8 Steps to Live Job Free Life and Escape from 9-5 Job Life

I left my high paying job of Rs 80K/month back in the year 2015 without any fear & worry just in pursuit of my happiness and lived 9-6 job free life. I started a journey towards the entrepreneurship which shaped and changed my outlook to live life to its fullest.

You know, how exactly our job is shaping our life?

In most of the cases, our life is driven by our job…

We are running in the RAT RACE of 9-6 job life, paying heavy financial dues and still we are hoping for Financial Freedom.

You will not get any kind of freedom in 9-6 job life, rather you are stuck in the 9-6 job life.

Job Life- the Rat Race

I was also in the same situation which you are currently.

I was trapped in 9-6 job life, and not living the life which I don’t want to live, it was just to and fro.

Most of you also in the same situation which I went through earlier like…

  • It was terrible recession back in the year 2008-09 and I was caught in the end part of it.
  • I failed in almost 20+ interviews when I was fresher.
  • I got the first job after struggling for 8 months..
  • I used to work late nights and days in the office.
  • More I work more I got overloaded with work.
  • I was hoping that my hard work will give me credits and good salary hike next year…..but it was never…
  • My organization fired top executives…and so on…..

I got started hating corporate life, noise, those politics and appraisal hopes……

My life was driven by my job.

Life Driven by Job

 

Then

That “I” started sucking me up…

After few years I finally looked at inner self and then asked few questions like below…which you are also thinking right now but you are not taking any action on it..

  • Are we doing a job for a year or over the year?
  • Are we financially free to achieve success in the life.?
  • Where we were before 3-4 years and how much you have achieved till date in a typical 9-5 job.
  • What if the recession hit again in the market and we are part of it.
  • What will happen if an organization started firing again?
  • How to survive if no job?
  • What will happen to our family if we don’t have a job?
  • How to pay the Home loan, Car loan EMI and other huge monthly expenses.?

I discussed with my friend Darshan on my pain, who used to work late nights in the gaming industry and suffocated more than me……

The even same situation was with my manager; even he has more pressure.

Is Darshan and my manager living life?  The answer was NO.

After working for several years in IT sector, I realized that it’s not the dream job which I was looking for.

But it was the RAT RACE…then I decided to move out of it ASAP, so started looking for some alternatives….

Then I have made a plan to move out of rat race like below 4 quadrants and started working on it.

Quadrants showing path to job free life

To get out of the Rat Race of 9-6 job, you need to find a way to cover monthly expenses without active income.

When our passive income is greater than our expenses, that’s when we can say that we are out of the Rat Race of 9-6 job. This is what financial freedom is all about. 

You don’t know what will happen next in the FUTURE… rather thinking and worried about it, WHY don’t you think to create some backup in the life…..

I have created the backup and Yes, I got the growth and freedom.

Over the years, I have tried and failed on several business ideas, and now I am running my side business without worrying about Promotion, Leaves, and Salary.

Now I am on the path to becoming my own BOSS.

I emphasize you that, grow slowly and daily to live Job free life and live like King.

Be your own BOSS.

But how?

The answer is as simple as below but in order to try below solution, you must make it clear that you have to take RISK and action…

Here’s the big secret…

There is a no magical formula to live job free life, salary free life.You have to create backup in the life….

The path to salary free life is also not that much comfortable which you think and to enjoy it. You must ask below questions before you are planning to escape from 9-6 job life.

  • How can I make an income without my employer? How to start a side business?
  • Also, you must think about How do I want my life to look next in the future?

This post is purely focused on how to start a side business, job free life(salary free life) and how to create the financial backup without worrying about job & salary…

I am damn sure you guys will love it.

I don’t believe in late retirement, what is the point in enjoying late if you can enjoy life today by Growing day by day and work on simple Growth Hacks.

Business Side- Job free life

Job Free Life Vs Business Life

 

This was the biggest turnaround in my life as I have taken the first step towards Entrepreneurship. Over the years I have failed, learn and SUCCESS in the business.

Everyone has a story either good or bad, and that story will be your key to SUCCESS but you must discover and take corrective action to towards GROWTH.

I love to tell you my life changing entrepreneurship a story.

I ran multiple businesses like below over the years…

Let me break this down for you…

1) Seller at e-commerce portal Flipkart -
Started this online selling business on biggest e-commerce portal Flipkart while working at Infosys.

It was a bit difficult for me to manage it while working.

