10/09/2020 at 10:15 am #82283
It’s been covered in Scavenger Life episodes before – the luxury of having enough FU money to leave a job. I resigned yesterday! I could write volumes on everything that was wrong with the company, the injustices of all of it and the anxiety attacks but instead I’ll just say, it’s great to walk away. I can’t wait until Nov 7th, my first official day of not working there any longer.
3 to 5 years ago I tried living off of reselling income alone and couldn’t make it work. I wasn’t disciplined. Since then, I’ve had to put in so many hours for my current FT job I got used to going into my home office (i worked from home) and working through an entire day, almost every day including holidays and weekends. So now I’m used to a routine and plan to continue getting up every day 5 days a week and starting work by 9.
I’ve also positioned myself so I can hit the ground running as a compliance consultant in my current industry so that will provide a safety net and enough income to cover the things that reselling can’t.
I’m so glad there is light at the end of the miserable-work tunnel! Although I am a bit anxious about losing the consistent fat paycheck.
10/09/2020 at 10:26 am #82284gargolferParticipant
- Location: Illinois
Congrats!! It is nice having that steady paycheck, but it’s so worth having control of your time and not having the stress that comes with the corporate job. Good luck!
10/09/2020 at 12:10 pm #82287soniaParticipant
- Location: Northeast US
10/09/2020 at 12:16 pm #82288AmatinoParticipant
- Location: Texas
Good luck! Awesome that you’re able to make this change in your life. Wish you lots of sales that totally outperform that paycheck!
10/09/2020 at 1:34 pm #82290LukastreasuretroveParticipant
- Location: Chevy Chase, MD
Good luck and congratulations! There are few better feelings than having the security to walk away.
10/09/2020 at 1:58 pm #82292junque reduxParticipant
Congratulations, Julie B!
10/09/2020 at 2:37 pm #82295apertureParticipant
- Location: ARVADA
Congratulations on your escape. I suggest you take some time out from working either of your jobs to watch my favorite escape from work movies: Office Space and Shawshank Redemption. (I know Shawshank is a prison escape movie, but it feels so much like a really bad office job if you watch it again.)
10/09/2020 at 3:16 pm #82297Retro Treasures WVParticipant
While I have no plans to leave my day job, my FU money has empowered me to stand up for myself from day one at this job. Without that FU money, I’m quite sure I would have let myself get steamrolled for fear of losing my job. I’m currently waiting for HR to finish a job posting for my next roll here that will put me in charge of all technical aspects of our foundry.
FU money is a very powerful thing indeed.
10/10/2020 at 3:38 pm #82317
Thanks Retro! I hope to never be in the position again where I have to stay a job I wasn’t comfortable in.
10/09/2020 at 3:16 pm #82299MDC Galleries & Fine ArtParticipant
- Location: Atlanta
Congratulations Julie!!! Welcome to the “Full Timers” Club.
Now you will be able to enjoy those North Georgia foothills to the Great Smokey Mountains that begin up your way.
I know you said you will doing the reselling routine on a full time daily basis, but at least you can break away whenever you want for some Carefree touring of North Georgia, which is beautiful in the fall.
Just breath, relax and enjoy the ride! 🙂
Mike – MDC Galleries and Fine Art
10/10/2020 at 3:39 pm #82318
Thanks Mike! I’ve been living in this area for 8 years and have hardly scratched the surface of all there is to explore. For the last 3 years I couldn’t even go to the nearby lake due to lack of cellular reception since I had to be reachable at all times for work. I won’t have that to hold me back any longer. 🙂
10/09/2020 at 3:32 pm #82300JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Yeah, that big paycheck is rarely worth it. Hope you saved up a bunch of it to smooth the transition.
We’ve done some consulting work in our “career field”, but be careful. Clients can quickly make it into a full-time gig. We always make sure jobs have specific amounts of work within a specific time frame.
10/09/2020 at 7:26 pm #82307
Jay, that is exactly how I ended up at this FT job for 3 years! It started off as a 3 day assignment. Turned in 3 weeks, then 3 months. Every time I said it was time to go they would tell me that they are selling the business and they have a buyer….blah blah blah.
10/10/2020 at 9:32 am #82313debitendcreditsParticipant
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
@Jay what a fantastic distinction between contract work and contract slavery. I never thought of it that way before.
eBay sales alone have not put me in the position to stop working, but my previous years of frugality, aggressive savings (paired wise investments) have allowed me to pass on many toxic job opportunities. I am so fortunate to have been able to turn down work this year. Rather than put both my mind (and body) at risk, I have safely socially isolated and focus on the work on I love most – scavenging!
FU money is the greatest gift a person can give to themselves. Keep working toward it, it’s worth it.
10/10/2020 at 12:20 pm #82315VintageTreasuresParticipant
Congratulations, Julie B!!!
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