Did You Quit The day Job?

by djn001
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I would imagine that one of the most common goals of people who start IM is to quit their day job. It is certaainly top on the list of my goals. I think that it would be the happiest day of my life if I could tell my boss that I was quitting work to concentrate on my own online business at home. I doubt if he would even believe me!

Anyway, for now, it just remains a fantasy for me, but I would be interested to hear from other Warriors who have managed to quit their day job since taking uo Internet Marketing and briefly, how you managed to get to that level. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who was a total "noob" and had no relative experience related to IM before starting.

The reasons for asking this question is to help inspire me to achieve this, and to prove to my family (who are very sceptical about any method of earning money other than sticking with the day job) that people do make a good living from creating their own online business.

Thanks in advance
#day #job #quit
  • Profile picture of the author delosense
    I never had a job. When I was "working" as a student ( not long term ) I noticed most if not all ( most because my father was one of my employers ) were total asses and didnt have the iq of a wallnut. The pure thought of working for someone and beeing someones puppet was not appealing.

    I oppened my own company from nothing with just a demand in my own country for a good brand of martial arts gear. I did it, but it did not make me a millionaire. I got by and made a decent living but dealing with customers day in day out was horrible. 1001 questions issues etc etc etc. I discovered internet marketing before but never realized how simple ( but not EASY ) it all was.

    I now have about 150 micro niche pages rising steadily in google ( 20-30 already in top 10 ) and will soon be making the same amount with just adsense than I do with my current job. Hopefully I will quit my "job" if I can call it that and focus solely on I.M.

    Just the thought of giving 700$ per month BEFORE i do anything at all drives me up the wall. Our country is #1 tax greedy country in the world ( yeah even Denmark and Sweden have less taxes )...Hopefully my IM business will hit well into the 4 digit sums by the end of the year.

    So much from me
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  • Profile picture of the author michael_dans
    Well, you are right. If a person goes for IM then he/she has give enough time to this work for earning a good amount of money. Any work when started requires attention and time. However, nowadays it is so good that people start it in their student life as told in the above post. This saves time and result in good experience before you are eligible for a job.
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  • Profile picture of the author forfun_cash
    as a well known rule, 95% of people who attempt in internet marketing either make a few bucks and most do not make a single dime. 4% of them struggle to make a full time living. Only 1% is living the american dream. My point is just try your best. Do not pin your hopes too high.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
      Originally Posted by forfun_cash View Post

      as a well known rule, 95% of people who attempt in internet marketing either make a few bucks and most do not make a single dime. 4% of them struggle to make a full time living. Only 1% is living the american dream. My point is just try your best. Do not pin your hopes too high.
      No offense, but this is the worst advice EVER.

      Don't pin your hopes too high? Geez ... if you think like that you are DOOMED.

      Dare to dream. Then execute. The moment you set your goals too low, you're finished. Done.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I am sure many of you have been in a situation similar to this one.

    Basically, you are driving your boss to a meeting and he is late; this is because his driver's license was taken away.

    BOSS: Hurry up!
    PEON: I am going the speed limit right now.
    BOSS: PLEASE, you are slower than my gramma.
    PEON: There are kids in the street.
    BOSS: So what hurry up!
    PEON: We are in a school zone.

    You stop at a stop sign.
    BOSS: Why are you stopping at a stop sign? We are late already, are you STOOOPID!
    PEON: I have to stop, cuz there might be a cop.
    BOSS: YOU ARE AN IDIOT $^%#^^#^ There is no cop.
    PEON: Hey sorry, I will speed up now.
    BOSS: NO! Let me drive, and you get out of the car.
    PEON: Hey, I'm sorry.
    BOSS: JUST shut up.

    Boss runs right thru a stop sign.

    BOSS: HEY STOOOOPID, see... There is no cop.

    Suddenly, there are flashing lights and a siren.

    BOSS: SHUT UP Shut up shut up! Today is your last day, as you don't work for me anymore!
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    • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
      I quit my day job..then found interent marketing and it took about 4 to 5 months to get a good income... but I did work 12-16 hours a day 6 days a week.

      recently we had quite a few members of wordpress goldmine go full time.. the secret has all been the same Hard work and failing to give up no matter how disillusioned you get.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Originally Posted by djn001 View Post

    I would particularly like to hear from anyone who was a total "noob" and had no relative experience related to IM before starting.
    Weren't we all?

    I suppose I knew a little html before I got into IM but I only really got into it properly once I started IM and needed to make affiliate websites or sales pages for the products I was creating.

    It's been a while now and I like being able to work from home and do my own thing. Sometimes I think I might take a job just for the social interaction because most of the people I know still have jobs and aren't around all week, but it's nice to be able to work your own routine and sit in a coffee shop working on a new book while most people are stuck in an office doing a job they don't like.

    It's actually really easy to make enough money to pay the bills but you need to take your online business seriously rather than throwing up crap and expecting a few blogs with affiliate links or Adsense to get you there any time soon.

    Good luck to you - some of us have got there and it's definitely doable right now.

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  • Profile picture of the author MilesT
    Quit my job as well. Very doable, but you'll work like a mutha. I get pissed off at *many* of the "gurus" who espouse earning "$123,543.00 in one month on autopilot like their 13 yr old did." Taking advantage of the ignorant is one way to make a living I guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author djn001
      Thanks for all the replies.

      I'm sorry that I haven't responded to your comments before, but just after I made the post, I had some relatives call round.

      It is nice to hear that it is actually achievable, although we all know that it is not nearly as easy as all the BS sales pages would have us believe.

      I am still looking for the best method in IM that will enable me to achieve this, because for the past 2 years or more since I discovered IM, I have not really been focused on one method and soon loose interest when I get no results from many evenings spent trying to make it work. I think that the real secret to succeed is to start outsourcing as soon as you can, to scale-up whatever business model you are doing - and thus increasing your income. I think that if you try and do all of the work yourself, particularly if you are doing it after a day at work, then you may make enough to pay a few bills etc, but not enough to live on.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Durham
      Originally Posted by MilesT View Post

      Quit my job as well. Very doable, but you'll work like a mutha. I get pissed off at *many* of the "gurus" who espouse earning "$123,543.00 in one month on autopilot like their 13 yr old did." Taking advantage of the ignorant is one way to make a living I guess.
      Who is to say they might not have actually done that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Scootek
    Hello, I am not a total newb, but I am still fairly at the early stages. I only started getting into SEO on a bit more serious level 6 months ago. Two years ago, I optimised a site (ecommerce) without fully realising what I was doing was SEO. I suppose I didn't give it thought.

    Now, like you, I am trying to go through the processes to develop my knowledge so that it can be what I can do FT. Unlike you, I already work for myself (in IT services) so I am quite happy in that. i no longer dread Mondays. So, that pays my wage until I can fully do IM as a Full Time thing. As I own various sites, it allows me to learn and experiment at the same time. I know if I can get my sites to the top on the very competitive keywords, then I can do it for someone else.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I quit about 11 years ago. I was a total newbie at making money online, but had plenty of skills in web development and graphic design. I first went to Elance and for years made my living as a freelance designer.

    Then I did some affiliate marketing and made $9000/mnth for a few months, but the "method" was short lived.

    Now I create my own products to sell and like it a lot and make a full time living from it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Morbrook
      Very inspiring stories, helps keeps us that are new to IM motivated, thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author michael_dans
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I quit about 11 years ago. I was a total newbie at making money online, but had plenty of skills in web development and graphic design. I first went to Elance and for years made my living as a freelance designer.

      Then I did some affiliate marketing and made $9000/mnth for a few months, but the "method" was short lived.

      Now I create my own products to sell and like it a lot and make a full time living from it.
      Buddy, your story is very inspiring but I could understand that what type of hardships a person face when he/she is a newbie. It is very difficult for a newbie to make money online, even if he/she succeed then also the result is only few bucks. Yet, the are very essential for a start.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Whats a day job? So thankful that I have almost forgotten.
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    • Profile picture of the author dljmktg1
      I quit my full-time gig years ago.

      Most all my income to start with was through affiliate marketing. The original eToys was my big one at about 800 per month. Had about ten others at between 100-300 monthly.

      Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author Damz
    Never had a job...Thanks to IM...I have no words to express how it feels working from my bedroom and making more than my friends...
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  • Profile picture of the author tx9271
    I literally just got into Internet Marketing, specifically Affiliate marketing, about a month ago. I have been reading a bunch and trying to learn as much as I can but it is still very overwhelming when you come in to this field with very little background knowledge. I was going to try and set up and domain and get a hosting service and try and make an affiliate site but am now having serious thoughts about not even trying. Is it better to not get on the boat than having to jump off later and leave everything behind (all my money). I don't really have that much money in the first place and my summer job is about to end. I was going to try and make this my "new" job because I hate being a subservient slave to assholes and doing the most boring and monotonous jobs, but I don't know if it will pan out for me. I'm thinking if any legit "niche" markets are still left anyways because I don't wanna scam people out of their money (I won't stoop to that level of scum). Just my thoughts...
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  • Profile picture of the author tess47
    I quit my day job toward the end of 2006 and cannot imagine going back! That's one thing you will find when you get to that point - and you WILL if you focus and believe in yourself.

    I started out with affiliate marketing, of course it took me MONTHS to get the gist of things and my brain was sizzled from information overload. I then turned to ghostwriting for online business owners and SEO firms about 2 years ago, and I can honestly say that was the smartest decision I ever made. Now, I make about 70% of my income through writing, the rest through affiliate marketing and Adsense.

    If a hillbilly Arkansas girl living in the backwoods with only a high school diploma can do it, I want to assure anyone with doubts that it CAN be done!

    Best of luck to you
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I started my first profitable business in Sept 01, and quit my job in Mar of 05... The greatest day of my life!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author caseycase
    My last day is September 30th! I am so excited!

    I didn't start doing IM (and freelance writing) until about May of this year, by the way. I am still growing my business, but I am doing well enough to quit!

    If you would have asked me in April what SEO was, I would have had no idea. Now I not only understand it, I help other people achieve it.

    You can do it! I would be glad to help you, too! PM me if you want any help or resources.
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  • Profile picture of the author BradBergeron
    I graduated college with a degree in Business. I held a steady job with solid pay, good benefits for a while. Then I ran into Internet Marketing. After wrestling with a few methods, I got into Site Flipping and it's been making me my full time income ever since
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Yep, 3 years ago, although part of my income is from property investing, which supplements my IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    I was forced out after almost 10 years at a "job". We were rounded up, sent to a conference room one by one and tossed out. Yep, that cold. Was forced to do something else. Sink or swim. It's very hard to do it like that, I would not recommend it.

    TomG.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    Yep. I quit the day job.

    I forget what rush-hour traffic looks like here in
    Michigan b/c I don't have to deal with it any more.

    Kinda tickles me to think that I don't have to work
    a job to live an exceptional lifestyle...hard word &
    persistence paid off.
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    I have been involved in marketing on the Internet for about two years. Didnt quit my job until four months ago. Actually I went a little bit further than that. I sold my house in the UK and moved to the south of France.
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  • Profile picture of the author jedediahd
    I was fortunate enough to quit my day job in December 2009, unfortunately due to having to spend the bulk of my income on fixing a bad deal and returned to the working world in January. Now I have a great day job and am rebuilding my online income, hoping to be able to go back solely to IM within a year...
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    • Profile picture of the author imon32red
      I worked in a real estate mentoring program in 2008. After 3 months of no paycheck I walked. For the first time in over 10 years I could not find a sales job. That was the start of my IM career.

      One year later in July of 2009, I was furloughed from my part time job with Continental Airlines. I didn't make an income with Continental. I traded a few hours a week for free flights and health insurance. In fact I rarely even received a paycheck from them. As of July 19th 2009 I have been self employed. The last 6 months of 2009 I went backwards and lived off credit cards. As of now I am passed the break even point, and have money to spend, and pay off the credit cards. Should be out of debt again sometime next year.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisCree
    Looks like I've taken a different route than most folks here. I started by offering consulting services to traditional small businesses back in 2007, mostly doing WordPress development, strategy and training. By December it had grown enough that I could risk taking the leap so I gave my notice and December 31st was my last day in my "job".

