3 Ways Your Full-time Job Might Be Holding You Back

Do you dread getting up when the alarm goes off in the morning? Or do you find yourself wishing you could turn back time from Sunday afternoon to Saturday afternoon instead? We all feel this way from time to time, even if we have our dream job. But if you feel this way often, chances are that what you are really dreading is going to work at your full-time job.

There are lots of reasons you might be dreading your job, but most of the time they all boil down to one underlying factor – your full-time job is holding you back from who you want to be and what you want to accomplish.

Think this might be happening to you? Here are 3 ways your full-time job might be holding you back, and what to do about it.

You Crave Flexibility

More and more companies are moving away from “traditional” work hours and schedules to allow employees more flexibility when it comes to their schedule. Options like teleworking from home, working staggered or flexible hours, or even the possibility to work part-time, can make a huge difference in the work-life balance of employees. But even though more companies are headed this way, there’s still no way a full-time job can offer the complete schedule flexibility you might want or need for you or your family.

You Crave More Money

One major way that many people’s full-time jobs hold them back is the earning potential. Generally speaking, most careers only offer pay raises once each year during annual performance reviews, or when you hit a certain tenure in your career. The rest of the time you are stuck making the same amount of money all time with little to show for any extra effort you might be putting in.

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You Crave Creative Freedom

Another huge drawback of many full-time jobs is that they lack creative freedom. Many industries simply aren’t built to allow employees to come up with new ideas for products, processes, or more in their day-to-day jobs. This can feel extremely stifling if you are a creative person by nature.

If you aren’t being fulfilled creatively, then maybe you should think about creating a side hustle. You should think about doing something you love on the side. You never know what might happen with that side hustle. More and more people are finding their side hustles can overtake their full-time job and provide them with a lot more money.

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The Solution

For me the solution to all of these problems and more was entrepreneurship. Becoming my own boss meant that I get to set my own work schedule and hours, I get to decide which projects to take on so I can make more money, and I also get to spend plenty of time exercising the creative part of brain as I work to solve problems and create new products and processes every day.

If you’re not sure entrepreneurship is the right choice for you, you can always try it out on a limited scale by starting a business on the side (as noted above). This will quickly help you determine if you are cut out to be an entrepreneur or not as you’ll be in complete control of your business, and ultimately your success.

Entrepreneurship is NOT for everyone! There is nothing wrong with not wanting to start a business or be an entrepreneur. It takes a certain type of person to jump out there on their own and create something.

What you should NEVER do is sit at a job you hate. You should get up every day and enjoy where you work and what you do. Not being fulfilled? Go find another job!

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  1. I’m so glad that you mentioned that entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone! Today I actually wrote that the solution is to get your finances in order and quit for a while. Sometimes, creating something great with no need to get paid can be good for the soul. We can always get another job in the future… really, we can.

  2. I had a pretty cool job back then (radio DJ) and my work day was about 3-4 hours. But I HATED not being able to get a vacation whenever I wanted and having to go to my job even when there was a great sunny day I’d have better spent at the pool.

    Now, that I am working from home, being able to schedule my time as I like it the biggest advantage of all.

    Take Thursday for an example: it was a great sunny day, after almost a week of constant cold rains. We took our daughter to a nearby forest. At 10-11, when ‘normal’ people are at their jobs. This really made us happy and she loved every minute of it.

    1. That is definitely a bonus of working from home Ramona. I took some time off this last week during the middle of the week to help my dad with some things. It wasn’t really “fun” but it was nice to be able to help him out without having to worry about getting off from work.