Quit My Job Today. My Journey Begins...

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Hi Warriors,

Just registered for Warrior forum. I had been reading almost every thread during the last 4 months, and that too from work. ha!

I started affiliate marketing exactly two months back. I have three websites now, none of them making any money as of now.

But everyday as i learned more and more about it, i just kept getting more frustrated, as i felt the opportunity cost of working for someone else was too high when i could easily utilize those 9-10 hours focusing on my own work.

So today turned out to be the last straw. I ran out of luck, and the guy in the server room of the office finally reported to the boss about the kind of sites i was visiting during work hours. I was researching more about how to make my own websites work, than doing the work i was supposed to.

In a pretty i-take-no-**** dramatic fashion, i handed my resignation.

I know it's not the wisest thing to do considering i should have made some money first, but this is not the first time i have taken a decision that is solely based on intuition and requiring a massive amount of courage.

I'm ready to work even harder. I'm ready to design my life the way i always wanted, once and for all.

Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Hardee
    May I suggest offering services for more immediate income while you wait for your sites to make money?
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by Chris Hardee View Post

      May I suggest offering services for more immediate income while you wait for your sites to make money?
      yes, that's very much on the agenda. In fact, freelancing is a huge part of my plan.

      By the way, how do i thank a post?
    • Profile picture of the author KevL
      Originally Posted by Chris Hardee View Post

      May I suggest offering services for more immediate income while you wait for your sites to make money?
      What he said...
      As far as I'm concerned, offering services is the only real way to make fast money online. In my opinion, the very best way for web marketers to start out is by using their wider range of web marketing knowledge to offer services to local offline businesses - to them, the kind of stuff you know is like rocket science... and possibly just as explosive in terms of ability to make a difference to their business.

      For example, lets say you go to an existing business & tell them that you can set up list building and marketing for them, put in a form and an incentive to sign up, and one or two follow up messages. To most WMers this is childs play - but to an established business who has never done such a thing before (and I can tell you most have not) this is something which will impress the heck out of them, and when they see the results, may well impress the heck out of them even more. You can easily charge a few hundred bucks or more for doing something like this which would be a few hours work, , and they'll need a list marketing solution so you can sign them up to this using your affiliate link which makes you an extra monthly.

      This is just one suggestion - think of all the things you know how to do, or that you can get done from someone on here, and make a nice margin from.

      Then as you go along, create your own sites & work on them - your service work replaces your job as your income until you reach a point where you don't need to offer the services if you don't want to
  • Profile picture of the author RoyChan
    All the best with your future endeavors!

    Cheers!
  • Profile picture of the author rajeevsh
    That's a brave decision, so good luck!

    You seem to have started right. The only thing I would recommend against is getting on a buying spree. There's a steep learning curve when you're going through trial and error at the start but it's all very helpful an year or two into it. The little things that you know, the experience you get, all of that counts.

    Also, as someone else said, you may think of providing some services while you build your sites. It will get some immediate income flowing, but, again, you need to set your own limits. Services can sometimes be easy money, but if you have left your job to do something specific, you'd rather do that.

    Good luck, again!
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by rajeevsh View Post

      That's a brave decision, so good luck!

      You seem to have started right. The only thing I would recommend against is getting on a buying spree. There's a steep learning curve when you're going through trial and error at the start but it's all very helpful an year or two into it. The little things that you know, the experience you get, all of that counts.

      Also, as someone else said, you may think of providing some services while you build your sites. It will get some immediate income flowing, but, again, you need to set your own limits. Services can sometimes be easy money, but if you have left your job to do something specific, you'd rather do that.

      Good luck, again!
      Thanks. Yes, i have read a lot about the shiny syndrome or something like that. I will avoid that. Though i had already bought Mark Ling's product much before.
  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I personally would not quit a job unless you already have an OK income online. I would look for a new one even though you don't have the employee mindset right now. You need cash flow and it does not seem that you are earning any money from your internet efforts at the moment.

    I really hope that even though you are going to spend a lot of time online now, since you quit your job, that you get the ball rolling and don't get frustrated if things don't work out.

    Good luck and never give up no matter what happens.
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      I personally would not quit a job unless you already have an OK income online. I would look for a new one even though you don't have the employee mindset right now. You need cash flow and it does not seem that you are earning any money from your internet efforts at the moment.

      I really hope that even though you are going to spend a lot of time online now, since you quit your job, that you get the ball rolling and don't get frustrated if things don't work out.

      Good luck and never give up no matter what happens.
      Thanks, but i like situations in which I'm under immense pressure. Having everything ready before quitting would be too easy for me. After all I'm an Arsenal fan
  • Profile picture of the author preets
    BRAVO. Good luck and welcome to the IM world.
  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    You sound like a hard worker! Keep positive and follow someone successful and don't re-invent the wheel. You will do it. Most of all.... Keep patience
  • Profile picture of the author TeamBringIt
    Originally Posted by GoonerPride View Post

    Hi Warriors,

    Just registered for Warrior forum. I had been reading almost every thread during the last 4 months, and that too from work. ha!

