I've Just Resigned From My Job

by maxcl 95 replies
So I've been a bit of a lurker on these forums for a couple of years but thought I would start to get more involved now... reason why?

I've just quit my well-paid job.

I've been doing IM for 3 years part-time now, picking up tips, tricks, advise from this forum and various other websites, blogs, and mentors... and have consistently been making more money online outside of work, than I have with my full-time job for the last 12 months.

Why did it take me so long to quit - well I am not usually a risk-taker but thought it's now my time to be free. I can see what works online for me, so my quitting my full-time job I can rinse and repeat those methods and make my own way in life.

Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son.

Looking forward to having more discussions on here over the next few months
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Firstly, well done!

    I quit my day job about two years ago - you will never look back

    Good luck.

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    • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      Firstly, well done!

      I quit my day job about two years ago - you will never look back

      Good luck.

      Will
      Its encouraging!
      Thanks.

      I have taken a decision to quit my job 6 months ago.
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    Congrats I'm hoping to do the same by the end of this year.
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      Congratulations! You have just joined the new rich who make huge fortune online and get to enjoy both financial freedom and time freedom. It's a great blessing to be an Internet Entrepreneur.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Maxcl,

      Congratulations to you. Leaving the ordinary workforce is a real accomplishment.

      May I make one suggestion ...

      You said, "Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son."

      While that plan is commendable, I would suggest that you might want to work a little harder while you're still young and enthusiastic. Your plan sounds like semi-retirement to me.

      With a brand new daily routine and a babe in arms, I would think it best to continue to work full time (at least 40 hrs/week) in your new career and build your business up. Save your money for the future. What are you going to do with 4 days a week left open?

      I guess I'm saying that you are in a very enviable position with extra time on your hands. Why not secure your financial future by continuing to work hard while you're young? There is plenty of time ahead for the Internet lifestyle. You can still work a good 5 days a week and have plenty of time to be with family. Your Internet business could be here today and gone tomorrow. You know the saying "make hay while the sun shines."

      Just a few reflections from someone who sees a lot more miles in the rear view mirror than in the windshield ...

      Good luck to you,

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
        Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

        You said, "Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son."

        While that plan is commendable, I would suggest that you might want to work a little harder while you're still young and enthusiastic. Your plan sounds like semi-retirement to me.

        With a brand new daily routine and a babe in arms, I would think it best to continue to work full time (at least 40 hrs/week) in your new career and build your business up. Save your money for the future. What are you going to do with 4 days a week left open?

        I agree with Steve here.

        You should assume things aren't always going to be rosy and
        make hay now while the sun is shining...at least for a year or
        so.

        You were working full time before AND doing your internet marketing
        so why not work full time now on your marketing business and
        really get some money rolling in so you have enough going and
        enough reserves that you know you have some stability.

        Business is like the tide...it has its ebbs and flows and you can
        go from taking in good money to taking in very little quickly.

        Smart business people make sure their living overheads are low
        and keep large cash reserves for the lean times.

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author martbost
    Truly inspiring maxcl

    My goal is to complete replace my income with my Internet Marketing income within the next two years. I know it will be rewarding once I get there.

    Congratulations to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
    Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

    I've been doing IM for 3 years part-time now, picking up tips, tricks, advise from this forum and various other websites, blogs, and mentors... and have consistently been making more money online outside of work, than I have with my full-time job for the last 12 months.

    Why did it take me so long to quit - well I am not usually a risk-taker but thought it's now my time to be free. I can see what works online for me, so my quitting my full-time job I can rinse and repeat those methods and make my own way in life.

    Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son.

    Looking forward to having more discussions on here over the next few months
    You might be my ideal.
    I am also not a high risk taker.
    Decided to earn money for 3/4 days per week and enjoy life for rest of the time. 6 month ago I decided to quit my job.
    Looking for a sustainable earning.

    Any tips for me ?

    Good Luck for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Putting your balls on the line can be one of the best things you do OR one of the worst things you do. I did the same thing and quit my job a few years ago and it forced me to take actions I had not taken for many years, just because the need had never been there.

    Use it to your advantage and push forward. I would be working a lot harder than 3 days a week in the beginning though. This is the make it or break time so you don't want to slacken off just yet.

    Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author maxcl
    I hear what some of you guys are saying about working more than 3 days a week... but the whole point of me now being able to quit my job is that I have the freedom to be in control of my own destiny.

    Someone said "sounds like a retirement"... well yep, mini-retirements high on the agenda (read Tim Ferriss) - I'd rather have quality time now rather than wait until I am 60.

    Thanks for all the comments!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

      the whole point of me now being able to quit my job is that I have the freedom to be in control of my own destiny -- mini-retirements high on the agenda (read Tim Ferriss) - I'd rather have quality time now rather than wait until I am 60

      Max,

      I think what I am suggesting about continuing to work hard while you're young comes from seeing the ups and downs of personal economic challenges, health issues and expenses (which always seem to hit later in life), and the lack of saving for retirement that is so widespread in society.

      Your life is yours right now and you can choose to kick back if you want. But there may come a time when, for whatever reason, your Internet self employment may not cover your needs.

      Internet businesses collapse for some folks almost without warning.