After exploring and underwent training from Flipkart, I started looking for the photo shoot of my products.

I reached several Flipkart tied-up photo studio but the catch here is the product images which they are coating are costlier than the product itself.

I got the rejection of several product photoshoots from Flipkart. After spending money on Printer, Flipkart Packing Bags and Products, I decided to drop the idea as I am not getting the success.

Learning -Learned about a business plan, e-commerce  & logistic market, dealing with the manufacturer and different vendors, negotiation etc.

Suggestion – Ideal for a nonworking and working person(if you have human resource) and ready to build an online store.

ResultFailed.

Money Lost – Approx Rs 9000.

2) Export-Import (EXIM)  –

After failing in the previous attempt I have taken professional training on Export-Import(EXIM) of worth Rs 7000 for one full day.

I started exploring further and decided to export KOLHAPURI Chappal (Footwear ) to US and Dubai market.

I called Manufacturer and Customs house agent(CHA) for the quotation, I got an unexpected quotation.

 

Custom House Agent Quotation for Export Import

After calculating money, timing and risk I realized that it’s not a single person business because of the lots of documentation, international rules, procedure & policies.

Its time-consuming business and that was the main constraint for me while working.

I dropped the business idea.

Learning –Export-Import, International trade, Forex, Dealings with the manufacturer and different vendors, Negotiation etc.

Suggestion -Do it if you have sufficient TIME, MONEY AND BACKUP and RISK taking capability.

Result Shut down before starting.

Money Lost – Approx Rs 7000.

3) Franchisee of Indiaonline.in(Digital marketing and directory services)-

My previous failures never hold me. I kept exploring new opportunities and never look back. This opportunity came to me through Internet.

It’s online franchise of digital marketing and website builder for the small entrepreneur.

I did agreement of worth RS25000 with Indiaonline.in and also built a website(Bought hosting and website builder at around Rs2000 for a year)

After training, I used to chase small shopkeeper to build a website for the digital presence and to register on the portal.

I lost the interest as small shopkeepers are not keen on the concept. They are illiterate to handle internet and happy with the offline market.

I stop spending time and money on it.

Learning – How to identify the market, Local business mindset, Selling skills, Website builder and Web hosting, Dealing with local shopkeepers etc.

Suggestion – Analyse customers area and market before starting a business. You must have strong selling, negotiation, and people dealing skills.

Result -Lost MONEY and TIME.

Money LostApprox Rs 30000

4) Real Estate Franchise(RedCoupon)

It’s real estate franchise(Channel Partner) selling flats on the behalf of builders.

I left high paying 9-6 job blindly without thinking much,I have taken biggest RISK in the life without thinking much.

I was serious this time as I have time and I am living job free life.

I have done agreement of Rs 1.5 Lacs with the company Franchiser.

I used to do cold calling and pitching customers for a site visit. I realized that real estate is a very dynamic field and its bit difficult to convince someone to buy a house from you even though you have solid USP(Unique Selling Proposition).

I got success in this business, got appreciation from RedCoupon for maximum site visits and 1 sale closure for the month.

Appreciation Certificate By RedCoupon

I was about to sell 5 more flats but suddenly Govt.Of India announced Note Denomination. Real estate market badly hampered due to it.

Within a single day, my 5 deals got cancelled. I tried hard but end customers are not ready to buy flats until next 6 months.

I spent 9 months in this business and live job free life.

Finally, I decided to move out of this business.

Learnings – Real estate, cold calling & selling, Dealing with the end consumer behaviour and persona, Negotiation etc.

Suggestion – Ideal if you have solid convincing power, selling skills, lots of TIME and MONEY.

Take a risk and don’t quit a job until and unless you have sufficient backup.

Result Partial Success and Failure. Lost too much TIME, MONEY and Efforts.

Money Lost\ Earn

  • Lost Approx Rs 1.65 Lacs
  • Earn – Commission of 1 deal closure Rs 30000
5) GrowthFunda -

While working with real estate franchisee I also joined Certified Digital Marketing Course to strengthen my skills and learn new things. It helped me.

It was Jan-2017, I was planning to start a new online business after gaining knowledge in Digital Marketing and that’s how the idea of Growthfunda evolve.

I bought Web Hosting from SiteGround, WordPress Theme from GeneratePress and started building my business blogging website.

And a new baby born called as Growthfunda – Growth hacking blog on Business, Technology, Money, Digital Marketing & Hacks.