    I started affiliate marketing exactly two months back. I have three websites now, none of them making any money as of now.

    But everyday as i learned more and more about it, i just kept getting more frustrated, as i felt the opportunity cost of working for someone else was too high when i could easily utilize those 9-10 hours focusing on my own work.

    So today turned out to be the last straw. I ran out of luck, and the guy in the server room of the office finally reported to the boss about the kind of sites i was visiting during work hours. I was researching more about how to make my own websites work, than doing the work i was supposed to.

    In a pretty i-take-no-**** dramatic fashion, i handed my resignation.

    I know it's not the wisest thing to do considering i should have made some money first, but this is not the first time i have taken a decision that is solely based on intuition and requiring a massive amount of courage.

    I'm ready to work even harder. I'm ready to design my life the way i always wanted, once and for all.

    Cheers.
    Good luck! If i can help you in anyways...send me a pm

    It is exciting times, for you and a bit scary too. The server guy was a bozo and don't take it personally. You were just trying, to better your life. Just do know, that making money online--takes lots of effort, planning and staying with the plan.

    Your first, rule ..is to find out what kind of business model you want to follow:

    1.Affiliate Marketing
    2.Product Creation
    3.CPA marketing

    Choose one and then do whatever you can to become great at it. There are many, resources here on the forum, use them and benefit from them!
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by TeamBringIt View Post

      Good luck! If i can help you in anyways...send me a pm

      It is exciting times, for you and a bit scary too. The server guy was a bozo and don't take it personally. You were just trying, to better your life. Just do know, that making money online--takes lots of effort, planning and staying with the plan.

      Your first, rule ..is to find out what kind of business model you want to follow:

      1.Affiliate Marketing
      2.Product Creation
      3.CPA marketing

      Choose one and then do whatever you can to become great at it. There are many, resources here on the forum, use them and benefit from them!
      Yes, i know it takes a lot of effort. Not knowing the technicalities, i found it pretty hard to set up my websites. But now it's a walk in the park.

      As for the model, i'm into affiliate marketing because i feel it's the next best thing to having a really valuable product.

      I don't blame the server guy. Everyone has a job, he was doing his.

      Thanks for the encouragement.
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    I am personally against someone quitting a job until they can replace their income, but good luck...
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    Unfortunately, quitting your job or being let go because you weren't doing the work you were being paid for is approaching working for yourself from a position of weakness rather than strength. It's not a good idea to quit without a hefty savings account to get you through until something you do starts working.

    If you have any marketable skills, I recommend posting in Warriors for Hire (costs $20 for a listing) and offering your services. It's the quickest way to get some money rolling in.
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Unfortunately, quitting your job or being let go because you weren't doing the work you were being paid for is approaching working for yourself from a position of weakness rather than strength. It's not a good idea to quit without a hefty savings account to get you through until something you do starts working.

      If you have any marketable skills, I recommend posting in Warriors for Hire (costs $20 for a listing) and offering your services. It's the quickest way to get some money rolling in.
      I agree, but it's just that i have a plan, and i'm pretty confident of myself.

      Thanks. I'll look into the warriors for Hire section.
  • Profile picture of the author TeamBringIt
    I will say this much, these folks are right. Jumping into IM or making money online is no cake-walk, there is no guarantee or anything. Having some sort of income, while doing IM is important. Keep doing IM, but do have a side job and get some income, coming in.

    Wish you, the best-of-luck!
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by TeamBringIt View Post

      I will say this much, these folks are right. Jumping into IM or making money online is no cake-walk, there is no guarantee or anything. Having some sort of income, while doing IM is important. Keep doing IM, but do have a side job and get some income, coming in.

      Wish you, the best-of-luck!
      Thanks, but working for someone else isn't a cake-walk either, especially for reasonably intelligent people. The opportunity cost is too high, which just cannot be offset by appraisals, unless you are working with a very well reputed company in particular niches like investment banking, consulting, etc. Not only that, i feel it's a waste of one of the biggest natural assets that we possess - time.
  • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
    Originally Posted by GoonerPride View Post

    In a pretty i-take-no-**** dramatic fashion, i handed my resignation.
    I think you got what you deserved from the company you were working at. You were working on your own stuff on the company's expense and time.

    BUT, if that's the motivation you needed to start shaping your life - good on ya, mate.

    Am not sure if you're the one who pays the bills at your place, but if you are, I do recommend offering some kind of services to others while you get your sites up to speed. It might be some time before revenue from your sites would match up your salary that you gave up, so it would be good to have something that brings in the money while you also keep working your site.

