5 signs it’s time to leave your job

by | May 27, 2016

Is it time to leave your job and start a business?

s it time to leave your job

“Should I stay or should I go now?” is not only a great song by The Clash, but also a constant refrain in many of my clients’ minds, as they contemplate what to do with their future. How do you know when it's time to leave your job?

Feeling disenfranchised with their work, the culture of the workplace, questioning the value they may be adding, or asking ‘is this all worth it?’, are common experiences for my clients who want to move from disgruntled employee to inspired entrepreneur.

 "They spend time weighing up the pros and cons of staying in their job, or starting their own business. Read: How women can avoid a pay cut when they start their own business 

When I interviewed 50 Corporate Crossovers for my first book “Corporate Crossovers – when it’s time to leave the office and start your own business” – the criteria that they used to decide whether they should stay or go were very similar, and are best summarized in the diagram below:

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5 signs it's time to leave your job

Sign 1

You are at a career crossroads. Your job no longer satisfies you, and you have a hunch that getting a different job isn’t the answer. Read: Women: 4 Points for Choosing Your Career Path. [Tweet "You desire more freedom, flexibility and control over how you spend your time and what you do."]

Sign 2

The alarm rings, you roll over hit snooze, and instead of enjoying a couple more minutes snooze, you feel dread in the pit of your stomach about going into work. Your mind springs into action as you imagine the difficult meetings and tension of the day. You are not sure if you are really up to the stress anymore.

Sign 3

Sitting in your weekly meeting, you realise that you just don’t care about this stuff anymore. Your mind wanders and you think of what else you could be doing with your time that would give you more satisfaction.

Sign 4

[Tweet "You have an idea for a business you love!"] In your spare moments at work instead of updating your Facebook status, you are researching more about the topic. Sitting in meetings, you start to ponder what it would be like if you were doing that versus being where you are now.

Sign 5

It’s 7.30pm. You realise that you can’t make your friend’s birthday dinner as your boss has given you another impossible deadline to meet the next day. Reluctantly you text your friend, and seethe at your boss, and your job.

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| Jan 9, 2015

Wendy Kerr Contributor
With a 20-year career in multi-national blue chip organisations, Wendy has specialised in creating and launching new businesses around the world with companies such as Apple, FT and Intuit. A Corporate Crossover herself, Wendy left her corporate career to create a successful 6 figure coaching and consulting business running it from London and Tokyo. She works with leaders of high growth, global technology companies. Clients include; Expedia, IBM, and Betfair. Wanting to change the way work works, she has also mentored and fueled over 1,500 women to create a business that allows them to live the life they love. Her company, Corporate Crossovers®, enables women wherever they are in their journey of leaving their job to start their business successfully, providing them with workshops, tools, and mentoring. She is a best selling author of two books; ‘Corporate Crossovers; when it’s time to leave the office and start your own business’, and ‘My new business; a busy women’s guide to start up success’.
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