Due to my previous failures, financial losses, my mom serious illness and gap of around 9 months I decided to move back to my core IT field. I grab the job offer. Now I am successfully running this side online business while working.

Learnings – Yes, finally I got SUCCESS, but it’s due to FAILURES in my previous attempts.

Other learnings – Digital Marketing, WordPress, Blogging, Online Business, Reading\Writting Skills, Make Money Online, Save Money Online.

Suggestion – Internet is big Ocean, grab as much as a skill you can, Develop reading skills

ResultSUCCESS. Growing Day by Day…


The Solution to Job Free Life

Now you know what the Rat Race is, and some of the forces that cause us to stay in it. Now let’s move forward and begin discussing how we can break free.

Escaping the Rat Race requires us to buy assets that produce passive income. 

This is new money coming to us as cash flow from our investments(in terms of efforts, money).

The main asset classes to help us reach our goal of getting out of the Rat Race once and for all is – Business

Build side business\income and live job free life -this is the main solution.


Job free life to leave 9-5 job rat race

It took me almost 2yrs to start my successful online business because.I have started, failed, learned in previous attempts..

You must read my failures and think from today for side business idea, side income ideas, make money ideas which will give you the job free life(salary free life) and it will be your lifetime backup.

I am here to help you to at every step whatever possible from my side.

You can think of this as the biggest opportunity of Digital world.

Start with small and grow it later.

You can start a blog, sell on e-commerce, run consultancy service, write a book, freelance there are n numbers of side business idea.

People will gladly pay you if your business is value added to them.

My Step by Step Approach to Job Free Life
Step 1- Find you backup

Don’t overthink first identify your business idea by doing some quick research and if suitable go ahead. It may be your hobby, story, passion that can you can turn into business..

Most of the people spending time on overthinking without taking any serious action.

They have fear of losing MONEY, fear of RISK and fear of SOCIETY (What others will think if you start a business and that…blah blah blah….)

Step 2- Identify your niche

It could be your hobby, interest, technical skills or any other things on which you can write and interested.

If you have multiple niches, then sort it out based on demand.

Read some influencers post and try to understand market

  • What kind of niche influencers recommend?
  • How much engaging?
  • Will it be feasible for you to do?
  • Read some review site?
  • TipTake help of Social Media to research on your niche and to identify influencers.
Step 3- Create a business plan

Once you identify niche move to next important step of business planning.At the initial level, you may create a draft of the business plan until and unless you finalize with the niche.

As mentioned in my previous blog post business plan, is key to success and footprint of your business.In order to success, you have to create both Traditional and Lean business plan.

Step 4- Build Website

To create awareness and brand building you must have the website.

I suggest you build the website on WordPress as its most useful and popular platform worldwide.If you can learn WordPress by own, then it would be great else take help from a professional website development firm.

  • TipInitially use good SEO friendly WordPress Theme to build a website so that you can build it on a budget.

Use WebHosting from SiteGround and WordPress Theme GeneratePress

I recommend these because,

I am using both WebHosting from SiteGround and WordPress Theme GeneratePress here on Growthfunda.

Before proceeding to the next step here is the deal

1) GeneratePress -You can explore some  features of GeneratePress

I bought a GeneratePress theme because of some features like

  • One of the TOP 50 WordPress Theme.
  • SEO friendly
  • Save money on page builder by using features like Section.(This is the hack I am using to save money)
  • Easy to learn, modify and master… 
  • All 14 modules & future releases
  • Unlimited websites & Lifetime usage
  • 1 year of updates & support
  • 30-day money back guarantee

There is a special discounted offer available for their best product which is good for someone who is planning  to build WordPress website


2) SiteGround 

I also bought web hosting from SiteGround because of features

  • SiteGround continues to provide you with great discounts for quality WordPress products
  • 99.99% Up Time.
  • Best Plans Available.
  • Boost Speed -They load websites faster!
  1. Industry average loading time: 4,7 sec
  2. Our loading time without cache: 1,7 sec
  3. Our loading time with cache: 1,3 sec
  • Support-They pick up Phone immediately!
  1. 4 companies had over 10 minutes wait time.
  2. Only 2 other companies picked up immediately.
  3. 90% of the hosts do not have a non-US phone line.
Step 5- Learn Content Marketing and Digital Marketing

This is DIGITAL era, and to succeed in the business, you must know either of Content Marketing or Digital Marketing.

Content Marketing\Digital Marketing is important whether you run a blog or any service\product company. You can learn all these things on your weekend as well.As there is hell lots of stuff available online to learn.