      What I and others are saying is that you have the opportunity, right now, to build up your reserves, grow your business, and put something away for tougher days ahead.

      You can still enjoy a wonderful life, have lots of time with your family, and work your business at the same time. It's much easier to be employable, or build a business, or start from scratch when you're young. You don't want to be in the position where you have to do those things when you're 60.

      Here's to wise choices,

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

    So I've been a bit of a lurker on these forums for a couple of years but thought I would start to get more involved now... reason why?

    I've just quit my well-paid job.

    I've been doing IM for 3 years part-time now, picking up tips, tricks, advise from this forum and various other websites, blogs, and mentors... and have consistently been making more money online outside of work, than I have with my full-time job for the last 12 months.

    Why did it take me so long to quit - well I am not usually a risk-taker but thought it's now my time to be free. I can see what works online for me, so my quitting my full-time job I can rinse and repeat those methods and make my own way in life.

    Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son.

    Looking forward to having more discussions on here over the next few months
    From a financial planning perspective, it was very smart of you to have at least 12 months of consistent income before quitting your job. Most people that I deal with tend to quit their jobs prematurely.

    It's not just about the income you make, it's also about making sure you have adequate life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, home owner's insurance, fire insurance, etc. (if you own your home).

    Aside from having the proper protection, you should also earn enough money to set aside for retirement.

    The first thing people should do is have an emergency fund, and there are different philosophies regarding this, but I used to tell my clients that having 12 to 18 months of expenses saved up is a must have in case of emergencies.

    Lastly, and people don't like to talk about this, you should have a plan in place in case you become disabled or if you should die. This is where estate planning comes into play. People don't like to think about the worse case scenarios but it's something everyone should plan for, business owner or not.

    I commend you on your plan to work 3 days a week and spend time with your family. Your 5 month old is very young and the first several years are very formuative and it's very important to spend time with them. Those are years you will never get back. Sounds to me like you will do very well.

    I wish you the best,

    RoD "Former-Financial-Planner"
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    Well done. This is the best day of your working life - trust me.

    My IM career started after I was sacked from a job I valued and thought the company valued me. It was the wake up call I needed because I realized I was just a number, a disposable liability.

    After I "made it", I sent my old boss some flowers and thanked her for changing my life!

    I don't have to work for anyone else now.
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    • Profile picture of the author hipeopo02
      Originally Posted by smodha View Post

      After I "made it", I sent my old boss some flowers and thanked her for changing my life!
      That's awesome!
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  • Profile picture of the author maxcl
    Thanks RoD, what I have done whilst working at my full time job is save off enough money to last a year - just in case all my websites and income suddenly die tomorrow - just so I have that security and buffer in case things go wrong - if people can do that, then highly recommend it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

      Thanks RoD, what I have done whilst working at my full time job is save off enough money to last a year - just in case all my websites and income suddenly die tomorrow - just so I have that security and buffer in case things go wrong - if people can do that, then highly recommend it.
      Excellent. Another thing that I advised small business owners to do is to document their processes and procedures. And have it done in a way where someone could read through them and keep your business afloat in case something happens to you.

      People don't like to talk about it and people put it off, but it's something people should do as soon as their business shows some stability.

      RoD
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      • Profile picture of the author maxcl
        Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

        Excellent. Another thing that I advised small business owners to do is to document their processes and procedures. And have it done in a way where someone could read through them and keep your business afloat in case something happens to you.

        People don't like to talk about it and people put it off, but it's something people should do as soon as their business shows some stability.

        RoD
        That's a great piece of advise. If I got hit by a bus tomorrow my wife would not have a clue what is going on. Such is the life on an IM that there are multiple accounts, bank accounts, hosting, subscriptions, email addresses - it's a complete spider's web - most of which is in my own head.

        Kind of scary.
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  • Profile picture of the author eClicker
    Congratulations! Stories like this are an inspiration to so many, thanks for sharing and I wish you the very best.

    E
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  • Profile picture of the author cheddarben
    but the whole point of me now being able to quit my job is that I have the freedom to be in control of my own destiny.
    Hell yes. Freedom. Control.

    Congrats man... seriously. Hopefully one day I will be there. How did you do it?
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    • Profile picture of the author maxcl
      Originally Posted by cheddarben View Post

      Hell yes. Freedom. Control.

      Congrats man... seriously. Hopefully one day I will be there. How did you do it?
      OK so here's my story, I doubt it will unlock any secrets but perhaps could inspire or generate some comments. As a disclaimer, worked for a number of years as a web designer so think that gave me a good head start in IM.

      A few years ago I went through a messy divorce which left me in quite a bit of debt. Whilst I had a job for a very well known global technology company it still wasn’t enough to get these debts paid off… so decided to look at ways to make money online.

      My first project was an exercise bike review website. I made a few mistakes… firstly I targeted the UK market. Should have targeted the US market due to the higher traffic numbers – however, it taught me how to use Wordpress, set up hosting, and also join affiliate networks that were selling these products.
      My second mistake on that project was to use real spammy linking networks – do you remember Build My Rank? Well I used that for link building, Google came a knocking and I went from making £250 a month to £50.

      But, I could now see that it was possible to make money online.

