I Quit My Job - It CAN Be Done!

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Warriors,

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.


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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!

Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author realnetworker
    Awesome! Congrats on quitting your job! I am the 'wife' and I am the one doing the IM while my husband is at his job. I dream of making enough to one day replace his income so he can spend more time at home with us. So, until then I will keep doing the basics, learn more as I go, and keep at it everyday!
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    Hey Bill,

    Congratulations! My biggest piece of advice for going full-time is to make a schedule. My biggest mistake was waking up and doing whatever the heck I wanted to do. I had no schedule, no to do list, and really no direction each day.

    I would just get up and do what I thought needed to be done.

    This ended up being one of the biggest mistakes in my business. I did not realize this mistake till about three years later but I did realize it.

    I could have grow my business so much faster and so much bigger if I would just have focused.

    So, as you go onto your new venture working for yourself remember that you still do have work to do. Whether that work is managing the employees that are doing the work for you or actually doing the work yourself. You still need to get out there and do it.

    Congratulations brother you are in for a wild ride. However, it is an awesome ride!

    Talk soon,

    Shannon Herod
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    • Profile picture of the author jonoman1
      Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

      Hey Bill,

      Congratulations! My biggest piece of advice for going full-time is to make a schedule. My biggest mistake was waking up and doing whatever the heck I wanted to do. I had no schedule, no to do list, and really no direction each day.

      I would just get up and do what I thought needed to be done.

      This ended up being one of the biggest mistakes in my business. I did not realize this mistake till about three years later but I did realize it.

      I could have grow my business so much faster and so much bigger if I would just have focused.

      So, as you go onto your new venture working for yourself remember that you still do have work to do. Whether that work is managing the employees that are doing the work for you or actually doing the work yourself. You still need to get out there and do it.

      Congratulations brother you are in for a wild ride. However, it is an awesome ride!

      Talk soon,

      Shannon Herod
      Wow, isn't that the truth, Shannon. This has got to be my biggest weakness right now. Not having a schedule or to do list for every day will absolutely kill your business and thwart any kind of progress. Thanks for the reminder.

      And awesome success story. Glad to see see some hard work paying off. I have been a full time Imer for about 3 years now and there is no looking back. But you are right that it DOES take a lot of hard work. Nothing can replace that!

      Jon
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    • Profile picture of the author djemerald
      Really sound advise. Without a schedule you may find you are working harder and more than youever did, and you may not be accomplishing what you set out to do. Schedule your holiday breaks and your quitting time, then stick to it. Good luck to you. Dont forget to have fun.



      Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

      Hey Bill,

      Congratulations! My biggest piece of advice for going full-time is to make a schedule. My biggest mistake was waking up and doing whatever the heck I wanted to do. I had no schedule, no to do list, and really no direction each day.

      I would just get up and do what I thought needed to be done.

      This ended up being one of the biggest mistakes in my business. I did not realize this mistake till about three years later but I did realize it.

      I could have grow my business so much faster and so much bigger if I would just have focused.

      So, as you go onto your new venture working for yourself remember that you still do have work to do. Whether that work is managing the employees that are doing the work for you or actually doing the work yourself. You still need to get out there and do it.

      Congratulations brother you are in for a wild ride. However, it is an awesome ride!

      Talk soon,

      Shannon Herod
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    • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
      I agree with Shannon. I know a number of people who quit their jobs and decided to just "go with the flow." You didn't do that before and you can't really do that now.

      Also, having a schedule makes it easier to tell your friends and family "no" when they want you to interrupt your work day to do things with or for them. I find it is difficult to help others understand that "self-employed" does not equal "unemployed."

      Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

      Hey Bill,

      Congratulations! My biggest piece of advice for going full-time is to make a schedule. My biggest mistake was waking up and doing whatever the heck I wanted to do. I had no schedule, no to do list, and really no direction each day.

      I would just get up and do what I thought needed to be done.

      This ended up being one of the biggest mistakes in my business. I did not realize this mistake till about three years later but I did realize it.

      I could have grow my business so much faster and so much bigger if I would just have focused.

      So, as you go onto your new venture working for yourself remember that you still do have work to do. Whether that work is managing the employees that are doing the work for you or actually doing the work yourself. You still need to get out there and do it.

      Congratulations brother you are in for a wild ride. However, it is an awesome ride!

      Talk soon,

      Shannon Herod
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Congrats Bill. There's no better feeling than that day when you become your own slave lord.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

      Hey Bill,

      Congratulations! My biggest piece of advice for going full-time is to make a schedule. My biggest mistake was waking up and doing whatever the heck I wanted to do. I had no schedule, no to do list, and really no direction each day.

      I would just get up and do what I thought needed to be done.

