How to Escape Your 9-to-5 If Your Job Stresses You Out

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If you feel like you're stuck at a dead-end 9-to-5 job, you're not alone: Many people may stay at companies that cause them stress simply because they're afraid to make a move elsewhere. However, there is a way out, and it all starts with that first step of courage.

Here's how you can escape your stressful 9-to-5 and pursue a career you love.

Create and sell online courses.

Online courses are having a moment in the digital industry. If you have a strong skill set or area of expertise and a little imagination, you’ll be able to create an online course with ease. There are a variety of courses out there to create including mini-courses, live courses, demonstrations or workshops, and presell courses that lead up to a master course.

To turn a profit for your course, you’ll have to ensure your product solves a problem or offers a solution to a problem. This could be as simple as teaching your clients something they didn’t know before or helping them achieve a goal they wouldn’t be able to without your assistance. Whatever the case, provide value in your courses, and you’ll receive value in return.

Go into consulting.

As a consultant, you devote your time to assisting clients or companies with your services without being a full-time employee. To become a consultant, you must first know the field you want to work in and whether or not you have the necessary skills that will make clients want to hire you.

There are a variety of consulting industries, from computer programming to accounting to gardening. Advertise your skills through sites such as LinkedIn, cold calling, or by asking for referrals. Consultants can be paid by the hour or on a project-by-project basis.

Work a side hustle.

A side hustle is a great way to make additional income. Side hustles are exactly what’s in the name: having a side job while working your full-time job. A side hustle can be anything from selling handmade items on Etsy to doing freelance work such as writing or editing.

While you may have to work weekends and nights, side hustles have the ability to turn into full-time gigs, allowing you the opportunity to leave your 9-to-5 for good. To start a side hustle, identify your skills and how you can best serve others. If you’re a freelancer, try posting your profile to websites like Upwork or Fiverr to get started.

Start your own business.

Whether your side hustle has become something bigger or you’re ready to start your own brick and mortar or online business, it may be tricky to know when it’s time to quit your 9-5 to make room for a growing business. If you’re working full-time, you may not have the time to devote to scaling your business that will create long-term growth. Once you have the pull to resign from your 9-5, take a look at where your business is headed and how you see it supporting you down the road. This will help you take the next step toward cutting the cord.

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