      What I decided to do was look at the tech products I knew about from my 9 to 5 job… and then used networks such as Commission Junction to find relevant offers. Because I knew the products it let me really create compelling and targeted content – but this time I was hitting the US market.
      I was earning perhaps $2000 dollars a month via IM in 2011, but in 2012 things kind of went nuclear overnight and since then have been on a ever increasing income stream.

      Fast forward to 2013 and I have around 14 websites. Some are related to things like coupon codes, some are review sites, some are 1 pagers, some health niche, generally a broad spectrum of stuff – what I do sometimes is find a website that works, and then create a new version of it so I can start to dominate the SERPS.

      My monthly revenues are now in the $20,000 dollar a month bracket. I’ve managed to pay my debts, buy a great new car, and have a very privileged life where I don’t need to worry too much about bills.

      However, I know nothing in life is guaranteed and so have only decided to quit my job this month after saving most of my affiliate income over the last year to give me a security fall back in case Google comes knocking again.

      Now I am going solo I will be looking to expand on my portfolio of sites, go into different niches, and also look to put something back into the Warrior Forum in terms of how I do affiliate marketing using networks such as Commission Junction – these guys are my biggest payers. Once I get some time I will post up some detailed tips and guides on how I run my IM business which I hope will help some of you on here.
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      • Profile picture of the author kh65
        Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

        OK so here's my story, I doubt it will unlock any secrets but perhaps could inspire or generate some comments. As a disclaimer, worked for a number of years as a web designer so think that gave me a good head start in IM.

        A few years ago I went through a messy divorce which left me in quite a bit of debt. Whilst I had a job for a very well known global technology company it still wasn’t enough to get these debts paid off… so decided to look at ways to make money online.

        My first project was an exercise bike review website. I made a few mistakes… firstly I targeted the UK market. Should have targeted the US market due to the higher traffic numbers – however, it taught me how to use Wordpress, set up hosting, and also join affiliate networks that were selling these products.
        My second mistake on that project was to use real spammy linking networks – do you remember Build My Rank? Well I used that for link building, Google came a knocking and I went from making £250 a month to £50.

        But, I could now see that it was possible to make money online.

        What I decided to do was look at the tech products I knew about from my 9 to 5 job… and then used networks such as Commission Junction to find relevant offers. Because I knew the products it let me really create compelling and targeted content – but this time I was hitting the US market.
        I was earning perhaps $2000 dollars a month via IM in 2011, but in 2012 things kind of went nuclear overnight and since then have been on a ever increasing income stream.

        Fast forward to 2013 and I have around 14 websites. Some are related to things like coupon codes, some are review sites, some are 1 pagers, some health niche, generally a broad spectrum of stuff – what I do sometimes is find a website that works, and then create a new version of it so I can start to dominate the SERPS.

        My monthly revenues are now in the $20,000 dollar a month bracket. I’ve managed to pay my debts, buy a great new car, and have a very privileged life where I don’t need to worry too much about bills.

        However, I know nothing in life is guaranteed and so have only decided to quit my job this month after saving most of my affiliate income over the last year to give me a security fall back in case Google comes knocking again.

        Now I am going solo I will be looking to expand on my portfolio of sites, go into different niches, and also look to put something back into the Warrior Forum in terms of how I do affiliate marketing using networks such as Commission Junction – these guys are my biggest payers. Once I get some time I will post up some detailed tips and guides on how I run my IM business which I hope will help some of you on here.
        Thanks for sharing!!!
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          Congratulations! It was big step I'm sure but ultimately the right one. Good luck!
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      • Profile picture of the author depp12
        Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

        OK so here's my story, I doubt it will unlock any secrets but perhaps could inspire or generate some comments. As a disclaimer, worked for a number of years as a web designer so think that gave me a good head start in IM.

        A few years ago I went through a messy divorce which left me in quite a bit of debt. Whilst I had a job for a very well known global technology company it still wasn’t enough to get these debts paid off… so decided to look at ways to make money online.

        My first project was an exercise bike review website. I made a few mistakes… firstly I targeted the UK market. Should have targeted the US market due to the higher traffic numbers – however, it taught me how to use Wordpress, set up hosting, and also join affiliate networks that were selling these products.
        My second mistake on that project was to use real spammy linking networks – do you remember Build My Rank? Well I used that for link building, Google came a knocking and I went from making £250 a month to £50.

        But, I could now see that it was possible to make money online.

        What I decided to do was look at the tech products I knew about from my 9 to 5 job… and then used networks such as Commission Junction to find relevant offers. Because I knew the products it let me really create compelling and targeted content – but this time I was hitting the US market.
        I was earning perhaps $2000 dollars a month via IM in 2011, but in 2012 things kind of went nuclear overnight and since then have been on a ever increasing income stream.

        Fast forward to 2013 and I have around 14 websites. Some are related to things like coupon codes, some are review sites, some are 1 pagers, some health niche, generally a broad spectrum of stuff – what I do sometimes is find a website that works, and then create a new version of it so I can start to dominate the SERPS.

        My monthly revenues are now in the $20,000 dollar a month bracket. I’ve managed to pay my debts, buy a great new car, and have a very privileged life where I don’t need to worry too much about bills.