      This ended up being one of the biggest mistakes in my business. I did not realize this mistake till about three years later but I did realize it.

      I could have grow my business so much faster and so much bigger if I would just have focused.

      So, as you go onto your new venture working for yourself remember that you still do have work to do. Whether that work is managing the employees that are doing the work for you or actually doing the work yourself. You still need to get out there and do it.

      Congratulations brother you are in for a wild ride. However, it is an awesome ride!

      Talk soon,

      Shannon Herod
      Great advice, Shannon. Very true. My day job was very regimented...calls, appointments, meetings, paperwork, etc. Keeping a calendar of activities is crucial! I have already felt myself slipping a bit. Just so happy to walk around the house in my flip flops!

      Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

      Congrats Bill. There's no better feeling than that day when you become your own slave lord.
      Thanks Michael! It was great meeting you in Raleigh. Helluva great presentation you gave!
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    • Profile picture of the author nlquyen
      Originally Posted by MichaelHiles View Post

      Congrats Bill. There's no better feeling than that day when you become your own slave lord.
      Agree with Michael. Congratulation, Bill!
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  • Profile picture of the author TomVa
    Wow good luck, I've been full time since 2001 a lot of up and down will go on, but hang in there!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Bykov
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    Congrats Bill and best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    Congrats Bill - however you may have jumped out of the frying pan into the fire!

    You think your last boss was a slave driver?

    Awesome stuff mate, no better feeling and looks like you have the right mindset + already making VERY good progress in the income department.

    It CAN get to be a grind some of the time but I would NEVER go back to working for someone else.

    In fact recently took the next step and went from sole trader to a limited company!

    You tell that to anyone that knew me 10 years ago and they wouldn't believe you

    More success to you...

    All the best,

    Chris Jones
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by Chri5123 View Post

      In fact recently took the next step and went from sole trader to a limited company!
      Thanks for contributing, Chris!

      And you bring up a good point...business structure. Currently, I'm simply accepting money into a Paypal business account. Do I need to set up an LLC? For those full-timers in the US, how do you maximize tax benefits of write-offs, health benefits, etc.?
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      • Profile picture of the author jvdeals
        WOW... Congratulations Bill and very best of luck to you!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
        Originally Posted by Bill Guthrie View Post

        Thanks for contributing, Chris!

        And you bring up a good point...business structure. Currently, I'm simply accepting money into a Paypal business account. Do I need to set up an LLC? For those full-timers in the US, how do you maximize tax benefits of write-offs, health benefits, etc.?
        Bill,

        When you and I first met and we talked I could tell you had the stuff to make it and you did. Congrats my friend.

        The best thing you can do before you go any further is to consult with your accountant and attorney, to advise you which is better for you, LLC or other form incorporation. Make sure you talk to both and then make your decision.

        My accountant and attorney recently had me make changes that will make a good deal of difference and help me maximize my tax benefits.

        Also yesterday a very common sense report was released by Jason Fladlien and Wilson Mattos http://www.warriorforum.com/newreply...eply&p=4356497, and it has some very, very valuable business advice. These 2 know of what they speak. I strongly recommend it to you and anyone else that is reading this post. Especially if PayPal is your main payment processor.

        Disclosure: I'm not an affiliate nor am I in a Joint Venture with either Jason or Will.

        There report is just plain common sense.

        Ken Leatherman

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        • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
          Originally Posted by Ken Leatherman View Post

          Bill,

          When you and I first met and we talked I could tell you had the stuff to make it and you did. Congrats my friend.

          The best thing you can do before you go any further is to consult with your accountant and attorney, to advise you which is better for you, LLC or other form incorporation. Make sure you talk to both and then make your decision.

          My accountant and attorney recently had me make changes that will make a good deal of difference and help me maximize my tax benefits.

          Also yesterday a very common sense report was released by Jason Fladlien and Wilson Mattos http://www.warriorforum.com/newreply...eply&p=4356497, and it has some very, very valuable business advice. These 2 know of what they speak. I strongly recommend it to you and anyone else that is reading this post. Especially if PayPal is your main payment processor.

          Disclosure: I'm not an affiliate nor am I in a Joint Venture with either Jason or Will.

          There report is just plain common sense.

          Ken Leatherman

          The Old Geezer

          Thanks Ken! You're one smart Old Geezer! I think the LLC is probably the right way to go. I have a call into my CPA. And thanks for the suggestion to Jason and Will's report.
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          • Profile picture of the author milkyway
            Hey Bill,

            congrats again!

            One advice from somebody who's being there, and proudly wearing the shirt...

            ... if you work "from home" and have a family, there will always be interferences between your private life and your business. What helps me a lot is NOT to distinguish between the two, weird as that may sound at the beginning.

