1. Do I really want to do this?
Ask yourself first of all if your new venture is really what you want to do. It’s important you are doing this for the right reasons and not to prove a point or to impress someone else.
2. Have I done enough research?
Have you read everything there is to read about what you want to do? Spoken to everyone you can think of who is already doing it? If you feel your brain is overflowing with information then the answer is probably yes.
3. Am I fully aware of what I am about to do?
Now it is time to take a step back and cast an objective eye over everything. Think of the reasons why you are interested in quitting your job and all the reasons why you want to start living a life you’ve always wanted.
4. Do I have a goal in mind?
I don’t just mean the big goals but you should also have smaller goals in mind. Having small goals is the key to realising the big goal at the end. Break it down and do it step by step.
5. What is the worst that can happen?
Usually whenever we think about what the worst case scenario is, we can scare ourselves. Be aware of certain risks but use it to fuel your motivation and never allow yourself to fall behind your targets.
6. Have I spoken with those closest to me?
Your friends, family, loved ones should all be consulted with any big decision you make. Not so much for their approval as you don’t need it, but more for their support and to involve them in your future.
7. Can I support myself financially?
Between giving up your regular income and the start of your future income, there will be a dry period so do you have enough put by to support yourself? Are there any benefits or grants to help you out? Do all you can, but don’t get in debt. Quitting your job can have an impact financially so always keep this in mind.
8. Can I cope when things get tough?
As with anything in life, you will have high points and low points so when times become hard do you have the mental strength to keep on going? Remain focused and motivated and you should be able ride it out.
9. Do I have a backup plan?
Sometimes, not everything goes to plan. There may be unexpected events or setbacks that you didn’t envisage previously. If you need to postpone your plans, can you go back to your old job? Do you have something to fall back on? A safety net is always a good thing to have.
10. How will I deal with the negativity of others?
Unfortunately people will always try to put others down, especially if they feel envious. The fact you are daring to do something proactive with your life will cause a few of these people to come out the woodwork. Be prepared for these comments and remember that your true friends will always be positive.
11. What do I do if I change my mind?
If somewhere down the line you feel that your goals are changing, then that is totally okay. Don’t feel like you wasted your time as you haven’t. What you have learned on this journey so far can be applied to whatever you do next.
12. Am I prepared for success?
This may be a silly question, but many people can get overwhelmed if their project grows too quickly. Relax and remember this is what you wanted. If you need help, go ahead and get some. It is not a sign of weakness.
Quitting your job can be a tough process, both mentally and financially,so I hope these 12 questions can prepare you for what hopefully will be a first step into an awesome future.