  • TipEngage with digital marketing, social media influencers, and guru.See how marketing guru Neil Patel  and Social media expert, keynote speaker Dev Gadhvi generated multistream and millionaire business.
Step 6- Write Catchy Content, Engage and Promote Your Online Business

Yes, Content is KING…

Write long SEO centric blog post articles, a viral article regularly in order grab the audience.

Engage on social media, Ask feedback on your blog post, product and grab your first reader\customer.This is key to success as you can always learn from customers suggestions and idea as Customer is GOD.

  • TipInteract with your readers, engage with them, reply their questions regularly to build transparency.
Step 7- Monetize Your Website

If you’re looking your website as a serious online business and source of income, then you must monetize your website.

Don’t expect fruits early.Money can be built in single click later while sleeping as well once you have the huge readers and interaction on the website.

  • TipDon’t talk much about money during initial days, first you must focus on the content,services\product, and customer.
Step 8- Leave Job

Your wait is Over, leave Rat race of 9-5 job once you start earning some money online from your business which fulfills your need.

  • TipDon’t hurry to leave the job, until you have a solid backup and you are satisfied with it.

You will move towards 9-6 job free life and Financial freedom life definitely.


Key Note to Job Free Life

You don’t want to miss this next part…

I gained exposure and learned that there are five basic ways to quit the rat race of 9-5 job and enjoy job free life(salary free life) –

  • Build backup.
  • Build intensive saving and side business.
  • Set up a side business.
  • Passive income and automate finance.
  • Unjobbing…

But in order to achieve this you must have identified Why, What and Where of the LIFE.

You must be action taker than the only thinker and must identify your inner skills, potential, and change in the attitude.

Keep learning and gaining new knowledge.

Bonus Tip You can try for the meditation, read motivational books, watch motivational videos, attend influencers workshops which will really boost and provide you zest.

 

Conclusion

What are you waiting for? If I can build side business then why you can’t?

You don’t have to continue working at a job you hate for the rest of your life. You don’t have to be trapped in a situation that doesn’t inspire you.

The most important first thing to escape RAT RACE Of 9-6 job: working to create a passive income that is greater than your total monthly bills.

That’s it.

“You just need to take your first step and must be action taker because failure is the key to success and learning.”

I’d like to hear from guys who have taken the plunge into self-employment or planning to take action.

What is your approach, business plan, an idea to job free life? Have you taken any step to freedom?

Do let me know if you need any query, I will try my level best level to give you direction and help.

For any queries, you can connect me to the social network as well here Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Quora.

What do you think of generating side business idea?

Or maybe you have a question about a steps in the process.

Let me know in comments if you got some motivation and burning desire to take action.

Also if you have same desire to move out from 9-5 job life, I would love to hear your story and would love to help you, just drop your story in the comments 

I’ll be around to reply your comments and answer questions.

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Amol Chavan is the mind behind GrowthFunda. Amol is an Entrepreneur, Blogger, Growth Hacker, Storyteller, Digital Marketer & Software Testing Consultant. Amol writes about Money, Business, Technology & Growth Hacks. Also, he loves to share life Experiences and learning.View Latest Posts

16 thoughts on “8 Steps to Live Job Free Life and Escape from 9-5 Job Life

    • Pleasure Ravi. Feeling great that my stuff motivating and inspiring someone to take next step.After reading this hope you will think of taking next step of growth.
      I would love to hear from your side.Do revert your story and if you are facing any problem.
      Cheers!!Amol

  1. Hello sir up articles are really inspiration for us, keep it up and continue forward for the needy people regards Drvivek patil

    • Thanks, Doctor Ji.I am glad that you liking my articles.
      Yes, I am sharing it across all the platforms helping readers to take further actions even I have been personally replying to all the queries thro’ mail.

  2. Dear Amol!

    I am android developer and doing programming from the past 2 years also I have some experience with google play store. I want to start playstore app business and I am pretty confident to make it successful but i am doing a job in a software company but really hate it there because of toxic working environment. I have backup for 5 months expense. But still I am confused and feel fear to leave my job. Please advice me what to do.
    P.S: I can’t working any more in that company.

    • Thanks for reaching out and commenting. I like that my efforts are transforming lives and readers like you are taking and thinking to create some identity.
      I can understand your concerns and feel the toxic environment as I have been through that phase.