    Since then I've worked my butt off and have grown a very comfortable full time income, pretty much all through word of mouth and social media. I joined the forum here about a year ago to learn more about IM but didn't dive in right way.

    I put my own product together because I kept having people come to me who wanted the information I have but couldn't afford my consulting fees. That and I like the idea of getting paid many times for each time I do the work by selling offering products rather than just getting paid once as I do for my consulting.

    So now I'm working the IM angle more. But in my case it is to supplement my already successful business rather than my primary income.
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    • Profile picture of the author BrittyBritt
      I quit my job when I was 18 or 19. I only worked there for a year. Now looking back on it, I think the reason I could never work there was because I had already realized you could make money from "home" (I started selling products on ebay when I was around 17). So to me, there was no reason to go out and deal with the morning traffic, gossiping co-workers or bosses I couldn't stand. I would prefer to stay at home in some comfortable clothes and get as many lunch breaks as I want lol.

      But like Miles said, you will work hard for it, but to me, its worth it because it's on my terms and no one else's.

      I didn't have a lot of IM experience when I quit my job, but I had learned a bit of graphic design, so I started freelancing.

      As far as trying to prove that IM works to your family, stop trying to convince them with words and convince them with actions. I know my bf still finds it hard to believe sometimes....until the checks come in the mail.
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  • Profile picture of the author billytickets
    I have been out of the day job for over 20 years now and its great.Finally i was able to build a dividend machine where my annual dividends are now more than my annual living expenses. I now try and show others how to do the same. follow your dream and believe its possible.I know its possible because it happened to me
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  • Profile picture of the author patflynn
    It's definitely possible to make a living online. I've been doing it for the past two years, starting off as a total newbie. I was a newbie because, well, I didn't quit my job, but I was forced out of it (laid off). I think it was the fact that I had so much pressure on me to make it work that I did everything I could and wasn't afraid to connect with all of the right people.

    I tend to work better when my back is up against the wall, and this is my biggest and more life-changing example.

    I now make a comfortable 12-16k a month, mostly with passive income from digital products I've made and affiliate sales from my blog.

    Wishing you all the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Ingham
    I worked for a large soft drink distributor, and they had managed to "lose" the paperwork for my new commission rate change, when they changed my area. I had been the top salesman for almost 10 months of the 12 I worked there, with the first 2 being too hard to fix the previous "salesmen's" complete lack of service.

    For 5 months I fought with them to find the paper work, get it approved (turns out that everyone in the chain of command has to approve every single pay change) and get my back pay for the months of base pay. Finally I had enough. I walked in, told them I am putting in my 2 weeks, and they asked why. I told the district manager what had happened, and he seemed puzzled. Like he had never heard of it. I then suggested that my Area supervisor had spoken several times to him, and he had to know. Nope. So 5 months wasted, on a useless company that does not look after it's best salesmen. I put in my letter of resignation and walked out without a second job.

    That was 2007. I have struggled, and pushed through hard times, and found a way to eek out a living (if you want to call it that at some times) but have never looked back. I would rather starve as my own boss, than to submit to another just so he can fatten his wallet.

    I am in my avatar and I have always loved training horses, so that is what I do as well. I have a small group of core horses that I have worked very hard to get to where they are and rely on internet marketing to pay the bills while this economy is down. So I am actually really REALLY stupid! lol!

    Go for your dreams, no one else will do it for you.

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  • Profile picture of the author JoshuaG
    I quit and have been building a business using my line of credit from the bank!

    RISKY!
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  • Quit my day job two and a half years ago. Can't say I've missed it much, even though I made more money there. How did I manage to do it? I guess I learned what works, and then I did that over and over and over again.

    I wasn't making a full time income from my sites when I quit my day job, though - far from it. I just realized that I WOULD be doing it at some point if I kept doing what I was doing, and in the meantime I did whatever I could to make ends meet, mostly writing and translation work.
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  • Profile picture of the author djbventures
    I finally did quit the day job, but I am freelancing so IM is not my main income source. I can tell you this though...when you spend everyday doing what you love to do as opposed to doing something you kinda like to do or hate, it makes every morning a blessing!