        However, I know nothing in life is guaranteed and so have only decided to quit my job this month after saving most of my affiliate income over the last year to give me a security fall back in case Google comes knocking again.

        Now I am going solo I will be looking to expand on my portfolio of sites, go into different niches, and also look to put something back into the Warrior Forum in terms of how I do affiliate marketing using networks such as Commission Junction – these guys are my biggest payers. Once I get some time I will post up some detailed tips and guides on how I run my IM business which I hope will help some of you on here.
        Okay i am going to say this in the nicest possible way I can Sorry but to me you do not come across as someone that earns 20k per month to me anyway.

        Quick question as well why would you buy an ebook back in February on how to make money online if your anywhere close to this level of 20k per month in revenue ?
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        • Profile picture of the author maxcl
          Originally Posted by depp12 View Post

          Quick question as well why would you buy an ebook back in February on how to make money online if your anywhere close to this level of 20k per month in revenue ?
          With all due respect to you I don't feel the need to prove my earnings. If I was after some kudos or back-slapping I would probably use my real name and would be far more actively involved in the forum.

          The whole point of online revenue for me is continual improvement and continued earnings.

          By your comment it would appear that once you hit a certain level of income it means you can no longer learn from other people?

          I don't fit into that mindset and am actually just about to sign-up for another course on Internet Marketing this week because I want to keep finding new ways to diversify my income and keep pushing... especially that I have now quit my job.

          I bought a 10 dollar book on link-building last week... why? Because I don't know everything.

          Quite why I would need to lie is beyond me. Perhaps if I was trying to sell something to you that might be to my advantage - but I'm not.
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          • Profile picture of the author depp12
            Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

            With all due respect to you I don't feel the need to prove my earnings. If I was after some kudos or back-slapping I would probably use my real name and would be far more actively involved in the forum.

            The whole point of online revenue for me is continual improvement and continued earnings.

            By your comment it would appear that once you hit a certain level of income it means you can no longer learn from other people?

            I don't fit into that mindset and am actually just about to sign-up for another course on Internet Marketing this week because I want to keep finding new ways to diversify my income and keep pushing... especially that I have now quit my job.

            I bought a 10 dollar book on link-building last week... why? Because I don't know everything.

            Quite why I would need to lie is beyond me. Perhaps if I was trying to sell something to you that might be to my advantage - but I'm not.
            Hi,

            Listen my comments were never inteneded to offend anyone. I also never at any stage asked you to prove your earnings to me at any stage. All i said was that you do not come across as someone that earns 20k per month. 240k per year.

            The ebook i was reffering to that you bought back in February was christines Newbie to millionaire ebook. I just felt that if someone was earning 20k per month revenue why buy an ebook which is geared towards a newbie.

            I would have though at the 20k per month you would be on a much higher level than buying wso's.

            Thats where I am coming from here. Again no offence intended and i wish you the very best of luck.
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        • Profile picture of the author maxcl
          Originally Posted by depp12 View Post

          Okay i am going to say this in the nicest possible way I can Sorry but to me you do not come across as someone that earns 20k per month to me anyway.

          Quick question as well why would you buy an ebook back in February on how to make money online if your anywhere close to this level of 20k per month in revenue ?
          PS: How should I act? Do you want me to post a photo of my new car? Screengrab some earnings shots from Commission Junction. Have a big shiny avatar with flashing dollar signs.

          Your comment is ridiculous.
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  • Profile picture of the author DirectD_Rahul
    Good for your economy. You seem to be well stable with family. 3 days/week a good idea for easy life or may be to start something new
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    Having no steady income was scary as hell for me. I didn't sleep for days.

    You have to find the courage and belief that you will succeed. Always focus on the destination and you will find the way.
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    Good for you, and good luck - I remember that day well, now twelve years ago, a one year old at home, another on the way, and a nice mortgage to pay! But as someone once said, leap and the net will appear. Twelve years later, and now four kids, it somehow worked out ... as it will for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author sween
    Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

    So I've been a bit of a lurker on these forums for a couple of years but thought I would start to get more involved now... reason why?

    I've just quit my well-paid job.

    I've been doing IM for 3 years part-time now, picking up tips, tricks, advise from this forum and various other websites, blogs, and mentors... and have consistently been making more money online outside of work, than I have with my full-time job for the last 12 months.

    Why did it take me so long to quit - well I am not usually a risk-taker but thought it's now my time to be free. I can see what works online for me, so my quitting my full-time job I can rinse and repeat those methods and make my own way in life.

    Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son.

    Looking forward to having more discussions on here over the next few months
    Very well done, sir. An inspiration. I'm hoping to be able to quit my horrible job by the end of the year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    You quit your job..

    You mean you quit being a slave?



    Congratulations.

    The world is yours.
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    • Profile picture of the author maxcl
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      You quit your job..

      You mean you quit being a slave?



      Congratulations.

      The world is yours.
      Ha ha true.

      Although I quit, my contract has a 3 month notice period written into it so I am still a slave for a little while yet!
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    congratulations man.
    I did the same last year in May when I resigned from well paid and very attractive banking job
    trust me since then I never looked back. I am just chilling and enjoying.

    Its your turn mate, concentrate more on your IM work, I believe you will never look back.

