Just got laid off - ready to go full force IM!

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Just got my papers this morning. Luckily they will be paying me for two months to keep me going, but my summer will now be working on IM full-time.

Up until now I've been happy with so-so results. The extra paycheck is nice. But now I have 2 months to get moving and start making a full-time income online. I will never say I can't get to that level in 2 months. I can. I hope.

I've got friends already asking for resumes, but in a way I'm looking forward to my IM-time. If I can get a few revenue streams going by working during the day instead of 10-midnight every night this will really help me.

I look at this as a BIG opportunity. Now is the time to take all the WSOs and methods I've learned and turn it into something tangible, residual, and profitable. No excuses any more!!

Wish me luck.

- Rob
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Good, luck, and I mean that, I am going to offer you some advice that you did not ask for and that you probably will not take.

    I have to really admire your outlook, most people would be crying in a beer about now, but you may have prepared to some degree.

    IM, for most people is a here to day gone tommorow venture, most of the time it takes years to get the kind of experience that you need to really make a living online.

    Since you already have some experience you have a better chance of succeeding, but unless you have a plan, then you should plan on failure.

    I know that sounds bad, but it is the truth, if you do not have a solid plan, then you should probably find a job and do IM in your part time.

    Contrary to what you see in all the marketing products online today is that most people do not make a thousands of dollars for a few hours of work.

    You can look right now in the WSO section and see 50 different offers to make you 2 or 3 thousand bucks in your spare time, but how many people can do that?

    Obvioiusly you have been working part time, and that is great better than most people ever do, but how much money have you made, how many times have you seen a product offered, that promised to make you 300 bucks an hour?

    Now ask your self this question how many of these things actually did what they said they could do?

    If the answer to that was even one of them you would not be here now, you would be making that 300 bucks per hour.

    I watch the forums of several marketing related websites every day and I see the same thing over and over and over again, promises to help people make money, but never have I seen anyone stand up and say here I did it, and here is my proof, i have seen people that were paid to do that,

    but they never say here is my proof.

    Look, keep that good outlook but get a Job, and do IM in your spare time, until you are making so much money that you do not know if you want to pay off your house or buy a new car.

    When you get to that point, then you will not need luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author nebraska
      Originally Posted by Tim Franklin View Post

      Good, luck, and I mean that, I am going to offer you some advice that you did not ask for and that you probably will not take.

      I have to really admire your outlook, most people would be crying in a beer about now, but you may have prepared to some degree.

      IM, for most people is a here to day gone tommorow venture, most of the time it takes years to get the kind of experience that you need to really make a living online.

      Since you already have some experience you have a better chance of succeeding, but unless you have a plan, then you should plan on failure.

      I know that sounds bad, but it is the truth, if you do not have a solid plan, then you should probably find a job and do IM in your part time.

      Contrary to what you see in all the marketing products online today is that most people do not make a thousands of dollars for a few hours of work.

      You can look right now in the WSO section and see 50 different offers to make you 2 or 3 thousand bucks in your spare time, but how many people can do that?

      Obvioiusly you have been working part time, and that is great better than most people ever do, but how much money have you made, how many times have you seen a product offered, that promised to make you 300 bucks an hour?

      Now ask your self this question how many of these things actually did what they said they could do?

      If the answer to that was even one of them you would not be here now, you would be making that 300 bucks per hour.

      I watch the forums of several marketing related websites every day and I see the same thing over and over and over again, promises to help people make money, but never have I seen anyone stand up and say here I did it, and here is my proof, i have seen people that were paid to do that,

      but they never say here is my proof.

      Look, keep that good outlook but get a Job, and do IM in your spare time, until you are making so much money that you do not know if you want to pay off your house or buy a new car.

      When you get to that point, then you will not need luck.