            In my experience, there are 2 sorts of tasks, both private and biz-related:

            1. The time suckers.

              They tie up time and energy, but need to be done.

              The time suckers can be large or small, and they can be both private or biz-related: For me, it doesn't really make a difference if I have to call a doctor to arrange an appointment for the kids, or if I have to send a necessary, but boring email to a biz partner.

              Both are time suckers.
            2. The productive, enjoyable stuff -- battery rechargers.

              That's the stuff that you enjoy doing, that moves you forward, that re-charges your batteries.

              In private life, that could be playing with your kids, doing sports, gardening, whatever you enjoy doing.

              In business, those are the things which are fun, which move your business forward, which keep your brain occupied in a positive way.

            If you are your own boss, the two important tricks are...

            • to develop strategies for dealing with the time suckers. Outsourcing, effective time management, whatever.

              Try to get rid of both private and business time suckers as much and as fast as you can.

              And don't forget about "local" outsourcing, btw -- an outsourcer who does your linkbuilding is great. An "outsourcer" who cleans your bathroom is priceless for the whole family!
            • and the second trick is to move as many things as possible from the "time sucker" into the "enjoyable" category.

              That's in particular true for some private things: Playing with your kids can feel like the worst time sucker ever if you're tired, exhausted, and with your mind still back in your emails. Playing with your kids can be the best battery recharger ever if you're focused on them, relaxed, and can enjoy the afternoon.

              So the trick is a switch in mindset: change such things from a "nuisance" into a "battery recharger", all in your mind. That alone will make a huge difference on some of those days...

            Hope this helps a little bit to ease the change...

            (Not sayin' that I always live by these rules, but it definitely helps when I do.)

            Enjoy the road!

            Regine
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            • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
              Originally Posted by milkyway View Post

              TPlaying with your kids can feel like the worst time sucker ever if you're tired, exhausted, and with your mind still back in your emails. Playing with your kids can be the best battery recharger ever if you're focused on them, relaxed, and can enjoy the afternoon.

              So the trick is a switch in mindset: change such things from a "nuisance" into a "battery recharger", all in your mind. That alone will make a huge difference on some of those days...
              Regine
              Regine, this is so true. I love the way you sum this up and really nail the "trick" of working from home and the blending and separation of the work stuff and the personal stuff.

              Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author merereilly
    What was the point that you came to that actually caused you to quit your job? I'm always curious about this... did you wake up one day and say "I'm done", or was there an event at work to push you over the edge?

    What was the catalyst?
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by merereilly View Post

      What was the point that you came to that actually caused you to quit your job? I'm always curious about this... did you wake up one day and say "I'm done", or was there an event at work to push you over the edge?

      What was the catalyst?

      The first catalyst was actually making money...proving to myself and my wife that this whole thing wasn't a pipe dream. And then continuing to make money. Getting a couple of successful products under my belt.

      After that, I had it in my head that I would quit by the end of the year. Over the past couple of months I had started working from home a few days a week, which helped tremendously!

      But the the "I'm done" moment came last week when I got a new Senior VP over me who basically demanded I report to the office every day.

      I knew that was going to be a huge setback for my online business, so I resigned.

      It's going to be different for everyone. But I had that goal of 2011, and I made it stick! Wish I could lose weigh so effectively
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      • Profile picture of the author dale2811
        Originally Posted by Bill Guthrie View Post

        The first catalyst was actually making money...proving to myself and my wife that this whole thing wasn't a pipe dream. And then continuing to make money. Getting a couple of successful products under my belt.

        After that, I had it in my head that I would quit by the end of the year. Over the past couple of months I had started working from home a few days a week, which helped tremendously!

        But the the "I'm done" moment came last week when I got a new Senior VP over me who basically demanded I report to the office every day.

        I knew that was going to be a huge setback for my online business, so I resigned.

        It's going to be different for everyone. But I had that goal of 2011, and I made it stick! Wish I could lose weigh so effectively
        Hey Bill,

        Thanks for the encouragement!!!

        Great to see that you wouldn't be shackled down by the VP...

        Regarding weight loss, I would encourage you to schedule in a fitness and nutrition program. I have heard that some IM'ers spend the beginning of their morning for about 15-30 minutes on planning, goal setting, praying, reading motivational books, etc. And then they about another 30 minutes on exercise. And then they are charged up to tackle the day with a stronger focus on their goals. I saw one well known IM'er who is doing the P90X program...

        The exercise programs that I have found that have worked in the past, and which I need to get back into again, are put out by beachbody.com who put on the late night infomercials for P90X, Insanity, etc They are all dvd type programs that you follow along at home. I'm not an affiliate or representative, but have used their programs and seen great results. And they also allow you to workout at home which is a huge bonus. You will need to get some equipment like a few weights, etc.

