Welp, 2013 started off with a bang. We added a “mini us” to our family. Just with adding Baby Girl to our insurance and keeping her dressed and diapered (which apparently doesn’t prevent her from still peeing on us) we’re guaranteed a couple hundred extra dollars in expenses each month. Now more than ever we need financial security.
In other news, Johnny and I are going to quit our jobs this year! Ohh… bad timing to consider such a thing, you say?
WELL, maybe we’re not actually going to quit our jobs in 2013, but this article from TechCrunch has us thinking about it. How could one little article have us considering such crazy thoughts? For starters, the article is entitled 10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be the Year You Quit Your Job. So there’s that. But it also happens to raise some really good reasons (10 in fact). The entire article makes some compelling points, but the one that blew our minds was #5:
Count right now how many people can make a major decision that can ruin your life.
For Johnny and me, the list is comprised of a whopping two people: each of our bosses. If either Johnny or I got fired today, our lives would be ruined (until we found new jobs).
Why and how have we gotten ourselves into such a vulnerable financial situation? I mean, we’ve got our six-month emergency fund, and I don’t actually think either of our jobs is in jeopardy at all. But one head honcho could change that with the snap of a finger or flick of the wrist or whatever mean, scary bosses do these days.
So what are we gonna do about it? Well, the article suggests the following: “Diversify the things you are working on so no one person or customer or boss or client can make a decision that could make you rich or destroy you or fulfill your life’s dreams or crush them.”
I’m not sure how we’ll “diversify ourselves,” but 2013 will be the year we try and figure that out. We’ve already got a few ideas on the back burner. How incredible would it be to know you could lose your job (or — gasp — QUIT your job), and you’d be fine because of all your independent side ventures?
So here’s to not quitting our jobs in 2013, but to finding a way that we could quit them!
How about you? Do you find yourself in as vulnerable of a situation as Johnny and me? Or are you way ahead of us and working side gigs like nobody’s buisness?