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      • Profile picture of the author WebMarketeer
        I am in the same boat man, except I excepted a package they offered that will hold me over for a little while. The best thing to do in our situation is keep pushing forward and weeding out what doesnt work and the same goes for the people you listen to or not.
        I truly believe that if you keep focused on the positive things you want while acknowledging the negative only to perfect them, you will achieve great things, whether it be with IM or any other aspect in your life. So keep the high spirits no matter what anyone tells you, after all, is there really anything bad about being positive. You just have to be able to learn what works or not, if something doesnt work, try to perfect it, if you can see that ins an uphill battle, on to the next one my friend, just dont stop.
        I dont think luck will play a factor here, it will be your learning and experience that will get you there in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
    Hey Rob,

    I'm real excited for you!

    When I went full-time into IM, there were times of overwhelming busyness and all that stuff that came along...

    But not a single time have I wondered "Why am I doing this?"

    You seem really passionate and determined to succeed, and I'm sure that will carry you far in this journey.

    All the best!
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    • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
      Good luck man - if its any help - EVERY single person I have ever known who got laid off - ALWAYS ended up in a better situation!
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      • Profile picture of the author rusty1027
        Originally Posted by Aussie_Al View Post

        Good luck man - if its any help - EVERY single person I have ever known who got laid off - ALWAYS ended up in a better situation!
        Hey Ron, Aussie-Al's statement above is so true. I have 2 friends in the past year get laid off and they thought the world was ending - and both ended up getting much better jobs than the ones they left.

        Regarding your situation, my only advice is this. Don't let yourself get into a mode of desperation. If you find yourself making the "I need to make $1,000 by tomorrow" post, get a 9-5 to cover the bills and still push forward with your IM efforts. If you find that you can ramp it up in 2 months to make a full time living, then good for you. But if it's getting close to the 2 month mark and the income just isn't quite there yet and you feel yourself getting anxious, you may deviate from your plan or make moves out of a feeling of desperation and you can't succeed when you're in that mode.

        Good luck and keep us all posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    Sorry to hear about your walking papers, Rob, but it sounds like you have the perfect attitude to make your IM successful! Persistence and hard work do pay off. The sky is the limit as to what you can accomplish over the next 2 months.

    Plus, your post already proves that you're miles ahead of the folks who think they're going to be internet millionaires by next Tuesday
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  • Profile picture of the author Aira Bongco
    Hey Rob,

    A positive outlook is a great start. But you have to know that making a full time income online will require more work (and sleepless nights) than your day job.

    When people say that Internet marketing is full time, it really is. In fact, IMers always find a lack of time in what they are doing. Sometimes, I even mutter to myself that if I can have more time, I can build more backlinks or create more products.

    But I am not here to discourage you though. Just have a plan in place. Allot a specific time frame, let's say 4 months. If you still do not feel some progress online, then switch to part time and then go at it again.

    Just don't give up.

    Aira
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
      Originally Posted by airabongco View Post

      Hey Rob,

      A positive outlook is a great start. But you have to know that making a full time income online will require more work (and sleepless nights) than your day job.

      When people say that Internet marketing is full time, it really is. In fact, IMers always find a lack of time in what they are doing. Sometimes, I even mutter to myself that if I can have more time, I can build more backlinks or create more products.

      Aira
      Please don't speak for all IMers. Once you build the machine, Internet Marketing gets a lot easier. If not, then you probably have the wrong business model.

      Personally, I have all the free time I need.
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      • Profile picture of the author mlord10
        Originally Posted by Ron Douglas View Post

        Please don't speak for all IMers. Once you build the machine, Internet Marketing gets a lot easier. If not, then you probably have the wrong business model.

        Personally, I have all the free time I need.
        I second that Ron. Most of my online revenue streams are almost completely automated. Now, that took a hell of a lot of work to start with, but as you say eventually you can "build the machine" and get paid over and over for the hard work you put in to begin with.
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    • Profile picture of the author wahdude316
      Originally Posted by airabongco View Post

      Hey Rob,

      A positive outlook is a great start. But you have to know that making a full time income online will require more work (and sleepless nights) than your day job.

