Who here is totally KILLING it online--to the point of...

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...quitting your day job and making it a full time gig?

What are you doing now and what was it like quitting your job?
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    Originally Posted by justinmahar View Post

    ...quitting your day job and making it a full time gig?

    What are you doing now and what was it like quitting your job?
    Felt great when I quit working, done quite a few things in the last 12 years, had a couple of shops for a few years, worked on an AI that was supposed to make money, and now I'm into SEO. In between I've gone back to a normal job a few times but never longer then a couple of months at a time as I felt like I was wasting my time so in the few marginal years I've always been looking for something else and found that in SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    I did it 20 years ago and have been working from home ever since. It doesn't suck.

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  • Profile picture of the author JakeStatler
    I quit my job as a server at a high-end restaurant about 14 months ago and it was very liberating (and stressful at first)..

    I had been working online for about 22 months at this point and I was having minimal success because I wasn't pushing my limits. I wasn't taking any risks because I always had a steady income to fall back on and I was treating my online marketing more like a hobby than anything..

    I knew I had the potential to do big things online (and I later confirmed this to be true) but at the time I wasn't taking serious action.

    So I did the exact opposite of what most individuals do.

    I quit my job before I had the money to do it. I didn't really have any cash to my name or a specific plan, but I knew that having that job was holding me back from reaching my full potential as a real marketer. And I was right..

    When my "why" became bigger than my "how" and it started to become a matter of "will I have enough to make ends meet this month?" instead of "will I have enough to go out to the movies and dinner with friends this weekend?" at this point, everything changed.

    When you no longer have a choice but to make it work, somehow you suddenly make it work. Quitting my day job was the best decision I've ever made and I'd do it again in a heart beat
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    I quit my job back in 99 to do the net thing full time. Was the best feeling in the world. Was incredibly liberating. I still remember walking out that door for the last time. Totally Amazing.

    Over the years there have been ups and downs, MANY changes and I also changed my direction/market/niches. About 10 years back I did get burnt out, lost all ranks in G and took a job for a short time. Didn't take log to remind me I didn't like working for some one else.

    Still going strong. The weather here is getting nasty, snow, and just yesterday I was thinking, I am SO glad I don't have to drive to a job
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      Does it count if i was laid off and I just made this online stuff work out of necessity?

      I already had my business on the side of my day job but things didn't get truly serious until i had to rely on the business 100% for my income.

      In the beginning everything was SEO; building and ranking sites. Then i did local SEO and took on various clients (some of whom i still have today) just because there's minimal maintenance involved and they love my work.

      I've since transitioned to email marketing migrating the work in the markets/niches I worked on with SEO to the email world.

      Since that point everything has been FAR more profitable than simply doing SEO for myself and clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    I enjoyed my job quite a bit, but enjoy online a bit more because I earn quite a bit more having more control over my time. Online is less stress too; I worked in a pretty demanding job.

    It's funny because I was never into technology and didn't own a computer for a long time compared to many other people.

    I have no regrets leaving my career but I do miss parts of it at times.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Due to ill health I am on a Disability Pension and I can't hold down a regular job.
    However, that's barely enough to survive on, let alone pay medical bills, etc.
    So I started looking for ways to make money online and decided it is smart to use existing skills and build on them.
    I made that "choice" 5 years ago and have done well ever since.

    Yes, there are good and bad months but anything is better than zero and I don't have zero months.

    I like the feeling of working my own hours from home. No boss, no travel and no stress.
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  • Profile picture of the author ninosem
    @justinmahar I lost my job year and half ago... I make living online now almost one year. It wasn't easy, but I have vision now...
    I remember the day I start online and I seen everyone who was making incredible amounts of money.

    I was completely blown away by what's possible and the incredible amounts of money people made.
    during the process I went through the school of hard knocks.

    I enjoy online and this is most important....
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Even if it takes you a few years to make a full time income online, don't be ashamed of it and never give up no matter where you are right now in your business.

    Many successful marketers, it took them at least 2-5 years to see any success.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Does it count if I never had a job?

      I began my IM business at the start of my second year of college, hoping not to have to get one when I graduated - and got lucky, because that was how it worked out for me.

      I had no idea what I was doing at all, when I started, and made every mistake you can make. But 6 months later, I was making a full-time living from it, and have never had a job since, either, apart from the one I created for myself, running my own business.