    What I do not suggest, however, is quitting the day job before you have a way to replace that income, and hey, if you can do something in the interim (aka Freelance) while you build your IM empire, go for it! You have much better days! Much Better!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Kobe
    Originally Posted by djn001 View Post

    I would imagine that one of the most common goals of people who start IM is to quit their day job. It is certaainly top on the list of my goals. I think that it would be the happiest day of my life if I could tell my boss that I was quitting work to concentrate on my own online business at home. I doubt if he would even believe me!

    Anyway, for now, it just remains a fantasy for me, but I would be interested to hear from other Warriors who have managed to quit their day job since taking uo Internet Marketing and briefly, how you managed to get to that level. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who was a total "noob" and had no relative experience related to IM before starting.

    The reasons for asking this question is to help inspire me to achieve this, and to prove to my family (who are very sceptical about any method of earning money other than sticking with the day job) that people do make a good living from creating their own online business.

    Thanks in advance
    Yes but it took me a year to do so. I also saved a bunch of money for
    at least 6 months that would have paid my bills before making money
    (just in case).
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  • Profile picture of the author payment proof
    I feel like I traded an off line job for an online one. But I enjoy the online job more, so that's the important thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author good2go4
    I am like a few others who have replied here - I have been working as a freelancer online for just over ten years; I don't think I have had a "proper" job for more than 25 years as I used to make money from home sewing and things like that. The writing online became a necessity because we moved into a rural area where there were not a lot of customers for any other offline, but home based venture, and since that time I have earned full time incomes and part time incomes where needed just through writing.

    The IM side of things is taking longer to get established but I have learned a lot from this forum and I do know that the things I am setting up now have the power to produce a good residual income in the long term.

    For me even when I am writing full time (as I am doing at the moment as Christmas is coming, lol) I feel free. It does have to be treated like a job or you can't meet customer deadlines but I can start work when I like each day; I can spend time on forums like this if I am having writers block issues; I create my own products in between projects for clients and I can have a lunch break and sit in the sun whenever I want.

    I don't own a posh car or a super dooper house. But we have enough money to live on; I can go out and spend time with friends and family when I want to; I am also an art student so I do that through the day as well - face it I am living the Kiwi dream even if it doesn't quite match up the American one And that for me is priceless.

    All the best
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    • Profile picture of the author Seo_Oz
      The great thing about IM is you can start while you are still in your day job.Everyone dreams about quiting their day job,but you have to have money coming in to pay the bills.Once i have a regular steady income
      coming in from IM i will be definately quitting my day job.My opinion is invest
      in your education and knowledge so you will have a fulltime income coming in from IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author hotftuna
    Quite the day job 10 years ago.

    djn001- find your own way and don't spend too much time trying to copy others. There are many ways of making a living in IM that are rarely discussed here. Start with your own strenths, skills and interests. See if you can put them together in such a way that puts yourself in the flow of revenue.
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  • Profile picture of the author riedela88
    Don't be too eager to quit your day job until you are bringing in enough to cover all your outgoings. I have seen too many people give up prematurely, then go out ther back door financially before they could get their IM business up and cranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author drewz010
    Hey guys I am brand new to this site and have been reading some of your posts. For years I tried making money online and for years I failed. It is not easy at all and there are many scams. After years of trying and much failure I have finally been able to quit my day job because I earn more than enough money online to live my life. However, it does take a lot of work and you have to stick with it inorder to be successful. If your dream is to be able to quit ur day job it is very possible just stay positive and keep pushing forward.
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    • Profile picture of the author hotftuna
      Originally Posted by sweetblue View Post

      quit my day job. what a nice dream.
      Is quitting your job a dream, or is working a job you don't like, a nightmare?
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      • Profile picture of the author Justin Jordan
        Nope.

        I like my dayjob, actually, which is nice. I do make a couple of times my salary there writing, but I keep the job because I have ridiculously good insurance from it (and indeed, insurance was why I took the job to begin with) and that's important, seeing as I'm a diabetic whose chances of being able to get private insurance, much less afford it, are pretty much non existent.

        That dodgy healthcare legislatiuon we passed might change that, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
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    31st July 2004.
    No regrets, although I do wonder if every day is a day off or every day is a work day.
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