        The programs that I would recommend are
        10minutetrainer.com - you can start with just 10 minutes a day
        power90.com - this program takes about 20 to 40 minutes a day
        slimin6.com

        And just start where you are, start small and build up for fitness & weight loss. Also eat a nutritional snack in between meals like fruit, yogurt, etc. And then you should be able to eat smaller portions for your main meals. Eating more often helps keep your metabolism higher for fat burning.

        Great to see that you're living the dream. Thanks for sharing the details of your life, it inspires those of us who are also working towards going full time.

        Cheers!
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  • Congrats Bill, and thanks for your posting, it encourages us also on how serious we have to be with IM.

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    Nagendra
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    Congratulations. I am definitively next.
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  • Profile picture of the author nagidr
    Congrats! and thanks for great tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author sicnarf
    Congratulations Bill. Walking away from a 6 figure income and health insurance is a big step. My wife and I are planning for me to walk away from my job in 5 years. Our goal is to make enough money to pay off all debt, including our house payment, before I leave my current job. Thanks for the tips you shared and continued success.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by sicnarf View Post

      Congratulations Bill. Walking away from a 6 figure income and health insurance is a big step. My wife and I are planning for me to walk away from my job in 5 years. Our goal is to make enough money to pay off all debt, including our house payment, before I leave my current job. Thanks for the tips you shared and continued success.
      That's definitely a more responsible way to do it

      I believe I can make more money online than at a job, and without the irritation and whimsy of employers.
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  • Profile picture of the author c4822
    This is sweet motivation for alot of people! Stick to it - you can't make it in life without taking risks every once in a while - Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author bam2bam
    Congrats Bill and a lot of success. This one of m dreams to quit my job and make a living from IM... but from now I think this is nog gonna happen soon... I have my plan to do it in 2 to 3 years... talk to you when I succeed :-)

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    Best of luck to you! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author LErinator
    Another awesome post OP, and as with everything you always have to look at where you are, where you want to be, and what you can do about it. I apply this to all of my business dealings everyday. Especially with Affiliate Marketing, everyone's doing the present, when you gotta look at everything
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  • Profile picture of the author ZaneZenMaster
    Awesome man congrats.
    Now use that job income and invest to build your IM Income Good luck man!
    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author viscoa
    Congrats Bill! This is all so exciting. I will keep my fingers crossed for you and you will have to keep us posted of your progress!
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    congrats, I quit my job too and never looked back, it's the best thing I ever made
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Congratulation Bill. Remind me to show you the secret handshake after your probationary period.

    One bit of advice to add to what Shannon said ... don't spend too much time at the forum. As useful and even fun as this place is, it can also be a big distraction if you don't temper your involvement with common sense and discipline.
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  • Profile picture of the author DSepanik
    Originally Posted by Bill Guthrie View Post

    Warriors,

    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.


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    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!

    Bill
    Great to hear, congratulations. It is inspiring to hear stories like yours.
    Best of luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Adams
    I can not wait for this day to come ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Jordan
    Great! Congrats and best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author LaSCuBana
    That is amazing you have really though this through! The great part of being an online marketer is the infinite possibility and gain! But take note- this is still a late night and all hours of the day type of job.

    Working hard and being an entrepreneur is all the gain and all the risk. Good luck, friend!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Go bill, go warrior forum.

    That is the 2nd person today I have seen in here the broke the first rule in the PROCRASTINATORS Book! oh dear LOL.

    Well done and my third eye is telling me there is more money come for you soon! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    inspiring stuff Bill for all of us Internet marketers. Its all about doing money and managing our lives our own way, thanks for this great post again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Congratz man and thanks for sharing this

    Keep us updated in a few months on your progress..

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  • Profile picture of the author ibengeri
    Congratulations!
    I agree completely with what that your siblings need to know what are you doing and support you. Better so than to watch you spending the night in front of the monitor wondering "what's wrong with him"!
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  • Profile picture of the author Keen F
    Congratulations! Though its not going to get easier... its going to get harder, since the hours are flexible now. Sounds counter intuitive, but the hardship of working for yourself is still pretty hard =) Make sure you keep yourself motivated otherwise you might find yourself looking for a job again
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    I see you sell WSO, is that your best source of income? 400-500 sales at $14 is a lot of money.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Kevin
    Congratulations on your first step to success..I still remember the time I said sayonara to my boss..It was the most uplifting experience ever!
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    This forum has changed so many peoples life, its kinda crazy. It certainly changed my life. Showed me how free and happy your life can become being an internet marketer. I love it. I enjoy marketing.

