Breaking Free of Corporate Slavery

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Hi Guys

Given that the Warrior Forum is full of people that want to make a living online or via an alternative other than a "traditional job" I thought this would be the ideal place to learn from the wealth of experience and talent we have here.

Also, I'm pretty sure there's a good mix of "wantrepreneurs" who are trying to follow their passion full time as well as bona fide entrepreneurs who already do it and make a full time income from it.

To help the people still stuck trading time for money (I am one) I'd love to get your thoughts, experiences and views on these questions:

If you've still struggling to get free

What are the biggest obtacles you face in making it happen today?

What support/advice do you need to help you on your journey?


If you've already made the switch

What is the single most important piece of advice anyone wanting to make the crossover needs to know?

Interested to hear your feedback guys - let's make this thread a great resource for everyone wanting to crossover.

SkyeFWP
#personal development #breaking #corporate #free #slavery

  • Profile picture of the author WillMitchell
    My jump happened when I started treating my side-projects as a real job. People need to escape the trap of the "Internet Marketer" frame of mind or even the "Marketer" frame. You are out to build cash flow, so treat it like a business. Be entrepreneurs, not "IM guys". Act like there is somebody breathing down your neck to achieve your goals when first starting out until it is habitualized.


    Originally Posted by SkyeFWP View Post

    Hi Guys

    Given that the Warrior Forum is full of people that want to make a living online or via an alternative other than a "traditional job" I thought this would be the ideal place to learn from the wealth of experience and talent we have here.

    Also, I'm pretty sure there's a good mix of "wantrepreneurs" who are trying to follow their passion full time as well as bona fide entrepreneurs who already do it and make a full time income from it.

    To help the people still stuck trading time for money (I am one) I'd love to get your thoughts, experiences and views on these questions:

    If you've still struggling to get free

    What are the biggest obtacles you face in making it happen today?

    What support/advice do you need to help you on your journey?


    If you've already made the switch

    What is the single most important piece of advice anyone wanting to make the crossover needs to know?

    Interested to hear your feedback guys - let's make this thread a great resource for everyone wanting to crossover.

    SkyeFWP
  • Profile picture of the author SkyeFWP
    Thanks for sharing Will.

    C'mon the rest of you, get your responses in so we can figure out how best to help the people who haven't made the switch yet.

    Your comments could be the catalyst that change someones life...
  • Profile picture of the author MrFume
    For me, I have always been an awkward fit into the molds offered by society-i have never derived my sense of identity by what i do for a living-I have strained in the harness since childhood. When my first marriage failed i re-invented myself as an IT Support expert-studying and working towards that goal. i was moderately successful, having earned my living in this role for the past nearly 20 years. However, a year ago i started to become aware of the potential for earning a living online, from home. i have been working towards that end for about 8 months now-i have 30 domain names 10 websites varying from cashgigs.net to vicparkwebdesign.com. I am now striving to create an offline consultancy for my local area, have built a town Portal (or am building) with business directory and classified ads etc. The main obstacle for me is keeping motivated and developing the confidence to present myself to local business, will be attending a local chambers luncheon next month to kick this off. I am always studying ways to improve my offerings and add value.
  • Profile picture of the author calhoun
    The biggest obstacle I have faced so far is getting myself to do any work, I mean procrastination.

    It's not like before when I used to have a job that I'd be required to be at a certain place before a certain time in uniform. Now it's like get out of bed, turn on the PC, go fiddle about somewhere online comepletely missing the point.

    I wish I had an office that I could go to, in uniform, and be there at a certain time and avoid procrastinating any more. But then again I could be procrastinating in the office anyway right?

    So my advice would be to set a goal for yourself and reach it at the end of the day.

    Also before making that crossover, please don't make it hard on yourself by quitting your job and trying to make it full time in IM.

    I mean, I ain't stopping you, but I'm just saying because I still wish I had my old job since I am still in transition after a string of failures.
  • Profile picture of the author Michela
    My biggest obstacles are time and energy. My current job is so demanding and takes so much out of me that I am exhausted when I get home.
    Time - being a parent and all that entails. Which is just wonderful, no issues there.
    Hmm for me it's definitely my job that's sapping me
  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    My greatest obstacles seems to be getting focused. sometimes am on others off focus
  • Profile picture of the author SkyeFWP
    Originally Posted by Michela View Post

    My biggest obstacles are time and energy. My current job is so demanding and takes so much out of me that I am exhausted when I get home.
    Time - being a parent and all that entails. Which is just wonderful, no issues there.
    Hmm for me it's definitely my job that's sapping me
    I hear you Michela, I have a full time job too which involves lots of national travel 4-5 hours a day reguarly and I struggle to find the highest yield activities for the small amount of time I have available.

