Resignation Checklist: Don't Quit Yet, Do This First

Resignation Checklist: Before You Resign, Do This First

Time to change ASAP? Regardless of your career field, it's not an easy decision to take a leap of faith.​ Those golden handcuffs are no joke! I get it. Taking that career leap of faith in 2019 wasn't easy for me...but totally worth it!

After all, finding your purpose is a lifelong adventure.

I tried leaving the corporate life 3 times. The first time was ugly and messy. Second time was a little better. Third time was the charm.

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7 Lessons From Quitting My Job without a Plan

Each time I quit, I didn't have a Plan B.

While I don't recommend resigning without a plan, sometimes you know when enough is enough.

So if you're ready to start your adventure as a Corporate Dropout, let's get started! Here are five things I wish I did before quitting without a plan...

1. Build 6-12 months emergency fund.

Establish a solid financial runway and time your career pivot according to what makes most sense for you.

Remember, it’s not just about having all kinds of (sometimes unnecessary) insurance in case the worse case scenario happens.

At the very least, have a 6-9 month emergency fund to cover basic living expenses.

Next, see if you can take it a step further.

Can you establish an emergency fund in addition to your money saved for an extended time off?

There are many ways to create passive income streams. You don’t even have to start a business to do so.

From drop-shipping other people's products, index fund investing, creating an online course, affiliate marketing to renting out your car.

Investing in rental properties is a great way to create passive cash flow too.

Which passive income idea is best for your personality?

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2. Create a "fluid" career plan.

What are you running towards? It’s one thing to “run away” from your current job. But if you don’t have anything to run towards, things can get tricky.

Not to say you need a solid Plan B in place but at least have productive activities planned in advance. Have a “fluid” roadmap in place so that you have some sort of direction.

Most times, when people want to leave a job, they don’t consider taking a break in-between careers. This then leads to more burn out and the cycle perpetuates.

Taking a career break is not career suicide.

Career breaks can propel you forward even further than if you were to go directly into another job.

If I hadn’t taken months off, I would not have lasted very long in my next career. I needed the time off to gain clarity on what I wanted the next chapter of my professional life to look like.

3. Diversify your identity.

Many of us derive a sense of identity from our careers. When it comes to career change, there is usually an existential crisis that follows too. The solution?

Diversify your identity. For instance, outside of my 9-5 job, I was yoga teacher, freelance blogger, Pinterest marketer, Reiki Master, friend, mentor, and entrepreneur.

Not sure who you are without your “career identity”? No worries. Like a “fluid” career roadmap, your identity evolves too.

Spend time to explore different career tracks and experiment with different side hustles. Talk with family and friends, attend networking events to get to know your passions and strengths.

Resignation Checklist: Don't Quit Yet, Do This First

4. Take care of admin in advance.

A lot of things can happen quickly. The last thing you want is to do a sloppy job on important admin work:

  • find out when you'll receive your last paycheck

  • obtain employment verification paperwork: references, phone numbers, and mailing addresses

  • check your eligibility for employee benefits

  • research alternative health insurance options

  • check on unused vacation & sick pay

  • draft a resignation letter so that if things heat up, you are not emotional when writing your farewell. In fact, keep it short and simple.

Here’s one that I used:

Dear (your Boss or HR manager):

Thank you for the opportunities for growth in my professional career. I have enjoyed working for (your department) and appreciate the support provided me during my time.

Please accept my resignation from my position as (your title) for (your department or company), effective (date of resignation). I will do what I can to ensure a smooth transition for the team. If I can be of any help during this process, please let me know.


Your Signature

Save it in draft in your inbox and focus your energy on other important matters.

While I don't recommend resigning without a plan, sometimes you know when enough is enough.

Creating passive income helped me leave the 9-5 lifestyle once and for all. It wasn't easy leaving a steady paycheck and company benefits behind.

Those golden handcuffs are no joke!

Having passive income allowed me to leap with more peace of mind. To help others create passive income streams, I put together this Passive Income Quiz.

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5. Build a solid support network

When I quit Corporate, I didn’t tell my family and most of my closest friends.

Each of the three times I quit without a Plan B, I lied to them.

Telling them my resignation plans would have caused overwhelming concern and added stress.

Instead, I informed them of my career change after the fact.

It wasn’t easy for them to hear but they eventually accepted my decision after they saw how much happier I was.

Having a solid support network is the most important yet most overlooked must-do.

Before I resigned, I worked with a business coach, career counselor and talked with various mentors.

Perhaps everyone is trying to give you advice. But none of their suggestions are helpful?

Don't have an idea what you want to do next? Take a year off to reset? Start a business? Let's make your career change happen!

Start by creating a plan for your Corporate Dropout timeline.

Resignation Checklist: Before You Resign, Do This First

In 2019, I was finally able to leave a career that was no longer a good fit. More importantly, it was time to get away from East Coast winters!

So I quit my job, sold the condo and moved across country. I gave everything away and just shipped my car. Join me in my new chapter as a financially independent woman in sunny California!​

In my mid-30s, I reached financial independence retire early (FIRE) by creating multiple income streams from investments and side hustles.

By financially independence, I'm referring to having enough income to cover all living expenses without having to work for the rest of life. In sum, work is optional for someone who is financially independent.

My journey to Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) has been a wild ride. Like the stock market, there were many volatile moments.

Yet, it was always upward progressing over the long-term. I’ve made a lot of money mistakes along the way.

Corporate Dropout to Millionaire Next Door

By my mid-30's, my net worth was over $1 million. At that time, I had already left the corporate world.

So how did I do it? It wasn't from my marketing business Pinfinite Marketing. It wasn't from selling my condo in DC.

It was from passive index fund investing. Yep, the "laziest" strategy when it comes to investing in the market.

Whether you want to change careers or get on top of your finances, it's never too late. Not sure how to get started? I got you covered.

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