    Good job on quitting the job. No more being a slave.
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    congs Bill welcome to world of fun and freedom
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  • Profile picture of the author lovelysue
    It's great to have goals and stick to them. When you achieve one - it feels great. Do you guys and galls have top 10 goals to achieve in 1 year? What are they?
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    Well done for you
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    Congrats!!! That's wonderful.

    I wonder if there is anyone full time at internet marketing that dreams of getting a job?
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      I wonder if there is anyone full time at internet marketing that dreams of getting a job?
      Oh, I'm sure there is. Every time Google slaps them down
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    • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      I wonder if there is anyone full time at internet marketing that dreams of getting a job?
      No. Yes. Maybe. Not me.

      Bill, congratulations! That's a great feeling, I know. I wish you the best of luck.
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      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      Congrats!!! That's wonderful.

      I wonder if there is anyone full time at internet marketing that dreams of getting a job?
      Geez, I thought this was a JOB.

      Oh wait a minute I am sitting here in my pajamas

      Congrats on your exciting news Bill!
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    • Profile picture of the author tacoverhoef
      My Goal is to stop this year december. It just got a bit harder because my wifes quit here job because of burn out and she needs me to be around the house. And I had my first kid born this year januari, he is great but has some trouybles so we have to see the doctors regulary. But still I will succeed at this. I have some people working for me from the Phillipins to get my niche sites on first place Google. But I don't see a lot of progress yet so that is kind of torture but I need to keep the long term goal in front of me. And I do suck at putting things in order like said before in other peoples reply's. Lists and al that stuff, but I am getting better at it step by step.

      I have a dream and that dream needs to come true.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
        Originally Posted by tacoverhoef View Post

        My Goal is to stop this year december. It just got a bit harder because my wifes quit here job because of burn out and she needs me to be around the house. And I had my first kid born this year januari, he is great but has some trouybles so we have to see the doctors regulary. But still I will succeed at this. I have some people working for me from the Phillipins to get my niche sites on first place Google. But I don't see a lot of progress yet so that is kind of torture but I need to keep the long term goal in front of me. And I do suck at putting things in order like said before in other peoples reply's. Lists and al that stuff, but I am getting better at it step by step.

        I have a dream and that dream needs to come true.
        You're on your way! Obviously, you'll need to start getting regular IM income in the door.

        Work backwards from that December goal. Determine exactly how much money you'll need to be making to quit your job. Figure out what your wife can do to help you. Can she manage the VAs while you push toward creating some products suitable to your chosen niches?
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    • Profile picture of the author kanuje
      Thanks for the motivation Bill. I fall asleep at night thinking about how I'll tell the boss to stuff it. Best of luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author FranMurray
      Bill...

      Congrats! I remember when I went full time, it is a exciting, scary, in short Epic! To be able to believe in yourself is a huge step in success in anything in life.

      There was a comment here that resonated with me, make and keep a schedule. A schedule is just a set of tasks that promote your overall plan.

      Revisit that plan and design your schedule according. This has worked for me.

      Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, I have to take some time and refocus, this is what works for me.

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    • Profile picture of the author Bai_Mike
      Congratulations. Definitely this is a godsend.

      And yes, it definitely can be done.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lisa Hayslett
      I quit my job in May and it was the BEST thing I ever did! I feel so free and empowered.

      It is also scary, emotional and there are ups and downs. The biggest thing is to have a plan and FOCUS.

      I have a whiteboard with my income goal and broken down into how many sales that is and how much traffic that takes.

      I have a daily list of task and I set a timer for each one. I work much faster with the timer clicking and it allows me to move through my daily task very quickly.

      I also have a long term list that I mark off as I get to it.

      Congrats! Remember this is a business and you must be VERY organized to keep it up and running.

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    • Congrats Bill! Thanks for the good advice too.

      Personally I have a personality fault... I like to learn, and learn, and learn...

      Like a tornado chaser, I am addicted to chasing IM Shiny Objects. I do so much of it, it isn't educational anymore... truth is... it's an addiction.

      So a warning to those that study and never do, get yourself into an AA group... you have an addiction
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      wow, congratulations! I can't wait for the day I write a post like that
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    I wish you well man enjoy the journey.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua526
    I can relate very well to your story, right now I am planning to quit my day job. But I will do that if my IM earnings is double compared to my salary. Yeah it's very important to get out of debts so quitting will be very quick.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by Joshua526 View Post

      I can relate very well to your story, right now I am planning to quit my day job. But I will do that if my IM earnings is double compared to my salary. Yeah it's very important to get out of debts so quitting will be very quick.
      That's definitely a more responsible route. If you get going, you won't have to calculate things like that. Here's what I mean.