      When people say that Internet marketing is full time, it really is. In fact, IMers always find a lack of time in what they are doing. Sometimes, I even mutter to myself that if I can have more time, I can build more backlinks or create more products.

      Just don't give up.

      Aira

      Aira, you stepped on my toes with that. I was just telling one of my neighbors the exact thing yesterday. He was commenting on the fact that I'm "always in front of the computer", and that I never socialize and hang out with everybody else in our bldg.

      I told him that, since I've been disabled, and decided to go at this FT, there is no boss anymore. I'm the boss, and if I don't push myself to succeed, who will?

      Rob, I sincerely wish you good luck. I can honestly relate to where you are, 'cuz I was in a similar situation a few years ago when I became disabled. Up until then, it was the usual PT routine: get off work, cram in some family time, jump on the pc until 1 or 2 AM, etc.

      Once I lost my leg, I realized that it was the prime opportunity for me to get my IM biz going full throttle. Only thing is, as Aira pointed out, I didn't realize how much work it would take, I've only begun to really take things seriously in the last 6 months or so.

      It doesn't sound like you'll have that problem though...:-)

      Wishing you luck,

      Mr. G


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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    First of all, Rob, good luck. I hope you are still this excited eight weeks from now when your severance runs out. I mean that in a good way.

    Here's a bit of unsolicited advice to go with the good wishes...

    Keep an eye on the calendar and on your progress. Even when the severance checks stop coming in, the bills will continue.

    Don't burn any bridges to those folks asking you for resumes. If it looks like things may take longer than you planned (you did plan, right?), you may need to fall back on a regular income while you continue building.

    One thing that will help, unless you walked to work and brown-bagged it every day, is that your living expenses will go down somewhat. If you factor that, your part-time income, and careful budgeting, you may be able to extend your two months for some time.

    But don't wait until the very last second, when you've spent your last dime, to start looking for a fallback. Desperation has its own peculiar smell, and most employers don't like it...

    So again, good luck. I hope you make it in your time frame. Just don't sabotage yourself from reaching your ultimate goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Good Luck Rob! You really can do it. Just like anything in life, you get out what you put in. So come out the gate putting in as much time and effort as you can. If you put in consistent effort and keep going no matter what, you will be successful. The beginning is always the hardest but once you get the ball rolling, things get a lot easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author pyles
    Perfect opportunity for you right now.

    Get multiple streams going - do some writing, create some of your own products, build a list and don't look back.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Pal Singh
    Good Luck Rob! Here is your chance to inspire a lot others. All my good wishes.
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    Good luck to you, and I hope your dreams turn into reality!
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  • Profile picture of the author abednego
    Originally Posted by razztek View Post

    Just got my papers this morning. Luckily they will be paying me for two months to keep me going, but my summer will now be working on IM full-time.

    Up until now I've been happy with so-so results. The extra paycheck is nice. But now I have 2 months to get moving and start making a full-time income online. I will never say I can't get to that level in 2 months. I can. I hope.

    I've got friends already asking for resumes, but in a way I'm looking forward to my IM-time. If I can get a few revenue streams going by working during the day instead of 10-midnight every night this will really help me.

    I look at this as a BIG opportunity. Now is the time to take all the WSOs and methods I've learned and turn it into something tangible, residual, and profitable. No excuses any more!!

    Wish me luck.

    - Rob

    The best of luck to you!

    Don't troll these forums too much... you sound like you know what you're doing - you'll only be wasting time
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    Hey thanks everyone for the good wishes.

    I just wanted to respond to a few pieces of advice that I appreciate and I think are great to keep in mind.

    First of all - have a plan. I will get a plan together. My problem so far is that I wander from one thing to the next, never picking ONE thing and sticking with it until it's working and on some sort of auto-pilot. I have some ideas on what I want to do, and I will definitely be treating my time off as a JOB and doing what it takes to succeed at my IM job just like any other.

