How to Ditch Your Day Job and Work for Yourself: The Complete Guide

Tired of working for a boss and punching someone else’s time clock? Check out this guide to learn how to quit your day job and work for yourself for true freedom.

That same ole same ole getting you down? Is your boss a big dumb jerk?

Of course, it is. And yes, you bet he is.

So? What are you going to do about it? You can tell him to poke his tired old job where the sun doesn’t shine and start being your own boss.

It is actually easier than you think to work for yourself. More and more people are blowing off the chains of 9-5 and starting their own businesses, working from home or working online.

Gone are the days of ‘jobs for life’ along with benefits, job security, and a cushy retirement. Freelance is the new way of life for thousands of people, and that doesn’t look to be slowing down.

Ways to Work for Yourself

The best way to get started is to think about ways to make money by working for yourself before you set fire to the store and head off. Here are a few places you can check out beforehand, to get a better idea what will work best for you.


Start-up businesses are on the rise and flourishing. Not only are people tired of working for ‘the man’ but consumers are tired of paying him. It can be really easy to get a small business started, and most of these types of businesses start from a small spark of an idea.

If you have a passion for something, be it baking or building birdhouses, you can actually make money from it. You will need to do a bit of homework, but there is no reason with a bit of planning, you can’t get it off the ground.


This is a term you may hear a lot, and it actually covers a lot of ground. You can become a freelance consultant by branching out from your current job, say as a lawyer or career coach.

If writing is your thing, you can work on your novel while writing for other people. Companies will hire you to write product description for their website, medical and financial data entry or records, or guest blogs and articles for people too busy to update their own website.

Customer Service

Another term that keeps getting wider, but this can also cover a lot of jobs. You can work from home answering customer calls for hotels, phone or internet companies, banks, chain department stores and medical services.

You can also do outgoing calls or appointment setting for busy companies, and earn a wage plus commission.

Virtual Superstar

Help someone who is starting their own business organize their life, answer their phone, take messages and free up their time to run their new company.

You can record and submit your hours, make a pay stub, get paid online and never have to put your pants on.

You’re the Boss Now

With a little bit of prep work and some research, you can turn your passion into a well paying job and work for yourself. There are more helpful tips here.