      Let's say you get to where your IM income is HALF of your salary. Take your IM income and throw it at all your revolving debt (credit cards). Pay those off first, then build up a savings account of 3-6 months salary. Then go after your car payment (if you want to own it), and then mortgage.

      At some point before your IM income is double your salary, you're going to have the same thought as me: that you could actually make more IM dough if you had the free time.
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  • Profile picture of the author GetMySkin
    Awesome. You are one of the rare breed who actually made it through Internet Marketing. Wishing you continuing success in your online endeavours!
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  • Profile picture of the author tmoby
    Awesome job and advice! Since I cut down on spending and possessions, I actually enjoy my work! Just doing this takes away the compelling stress of making ends meet, which is half the battle!
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by tmoby View Post

      Awesome job and advice! Since I cut down on spending and possessions, I actually enjoy my work! Just doing this takes away the compelling stress of making ends meet, which is half the battle!

      That's a really great point that can't be emphasized enough. So much of our motivation is geared towards money...reducing your spending takes you off the hook for "having" to make more.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brandon Ellis
        Hey Bill that's awesome man!!

        I know you're going to rock it out. : )

        Great tips in your post as well. Treat it as a hobby or halfheartedly and you'll get no results.

        When opportunity comes along you work TWICE as hard, not the other way around.

        Sound advice too on material things bro.

        Why weigh yourself down with so many material things that it weighs you down and creates added anxiety? Especially in the start-up and lift-off phase.

        Best of Success on your journey Bill!!

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    "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcorvin
    Very inspiring Bill. Man, thank you for sharing this with us. I have been doing IM for 14 years and have never looked back. I cannot imagine living the life that most others are forced to working the J.O.B. I love my freedom, the travel and time with my family it has given me.

    Keep Rockin'
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  • Profile picture of the author dizen
    I agree with the fun part ... but really $ 10.000 is absolutely attainable.

    Originally Posted by Bill Guthrie View Post

    Warriors,
    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.

    Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author kingprince999
    hey congrats Bill and best of luck for the future... if you have read rich dad poor dad best selling book its the story of the author how he became a billionaire the book stats if you want to make it big you got to do business , job might give you security but it would make you rich. I wont be surprised if i see you making more than what u earned in your job.
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    Wish you good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author NickWatson
    CONGRATULATIONS Bill..there are so many people that dream of the exact moment you are currently experiencing! Well Done!

    A word of advice...BE DISCIPLINED! Like you said, you cannot treat IM as a hobby anymore. You need to set a side X amount of hours daily for your "WORK"...treat it as a REAL BUSINESS (Which is what it is) and you will be very successful!
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      Originally Posted by NickWatson View Post

      CONGRATULATIONS Bill..there are so many people that dream of the exact moment you are currently experiencing! Well Done!

      A word of advice...BE DISCIPLINED! Like you said, you cannot treat IM as a hobby anymore. You need to set a side X amount of hours daily for your "WORK"...treat it as a REAL BUSINESS (Which is what it is) and you will be very successful!
      I wish I was in the GOLF niche, so I could just do that every day
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      • Profile picture of the author NickWatson
        Originally Posted by Bill Guthrie View Post

        I wish I was in the GOLF niche, so I could just do that every day
        As much as I love golf...I couldn't see myself hitting balls constantly for 10 hours a day trying to perfect my swing - which is exactly what the pros do...
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  • Profile picture of the author NateRivers
    Bill that's awesome. My final straw was pretty much the same way. I was making more from my sites than I was at my job, but for some reason I wasn't even thinking about quitting- then one day my manager and his boss cussed me out for something and then asked me if I would "commit to doing better" with an implied threat that if I didn't I would get fired, and I it hit me at that moment to just say, "no, I'll just quit".

    Congrats again.
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      Originally Posted by NateRivers View Post

      Bill that's awesome. My final straw was pretty much the same way. I was making more from my sites than I was at my job, but for some reason I wasn't even thinking about quitting- then one day my manager and his boss cussed me out for something and then asked me if I would "commit to doing better" with an implied threat that if I didn't I would get fired, and I it hit me at that moment to just say, "no, I'll just quit".

      Congrats again.

      Atta boy, Nate! Johnny Paycheck said it best: "Take this job and shove it!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathy Curiel
    Congrats Bill, I want to wish the best in your new life. This post is giving hope and strength to a lot of people here. I hope to be next to stop my day job!

    thanks for the inspiration and have great life !
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  • Profile picture of the author bmcgoff
    Congrats, brother! I really like what you said about enrolling someone close to you in the dream and possibility of the "free" lifestyle (or whatever IM is for you). I haven't really done that yet, as it still seems silly sometimes, or at least unrealistic.