    Lucky for me, I'm still getting paychecks for the next two months, and then my severance kicks in which is about another two months worth of pay, so I'm OK until mid-October or later. Not that I want to be without a "real" job that whole time, but if it turns out to take that long, I don't have to worry about money.

    So at most I have 4 months to get a "real" job. Not that it's impossible to earn a full-time income online in under 4 months (I'm talking about $5K+/month), but I know that things can take time and Rome wasn't built in a day. But with my time off if I could even reach $1K or $2K per month, then I would at least to be able to take a job with less pay if I had to.

    I will be putting my full effort in job searching in my career path, but at the same time working my IM plan to try to get something going and growing. It's funny that you always read those sales letters about "I got laid off and was about to lose my house/wife/kids/dog when i stumbled upon this system that made me $10,000 in just a week!", but maybe I'll be writing a similar salesletter soon but it will all be true! LOL

    It's funny how much people have replied and they know ZERO about me. I love this forum.

    Cheers!
    Rob
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    • Profile picture of the author naruq
      Use your experience of getting laid off to exit the rat race forever. You can do it if you educate yourself on marketing and take consistent action. In addition, you want to develop a success and prosperity mindset. You can do it!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLima
    "Its only when we have lost everything that we are free to do anything."

    I lost my job a few years back also. At this time I had also separated from my girlfriend of 4 years. It was truly difficult mentally and emotionally. I decided to take on IM and a few years later I am making a living from home.

    Follow your dreams! Focus as much energy as you can to taking action, learning and then taking action again and again.

    Some advice if your wiling to listen to some more...lol

    Apply everything you learn.

    Don't just read and study.

    Apply everything you feel is worth a try. The key for me was applying what I was learning while I was learning it.

    This was the fastest way for me to actually learn all this crazy Internet Marketing stuff!

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. Nice thread will be revisiting

    Ryan

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    I requested you on Twitter but ur link is down. Just a heads up Added you on Youtube as well. Take care
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    Good luck to you dude. Everything happens for a reason. This could be a blessing in disguise for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author onuel
    I want to wish you all the best as well and I really hope that you make it. You will get varying advice and views, but ultimately, its all up to you. No half-ass effort, pick a solid and proven plan and go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    I know this will sound corny to many, but a friend had a local psychic "party" where he did readings for about 10 of us back in January. For me, he told me that he saw a big "black line" in my career path, and that this could be either a shake up in my job, a job loss, or maybe even moving on to something much better, but definitely something BIG happening, and he targeted June. Weird. But true.

    Like Tim Franklin said above, no one ever really says "here's my proof" to all of the WSOs or systems/methods that supposedly will make me a boatload of cash overnight. A lot of great testimonials, but no "real" proof.

    Well, not that I'll be using just one method, but I'll try to post on this thread maybe once a week how things are going and how much I'm making if any. At least it will give me some extra motivation to succeed so I can actually show the PROOF that people never seem to want to show!
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  • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
    Originally Posted by razztek View Post

    Just got my papers this morning. Luckily they will be paying me for two months to keep me going, but my summer will now be working on IM full-time... Wish me luck.

    - Rob
    Rob, as far as wishing you luck, I cannot do it! Because I've learned that luck is the foundation short careers are built on.

    Remember David Tyree and that incredible SuperBowl catch? That was luck he hasn't been able to reproduce.

    Remember the hit song by Benny Mardones entitled, "Into The Night" As great is his voice and range, it was luck that he has not been able to reproduce.

    Here's the truth about luck from some highly successful individuals...

    And I always found that the harder I worked, the better my luck was, because I was prepared for that.
    Ed Bradley

    Diligence is the mother of good luck.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Good luck is a residue of preparation.

    Jack Youngblood

    Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
    Ray Kroc

    Here's the bottom line; scratch luck! If you get lucky, enjoy the moment, quickly forget about it and then get back to WORK!

    Here's what you should do NOW!