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      • Profile picture of the author Adrianhenry
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Does it count if I never had a job?

        I began my IM business at the start of my second year of college, hoping not to have to get one when I graduated - and got lucky, because that was how it worked out for me.

        I had no idea what I was doing at all, when I started, and made every mistake you can make. But 6 months later, I was making a full-time living from it, and have never had a job since, either, apart from the one I created for myself, running my own business.

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        Currently in college right now and got into IM for the exact same reason. I dont like the idea of getting a job when I graduate working for someone else. Really hope I can follow in your footsteps and make it happen online so I never have to get a job
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      • Profile picture of the author heavysm
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


        I began my IM business at the start of my second year of college, hoping not to have to get one when I graduated - and got lucky, because that was how it worked out for me.
        I must say when i graduated university this past June it felt incredibly empowering telling anyone who asked about my post graduation job plans what i have going for me.

        It's literally just a different world talking to others at my school about my business. My school isn't business oriented, more emphasis on the hard sciences, math, engineering etc, but almost everyone I spoke to about my business were either shocked that i actually made something work or they felt i lucked out with what i had.

        But I tend to scoff at the "luck" remarks. Other businessman might have lucked out with their plans, experiencing immediate success or massive initial profit, but i know damn well my stuff was hard, many times incredibly tedious, work that gave me countless sleepless nights setting up.

        It's just a different life outlook to leave university as an established entrepreneur rather than someone looking to hit up the work field for whatever they can find.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

          I must say when i graduated university this past June it felt incredibly empowering telling anyone who asked about my post graduation job plans what i have going for me.
          Ooh, have you graduated already? Congratulations on that, too: I remember exchanging private messages with you here when you'd just started at college?!

          Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

          It's literally just a different world talking to others at my school about my business.
          Yes - it was for me, also. I did a purely academic, non-vocational subject. I kind of got to a point at which I really didn't enjoy discussing it with fellow-students, to be honest.

          Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

          I tend to scoff at the "luck" remarks.
          Rightly, for the most part, I think.

          You make your own luck to some extent.

          From my experience, there was some luck in it, in the sense that when I had my "breakthrough" and had "got everything right" (more or less anyway, and certainly by comparison with how I'd screwed up before that!), it was lucky for me that it all came together in that I'd finally "taken some good advice" rather than continuing to be led astray. That could have "not worked out for me either", and I'd have had to re-try all over again.

          I think one of the problems with a lot of internet marketing adventures (and maybe with affiliate marketing in particular) is that when you've done something wrong, that has prevented you from earning anything, it can be really difficult to find out what you've done wrong, and which part(s) you need to go back and change. And I was lucky in that - with hindsight - I probably changed the right things, at that point, without really understanding why.

          Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

          It's just a different life outlook to leave university as an established entrepreneur rather than someone looking to hit up the work field for whatever they can find.
          Agreed ... (and perhaps especially in this kind of job climate?). Well done - you've deserved it, clearly!

          (It was particularly lucky for me that it worked out relatively quickly, because as it turned out my "fallback career" was one that was no longer available to me by the time I graduated, because by then I'd become slightly disabled in a way which would completely have prevented my doing it anyway.)

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    • Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      Even if it takes you a few years to make a full time income online, don't be ashamed of it and never give up no matter where you are right now in your business.

      Many successful marketers, it took them at least 2-5 years to see any success.
      I can say that yes, it does take time. Plenty of people spend a long year or two trying to find that right method or strategy to work for them.

      Oftentimes, it's all about being patient and experimenting online. It took me a long time of experimentation and testing out new things before I discovered the things I could do online. Whether it happens tomorrow or in the new year, you'll get there eventually.
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  • Profile picture of the author LABEShops
    I quit my "regular" job in 2005 when I also bought my house - all possible due to my business which I started in 2001. Now I work 100% for myself from that same house and never look back.
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    I have a web start-up which allows people to host their content and connect it to apps to instantly build websites, mobile apps, and tons of other amazing marketing tools.

    I raised a small amount of capital from private investors 5 months, which allowed me to quit my day job, build the prototype (link in signature), and I just moved to San Francisco last month.

    Now, we are getting some interest from serious investors. I'm 28. I've done lots of start-ups before. I'm hoping this one is going to be "the big one".

