Is Beyoncé telling you to quit your job?

But, money app blog, why are you writing about a random Beyoncé release?

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So glad you asked.

Huge news: Beyoncé released a banging new single where she basically tells us all to quit our jobs (...kind of)

Beyoncé's new single ‘Break My Soul’ is full of wisdom for surviving late-stage capitalism. If you didn’t already know, money hacks for surviving late-stage capitalism is our jam.

What Bey said:

“Now, I just fell in love / And I just quit my job,/ I’m gonna find new drive / Damn, they work me so damn hard / Work by 9 / Then off past 5 / And they work my nerves / That’s why I cannot sleep at night.”

What she meant:

The takeaway is to walk away from things (like jobs) that stop us from sleeping at night, prioritize ourselves, and search for something better. We’re all for it.

Surely Queen Bey knows that there’s a thing called ‘the Beyoncé effect,’ where she says something, and we swiftly do it.

For example, after Bey mentioned Red Lobster in her single Formation, the company experienced a 33% increase in sales and they trended on Twitter for the first time. No joke.

What it means for you

Unlike Bey, who is 1) literally not quitting her job and 2) is a literal billionaire, you should probably have a plan to do that.

After all, the vibe of the song is more about transitioning to a better job than just quitting altogether.

Quitting my job? In this economy?

As a money app, we know first-hand that the state of the world has a load of our community living paycheck to paycheck. As well as 64% of the American population.

For most of us, even without huge inflation, quitting our jobs without a plan is not possible.

So we think Bey’s new single is really hinting towards ‘The Great Resignation.’

What is ‘The Great Resignation’?

The term refers to the record number of people that have left their sh*tty jobs since the beginning of the pandemic in favor of more meaningful work.

After such a long time working from home with no commute, many people decided their work-life balance is more important than they realized.

The main reasons people are resigning?

  1. Low pay
  2. No opportunities for growth
  3. Felt disrespected at work
  4. Inadequate childcare

All of these factors are contributing to the ridiculously huge levels of burnout people are experiencing across America right now.  An Indeed survey from 2021 found that over half of survey respondents were burnt out.

This is pretty depressing. But.

People are demanding a better quality of life so that they can ‘sleep at night,’ as Bey says

Love to see it.

Whether it’s searching for better work or transitioning your side-hustle to your full-time thing, ‘Break My Soul’ is to Gen Zs what Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ was to our anti-burnout ancestors.

In fact, some people had to be really extra and immediately quit their jobs after hearing the single.

For example, BuzzFeed recently reported on 22-year-old Giselle Galindo, who heard the song and immediately handed in her notice to her job as a barista at Starbucks.

“I’m just at a point in my life where I was just tired of feeling stuck,” Galindo told BuzzFeed. “I was going back and forth these last couple of months. Like, ‘Oh, do I want to continue staying here just for the stability of the extra $400 that comes my way every two weeks? Is that what I really want?’"

So she made the transition, making her side hustles her main hustles: a gig in the field she is passionate about - theater - and a job working at a Summer camp.

What can Beyoncé teach us about personal finance? (lol)

Never thought I’d be writing that sentence. Anyway.

Maybe you walk up to HR tomorrow and hand in your resignation letter. Maybe you ask for a pay rise to reflect inflation.

We realize if you’re just surviving each month, transitioning to a better role might not be possible right now, but it’s a reminder to prioritize your wellbeing wherever possible.

One thing remains clear. Your desire for a good quality of life is totally valid. You deserve to be well-rested, well-paid and well-fed.  You deserve to stress less about money.

How to make leaving your sh*tty job less scary

🍋 Get control of your finances first and figure out how much you need each month

🍋 Establish a side hustle. We have a whole load of resources on that, from how to sell clothes on Poshmark and Depop, to side hustles for single parents

🍋 Once you have these things down, you’re on track to build savings

If you or anyone you know needs help getting started with this, we have a pretty great money app. And it’s free.

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