    (1). Establish a IM game plan NOW! If you have no plan, you just planned to fail!
    (2). Work that plan everyday as if you will be on your last dime by tomorrow night!
    (3). Discipline yourself to build a successful IM business NOW!
    (4). Eliminate "All" distractions to your daily IM business activities
    (5). Treat your online business as if you were on the clock and being watched by an overbearing boss.
    (6). Never slack until you start banking money and are on autopilot
    (7). Don't listen to IM non-producers; although their intentions are great, they will sorely mislead you.
    (8). Get on a IM Brainstorm Team or create one. The old adage, "Two heads are better than one" is true. With the right IM Brainstorm Team, you shorten your learning curve
    (9). You don't get paid to surf forums, so don't spend your days making posts while your IM business is dying a slow death.
    (10). Be aggressive in your IM endeavors but also be very intelligent
    (11). Don't try to cut corners; successful IMers who are making money, know there is no short cuts to success no matter how many new IM secrets, toys and software applications come out.
    (12). Build one successful "Website" before proceeding forward to building others. If you haven't learned how to make one site successful, having fifty sites just means that you are fifty times ineffectual as a IMer.
    (13). Once you learn how to make one site successful, then rinse and repeat!

    To your success through diligence, hard work and IM savvy!

    Giles, the Crew Chief
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  • Profile picture of the author John Piteo
    Hey Raz,

    Best wishes and don't forget to come back in a couple of months and let us know how you're doing.

    Stay focused (it's critical to your success),

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  • Profile picture of the author millionebook
    Hope it goes well for you... keep motivated and make it happen! You will do it if you believe you can...
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    • Profile picture of the author airbusbarkley
      As the saying goes one door closes and another opens.......

      I believe you are destined for success because you already have the mindset for it. That's where most people fail is not having the proper mindset.

      Keep us posted on your progress.
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  • Profile picture of the author BobRenwick
    As one who purposefully left his day job too soon I can say that Crew Chief has nailed it for you. Those are all things someone should have told me when I prematurely ventured into IM full time.

    Looking back and seeing all the stupid mistakes I made, I agree with all of it. We make our own luck, and it can be good or bad depending on the raw materials we use. It's much easier to start with a fresh slate like you are than to go back and mop up the mess later.

    Good luck and you're clearly in the right place to achieve success for yourself. Just look at all the support you've got!
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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    That's good! That's really good that you're being positive about it. You're right it might not be in 2 months but with the determination you have, nothing's impossible. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author warrior2008
    Some real great given already. OK, my turn!

    1) Make a plan.

    2) Start mapping out what you want to test and get it online.

    3) Investigate others that have went before you and get to the
    truth on what the degree of difficulty is and how much it will cost to start.

    4) Going offshore is still a great way to get work done for sites and etc. (see me if you want contacts I have used).

    5) Now, execute that plan.

    OK, now for the job. Get one! Get back to work asap. Screw the unemployment as a means for security. Not being mean but for two months that is not much time. It can take months and months to get back to work. Don't settle for what you are unhappy with but don't lose the opportunity to go to work either. There will be bills and costs to start a business like domains, sites, hosting, testing, testing, and testing various advertising. Many people make mistakes here.

    It took me two years while I was working to ramp up in newspapers and lost money until I figured out ONLY ONE ad at the time and thank goodness on year three I did over 100k a month and paid myself over $440,000 that year. I then thought I was invincible and could do anything in business... not so. It took alot of money and time to figure other stuff out. Also, save your money like it is the last day of business. Don't spend it fast on stuff you don't need. Pay your taxes quarterly so you don't end up with a bill there too.

    Hey, we are all happy for you but look at it like this... there is no time for failure and being without money can just suck. No dates, fun, and bills. Get back to work.

    Trust me, you can have a job that sucks and that pays little, meanwhile you will go to work with a smile on your face knowing that everyone else is broke and you have a 100k in your acct. Then talk to an accountant and look at your costs, refunds, sales, etc. and ask if he/she thinks you are ready to resign. I hope this helps.