    All the best
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      When you do it the right way - quitting is a great feeling.

      I congratulate you on your common sense. You waited until you had savings in place and until you felt you could rely on your online income.

      That's not taking a risk - that's grabbing an opportunity.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      How does it feel with your buttocks hanging out the window everyday? I never want to feel anything else.(LOL) I'm trying not to swear because I read the thread on cursing. Don't want anyone to call me a pottymouth. (duh)
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Yet another success story online.

    Way to go.

    You just escaped the RAT RACE. Congrats.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Congrats! I didn't have to quit my job since I was laid off, so I was able to avoid writing some gushy resignation letter.

    Enjoy the new adventures life has in store for you and your family!
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  • Profile picture of the author kh65
    Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

    So I've been a bit of a lurker on these forums for a couple of years but thought I would start to get more involved now... reason why?

    I've just quit my well-paid job.

    I've been doing IM for 3 years part-time now, picking up tips, tricks, advise from this forum and various other websites, blogs, and mentors... and have consistently been making more money online outside of work, than I have with my full-time job for the last 12 months.

    Why did it take me so long to quit - well I am not usually a risk-taker but thought it's now my time to be free. I can see what works online for me, so my quitting my full-time job I can rinse and repeat those methods and make my own way in life.

    Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son.

    Looking forward to having more discussions on here over the next few months
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    Conrgatulation on quiting your job to work for yourself!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sergio Zekanovic
    I congratulate, and wish you a good luck. A new job means the beginning of a journey with newer opportunities and scopes.
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    After I finish my military obligation in 4.5 years I plan to collect retirement, online income and never work for anyone again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    I thought this was going to be a typical WF "I just quit my job to TRY and make money online" post.

    Glad to see it's not. Well done and I hope you're happy in life.
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    Congratulations! That's my aim too, to make enough money online so I wouldn't have to depend on a day job for my living.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    Congratulations on the big achievement!

    I think one big key thing to take away from this that many newcomers in this industry can learn from is it took you years before you were making good money to quit your job.

    You DID NOT find a shiny push button, or some software that generate all the income for you.

    You put in lots of work learning from your trials and errors of what worked, and what did not -- then spent all your time into creating your websites to the point that are now.

    Wish you the best of luck in your new lifestyle and good luck on expanding your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I’m glad with your story. Congratulations! I hope you will manage to always do what you want, the way you like.

    It’s a good idea to invest your money on something else, besides your online business, like buying houses, land, etc.






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  • Profile picture of the author SurrealPSD
    Inspiring man, thanks for sharing your story. I also quit 'day-work' to pursue IM full-time, I have my freelancing to keep me going for now - but my aim is to make money with my digital product

    Conzz
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    • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
      Congrats maxcl! I love hearing stories like that.

      One piece of advice I would give to you is to start diversifying more online. It sounds like you have a lot of your eggs in the Google / SEO basket. Which of course is very risky, from a "financial security" perspective. Things can change fast online, and often with little or no warning.

      If I were you, I would start learning about and experimenting with other types of traffic and income generation strategies (PPC, list-building, video marketing, media buys, product creation, etc). You want to get to the point to where if 1 particular type of traffic source or income generation method dries up, you won't lose any sleep at night, because you will have others to fall back on.

      Good luck moving forward! I haven't had a "regular" job in about 5 years now... it's a great feeling.
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        Very nice! I hope one day to join your ranks of work at home IM.
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        • Profile picture of the author PandoraH
          Congrats! I'm always impressed by hearing good stories like this from people who stick it out. So many people give up (uh, that would be me, until recently), and every bit of good news keeps other new folks inspired. Thanks for sharing your news
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          • Profile picture of the author 4DayWeekend
            Congratulations.

            You've done the sensible thing by waiting until the income from your online entrepreneurship was above that of your job before you quit. Now your business can only go from strength to strength.

            Good luck & never forget to cherish that free time!
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    Congratulations to you!

    You will do very well and live a wonderful life. I can't agree more with the diversification suggestion. Start in on that as soon as possible.

    Hooray for you!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Rodill
    Welcome to going public!

    It's obviously not a very well informed judgement he has of you, but that's his right I guess. I'm not sure how 20K earners are "supposed" to come across either.

    Unfortunately for him, he's the one who has to deal with his mindset. In the meantime, congratulations on your success and being an inspiration to (most of) us all.

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      Originally Posted by Marc Rodill View Post

      Welcome to going public!

      It's obviously not a very well informed judgement he has of you, but that's his right I guess. I'm not sure how 20K earners are "supposed" to come across either.

      Unfortunately for him, he's the one who has to deal with his mindset. In the meantime, congratulations on your success and being an inspiration to (most of) us all.

      Marc
      Thank you Marc. I must admit that I was reluctant to actually say how much I was earning because I am very private when it comes to my online business. But at the same time thought that I am proud of what I have achieved so wanted to share it with like minds.

      I don't even tell my own close friends how much I earn. So that's my character.

      I would love to know how someone who earns a certain amount of money is meant to behave - I can tell you it's not changed me and never would.
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      Outstanding! Welcome to the "work from home" club.

