Quit Your Job, Be Your Own Boss, Live Free

It may not be easy to just quit your job, but giving yourself the freedom to run your own business may be the first step towards a more fulfilling life.

| January 2014

  • The decision to quit your job should not be taken lightly, but the freedoms that come when you choose to be your own boss can be more than rewarding enough.
    Photo by Fotolia/VladaM
  • "The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad" is Adam Gnade's collection of short essays and suggestions to a "freer, more lawless life."
    Cover courtesy Pioneers Press

A self-described “anti-depression guide/guide to a freer, more lawless life,” The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad (Pioneers Press, 2013) examines the root causes of sadness, anxiety, and general boredom. Author Adam Gnade recognizes the demons in one’s own self, and offers tips and self-realized advice on how to live a smarter, happier life. In this excerpt, the author posits that if you quit your job and decide to run your own business, a greater sense of freedom could follow.

A Guide to Happier, Freer, Lawless Living: An Applicable, Real-World Solution to the Questions Presented by “No Bosses, No Masters” Ideology

If you read the type of stuff a lot of my friends read (anarchist theory, CrimethInc, the Situationists, et al) you'll hear all kinds of pumped-up, inspiring rhetoric about how you should quit your job and not have bosses and be an "ex-worker." That's fine, but no one ever tells you what to do next. Reading Days of War, Nights of Love and Raoul Vaneigem got me fired up and I did quit my job and I did pledge to live lawlessly, but then, "Yeah, but how do I survive?" Not everyone is the dumpster-diving type. Not everyone wants to squat or steal. I don't even dress punk, much less identify with the subculture. I wanted my own version of free.

Unless you come from money, most of us have to work to earn a living. This is no anarchist, post-civ utopia we're living in. This is now, today, and there are certain rules you either ignore, follow, or look for loopholes out of.

The goal for people like me is this: run your own business. Whatever it is: an Etsy craft company, a bookstore, an organic farm, a zine publishing house, you as a freelance writer, as a carpenter for hire, as a screenprinter or a movie-maker... figure out what you want to do and then come up with a plan to do it.

The bulk of my money comes from writing books and zines. I work on them all the time and I stay prolific enough to pay my rent. You have to stick with it and be persistent if you want to live like this. Slacking off is not an option.

Whatever you choose to do, start small and make your money on your own terms. If you have to work a shitty job while getting your dream off the ground, do that, but get the wheels in motion now and let it build up naturally and be smart about it. Working a shit job won’t crush your soul if it’s a means to an end and you know what that end is.

9/8/2014 9:09:39 AM

"The best way to live is beholden to no man." Absolutely! When you think about it, ALL coercive power is based in dependency. From the mugger in the alley on whom you're dependent for your life...to wage-slavery...to dependency on the state and its artificial monopolies. Where there is dependency, there is the potential (and usually the reality) of coercion. (This principle even applies to personal emotional dependency/coercion.) End the dependency and the power dissolves. Too often, people focus on the manifestations and trappings of the USE of power, while ignoring its true root.

1/28/2014 5:00:56 AM

The more fruitful path might be to develop your business as a second job to avoid having to support yourself with what you earn immediately. Do some research into licenses and insurance that are required by your local government. Learn the tax consequences of running a business. Learn about limited liability and subchapter S corporations to keep your business from wrecking you financially.

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