    As for entrepreneurship, I have no choice. It's in my blood.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zodiax
    Originally Posted by justinmahar View Post

    ...quitting your day job and making it a full time gig?

    What are you doing now and what was it like quitting your job?
    Oh man!

    Im killin' it so bad im sipping root beer in my mickey mouse boxers.

    I just strolled into my office and told my boss that I found a wso that made me 10,000 a month in 30 short days.

    The rest is history man....
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  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    I didn't quit my day job. I was laid off and it was terrifying going from making $100K per year to making next to nothing. I went back to school to update my skillset and while in school, I discovered Internet Marketing and realized there really was money to be made online. The more I looked into it, the better not having to go back to work for anyone but myself sounded, so I finished my degree and started working towards creating my own business.

    Fast forward to now and I'm currently making way more than I made before and have just now started to figure this whole thing out. Things are good now, but I'm not going to lie to you. There were several years there where my wife's income was pretty much the only thing we had coming in and we were living paycheck to paycheck. It's all starting to pay off, but it isn't as easy as many of the WSOs make it sound.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angshuman Dutta
    Originally Posted by justinmahar View Post

    ...quitting your day job and making it a full time gig?

    What are you doing now and what was it like quitting your job?
    I loved my job, but I love my business even more.

    One little tip for people starting out: Don't put all your eggs in the same basket. Start diversifying the moment you start making profits from your first venture.
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    • Profile picture of the author LABEShops
      Originally Posted by Angshuman Dutta View Post

      I loved my job, but I love my business even more.

      One little tip for people starting out: Don't put all your eggs in the same basket. Start diversifying the moment you start making profits from your first venture.
      I totally agree with diversifying. People ask me why I have 30 online stores (I had 10 at the time I quit my day job) and beyond the seo aspects of being able to target different markets and interests, it's also for diversification. Different stores become my "top" store at different times of the year - during Halloween season, my costume store is tops. During the holidays, jewelry is, etc. Three of them are strong all year long, but I get great peaks at other times.

      I sell on amazon and occasionally on ebay for the same reason and they are usually different products than I sell on my stores.

      I also have a few affiliate stores that earn some extra money from time to time (though I need to work on increasing this one - one of the reasons I joined these forums originally), and blog, do some in person selling at shows, etc. Also planning to get back into making some hand made items to sell on etsy eventually.

      Finding 2-3 things that work for you is always better than just 1.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Sultan
    I would really like to earn a stable and decent income from the net..and never get to work from 5 to 9.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    Originally Posted by justinmahar View Post

    ...quitting your day job and making it a full time gig?
    I wouldn't classify that as totally KILLING it...

    How much do you really need to bring in a month to go full time?

    It's not that much (unless you plan on buying 8 Lambos and living in Gillette Castle).
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  • Profile picture of the author CutPasteProfits
    I almost reached this point - but I unfortunately got slammed pretty badly by Penguin. Luckily, I do still have a job which is good to fall back on. I only started taking the IM stuff very seriously this year because I need to get my ass in gear an start saving for a house and get my life on the fast track.

    I know I have the skills and drive to succeed, it's only a matter of time now
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    quitting your day job


    I made my first sale via mail-order in 1988. Before that I was what is commonly known as "a Hustler."
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    • Profile picture of the author XponentSYS
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post



      I made my first sale via mail-order in 1988. Before that I was what is commonly known as "a Hustler."
      Nice one. I did the same thing a bit shy of a decade later - in 1997. Some would call me a "hustler" while some of the less "kind" bystanders referred to me as a "snake oil" or "used car" salesman. I didn't care though. Lol

      I was selling real estate courses, 1-900 number biz-opps, and "Don Lapree" stuff via mail order and info-mercials.

      Also ran a "tracer" service that was promoted with direct mail.

      In 1999, I started promoting those same things online using a basic "2-step" email marketing approach for list building using the only AR service available (at the time) called "smart bot".

      From there, I learned a lot and my businesses evolved into what they are now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Hartwick
    I have the opposite story from most IM'ers..... I owned a successful online business and I worked from home for years... I pitched a product to a large network and they offered me a full time position running their affiliate program and their PPC program, which i accepted... so now i go "to the office" everyday, but the contacts and knowledge i have gained have been incredible!...

    Don't stop learning and don't stop connecting with other people in the business!
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    Left job 27 months back and earning full time income online.
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