      Good luck to ya.
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      Hi Maxcl

      I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for sharing your story and honesty in such a public arena with no agenda.
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  • Profile picture of the author zeroaffiliate
    Congratulations! Welcome to the world of freedom.
    You have a great mindset of keep learning and expanding your knowledge.

    Work hard and play harder!
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  • Profile picture of the author GyuMan82
    Hmmmm I'm going to go against the grain here and say I agree that you don't sound like someone that is in that $20k/mo range.

    As someone who is in that range of earnings and who has colleagues in that range, I can tell you to get to this level it takes an extraordinary amount of hard work, and once you do get here, you're not thinking about a "3-day work week".

    Anyway whether you earn that much or not I don't care, and I am sure you do not care what I think as well.

    However if you have in fact achieved that level of success a few things:

    1. Congratulations on your success. I wish you much more success in the future.

    2. Don't blow all your money and continue to work hard and save.


    In IM when the earning is good, it's the greatest job in the world. However it also is a very volatile industry. Things can quickly go to sh!t overnight, and you have to plan for the rainy day that is bound to come.

    One month you can earn $20k, the next month you may only earn $3k. You need to plan for the slow months as much of what happens in IM is not in your control.

    You have a wife and a kid, people depend on you. This sh!t is bigger than you now. You can't only work a 3-day work week, man up and at least put in 5-days like the rest of the world.

    Enjoy your money, but be smart about it as well.

    Again congrats on your success, and I wish you and your new family the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author maxcl
      Originally Posted by GyuMan82 View Post

      Hmmmm I'm going to go against the grain here and say I agree that you don't sound like someone that is in that $20k/mo range.

      As someone who is in that range of earnings and who has colleagues in that range, I can tell you to get to this level it takes an extraordinary amount of hard work, and once you do get here, you're not thinking about a "3-day work week".

      Anyway whether you earn that much or not I don't care, and I am sure you do not care what I think as well.

      However if you have in fact achieved that level of success a few things:

      1. Congratulations on your success. I wish you much more success in the future.

      2. Don't blow all your money and continue to work hard and save.


      In IM when the earning is good, it's the greatest job in the world. However it also is a very volatile industry. Things can quickly go to sh!t overnight, and you have to plan for the rainy day that is bound to come.

      One month you can earn $20k, the next month you may only earn $3k. You need to plan for the slow months as much of what happens in IM is not in your control.

      You have a wife and a kid, people depend on you. This sh!t is bigger than you now. You can't only work a 3-day work week, man up and at least put in 5-days like the rest of the world.

      Enjoy your money, but be smart about it as well.

      Again congrats on your success, and I wish you and your new family the best.
      OK so thanks for the comments.

      I must admit it does irritate me some what that you and one other person have now said that I don't sound like someone who earns $20,000 a month.

      I can't get my head around that, especially as you reference if I was earning that amount of money I would not then want to work 3 days a week?

      My whole aim was to give myself a better work and life balance... and not have to work every hour under the sun.

      I've managed to get myself into that position after working my arse off for 3 years as well as holding down a full-time job and now want to actually enjoy other parts of my life instead being sat in front of a PC 24/7.

      I have nothing to gain by coming onto the WF and start offering a load of BS to a bunch of strangers you or other people on this forum. I am half tempted to screenshot my affiliate accounts, but I guess you would then say I'd photoshopped it so again utterly pointless.

      As I said, I don't even tell my friends how much I earn and am humble with them. So why I would need to come onto a forum and start acting like I am some kind of 20k a month hero I don't know.

      If you noticed I didn't reference my earnings in my original post... it was simply after some consideration.

      I gave up a $100K a year job this week so you can believe me I wouldn't have done that unless I had hit the numbers I've quoted.
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      • Profile picture of the author hipeopo02
        Originally Posted by maxcl View Post


        I have nothing to gain by coming onto the WF.

        That's why people are so skeptical.
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          Originally Posted by hipeopo02 View Post

          That's why people are so skeptical.
          Yeh I see what you mean. To confirm what I meant, which was that I have nothing to gain by coming on the WF and boasting about my progress.

          My post was intended to be a positive story.

          Of course I have something to gain from coming on the WF. It's taught me loads and provided inspiration for me - something I was looking to impart to other forum members.

          I'll continue to use it too.
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          • Profile picture of the author hipeopo02
            Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

            Of course I have something to gain from coming on the WF. It's taught me loads and provided inspiration for me - something I was looking to impart to other forum members.
            Why think small? Start your own IM forum. You are obviously above this place in education and position. why sink back down to it? Do you really think everything you learned here was typed up here first? it's just another internet marketing forum...you dont owe it shit hahahah
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    I think your approach is phenomenal. Once you setup ur online funnel then it is advisable to quit ur job. Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author mjoyd
    Good for you...never regret your decisions because there's always a reason why you decide to end things with your former employer. We should sometimes learn to take risks in order to realize that there are greater opportunities rather than limiting ourselves to just what we have (with the expense of our own happiness). Goodluck on your new journey!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruka
    Don't let it get to you Max, you know the truth so that's all that matters. I believe you, there's no reason not to. It's not like you said you were earning a billion a month.