    Also, always listen to those that have the experience with the good and the bad :-).

    Very smart move in coming to the WarriorForum while you move forward. Let us know how we can help you too.


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  • Profile picture of the author wealthydon
    Rob,

    You have only one goal now, i.e to succeed.

    You have only one income source now, i.e internet
    income no matter how small.

    You need focus, determination, consistency and
    never-say-die attitude to succeed and become a
    case study for success when you were laid off.

    You will succeed!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Murphy
    As someone who was in a VERY similar situation to you only a few months ago I can relate VERY VERY well....

    Sorry to hear of your job loss and here are a couple things I learned that might help you out...

    - Your attitude and mindset are EXTREMELY important
    - It's going to be hard than you think it is
    - Stay focused on ONE thing...find your groove and beat the crap out of it until it pays you
    - Be disciplined with your time. Create a schedule and stick to it. You'll finm dit way too easy to screw off if you don't.
    - Unsubscribe from most of the lists you're on
    - Find the people who's information you're able to learn from and then turn into profit...stick with them and ditch EVERYONE else...I don't care how cool Mr. Guru of the week seems to be...

    NEVER QUIT
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    Thanks everyone for the EXCELLENT advice! I found an idea that I'm running with and I already have my step-by-step action plan in place.

    In addition to that, I already applied for 8 jobs, got a call from HR about one, got a totally random email from a headhunter I hadn't talked to in 3 years about a job he thought was a good fit (and he sent it on the exact same day I got my walking papers! weird...), and sent my resume out to my buds who are in my industry because they are telling me that their company is hiring. So something may come of all this.

    But in the meantime, I have my ideas and I'll be working those first thing Monday morning! I'm also going to be running a WSO or maybe two that I've had on the back burner, so that will help with a little extra income boost.

    I make my own luck. I am a success. I can't wait to get started on this new phase of my career!!
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    • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
      Originally Posted by razztek View Post

      Thanks everyone for the EXCELLENT advice! I found an idea that I'm running with and I already have my step-by-step action plan in place.

      In addition to that, I already applied for 8 jobs, got a call from HR about one, got a totally random email from a headhunter I hadn't talked to in 3 years about a job he thought was a good fit (and he sent it on the exact same day I got my walking papers! weird...), and sent my resume out to my buds who are in my industry because they are telling me that their company is hiring. So something may come of all this.

      But in the meantime, I have my ideas and I'll be working those first thing Monday morning! I'm also going to be running a WSO or maybe two that I've had on the back burner, so that will help with a little extra income boost.

      I make my own luck. I am a success. I can't wait to get started on this new phase of my career!!
      This made me smile.

      I love your radiant personality and positive mindset. Good luck. Keep us updated.

      Have a great day!
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    Pat was in a similar position to you... He runs a really successful blog now. You might want to check it out for some awesome advice and motivation!

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    Nice blog. I really like that theme, too. Whether on a blog or somewhere else, I am going to detail the steps that I take starting Monday (or really probably today since I've already started). Maybe when I have the success that I know is coming it will inspire others.
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    Hey Rob, The same thing happened to me last year. Like you, I decided to turn to IM. Good luck and Be prepared to work and to work hard!
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    Internet Marketing is no easy task especially when you're heading as a startup BUT, if you already know what you want to get started and also the things you need to focus on plus the systems to automate them, then it gets easier and easier as you learn more and as time goes by.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rainmak3r
    Any chance we could get an update on Razztek and others who lost their jobs and took on IM by the horns?

    This thread kinda fizzled and died... anyone with some good story to tell?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Rainmak3r View Post

      Any chance we could get an update on Razztek and others who lost their jobs and took on IM by the horns?

      This thread kinda fizzled and died... anyone with some good story to tell?
      I don't know how good the story is, but if you look at his profile, you'll see that over the last few days he's been posting in a slew of threads in the WSO section. One of them mentions a contract expiring in three months...
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