    All the best!

    Sagar
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by Sagar Mehta View Post

      I think you got what you deserved from the company you were working at. You were working on your own stuff on the company's expense and time.

      BUT, if that's the motivation you needed to start shaping your life - good on ya, mate.

      Am not sure if you're the one who pays the bills at your place, but if you are, I do recommend offering some kind of services to others while you get your sites up to speed. It might be some time before revenue from your sites would match up your salary that you gave up, so it would be good to have something that brings in the money while you also keep working your site.

      All the best!

      Sagar
      True. As i said, offering services is a big part of my plan.
  • Profile picture of the author New Comer
    What kind of services do you guys suggest? I also have no job and want to do the internet thing full time. I was thinking I could submit links to social bookmarking sites with a gig on fiver or something? I mean thats fairly easy.....you just log in, submit link and youre done lol. Do you think I'd get many gigs though? I know theres a few people on there that do that
    • Profile picture of the author nik0
      Originally Posted by New Comer View Post

      What kind of services do you guys suggest? I also have no job and want to do the internet thing full time. I was thinking I could submit links to social bookmarking sites with a gig on fiver or something? I mean thats fairly easy.....you just log in, submit link and youre done lol. Do you think I'd get many gigs though? I know theres a few people on there that do that
      People talk a little bit too easy about offering services and making money fast.

      I tried the Fiverr thing and made 4 sales in like 2 months.

      I tried to sell SEO services on this forum and it took almost 4 months before it took off, till that time I made like 3-4 sales a month, almost the same as what I paid for the bump fee's.

      Perhaps it's different with WSO's but not sure if that's what you want as I think most of the WSO's suck really hard but well.

      Anyway, I admire your courgage, just make sure you have backup plan as you can not expect to make much money in the first months, even not with services unless you are a real marketing talent or have a lot of luck. Especially with SEO services everyone is selling the same so you need something unique, and uniqueness costs money (like your own network for example) but even then it's hard to make sales, about 3/4th of my revenue is repeat business.

      So you might want to look for a part time job so that you at least have some money for rent and food.
  • Profile picture of the author kingrich21470
    Originally Posted by GoonerPride View Post

    So today turned out to be the last straw. I ran out of luck, and the guy in the server room of the office finally reported to the boss about the kind of sites i was visiting during work hours. I was researching more about how to make my own websites work, than doing the work i was supposed to.

    In a pretty i-take-no-**** dramatic fashion, i handed my resignation.
    The job you was working for, could you do the same work and make money with that? If you so, i would start with that.

    Good Luck in the future...
    • Profile picture of the author unclejoe
      I have been at this a long time and one thing i have learned is that in internet marketing you need
      1 .time to do it right ( which you have now}

      2. money to pay for hosting training and out sourcing. You will soon learn that you cant do everything with your business and you will need to hire people to do most of it. This is where it gets hard how to spend wisely and get the most bang for your buck.

      anyway good luck to you.................... you have lots of courage
    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Sounds like you quit to avoid being fired.

      There's one basic you need to grasp immediately. At your job - you were "investing" time in exchange for a specific amount of money.

      You not only need to invest time and money in IM - you need to focus on doing the work required. Decide what you will do - make a business plan, set realistic goals - and get to work.

      At work, you were cheating your employer by not doing work you were being paid to do. If you goof off in your online business, there isn't any money coming in.

      Forget the "lifestyle" and the "big money" and focus on a way to produce enough income to replace the job...then go on from there.
  • Profile picture of the author george b
    Its going to be tough under the considering the the circumstances, but good luck to you, and keep this thread updated with how you are doing.

    George . B
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by george b View Post

      Its going to be tough under the considering the the circumstances, but good luck to you, and keep this thread updated with how you are doing.

      George . B
      "It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it." - Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    What kind of services do you guys suggest?
    Honestly I don't see any services that pay enough money to pay bills right away. You can do writing and graphics, but even that is a small price.

    The OP says he does not take no sh.. but the world does not need anymore bad asses. One of the I.M commandments is NEVER quit your job until you have money saved and have replaced your income. He is not only off to a bad start but he crippled himself by quitting his job. I hope the best for him, but it is what it is, a dumb move if you ask me.
    • Profile picture of the author New Comer
      Originally Posted by Alex Blades View Post

      Honestly I don't see any services that pay enough money to pay bills right away. You can do writing and graphics, but even that is a small price.

      The OP says he does not take no sh.. but the world does not need anymore bad asses. One of the I.M commandments is NEVER quit your job until you have money saved and have replaced your income. He is not only off to a bad start but he crippled himself by quitting his job. I hope the best for him, but it is what it is, a dumb move if you ask me.
      Being a 19 year old kid that lives at home, I dont have to many bills to worry about other than my autoresponder and hosting. Good avenues to offer graphics and writing on? I just need to stack a lil dough for some PPC and next months hosting bill lol I have some photoshop experience
    • Profile picture of the author KevL
      Originally Posted by Alex Blades View Post

      Honestly I don't see any services that pay enough money to pay bills right away. You can do writing and graphics, but even that is a small price.