    I'm more interested in your methods. It sounds like you are using SEO to rank affiliate sites, is that right (which would mean most of your revenue is profit). What was it that made your sites go nuclear in 2012?
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    • Profile picture of the author maxcl
      Originally Posted by Ruka View Post

      Don't let it get to you Max, you know the truth so that's all that matters. I believe you, there's no reason not to. It's not like you said you were earning a billion a month.

      I'm more interested in your methods. It sounds like you are using SEO to rank affiliate sites, is that right (which would mean most of your revenue is profit). What was it that made your sites go nuclear in 2012?
      Thank you, yes they are pure affiliates sites ranked with SEO so 95% profit typically.

      I managed to build up relationships with the account managers at CJ to open me up to more exclusive offers and really laser target some KWs that whilst didn't have huge searches, were very much buying KWs where the customer was just about to hit the pay button.

      I was very much putting myself into the mind of the consumer and thinking that way... and most the products I market are over the $150 mark meaning better commissions. Some products were offering up to 50% commission on some digital download items I promote so made for relatively easy products to rank.

      I focus on the buying KWs - when that person is 90% ready to purchase. so for example products which might have KWs such as "discount" or "half price" in them.
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        Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

        Thank you, yes they are pure affiliates sites ranked with SEO so 95% profit typically.

        I managed to build up relationships with the account managers at CJ to open me up to more exclusive offers and really laser target some KWs that whilst didn't have huge searches, were very much buying KWs where the customer was just about to hit the pay button.

        I was very much putting myself into the mind of the consumer and thinking that way... and most the products I market are over the $150 mark meaning better commissions. Some products were offering up to 50% commission on some digital download items I promote so made for relatively easy products to rank.

        I focus on the buying KWs - when that person is 90% ready to purchase. so for example products which might have KWs such as "discount" or "half price" in them.
        Now, that is really interesting, thanks a lot for sharing. I didn't realise that CJ had exclusive offers under the table, I'm assuming that is offers on products that are not advertised openly on their site for all to see.

        Then you simply used a keyword tool to pull out the best keywords, used your brain to identify the buying ones, and targeted them. And I guess the SEO is not difficult when very few other people are going for the same keywords. Plus you are knowledgeable about the product so your site has insightful content, which leads to a click-through. Love it, & congrats!
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        I think it's ridiculous to have to rationalize yourself, however, given the nature of forums we regularly open ourselves up to either praise, ridicule or envy with every post/comment.

        It sounds like you've worked hard over the past few years and it's working for you. There's nothing wrong with buying products to learn more or to get someone's take on a subject, especially like link building - thanks to Google that's an ever evolving topic anyway. Congrats and keep up the good work.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
        Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

        Thank you, yes they are pure affiliates sites ranked with SEO so 95% profit typically.

        I managed to build up relationships with the account managers at CJ to open me up to more exclusive offers and really laser target some KWs that whilst didn't have huge searches, were very much buying KWs where the customer was just about to hit the pay button.

        I was very much putting myself into the mind of the consumer and thinking that way... and most the products I market are over the $150 mark meaning better commissions. Some products were offering up to 50% commission on some digital download items I promote so made for relatively easy products to rank.

        I focus on the buying KWs - when that person is 90% ready to purchase. so for example products which might have KWs such as "discount" or "half price" in them.
        Tip: Use a small amount of your additional earnings to test and get acquainted with paid traffic. 95% SEO is scary. You do not want all your eggs in the Google SEO basket.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Congrats on your success and for having the sense to wait to quit till you had enough funds to do so.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      Congrats on your success and for having the sense to wait to quit till you had enough funds to do so.
      this is crucial.

      Quitting your job and not backing yourself up is stupid, and could cause you financial ruin.

      When I quit my job several years ago, I had a few thousands in the bank. But I did blow about $910 on PPC, without making a sale.

      These day I realise the important of building a business for the long term. A mailing list, and bigger monthly membership sites. So $910 goes a long way for me nowadays, big time.

      I think you should have at least 4 - 6 months funds before you quit, or even make sure you are earning residual income before you quit.

      Just think if you have a membership site at 9.95 per month, you only need 100 members paying you to bring in $1000 a month, then you can use that money to get more traffic, and more subscribers. I DId this back in 2008 and had hundreds of members paying me $9.95 for a cat site, and sold that site for a motza.

      So my point is back yourself up financially first, then go from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
    Very inspiring! I just got a new job 3 months ago as an SEO Link Builder. I LOVE This job to death but at the end of the day, I'm trying to have that financial freedom too . And most importantly I never want to miss a day for my future kids sports game/spelling bee/field trip/graduation etc
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    Awesome!!! Great Work. Another unemployable marketer
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    • Profile picture of the author haideek
      Thanks for the inspiration and making the dream come true!
      If you have any more words on how to get there, they will be greatly appreciated.
      Best wishes to you and your family.
      Enjoy your life!
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    Awesome! Congratulations and good for you for sticking with it and not giving up. This online-business-thing is not for the faint of heart!
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      Originally Posted by giuseppepuma View Post

      Well done good luck!!! quick my job last year when i WAS 19! so Great decision.
      We are giving review copies for our product on how to start your very own web design company with out needing to learn programming.. please pm me for more details price point $27,$47, $97 a month... so you get it for FREE only 4 Copies available! PM me for more details thanks Giuseppe
      I love how you acknowledge him and then follow with your sales pitch. Easy marketing tactic101. No need for that bro. Just congratulate the fella.
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  • Profile picture of the author CRGreen
    Congratulations on taking this step. It sounds like if you've been consistently been making more money online, for the last 12 months, than at your full-time job, that what you're doing is working. Keep it up and enjoy the free time you'll have to spend with your wife and that precious baby.
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  • Profile picture of the author jivens
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    Congrats! I did the same thing a while back. I knew that if I didn't depend on the money that I was making online then I wouldn't have taken it as big as I did. I

    It was by far and away the best decision of my life.

