We often hear successful entrepreneurs and industry players talking about how they left their former jobs in order to start their businesses or join bigger companies. The decision to leave definitely does not come at once. In fact there is really no “aha” moment when it comes to quitting your job. Certain situations and events forced them to move on from their jobs and if you have started noticing these events and situations, then I assure you it is time to cut out and move out.
1. You feel unappreciated:
Everyone wants to work in a company where his or her efforts are appreciated. Constant complaints about the work you do can only mean two things; either you are not too good at what you do or your efforts are not appreciated. If it is the latter, then you should consider quitting the job. A study by Glassdoor revealed that more than 80 percent of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work, compared to a lower 20 percent who are inspired to work harder when their boss is demanding or because they fear losing their job. “My boss was never satisfied with the work I did even when I met my targets monthly so one day I got fed up, shouted at him and resigned” –Nii Ayertey, former IPMC employee
2. There is no challenge:
As an ambitious person, you always feel the need to be challenged in everything you do. The same applies to your work. Doing the same routine every single day at work easily becomes a bore and when that happens, one thing should always be clear on your mind. It is time to move on. Challenging tasks at work builds you up intellectually and makes you proactive. It also gives you a reason to wake up at dawn to rush to work. You know your early morning hustle in the traffic will not be for nothing. “After university, I got a job in one of the government institutions and I was so bored because I did practically the same thing everyday. After a few months I felt that my abilities were being under utilized so I left to join a private firm” – Adwoa Amakyi, former Forestry commission employee.
3. Not enjoying your job:
It is one thing to not be challenged at work but a totally different thing to not enjoy what you do whether challenging or not. In Ghana today, the unemployment rate is so high that people settle for jobs they do not want. This results in low productivity and general dissatisfaction. CEO of WearGhana, Awura Abena Agyemang, had a very good bank job but was clearly not enjoying her work so she decided to quit and found her joy in the fashion industry. Sometimes the pay may be very good but honestly, if you do not enjoy the work you are doing just save yourself the emotional and psychological stress and quit. Find a job that will make you happy and chase that.
4. Have a bright idea you want to pursue:
Do you have that bright idea you have been sitting on for years? It is scary to take that leap of faith from your comfortable and assured monthly pay check to the unknown battlefield of entrepreneurship. You are probably telling yourself that you have not made enough to start your own business. The truth of the matter is, no matter how much you make, it will never be enough so why don’t you put on your big boy pants and start that business today. It might be scary in the beginning but you will be smiling months and years to come. There are a number of failed startup stories, true, but there are also so many success stories of people who began their businesses with just “a dream”. You can be one of those people too. All you need to do is take the first step….Start! “I was comfortable in an IT company in the US but I always wanted to be a healer and a teacher so I quit this job and went to a massage school where I learnt various types of massages and today I own a private massage company that teaches and offers massage services to Ghanaians and foreigners alike”—Yaw Tutu, CEO 1 Touch Thai Massage Center