    I've always felt like the job is holding me back but that I need to stay in it to keep the income coming in to pay for the roof over my head. Catch 22.

    How are people getting over this part? Building up a side hustle until it takes over job income?
  • Profile picture of the author Michela
    Originally Posted by SkyeFWP View Post

    I hear you Michela, I have a full time job too which involves lots of national travel 4-5 hours a day reguarly and I struggle to find the highest yield activities for the small amount of time I have available.

    I've always felt like the job is holding me back but that I need to stay in it to keep the income coming in to pay for the roof over my head. Catch 22.

    How are people getting over this part? Building up a side hustle until it takes over job income?

    WillMitchell said earlier in this thread that we need to basically get serious and treat our online ventures like a job. Too true!

    And Calhoun - not to make it hard on ourselves by ditching the job too early. Also very true!

    I am a classic story of online ventures that didn't work out, gave up in despondency, another year goes by, try again etc. So many times I've wanted to quit from my job because "I just can't take it anymore". I'm glad I haven't, though.

    Funny thing is, the essence of my employment IS what I love (or one of the things I love). However, my employer is squeezing more and more out of me (and indeed most people there, not just me), with no signs of that abating.
    Killing energy, killing motivation.

    So I am in the process of:
    *Looking at what I can streamline at work
    *Intelligently lowering my personal bar so I can still do the job and be perceived as giving value, but perhaps not to my personal standard. (Mine is often too high, is yours?)
    *Having the courage to say to my manager that certain resource cuts will have a nett effect, and work flow must be adjusted accordingly. Etc.

    Smarter action, not more action.
    Hopefully, more energy at the end of the work day.

    *Questions - what do I love? How can I move that into my own business? Do I even want to? If not - then what?
    *Research, brainstorm, plan, action plan
    *Continue to educate yourself at the same time
    *Pieces of a puzzle - we can complete this!
    *Inspired, planned action
    *As the wonderful Stephen Covey always said "begin with the end in mind"
  • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
    If you've still struggling to get free

    What are the biggest obtacles you face in making it happen today?

    1 Understanding that I am about to do something that only 15% or less of the world is capable of doing and that only 1% maybe a little more, ever take action doing it.

    2 Knowing that when it comes down to it I'm Alone.

    What support/advice do you need to help you on your journey?
    Well, the problem has always been this for me, if you're working you got Money, but no time, if you don't work in order to do your thing, you got Time and little Money.

    If you've already made the switch

    What is the single most important piece of advice anyone wanting to make the crossover needs to know?

    1 Always, stick to the basics.
    2 Basically, you need to do the opposite of what 95% of the people are doing.
    3 You will be alone so don't be afraid of the unknown.
  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    What I did is I changed my mindset. I say it all the time, but if you don't focus on one thing, you are almost bound to fail.

    I have developed strong work ethic over time. Nowadays I plan and schedule everything, including the time spent on this forum, reading PMs, responding, etc.

    Everything is scheduled in my notepad and nothing will get in my way while I'm working. I stay focused on my goals and when I see the results, I get even more motivated and willing to work even harder.
  • Profile picture of the author SkyeFWP
    You can also find a tonne of good books on amazon related to this topic, I'm reading "Making The Big Leap" right now, great book.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for similar books about leaving 9 to 5? I've ordered another 8 and I'm looking to find and read every book on this topic so I can help others in my situation too
  • Profile picture of the author KickAss Marketing
    Stay focus and believe in yourself, in your talent, in everything. If you were able to think of this business then you would be able to find or think of a solution with whatever obstacle you may encounter along the way. Be strong.
  • Profile picture of the author meta-blogger
    First off, i'd like to say that i really like the concept
    and structure of this post.

    If you've still struggling to get free...

    Q1. What are the biggest obtacles you face in making
    it happen today?

    my biggest problem is/was setting up effective
    follow-up system, and making consistent sales

    Q2. What support/advice do you need to help you
    on your journey?

    I've found all the advise i need from my
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    (If you've already made the switch)

    Q3. What is the single most important piece of
    advice anyone wanting to make the crossover
    needs to know?

