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040 – Use Your Job to Quit Your Job: A proven blueprint to finding the best entrepreneur ideas 

 August 2, 2022

By  Jake Lang

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Want to start an online business but don't know where to start?

Want to build and scale a business that will help you achieve your dream of financial freedom and live the entrepreneurial lifestyle full time?

Use your 9-5 day job to build your online business and become financially free so that you can live the entrepreneurial lifestyle full time. It's time to use your job to quit your job.

That's what today's episode is all about. Take the expertise accumulated over years of working 40 hours per week. Take that expertise and turn it into a business that generates recurring revenue for you for the rest of your life. (just like I did).

I'm going to show you how in today's episode of The Entrepreneur Ride Along Podcast.

The Day Job Niche
The day job is one of my absolute favorite places to find business ideas. You are an expert at whatever you do in your day job. You are literally a professional; you are paid to do what you do every day, forty hours a week, fifty-two weeks a year. That is the definition of expertise. You spend over 2,000 hours per year focused on one particular task in one specific industry. You have an immense amount of knowledge on this subject, knowledge that other people will pay to access. If you look, you will find a topic you have mastered in your day job that you can turn into your first business. I don’t care whether you are a barista at Starbucks, the retail manager of a Dicks sporting goods, a financial analyst at KPMG, an attorney for Samsung, or the CEO of Google. That job, where you spend over 40 hours per week, every single week is a breeding ground for business ideas. 

If you want to start a side gig or build a business to support yourself financially so you can live life as you please (and not work), look to that monstrous time suck where you spend 40 hours per week. Use it to lose it. Use your job to build a business so you can quit your job and reap the financial rewards. 

So why should your day job be your first business? Well, there are three simple reasons.

  • It’s easy
  • It’s the quickest path to success
  • It’s profitable

I'm going to show you why I love the day job niche, and show you how to utilize this niche to start your first online business, in today's episode of The Entrepreneur Ride Along Podcast.

Chapter One

Here is a snippet from the book. This is Chapter One of Use Your Job to Quit Your Job:

You are making the worst mistake of your life” Bill said.

Really, I thought? I had just given my two weeks’ notice, telling my CEO how I had built a business on the side that I had grown to surpass my salary. I told him I was taking a new job that allowed me to work from home so I could spend a year getting everything in order before taking the leap and pursuing my business full-time. And THAT was the worst decision of my life?

Sure, maybe this decision would allow me to pursue my passion and do what I love in building and scaling online businesses. I could make more money and work half the hours. I could finally use my creativity and imagination. I could create for once, rather than follow the step-by-step corporate process documentation to refresh monthly reports while resisting the urge to tear my hair out…

But didn’t I know that in just two or three years I would be promoted to manager, making upwards of $120,000 per year, managing a team of one maybe two people?! Didn’t I know that after five to ten more years I would be in consideration for promotion to department manager, then I would manage a team of five people! And who knows, after a few more years grinding my brain into mush to put more money in the owner’s pocket while earning the CEO bigger bonuses, then I just might be in consideration for an upper management position. How could I ever give up that opportunity?!

Did he really think that was the vision I had for my life? Sitting at the same desk, year after year, at the same company, hoping to slowly move up the ranks with my 3% raise each year. Dreaming of the day when I achieve the amazing illustrious position of upper management where I will one day retire with the twenty people in my department circled around clapping as the owner hands me an engraved plaque with my name on it before we head off to my retirement party complete with pizza. If I’m lucky, they might even splurge and buy me a cake, before sending me home to reflect on the last 50 years of my life wasted working on someone else’s agenda towards someone else’s goals.

No, that is not the vision I have for my life. I wouldn’t wish that torture on my worst enemy. I want to travel, I want to go surfing, I want to sit by the pool with my wife, I want to watch my daughter grow up. Didn’t my CEO understand that I wanted his position? I want to create, I want to dream, I want to be in charge. I want to steer the ship.

So, no, Bill. I don’t think I am making the worst mistake of my life. In fact, I think for the first time in a long time, I am making one of the best decisions of my life. I am taking the exact steps in my life that I should be taking to pursue my goals and dreams.

Quit Your Job

Nothing against corporate people. Some people love the corporate life. It’s just not for me, and I’m guessing, it’s not for you either. That’s good. Because it’s time to change that. Starting now, you are now on your path to quitting your job.

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Jake Lang


Jake Lang is an author, entrepreneur, and founder of over seven online businesses. Jake now helps new entrepreneurs start and scale their first online business at TheEntrepreneurRideAlong.com where he shares his experiences along the entrepreneurial journey starting and growing new businesses.

It’s Jake’s mission to start a new online business every year and share everything behind the scenes on The Entrepreneur Ride Along Podcast and The Entrepreneur Ride Along Blog so that new entrepreneurs can learn from Jake’s mistakes, understand the struggles of starting a new business, and find the path to entrepreneurial success.

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