What happened when you quit your job with nothing new lined up?
February 1, 2012 1:27 PM Subscribe
Did you quit your job with nothing new lined up? How did it work out for you? And what do you wish you'd done differently, in retrospect?
posted by croutonsupafreak to Work & Money (37 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I hate my job and have wanted to quit nearly every day for months.
I have 20 months of expenses saved in the bank, considerably more in my retirement accounts, and a spouse whose income I can rely on. I even have a part-time side gig lined up that will bring in about a third of what I'd like to earn to feel comfortable. But I keep showing up each day because of my fear of the unknown, of venturing into unemployment, of floundering for years as the economy struggles to get its footing. My professional misery is so great at this point that it's intruding on every aspect of my life, however. I need to quit.
So, I need to get past my fear of the unknown and get a better feel for others' experiences. How did it work out for you? What can I learn from your experiences? How should I approach this whole process?