    Also, Shannon's point about making a schedule...man, that hits home. I'll put that on the list, haha.
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  • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
    Congratulations Bill!

    I hope to soon join the full-time IM club. If only to learn Dennis' secret handshake!

    I'm lucky that like you, my fiancee is REALLY supportive and encourages me everyday to try to better myself.

    Aside from the freedom of not working for someone else, providing for her and our future kids is my driving force.

    I'm yet to get into product creation. I've thought about it but I want to make sure whenever I start offering a product, it'll be something I'll be PROUD of.

    Now be sure to crank it up 10 times since you've got all that extra time to work on YOUR business from now on

    Edit: Please be sure to let us know if you decide on an LLC or some other type of business entity. I'm sure many here would appreciate further info on how to deal with taxes when doing IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author wsocrazy
    Congrats man...

    I know whre you are coming from being on your list and having bought your products.

    Wish you the very best and lets see ya make even more awesome WSOs!
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  • Profile picture of the author Epicurus
    Well done Bill on making that move!

    I know full well how scary that can be, I didn't exactly quit my job but I was made redundant and that lit a fire under my arse to get going with my own business.

    Nothing like fear to get you motivated I can tell you :-)

    I now have my own VA business and am earning more than when I was in full time employment and I love what I do.

    As for my better half and the support side of things, she was actually faced with redundancy as well last year and came into the business with me and now we work together from home.

    It's a great feeling to be ploughing our own furrow and both of us would have to be dragged kicking and screaming back to a regular style JOB!!
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  • Profile picture of the author ebony66
    Congratulations. I did the same thing a few years ago and although I don't miss the rat race and the office politics and have never regretted my decision, there are a few things that I miss - people, my friends, the social part of being part of a group. I miss the buzy-ness of it. I miss coming home at the end of the day and sinking into the sofa, tired but satisfied that I had done something good, especially if I got expected results.
    I miss the feeling you had on Friday afternoons and couldn't wait to leave the building, but then Sunday night would come by so quickly followed by dreaded Monday.

    Working from home takes some getting used to. It takes discipline, boredom sets in quickly and all kinds of distractions.

    By the time I wake up, people have already left for work so the street is so quiet and occasionally someone walking a dog would go by. You feel isolated but again, I have never regretted my decision as the positives outweigh the negatives. We humans are never satisfied, when it is cold we complain,and complain some more when it is hot.
    I used to tell retirees what I wouldn't give to be able to live like them, never having to take orders from anyone, waking up whenever my body felt like waking up and never having to endure rush hour traffic. Now I am living that life and ....well.

    Anyway, Good Luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by ebony66 View Post

      Congratulations. I did the same thing a few years ago and although I don't miss the rat race and the office politics and have never regretted my decision, there are a few things that I miss - people, my friends, the social part of being part of a group. I miss the buzy-ness of it. I miss coming home at the end of the day and sinking into the sofa, tired but satisfied that I had done something good, especially if I got expected results.
      I miss the feeling you had on Friday afternoons and couldn't wait to leave the building, but then Sunday night would come by so quickly followed by dreaded Monday.

      Working from home takes some getting used to. It takes discipline, boredom sets in quickly and all kinds of distractions.

      By the time I wake up, people have already left for work so the street is so quiet and occasionally someone walking a dog would go by. You feel isolated but again, I have never regretted my decision as the positives outweigh the negatives. We humans are never satisfied, when it is cold we complain,and complain some more when it is hot.
      I used to tell retirees what I wouldn't give to be able to live like them, never having to take orders from anyone, waking up whenever my body felt like waking up and never having to endure rush hour traffic. Now I am living that life and ....well.

      Anyway, Good Luck.
      You bring up an interesting point. It so happens I live in a neighborhood where many of the breadwinners (ie, husband, fathers) work from home. They're not self-employed, necessarily...they telecommute. So you see dads in shorts walking their kids to school, etc. And since I've been doing the same and working out of my home office for a while, I'm hoping the transition won't be too jarring.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jaymark
    Good information and an encouraging post. You accurately point out that you can make money online but it does require work and discipline. If you take this business seriously and learn what's necessary, it can work for you. Just don't get off track and distracted by all these other offers promising instant wealth. If you stick with the plan you'll begin to do better and better.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    Congratulations. That's awesome.

    Interesting you say get support. My wife is my biggest supporters. She thinks the IM stuff is great. I know some Warriors talk about family friends thinking IM is a joke and not a real business, so I'm fortunate. Sounds like you are as well.

    Enjoy and congrats!!
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  • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
    Congratulations, Bill!!!!

    Yes, it CAN be done and I'm working toward reaching my goal (thanks to a couple of WSOs with your name on them)!

