One question that I get asked a lot is:
“How were you able to make your career switch? Did you not face any challenges? Did you fail? How did you bounce back?”
This blog, is an attempt to answer that.
Well, to give you a background, I am a Chartered Accountant by profession. Worked in the corporate for five years, and kept writing on the side because I loved it.
In 2020, I quit my job and took up writing full-time.
How was it possible?
Before how, let me address the question of why.
I used to work as an Internal Auditor. Which meant on any given day my high rating would be a function of how many errors and how huge errors I detected. It, in turn, meant that someone else had to screw up badly in order for me to perform greatly.
And I kid you not, I was great at my work.
Sometimes people were fired because of me, sometimes people were issued warning memos, and almost every single time someone else’s annual rating was adversely affected.
With all this going on, I was not very happy. If wherever you go, you are welcomed at a superficial level yet at a deeper level people wished I didn’t come or went away quickly. The money that we earn brings blessings. For me, it came at the cost of many people’s career. My career, no matter how legit, was someone else’s nightmare.
And with my love for writing, it was just nudging me daily to make that move.
So here’s how I quit my job and made a career switch:
- Started freelancing part time. I had already been creating my content – so initially that and a few cold emails served as a starting ground.
- Over a period of time and some force of luck (that always shows up when we do the good old hard work) when I got good clients + I managed to save a year’s worth of expenses, I made the move.
- The expenses that were saved are not used yet, thankfully, and will never be used as an emergency. But that cushion keeps you from making bad choices.
Simple. That’s it.
I did not know this would be the process, I just kept creating content without any direction of where it would go, and soon it did lead to some good places.
As far as problems that were concerned, I solved them the way I solve all my problems – by surrendering them to God. The results are never short of epic.
Try it out! And reach out to me to tell how it was 🙂