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35 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Quit My Job (3yrs later)

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It’s been nearly 3 crazy years since I put in my two weeks notice and left the 9 to 5 once and for all. It was a crazy time in my life as I had just bought a home, but was completely tired and drained of working for someone else. I knew I had to escape the 9 to 5 and I was determined a few months earlier to put the steps in place that would allow me to make it a reality.
Over the last 3 years, I’ve built a consulting business that last year did more than $250k in revenue. I share the figure because I want people to know that I’m by no means on the level of Mark Zuckerberg or any of the folks on Shark Tank but that I’ve reached a point financially that I’ve been able to live life on my terms. I’ve been able to make investments into projects I’m passionate about like HustleAndGrind.co and GetCrate.co.
Looking back over the couple years, it’s been filled with highs and lows.
I wouldn’t change it for the world and I’m thankful that I’ve been able to grow and have great people around me. If it wasn’t for my clients, partners, family and friends — I would likely have burned out many months ago and not be writing this post. So thank you…
For anyone who is stuck in the 9 to 5 and is looking to escape, I just published a guide called The Hustle Manifesto that goes a bit deeper into some of the ideas I’m going to share in this post.
It’s not just a guide, it’s a resource pack filled with stories, email scripts, challenges, webinars, and clear insights that I’ve gathered over the last few years. Check it out while it’s available at a limited time price.
Alright, let’s get to it…

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35 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Quit My Job (3yrs later)

  1. 35Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Quit My Job Ross Simmonds Digital Strategist & Founder GetCrate.co | HustleAndGrind.co | Foundation Marketing
  2. Learn to say no more often than yes.1 Lots of opportunities will come up but picking the right ones is more important than saying yes to everything and not being able to focus on the things that matter.
  3. 2 Show people that you (1) care about their problems and (2) have the ability to help solve them. Build relationships before you quit. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  4. 3 Don’t wait to read books and blog posts on entrepreneurship or accounting until after you quit. Read now while you’re employed and have a steady paycheck so you’re not scrambling for this knowledge Invest in yourself and your future today. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  5. 4 Everything. It might not actually happen but this mentality will help ensure you’re prepared and doing the best you can to keep things on the right track. Expect things to go wrong. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  6. 5 Sounds like basic business advice but too often will you find entrepreneurs forgetting the importance of keeping costs down. I’m not saying nickel and dime people but don’t be afraid to ask for lower rates. Maximize revenue. Minimize costs. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  7. 6 Everything takes longer than you thought at first. Once you get a few projects under your belt it will be easier to estimate timelines. Everything needs more time.
  8. 7 Keep a couple thousand dollars in a separate bank account for a rainy day. Trust me, rainy days will happen. And before you quit, make sure you have 3-4 months runway in projected revenue or in the bank. Save cash before and after you quit.
  9. 8 As much as you might hate talking on the phone; some of your clients and partners will prefer it. Make it a habit to pick up the phone and call someone instead of relying on email, text and instant message. The phone isn’t your enemy.
  10. 9 You’re going to be your own worse critic. It’s easy to become paralyzed by critiquing your own work – Just ship it. Whether it’s a blog post, proposal, email campaign or media outreach – JUST SHIP IT. Just ship it! Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  11. 10 These projects and clients might not pay as much but during your early days, it’s important to take on work that will help differentiate you from the crowd. Take on amazing clients and projects as early as possible.
  12. 11 Streamline your workload with the right technologies in place. Use a tool like Freshbooks for invoicing, Basecamp for managing projects, Dropbox for storage, WPEngine for your website hosting, GetCrate.co for managing social media and Slack for communicating with partners and suppliers. Embrace the right tech.
  13. 12 Tools like Boomerang that will help you schedule emails to go out at a later time. People don’t like emails at 2AM so use Boomerang to schedule it to go out at 8AM the next morning. Other tools include FullContact.com, Sidekick from Hubspot and CannedResponses. Hack your inbox.
  14. 13 You get more done by simply focusing on one thing during a set period instead of attempting to do 2 or 3. Multi-tasking is a myth.
  15. 14 I like to call mine a “kill list” and it highlights the various items I need to do the next day every night before bed. Start with the most difficult items and cross them off your list one by one as you do them. Embrace The “To-Do List”
  16. 15 When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. - Confucius Make goals and revisit them every month. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  17. 16 Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for advice, mentorship and support.
  18. 18 Remove distractions. "No enemy is worse than bad advice.” - Sophocles
  19. 19 Learn to handle criticism. Never take it personally. Whether it’s a project or an idea – isolate the criticism from yourself as an individual and recognize that it’s a vehicle for you to improve. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  20. 20 Charge what you’re worth. Understand that your time is worth something. Understand that the service you’re providing has value. Understand what the industry is charging and don’t be afraid to go against the norm with higher pricing. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  21. 21 Know at least two good stories or jokes. Memorize a story or joke you can use at networking events, meetings and first time encounters with folks. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  22. 22 Keep your word. Never make a promise that you're not 100% committed to fulfill.
  23. 23 It’s okay to delegate. People who help you might do things differently than you but they will still get it done. It might not be exactly the way you wanted it but sometimes you just need to walk away and let people learn on their own and do their own thing. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  24. 24 Drink more water.
  25. 25 Don’t take on projects you don’t believe in. The opportunity cost is too high. If they’re haggling for a lower price point, it’s likely that they don’t value your work as much as a client who you actually believe in, but because you said yes to this project won’t have time to take on that work.
  26. 26 Spend less time with talkers and more time with doers. Lots of people will talk about what they are going to do in the future. Few people actually step up and take action. Spend more time with those who take action and it will rub off on you.
  27. 27 Meet more people. Go to events but don’t spend all your time hanging out with the same folks. You build your net worth by building your network, so meet new people.
  28. 28 Keep your mental health in check. Entrepreneurship is filled with highs and lows. It’s filled with Gutters & Strikes as Tomasz Tunguz once said. Stay sane through personal reflection, spending time with great people, journaling, meditation, etc… Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  29. 29 Public speaking is a great business development tactic. The conversion rate at events for new business is higher than the conversion rate of tweets and LinkedIn updates. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  30. 30 Streamline your process. Create a proposal and process at the beginning that can be used in a very cookie cutter approach from one client to the next. The steps you take to onboard a client should be so straightforward and automatic that someone else could come in and run that process without you. The goal here is simple: create a business that could some day run without you. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  31. 31 Understand how to give effective feedback
  32. 32 Challenging work is the best work. When you take on a project that sounds very challenging – you’re either going to do something awesome or learn something new. Say yes to challenging work because it’s going to look amazing in your portfolio when you’re done. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto
  33. 33 Invest in those who invest in you. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto If someone is willing to take a chance on you during the early days, don’t forget them. If someone is willing to invest their time into your business, cherish it and pay it forward.
  34. 34 Get a good lawyer. Escape the 9 to 5 in six months or less with the Hustle Manifesto Contracts can be tricky. Ensure that they’re tight.
  35. 35 Read these books.
  36. Additional Reading… Blog Post For Freelancers The Hustle Manifesto: Available Now Get more from Ross at RossSimmonds.com

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