Do If You Hate Your Job But Can’t Afford To Take Risks
If you want to change your situation, there really is no beating around the bush: You have to be able to expand beyond your comfort zone. You have to push the boundaries of perceived “safety” and “security”. You have to redefine what it means to be “safe” and “secure” in your job.
Are you really safe and secure in a job that you hate? Wouldn’t it be worth it to take action in order to better your situation and pursue the life of your dreams?
Let’s get one thing straight here.
The word “risk” can carry with it a negative connotation.
When one thinks of “risk”, you may conjure up images of sky-diving or bungee-jumping in your mind.
But risk can be managed, controlled, and mitigated.
In other words, if you do something that can get yourself fired and thrown out onto the street, that is not the kind of risk that is worth taking.
But if you can do something that can tip the balance between your focus on your work and on your side business, then that might be a risk worth taking, for example.
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The Myth of Passive Income
Investing in stocks and mutual funds are examples of passive income. You just put the money in the bank and it grows “by itself” without you having to do anything.
But there are certain types of income which are typically classified as “passive” but require a great deal of “active” work up front. Examples of this include: writing an ebook, creating a blog, creating a YouTube video, creating an app, reselling items on Amazon, or creating a video training course. You create or acquire the product or service up-front, do the work to create a sales funnel, and then let the income start pouring in. But it requires a great deal of time, effort, commitment, and patience upfront before you start seeing the money coming in.
So “passive income” is only “passive” after you have done the work upfront. Depending on the type of venture you get into, you may have put in a great deal of time and effort for a few weeks, months, or years, only to realize a lifetime of residual passive income as the payoff.
What To Do If You Hate Your Job? Take Action Now!
There is light at the end of the tunnel. You can break free of the rat race. You can liberate yourself from the drudgery of the job that you hate. You can live the life that you deserve and desire.
What you should not do is procrastinate. The time for action is now.
You shouldn’t be thinking to yourself that you will try to get around to it someday. Because that someday may never come.
You should take action now, even if it is small baby steps.
Financial freedom and independence can be yours!
So now that you know what to do if you hate your job, let’s get to it!