      Here I would like to suggest you two approaches –
      Frist approach

      First don’t leave job immediately as mentioned in above article.
      You must praise yourself that you know programming and you have google play store experience as its one of the niche and good booming segment.
      If the environment is toxic to your current organization, then I suggest trying to switch to another company. Here you will have two benefits. First, you will feel refresh and your inner mind will start thinking more.
      Second, you will have some time for the personal task at the new company to create your own backup. Start working on it from the first day on your own app development if you have access to do.

      Second Approach

      Stick to the same company and ask for the project change if you want. if not then build some app which is very demanding and solves the problem.
      Also, build a website using tools mentioned above in the article- GeneratePress WordPress Theme and SiteGround Hosting. This way you will be laying the foundation for your app and you have your own app promoting the platform. Add your app there and track the progress of your marketing while working at Job.
      Try to manage most of the things through mobile as per my knowledge some Social site are blocked by IT companies. Try to utilize your office work free time which you are spending on some unnecessary things to your own app and business development.
      Don’t be harry to leave a job, until you make your first penny which will pay your monthly expenses.
      I suggest during free time at home start reading books like The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich which will show you how to have a work done effectively within time and automate it.

      Also, check out my answers to some similar questions here
      https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-start-an-online-business/answer/Amol-Chavan-79
      https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-motivate-yourself-to-leave-a-secure-job-and-start-a-business/answer/Amol-Chavan-79

      I would also suggest learning high demanding skills like Digital marketing, Content marketing which will help you to grow fast.
      Feel free to revert if still, you need some direction. Keep me posted about your help.

  3. Hi Amol, In your post you have said that first try to have some passive income which should be more than your present 9-6 job salary , if it was so Easy to have some passive income more than salary, than every will quit his job instantly. I have same problem, If I have salary income of 50000 pm then passive income will be maximum 15 to 20000 pm. Now the problem is how to increase this passive income to 50000 plus for fulfilment of your existing expenses.

    • Dear Jaspal ji,
      Thanks for reaching out and commenting.
      This is a good question that you have raised and I would love to solve your problem.
      Yes, it’s too easy to have some passive income more than your salary by mastering some skill and change in the mindset.
      The money will flow to you only when you add value to others…

      Some of the sources of passive income –
      • Blogging (Very effective as it will create your identity and you have your own platform to showcase your services) You can add below service on it and generate money while sleeping
      • Publish your own eBook, Promote and sell it on e-commerce site
      • Paid Workshops\Seminar on your skills, hobby over the weekend if you are currently working
      • Paid Webinar.
      • One on One Coaching
      • Freelancing
      • Domain Trading
      • eCommerce Website (will take time to grow as there are already branded business like Amazon, Flipkart there)
      • Speaking
      • App development

      I would also suggest learning high demanding skills like Digital marketing, Content marketing which will help you to grow fast.

      Feel free to revert and Keep me posted on your growth.
      Thanks.

  4. Hello Amok.. presently I am working at game zone as cashier..i am 24 ys old, I want to start online business but don’t know where to start.. I am confused with lot of option out there. Do you have any suggestion for me?

    • Thanks for reaching out
      This is a very generic question I am getting.
      After reading your query I would suggest don’t do too much research.
      Every person has some likes\dislike i.e. hobby, passion, skills, knowledge
      You can turn those into business if you can.
      As currently, you are a cashier at the game zone, you can take advantage of it..
      Starting Point:-
      Two business niche you should go as Accounting and Gaming. As you know about it..
      You can run a website or YouTube channel on Accounting and Gaming. Which give info about it how to start, tips tricks related to Accounting and Gaming. You can sell your own service
      1) Build a website on gaming and info on gadgets related to gaming devices, joysticks, game info, review etc
      OR
      Build a website on accounting– I guess you have accounting knowledge so share that info on your blog website and run the business.
      2) Post few blog posts, videos
      Then later
      3) Add e-commerce section to purchase the services through amazon.. if you plan to run gaming blog then sell Gaming CD through Amazon. Also, you can promote games
      4) Reach out to gaming companies for posting their game review etc. And earn money.

      Take the first step as online business require less money and effort to set up…Also, check out my Quora answer http://qr.ae/TU80BY
      I think this address out your query.

    • Thanks Vishwas. You should also think of trying something new.I suggest go with your passion of Guitar playing and transform your life… 🙂

  5. Hi , Amol I just read your latest blog of GrowthFunda .It will help to grow carrier in business .I always wait & welcome to your new blog which gives inspiration for job free life .

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