How to Lose Your Job in 60 Days

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“I want to go full nomad and be free, but I need to figure out how to get rid of my job first.”  When I say this to people (friends and strangers alike) an almost hysterical look washes over their face, followed by a humorous smirk with a suggestion to just pick up the phone and quit.  I wish it could be that simple… or could it be?  I have a job with a large car dealership as a Web Administrator/Graphic Designer.  I appreciate it, as it’s the best-paying job I’ve ever had (which still isn’t much).  Instead of answering phones all day and watching the clock, I get to use my creativity.  My days and weeks usually sail by.

The peculiar thing is that this job fell into my lap a year ago (my anniversary was last month).  My temp assignment at a hospital abruptly ended two months early, at a time when I really needed the money.  The day after, I was literally sitting on my couch thinking, “What am I going to do now?” when my phone rang. It was my company’s recruiter who found an old resume of mine floating around on Careerbuilder.com.  I quickly went in for two interviews and reported for my first day of work two weeks later!

It was a complete career change for me.  I have a practically useless degree in Psychology and never had any formal training in graphic design or web stuff.  What qualified me for this job were skills that I taught myself running my own perfume business and side projects part-time years ago.  As a budding artisan perfumer, I didn’t have a big budget to work with.  To market my perfumes, I had to create my own packaging, labeling and logos by playing around with Photoshop.  I managed my website using Yahoo Merchant CMS (content management system), which has user-friendly templates to work with… no coding needed!  For my film promotion website, I used Joomla and worked closely with a web developer to get the tasks done that I couldn’t do on my own.  The recruiter counted this as experience in project management! I also learned how to get my perfume business and film website into local newspapers and industry blogs.  I guess there are other ways to be rewarded in pursuing self-employment other than money.  In my case, it was with transferable skills!  Unfortunately, my little ventures didn’t bring in enough for me to not need a job in the first place.

During these difficult times when people are desperately looking for a job, I am desperately looking to get rid of mine.  I understand how fortunate I am, but Gypsies can’t travel if they’re required to report to their cubicle every weekday morning at 8:30 AM.  I have to move on.  I also have to be discrete about who I am in my posts.  Declaring to the world that you are looking for ways to leave your job usually doesn’t sit well with employers.  My true identity will be revealed when it’s time.  That’s right… I’m a super hero!

My three phase plan (1. Get an RV 2. Lose the day job. 3. Live the dream) has been moving along surprisingly smooth, thus far.  I honestly thought the first step would be the most difficult, but it’s not.  The second step is the big hurdle to jump.  I’m looking at a lot of uncertainty and variables that could either help or hinder my goals.   I need to have income independent of a traditionally structured job in order to support myself on the road. The good thing to know is that my “overhead” is much lower since I have no rent or car payment.  However, I want more than to  just scrape by, I want to live.  Time to do a little homework explore my options.

A.  I can become fully self-employed. I’ve reopened my perfumery and now have both my website and Etsy shop up and running.  Unlike the first time around, I will aggressively promote and take it seriously with the intent of making a living.  By my calculations, I’d have to sell at least 20 bottles of perfume a week to live comfortably.  With some hard work, that can be achieved, right?  I still have a small following… thank goodness I kept my Facebook page and Twitter account!

B.  I can take a stab at freelance writing.  This was something I first considered two years ago but never thought of pursuing seriously, until now.   I have two friends who are writers and they have given me advice on where and how to start. Assignments right now are tight, due to the economy.  Like anything else; gigs may be few and far between, especially for new ‘uns like myself.  By the way, I’ve read some positive comments regarding my writing style over the past few days… it’s been very encouraging!

C. I could temp as I travel around the country.   I’m registered with a large, national temp agency, Kelly Services.  They have offices in each state, which I could travel with, and work for.  Though, I would be working a 9-5 schedule, I’d still be “getting the ball rolling” by traveling.  The potential pitfall is that it’s only semi-guaranteed income.  If assignments aren’t available, I don’t work.  Some areas of the country will have fewer jobs than others and there are sure to be salary differences.  I’m also looking at websites offering seasonal jobs to gypsies, RVers, and vagabonds such as coolworks.com.

D.  I could find another permanent job in a totally different location.  I asked Him for guidance and became spiritually drawn to Modesto, CA.   I had two friends suggest to me, in different instances, that I should move to California.  Mind you, neither of them knew of my thoughts of settling there in the future.  Remember that gentleman at the RV shop with whom I felt a “Cloud Atlas” moment?  Well, he was the second person suggesting I go out west.  He mentioned that I would most likely make better money doing the same job at a dealership in California.  The seed in my mind has been planted.  I knew there was something special about him! This option appeals to me the least because I’d simply be trading one pair of brass handcuffs for another.  However, just as with option C., the status quo, that is my life, will be changed.  In most cases, it’s better to do something rather than nothing and this could be the something that keeps me moving in the right direction.

I have a “back up, back up plan”, if none of the above options work out within the next 60 days.  I will continue to save money for an additional 60 days more, quit my job and go full nomad no matter what.  I will have by then a small cushion that should be enough for gas to take me cross country, provide safety for emergencies and incidentals, and coverage for a month’s worth of expenses until I find a gig, temp assignment, writing assignment, etc.  I figure many immigrants came to this country with much less in their pocket and ended up okay.  I should be okay, too!  Unexpectedly, if I were laid off today and couldn’t save any money, I’d head out west tomorrow and work all along the way until I get there.  The ultimate plan is to always move forward… no matter what.

