Sticking with my promise from last week about posting what you guys want to see, I’m talking about why I won’t quit my day job. I still work in an office Monday through Friday. Surprised? That’s why you rarely see me Snapchat or Instastories during the week. Aside from the fact I hate the sound of my voice, of course. Cubicle life isn’t interesting. Layer on fire drill after fire drill (how business-y of me to use that term?) and I forget I even have a phone most days.
So here’s a little more about that day job. I work in corporate finance. I studied Mechanical Engineering in college and grad school but the engineering industry was first, boring and second, an old boys club. No thanks. Numbers always came easier to me so I eventually found my way to finance. Now, I manage a team that runs finance for 2 regions here in Chicago.
I’ve been asked so many times if and when I’m quitting my day job. Seems to be the trend lately with a lot of bloggers. There are pros and cons to quitting your day job, as always. However, once everything is considered, I have to say no. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever quit my day job despite wondering what it would be like at times. Of course, if any of the below factors drastically change, it might be more of a possibility. Here’s why:
1. I LIKE working 2 jobs. Is that insane? So I’ve been told. Finance and blogging are so incredibly different. Doing both allows me to challenge my brain in different ways. I get to be quantitative all day and come home to being creative.
2. Stability. There’s something to be said for a having a day job with a paycheck that arrives every 2 weeks for the exact same amount. Plus, you have medical benefits. I never get sick (thanks to a vegan-ish diet that I swear by) but I’ve heard horror stories about terrible and expensive healthcare plans especially in this changing political landscape. I’ll pass.
3. What does blogging look like 10 years from now? No one knows. I’m risk adverse so I’m not comfortable with that. What is the career path for a blogger? I don’t know. It’s not like you can get promoted per say. Yes, you need to evolve with the industry. But will I feel like constantly evolving when I’m 40? Or 50? I hope I’ve learned to take a break by then!
4. What if I don’t like it? I know people swear that making the switch was the best thing they ever did. I can imagine it is! So far, LASIK has been the best thing I ever did and it’s pretty tough to beat. My question is what if you decide to go back to your initial career? Having to explain why I spent the last decade talking about dresses and lipstick in an interview with a CFO doesn’t exactly sound promising. Maybe if I was in a different field, it would make more sense.
5. This one is something I’ve always been hesitant to talk about. It’s a big one in terms of this decision. I’m the “breadwinner”. That means I don’t have the luxury of taking a gamble on my career or source of income. Hashtag adulting, y’all. That is real life. Sometimes breadwinner implies negative connotations for the other half of the relationship. NOT the case here. Matt is doing an amazing job at catching up. Plus, he takes all my photos as he talked about here. He’s a little younger than me (which he always reminds me of) and had a major career change when he moved to LA for me which means he had to start over. We constantly talk about how we can grow in our professional careers, coaching each other and making each other the best version of ourselves. It just doesn’t happen over night.
6. There’s nothing wrong with double dipping. Who doesn’t like having cake and eating it too? Zero humans. If I don’t have to pick fashion over finance, why do it? That’s not to say this isn’t tough. It’s incredibly tough. I work around the clock. I have to work more efficiently, plan ahead, manage expectations (in both careers), and sacrifice flexibility. My Google calendar is my life. I write blog posts on the elliptical. And I only take opportunities that make sense. My boss spoke at a leadership offsite in February (that was why I was in Arizona). In his presentation he said, “if it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense.” Amen. I run my blog like a business. It’s hard for some to understand without a doubt. Every single venture is strategic. For now, this approach is working for me so I’m not about to shake things up. Our move across the country was enough for one year!
7. Change comes from being uncomfortable. Not surprisingly, I’m Type A. I’m probably a workaholic and I’m definitely a perfectionist. A huge focus of mine is improving things and making things better. Doesn’t matter what that thing is. My relationship, my knowledge, my ability to curl my hair in 7 minutes or less when I’m running late to work… All the things, all the time. It exhausts Matt so sometimes he has to rein me back in. Balancing a day job and blogging is a challenge. A challenge that definitely makes me uncomfortable at times. Literally, blood, sweat, and tears have gone into this blog as hard as that is to admit. Uncomfortable shoes and shooting fall content in August are the bane of my existence. That said, this journey has made me stronger, more aware, and forced me to grow in ways I wouldn’t have had I not taken it this far.
Working a day job in an office and blogging is not a path for everyone. I could give you a million tips for making it work but that’s a whole other topic. There’s more to it than just dressing the part. Although, I wish a cute blazer and a button down made everyone’s job a little easier!
What did you think of my reasons? Change your perspective on me a little? If you’re fully employed and blogging, I’d love to hear how you manage! I’m really curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on this in general.