Why I’m Going Back to the 9–5 Even Though My Business Is Growing

When your passion becomes a chore it’s time to reevaluate.

Nicole Linke
The Startup

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Sometimes, the best way to move forward is to step back. I told myself this when I decided to apply for an office job again.

While my business grew nicely this year, my anxiety levels and coffee consumption rose to unhealthy levels, and what once brought me joy turned into a chore.

Unfortunately, my plan to grow my business to a level that provided me with a comfortable income got derailed by my catching COVID-19, my inability to set boundaries with a partner that sabotaged my efforts, and the emotional turmoil of going through a breakup.

And instead of clinging to the idea of being my own boss, I decided it was time to take a step back, recalibrate, and give myself some room to breathe again.

I quit too early and for the wrong reasons.

When I quit my job in December 2023, I was convinced it was the right thing to do. I had worked the past 2 years without having a day off. In my 5 years at the company, I often worked 10–12 hour days, plus a few hours on the weekend.

And when I read about other people working constantly to build their businesses, I thought, “I

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Nicole Linke
The Startup

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