Side note: If you are curious about my perfumes, simply let me know in the comments section below and I’ll email you my website’s link.   Also, I have found another cool gypsy who talks about the subject of earning money while on the road.

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22 thoughts on “How to Lose Your Job in 60 Days

  1. You certainly have set your goals, and are seeing them come to light! Congratulations! I can’t help but think that web design can be done anywhere. Can’t it? Have you considered that line of employment? You could serve your clients from anywhere…provided you have phone and internet access.

  2. I am so impressed with your planning and Keeping Your Options Open! We are almost retired but keep our web-based business alive while we travel in our small Winnebago View three months a year.

  3. Sounds like you’re doing a good job of planning and researching. My son is a self-taught graphic designer/web designer. He only works on contract through agencies like Manpower Contract Services (not the temporary part of Manpower), Robert Half Agency – an international contracting agency and a local agency in Seattle. He’s worked for Microsoft, Amazon, T Mobile, advertising agencies and video game companies doing all kinds of designs. Amazon even sent him to London on a project for five months. He’s gone on multiple month overseas trekking and done work for clients from wherever he was in the world. He is 34, still hasn’t finished a degree and gets paid very well on all his contracts. Currently he’s settled into the Hollywood/LA area for the winter (to avoid the dismal Seattle weather this time of the year) and he’s about to look at several contract opportunities. So, if he can do it, with your experience and moxie, you can do it, too. Keep on keeping on – you’ll be on the road before you realize it.

    Enthusiastically,
    Ed

    • Hello Ed, Good to hear from you again! I have worked a few temp assignments for Manpower a VERY long time ago. I will be sure to register with them as a skilled contractor. Thank you for this very valuable tip! Btw, if your son is on Linkedin, he could feel free to add me.

  4. I know you are full of hope and optimism…..but the advise of…..don’t quit a job till you have a job, is still good advice. I couldn’t wait till I was 62 and at least getting SS in. I quit at 59, and took my 401 k to do some other things, which were a gamble. I did enjoy the experience, but have had to do a LOT of scrambling to get by, and now my small nest egg is gone.

    I think I made a lot of critical mistakes in judgement…..wrong choice vehicle……and no truly steady extra income. You live and you learn. I see this as a temporary set back. I may be house bound for another year or two, doing what it takes to be totally debt free and in a home on wheels better suited to me.

    Might I suggest…..get yourself set up well with a way to earn income, while on the road, at any location you like. I see those temp jobs as a band aide. Then give yourself a comfortable cushion of income in the bank, before quitting the good job you already have.

    I know it’s cold where you are, and that’s not nice. You do have your days off to take off and explore a bit, as well as vacations. That is a good start.
    Best of luck!
    Joy

    • Hi Joy, There is no doubt that you are giving solid advice and for that, I thank you. I am taking your approach, but only giving myself 120 days to do it. Only after then, will I risk venturing forward. The reason why I’m being aggressive with my timeline is because it is all too easy to let time pass and have other things in life get in the way of our vision. I too, know what it’s like to have a small nest egg (divorce settlement, in my case) dwindle to nothing due to underemployment and unemployment. However, for myself, I see it as a bigger risk not to move forward with my plans… given a set time.

  5. HI MG, interesting comments about your work life and future plans. As a public librarian in CT it is encouraging to know how you came about your current job. We have an active program for job seekers here and we are always telling them to list any type of skills that they have developed, such as you did with your perfume work. You never know who might be reviewing your resume. I would be interested in learning about your perfume line. And I understand the draw to the west. My partner and I live in CT, have an Aliner, we have mainly traveled in New England and South but we do love the southwest, seems to keep calling to us.

    • Hi Cathy, That phone call was definitely a surprise for me! Up until then, posting my resume only yielded responses from companies looking for 100% commissioned salespeople… the last thing someone wanting a steady salary wants to hear from. It’s still worth it for moderately skilled job-seekers to post their resume online, but they shouldn’t rely on it as a major source of job leads. Since I have a tenancy to “jump jobs” and have a broad background in different industries, I created a functional resume over a chronological one. I’m guessing this helped a great deal with the keyword search it took to find me online. The resume on my recruiter’s desk was over a year old. He said he contacted me mainly because most people with my skill set were either only looking for contract work (no commitment to one place) or wanted way too much money… HA!

      By the way, thank you for your interest in my perfumes… I’ll be sending you a link to my website shortly!

  6. Hi SuperHero-MochaLady! 🙂
    Just tossing you a few ideas i’ve come across over the past couple years.
    Since you want/need to travel, have you checked into being an international courier? You fly to another country and carry a package to be delivered, and usually have another one to return with. For anyone who is unencumbered this is an ideal job. You could probably park your RV in the airport parking lot. It’s worth googling.
    Also, have you ever considered house-sitting? You would get plenty of traveling going from house to house as needed, and could park your RV there and do your internet business too. Again, only for those who are unencumbered with dependents.
    Good Luck no matter which way ‘He’ guides you; I am very proud of you.

    • Hi Brianna, Thank you for your encouraging words and chiming in with your suggestions. House-sitting wasn’t something I considered. However, that could be a viable stream of income! Is there a website that specializes in that or would I have to troll Craig’s List? 🙂

        • Craig’s List can be dicey, but there may just be gold in them hills! lol I’ll also sift through Google and see what I find in my pan.

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