Why This is the Perfect Time to Say Goodbye to Your Boss

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The pandemic taught us a lot of things.  Some good, some not so good. One important thing that lockdowns and quarantines taught us is that just because business has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean it’s because it’s the best way. If you hate your job or feel overworked and underappreciated now just may be the perfect time to say goodbye to your boss.

The news is full of stories about how American workers are quitting their jobs to pursue a better work life balance. Months of lockdown made a few things abundantly clear. 

1. Work doesn’t have to be done in a traditional office setting with a traditional office schedule.

2. Americans place way too much emphasis on work and are missing out on enjoying life.

3. There’s no better time to pivot and find or create a job that fits your lifestyle than now.

4. Mental health is more important than hanging on to a soul sucking job.

Not only has the past 15 or so months clarified that we’ve been focusing on work more than living life, but it’s also proven the following:

Working from home is a viable option.

Before the pandemic, many people doubted that work could be done from home as well as it could from an office.  Many didn’t realize that learning online was an acceptable way of learning and that you didn’t need to be in the same room to have a business meeting.

Online technologies can streamline businesses.

As Zoom became a household word and Slack took the place of the office watercooler, our eyes were opened to the fact that not only did online tech allow us to work from home, in many cases it makes our work day easier and allows us to get things done faster.

We are capable of supervising ourselves.

Many people were surprised to learn that they were able to complete their work, oftentimes faster and easier, without a supervisor hovering over their shoulder.  They learned that they could in fact self-motivate and get thing done all by themselves.

Many of the excuses people use to talk themselves out of starting their own business have been proven to be nothing more than unfounded fear.  Even the cost of starting a business, in many cases, can be much less than one might think.  Service-related businesses can often start with just a few hundred dollars.  And this means being your own boss is within reach.

Ironically, the pandemic, instead of disenfranchising workers is empowering them.  And for those that dream of starting their own businesses, it has created an ideal atmosphere to step out from under the corporate thumb and forge their own path.  And that is why right now, as the world is starting to get back to some form of normal, it could be the perfect time to say goodbye to your boss and hello to your own business.

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Tina Marie Hilton provides online technology services to forward thinking businesses. She writes on her Tips from T.Marie business blog to share insight and information with other small businesses and entrepreneurs. It also makes her feel like that certificate in creative writing isn't going to waste completely.