After almost five years of working with the company, I finally called it. Leaving my job was a hard decision to make. It was difficult and emotional to say goodbye to the people I saw as family. I have been working in the industry for over ten years, with multiple teams and different people. This was the first time saw myself staying in the job for the rest of my career.
I had a stable job, working from home for the past eight months. Now, why on earth would I leave my job? That is the question I constantly asked myself before quitting. So many things went through my head all at once; it was not easy.
I am 35 years old. I have worked for different companies and enjoyed doing what I was doing until recently. A lot changed after March 13, 2020. California shut down everything on March 13, 2020. A limited amount of people were allowed to go to work on site. A group of co-workers and myself had to keep coming on-site; we were considered “essential”. At first, I did not mind it, but let’s say that I finally saw the writing on the wall. There is a lot I do not feel comfortable writing about at the moment, but I hope in future articles I can share.
Reasons I quit in no particular order
- I need to find something that would allow me more flexibility. I worked 13 hours a day, seven days a week, taking care of two kids, helping with their school, and taking care of house stuff. I did not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I knew that if I stayed, I was going to be stuck inside that tunnel forever.
- Working from home not doing what I loved was making me unhappy. In January of 2021, I finally got work at home. I thought it would be great; I was going to work from home and work on my software skills, all while supporting my kids who were doing virtual school. Things were good for like two weeks, then the team I was working in had no more budget, it happens. I was tasked to support a systems engineering team. It was not what I wanted and again my developer skills were not going to be used. I hated my job. Do not get me wrong, the team was great, but I hated what I was doing.
- After so many years of giving my 110% at work, I finally saw that the game was rigged against me. No matter how hard I tried or how much I gave, there was always a reason why I was not able to qualify for a higher level, even when I was doing work that was above my pay grade. It is true what people say, “People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses”. The sad thing is that the game was rigged against me from day one, and I did not even know it.
The one question I got asked from my co-workers when I told them I had quit was, “What company are you moving to?”. I left with no other offer because I wanted to build my own thing.
My goal is to build a passive income with a focus on Shopify, as well as becoming a Shopify expert. My goal for the end of 2021 is to build Shopify applications, Shopify themes, help others build their online business, and do all of that while I homeschool the kids.
It took a pandemic to open my eyes and see what my true priorities were. Now that I am fully awake, I look forward to sharing my experience and what I learn with everyone in the community. Please follow me on my journey.