      The OP says he does not take no sh.. but the world does not need anymore bad asses. One of the I.M commandments is NEVER quit your job until you have money saved and have replaced your income. He is not only off to a bad start but he crippled himself by quitting his job. I hope the best for him, but it is what it is, a dumb move if you ask me.
      No one told me about that I.M commandment, I broke that one several years ago....OOPS!!
    • Profile picture of the author talfighel
      Originally Posted by Alex Blades View Post

      Honestly I don't see any services that pay enough money to pay bills right away. You can do writing and graphics, but even that is a small price.

      The OP says he does not take no sh.. but the world does not need anymore bad asses. One of the I.M commandments is NEVER quit your job until you have money saved and have replaced your income. He is not only off to a bad start but he crippled himself by quitting his job. I hope the best for him, but it is what it is, a dumb move if you ask me.
      It could be a stupid move or a breakthrough. It is very possible for him now to work his tail off online and start earning a nice income. It could also be the opposite where he earns nothing and spends money that he does not have.

      This is a perfect situation for a lesson. A lesson will be learned from this.
  • Profile picture of the author tonyb23
    To tell you the truth man... Sometimes its smarter to stick with your job and do this on the side, then to quit and do this full time.


    The reason I say this is money can work harder than you ever could. Sure, you'll have 8+ hours a day to dedicate to this... But if you have a shoe-string budget you'lll have to focus on free traffic methods like SEO, Forum, Social Media, etc.

    Those types of traffic strategies are friggin' tedious, tiring and can burn someone out doing it for months on end. Having no money... And dealing with the social isolation this type of business entail is like throwing fuel onto an existing fire.

    That's why I advise people to not quit their job when they get into this. Sure you won't have as much time, but you'll have money. And that's just as valuable. You can buy traffic, build up your list and promote your affiliate products, which aren't too time intensive. It's more sustainable emotionally too. When you're on this path, you're less likely to burn yourself out.

    Just my two cents.
    • Profile picture of the author Kush Sharma
      Originally Posted by tonyb23 View Post

      To tell you the truth man... Sometimes its smarter to stick with your job and do this on the side, then to quit and do this full time.


      The reason I say this is money can work harder than you ever could. Sure, you'll have 8+ hours a day to dedicate to this... But if you have a shoe-string budget you'lll have to focus on free traffic methods like SEO, Forum, Social Media, etc.

      Those types of traffic strategies are friggin' tedious, tiring and can burn someone out doing it for months on end. Having no money... And dealing with the social isolation this type of business entail is like throwing fuel onto an existing fire.

      That's why I advise people to not quit their job when they get into this. Sure you won't have as much time, but you'll have money. And that's just as valuable. You can buy traffic, build up your list and promote your affiliate products, which aren't too time intensive. It's more sustainable emotionally too. When you're on this path, you're less likely to burn yourself out.

      Just my two cents.
      But you can earn that money through freelancing and working on your own. Freelancing just does not have to be online. I plan on getting at least 4-5 different income streams. Intially, it all maybe equally time consuming, but once you master it, it does become less tedious. This is not the case if you are working for someone else.
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    Being a 19 year old kid that lives at home, I dont have to many bills to worry about other than my autoresponder and hosting. Good avenues to offer graphics and writing on? I just need to stack a lil dough for some PPC and next months hosting bill lol I have some photoshop experience
    Not everybody has that safety net of living at home with their parents, but for you to cover your hosting and autoresponder bills, you can start a gig on fiverr. Also you can take out a thread in the warriors for hire section and build your portfolio here. There are 500k hungry internet marketers here on the WF, so you couldn't ask for a better marketplace
  • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
    Find another job
    • Profile picture of the author KevL
      Originally Posted by TomYevsikov View Post

      Find another job
      He has already stated that he wasn't happy working in a job anyway - this is what lead to him quitting, as he felt that he was wasting his most valuable resource - time, and that he wants to work for himself. So getting another job, would just be different places different faces - he's likely to end up unhappy again. If he desperately needs another job to pay his bills in the meantime until he's making enough, then it's a different story.
  • Profile picture of the author New Comer
    yes, I am very very blessed. I can do this until I become successful at it with little worry. And that's what I plan to do!

    I sit at my parents house alone in my room all day on the computer researching and trying new things. To most it sounds like hell, to us it sounds like paradise! well.....minus the fact that I'm not making anything yet lol
  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    That was kinda unexpected to hear. Most people quit their jobs after making enough from IM to cover their expenses.

    Regardless, best of luck to you and keep us informed of your progress.

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