My goal is to become an independent SEO Consultant.
I have been studying a lot of SEO and Digital Marketing materiel from this forum and from other sources such as Alex Becker, Gregory Ortiz, and taking some courses on Udemy. I am currently by no means an expert on SEO.
I am selling cars and have 3 years of experience doing so. Due to my experience in this field, I can easily make over $100,000 per year.
I have recently received a job offer at a really great Digital Marketing agency for an entry level SEO Analyst position. The pay is $36,000 per year. It is really a great company, with great people, and for the first 90 days you are in training learning all factions involved in the Digital Marketing products they offer. They even do SEO for some fortune 500 and fortune 1000 companys. So much more then just local SEO. I understand that fortune 500 company SEO is different then local small business SEO.
Given that my ultimate goal is to become an independent consultant, I am seriously considering forgoing the SEO Analyst position, continuing to make more money selling vehicles, continuing my self education, trying my hand at affiliate marketing, building a small portfolio and using my sales experience to start trying to find clients on my own. However, I want to be a great SEO not just an average SEO. My financial freedom is the ultimate goal.
What would you suggest?
Do I need agency experience?
Would I be better off busting my ass selling cars, saving as much as possible, working my tail off during my off hours building my skills, and building my own business?
After all, 5 clients at $500/mo is the pay I would make from the agency. I'm pretty sure I can make that happen. However, the knowledge and experience I would gain from the agency is the question.
I have a car note and rent to pay so its not like I can save a lot with $36K...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advice for any tips.