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When I decided to leave my job to pursue my side-hustle full-time, I was equal parts excited and frightened. I was excited because I actually had a chance to pursue something I was extremely passionate about. I was frightened because my job allowed for financial security and a level of predictability I enjoyed. Quitting meant that I was giving up all of that.

I don’t necessarily consider myself a big risk-taker, so when I finally decided not to return to work, I ensured that I did it in a way that would allay some (not all) of my fears about money and the success of the business. I took some of the following steps to help me transition as smoothly as possible: