Since I owe everything to the good people of this Forum, I thought it only fitting to share this with you:
Last week I turned in my letter of resignation, and tomorrow is my last day on the JOB! I'm walking away from a six-figure income, health benefits, 401(k)...and I couldn't be more excited!
I now join the ranks of full-time internet marketing!
It is definitely a scary thing to walk away from the security of employment, and I'm not currently making online the amount I want or even need to be making.
But I saw the day job as an anchor, an obstacle that I was always having to work around...so many late hours, time compromised with my family, etc., that I felt the only way for me to actually "go big" was to quit the job.
My focus is on product creation...it's something that comes naturally to me, and actually is a part of what I've been doing in my day job for several years.
If quitting your job is your dream, here's my encouragement and advice:
Stop treating IM as a hobby. Hobbyists don't MAKE money, they LOSE money...because they chase after every new idea and "auto-riches" nonsense that comes along.
Get support. I'm not talking about a mastermind group, necessarily, although those are great. But your first big step should be telling someone very close to you what you're doing. This could be your spouse, a sibling, parent, best friend. For me it was my wife. I absolutely needed her buy-in and understanding. Now she's just as excited as I am.
Have patience. Look, I want you to buy every product I create, and the same goes for every other marketer out there (you should have the same philosophy about whatever it is you're selling to your market), but understand that things take time. If you're building websites, it takes time to see results. Stop hopping from one thing to another. That's what hobbyists do.
Get rid of your debt. As much as possible, get your monthly spending down. I haven't done that, but it's something I realize is essential. Don't look at having to replace every bit of what you make today. As you start making money, pay down debts, so that your ability to quit can be that much quicker!
Have a plan. Before you read another lick about SEO or whatever you think is going to make you filthy rich, write down an actual plan of attack. Determine how much you REALLY have to make to quit your job, determine exactly what you'll do to move yourself in that direction, determine exactly how many hours per week you're willing to commit to that...you get the idea. Without a plan it's chaos. You cannot succeed amidst chaos.
Have fun! The whole reason we embark on internet marketing is for freedom and a greater life balance. If you're doing it for "$10k a month," keep dreaming. That's not it. It's for a happier life. The money will come if you work at it.
I'm happy to go into detail, if you have questions. And I'd love to hear more stories like these, so if you've also gone full-time, chime in and spread the love!
All best, and the best is yet to come!