    Enjoy your new life!
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    I remember the day I quit my last job. One of the best days of my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author erikseoguy
    Congratulations! You HAVE made the right decision. There will be ups and downs and LOTS of learning. Never stop learning and never quit!

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author ClaraBr
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    Congratulations on your decision. Spending more time with your family is essential for a good life, I think. And there are so many things you can do now, that you are free. I personally did that too, so that I can spend more time with my family and also have time for other things like gardening and handmade jewellery. Good luck to you!
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    Congrats! Good Luck.
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    Congratulations bro...welcome to the world of freedom
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    congratulations on taking that step, its a whole new world when your free from the shackles of a 'job'.
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  • Profile picture of the author zloveday93
    Just spent the past half an hour reading all the posts - every one is so positive :=)

    Honestly, congratulations Max.

    The fact of the matter is that it's down to you and only you to go after what you want, nobody is going to do your push ups for you...

    ...sure people will help you along the way, but it's you that's going to bed later every night and getting up earlier every morning...

    ...and I can tell that for you to have gotten to the stage your currently at, you must have worked your ass off.

    I'm looking forward to joining you.

    Congrats again,

    Zak
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  • Profile picture of the author Meharis
    Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

    So I've been a bit of a lurker on these forums for a couple of years but thought I would start to get more involved now... reason why?

    I've just quit my well-paid job.

    I've been doing IM for 3 years part-time now, picking up tips, tricks, advise from this forum and various other websites, blogs, and mentors... and have consistently been making more money online outside of work, than I have with my full-time job for the last 12 months.

    Why did it take me so long to quit - well I am not usually a risk-taker but thought it's now my time to be free. I can see what works online for me, so my quitting my full-time job I can rinse and repeat those methods and make my own way in life.

    Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son.

    Looking forward to having more discussions on here over the next few months

    maxcl,

    I would have done the same thing considering you did match your monthly income.
    Well done!!

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  • Profile picture of the author sogeshirts
    Quitting a job is the ultimate freedom. Seems like you are doing quite well for yourself. Congrats.

    Traditional companies today could care less about you even if you work for them for 30 years. If they can bring someone in who is younger and cheaper they will.
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    Congratulations! Its blessing in disguise. You did a quiet sensible plan. Enjoy professional as well as time freedom..
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Quit my job at the beginning of the year. Since moving to Asia my bank account now has more money in it than when I left the UK. So I'm doing OK.

    I feel a lot less stressed these days and of course I no longer have to take part in any corporate stupidity.

    Just take care with your cash if you want to quit the ratrace long term.
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    • Profile picture of the author maxcl
      Originally Posted by brettb View Post

      Quit my job at the beginning of the year. Since moving to Asia my bank account now has more money in it than when I left the UK. So I'm doing OK.

      I feel a lot less stressed these days and of course I no longer have to take part in any corporate stupidity.

      Just take care with your cash if you want to quit the ratrace long term.
      Awesome - where in Asia did you move Brett?
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    Originally Posted by maxcl View Post

    So I've been a bit of a lurker on these forums for a couple of years but thought I would start to get more involved now... reason why?

    I've just quit my well-paid job.

    I've been doing IM for 3 years part-time now, picking up tips, tricks, advise from this forum and various other websites, blogs, and mentors... and have consistently been making more money online outside of work, than I have with my full-time job for the last 12 months.

    Why did it take me so long to quit - well I am not usually a risk-taker but thought it's now my time to be free. I can see what works online for me, so my quitting my full-time job I can rinse and repeat those methods and make my own way in life.

    Plan is to work 3 days a week, and then spend rest of the week with my wife and 5 month old son.

    Looking forward to having more discussions on here over the next few months
    Congratulations! I am hoping to start a thread like this in a few month :-)
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    Congratulations on taking the leap! While I understand the viewpoint of others on this thread, personally I'm with you – what's the use of the IM lifestyle if you end up working just as much as when you had a J-O-B? So long as you're making money and putting some away "just in case", I don't see a problem.
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    Good luck!
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    nice bro, yeah I love to hear about these stories, makes you stay positive and focused on making money from home. It's a mindset really, cuz you're the only one to count on for your next paycheck, and that takes discipline and focus and determination. But so worth it in the end.
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    Congrats! I worked online in my free time, but never had much success. I quit my job three months and gave my self no choice but to succeed and I have not regretted it. Welcome to the club!
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    Awesome! It is very difficult to open the next door, with your foot still in the last! Go NAIL IT!
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