    I'd say that there are clever ways to build your list
    continuously from work that you do once(no not
    article marketing), and you *must* also continously
    build the relationship - make them know, like and
    trust you - and you can do this on auto-pilot, if you
    are really sharp you can even get them to tell you
    their preferences and spending budget, and even
    ask or bribe them for referrals - and *automate* this
    whole process.

    (The *real* breakthrough is to get yourself a mentor
    to put all the pieces of the puzzle that most of us
    already have into a coheherent well oiled
    system - because frankly what i've discovered
    is that if you don't have a system you don't have
    a business... most of promote/market but that is
    only one part of the whole business system)

    I can't give too much away, so click on my *mentor*
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    I'm off to consume the rest of this thread for gold nuggets!!!
  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Autrey
    I am so friggen happy. I bought 3 adsense sites from an awesome lady, and theyre each making around $1 a day. Doesn't sound like much, but it's my first major step towards real true freedom. I'd need about 2500$ a month to be super happy and to feel stable and to invest in other things as well.

    Also these sites will flip for 8-12 times their worth anyways. So the GOAL is to have about 100 websites fully managed by ME, MYSELF AND I by my Birthday which is Dec 29th. I will be 30 years old.

    My obstacles really aren't that bad. It just takes funds ( no loans ) to purchase the sites while paying my bills. I can find a way and will find a way.

    Keep me in your thoughts. Thank you OP for making this post!
  • Profile picture of the author Ninja Ana
    All of the threads I'm reading are truly inspiring. Internet marketing help me a lot.
  • Profile picture of the author SkyeFWP
    Thanks for all of your kind comments, much appreciated.

    I'm loving these responses and I fully intend to reflect on them and try to devise groundbreaking solutions that work for me but also for others - that's the true test of a solution.

    I'm dedicating my lifes work to helping people find prosperity in their passions and to stop living the 9 to 5 life if they don't love it. All of your responses are helping me to move this jouney on and I thank you for that.

    I've also recently set up my first meetup.com group here in London, England and I have 28 members and will be chairing my first meetup later this month. If anyone is interested in attending let me know.

    I wasn't quite ready yet but I took action and guess what?...Everything started to fall into place nicely.

    Now to figure out what to plan for the first session...keep your answers coming and anything else you think will make this thread a valuable resource for all.

    Respect.

    SkyeFWP
  • Profile picture of the author SkyeFWP
    Originally Posted by marketforus1 View Post

    I am so friggen happy. I bought 3 adsense sites from an awesome lady, and theyre each making around $1 a day. Doesn't sound like much, but it's my first major step towards real true freedom. I'd need about 2500$ a month to be super happy and to feel stable and to invest in other things as well.

    Also these sites will flip for 8-12 times their worth anyways. So the GOAL is to have about 100 websites fully managed by ME, MYSELF AND I by my Birthday which is Dec 29th. I will be 30 years old.

    My obstacles really aren't that bad. It just takes funds ( no loans ) to purchase the sites while paying my bills. I can find a way and will find a way.

    Keep me in your thoughts. Thank you OP for making this post!
    Good work, a start is all you need! In terms of finding the money to buy more sites (if that's your passion) you may want to check T Harv Eker's JARS money managment system.

    I'm using the Financial Freedom account principle right now and I've accumulated over £1000 in less than a month! I have an FFA bank account and a jar which I religiously put money into and say my thanks everyday and I've been "finding" money ever since - Recommended!
  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Autrey
    Originally Posted by SkyeFWP View Post

    Good work, a start is all you need! In terms of finding the money to buy more sites (if that's your passion) you may want to check T Harv Eker's JARS money managment system.

    I'm using the Financial Freedom account principle right now and I've accumulated over £1000 in less than a month! I have an FFA bank account and a jar which I religiously put money into and say my thanks everyday and I've been "finding" money ever since - Recommended!
    Thanks! My goal is $1500 by Dec 29th 2012. And I'll be on my merry way!
  • Profile picture of the author michauddiana
    This is truly great information. Thank you very much!
  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    I've never really worked for anybody at else, at least not full time, and so for me there was no choice but to make it work.

    I actually don't think entrepreneurship is the best option for everyone, even though I wouldn't do it any other way, because you have to be completely self motivated, rather than boss- motivated, and that isn't most people.

    That said if you really want to be your own boss, I would say quit your job, refuse to take another one until you are making money, in a developed country you will work out some way to make it work and probably quicker than you would think possible.

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