    BTW, there has been some great advice dropped into this thread that I have noted and will incorporate into my plan of action ... would like to thank all who shared.

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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    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.
    That's not true,

    My first site made $5k before I had ever heard about IM.

    I built that site for a hobby of mine, decided to add Adsense on the site. Adsense worked out so good, I decided to see what other ways I could monetize the site, then expanded with multiple similar sites.

    Your OP is about leaving the 9-5, right?

    I was layed off & forced into IM full-time (best thing that ever happend to me).

    My hobby still pays the bills, & as long as I'm not working a 9-5 I'm a happy camper.
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    • Profile picture of the author NickWatson
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      That's not true,

      My first site made $5k before I had ever heard about IM.

      I built that site for a hobby of mine, decided to add Adsense on the site. Adsense worked out so good, I decided to see what other ways I could monetize the site, then expanded with multiple similar sites.

      Your OP is about leaving the 9-5, right?

      I was layed off & forced into IM full-time (best thing that ever happend to me).

      My hobby still pays the bills, & as long as I'm not working a 9-5 I'm a happy camper.
      Good for you buddy..congratulations, there truly is not many people that can say that. But your situation is definitely the exception and not the norm
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      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      That's not true,

      My first site made $5k before I had ever heard about IM.

      I built that site for a hobby of mine, decided to add Adsense on the site. Adsense worked out so good, I decided to see what other ways I could monetize the site, then expanded with multiple similar sites.

      Your OP is about leaving the 9-5, right?

      I was layed off & forced into IM full-time (best thing that ever happend to me).

      My hobby still pays the bills, & as long as I'm not working a 9-5 I'm a happy camper.
      Perhaps we disagree with my phrase "hobbyist," but hopefully we agree with the "get rich quick and mindless" folks that are out there. That's my point, and my encouragement -- that if you truly desire to leave your job you'll likely need an attitude and mindset of someone building a business rather than someone with a whimsical approach.
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    Nice you finally had the confidence to move into IM full time, it can be scary but if you love what you do, that is one major obstacle overcome
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Congrats Bill! It's something I have just recently done too. I am at present just working out my notice and will be full time from mid August.

    And you are right -it's NOT about money - it's about freedom.

    Good luck to you.

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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Waaaaay coooool Bill! Welcome to the world of the self-employed.

    Once you've tasted it you'll never want to go back to being the employee. In fact, at some point you'll probably hire your own employees. They become an extension of you so you can get even more done.

    Nothing happens without a to-do list.

    Oh yes, learning the secret handshake. I must admit, it is a bit awkward. Maybe that's just because I am not tall enough.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Petal
    Hey Bill,

    Thanks for Sharing and Congrats on your new life. You must free liberated!

    The difficult thing is changing our mindset and coming out of the controlling comfort zone. Once you change your mindset and get of the zone, your on your way to achieving that goal.

    You will now have a quality of life with your family. Well done! Your an inspiration to us all.
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  • Profile picture of the author PhodM
    I applaud you for taking such a brave step..leaving a six figure income can not be easy, but it is the desire to want to go on and improve yourself that seems to be even more valuable!
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    Always awesome to see people make the jump!
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    Way to go Bill... I've been doing my own biz offline for years and one thing is for sure - I'll never go back to the grind. Keep it up brother!
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  • Profile picture of the author rassan
    congrats on your freedom of the 9 to 5 ..

    i think you have some good ideas and I'm going to try to stick with a plan . Ive been looking into this for about a year now and have gotten my first squeeze page done . will definitely be checking back for more encouragement and wish you all the luck in the world ..
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    I also quit my job this week! Not out of choice though. I am a dancer by trade and work part time as a gogo dancer. I had to quit because I am pregnant. I have now substituted my dancing income with my income online and am hoping soon I will be making more money online than dancing!

    It can be a real boost to quit your job as you are not tied down to anything. You have to make it your full time income with IM and it becomes a challenge and a goal!
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      Originally Posted by BabyMama View Post

      I also quit my job this week! Not out of choice though. I am a dancer by trade and work part time as a gogo dancer.
      :confused:

      Sounds like a WSO

      Um anyways......

      BILL I bet is somewhere busting his hump.

      That's why he is not responding any longer. This congrats thing can be time consuming.

      LOOK AT THE MONSTER YOU CREATED BILL!!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
        Originally Posted by Team X View Post

        BILL I bet is somewhere busting his hump.
        That's why he is not responding any longer. This congrats thing can be time consuming. LOOK AT THE MONSTER YOU CREATED BILL!!!!
        Just taking a break over the weekend, but now trying to catch up on this thread.

        But even that idea -- the weekend -- seems a little strange now. Weekends for many is about how you dress, when you get up, and obviously, what you do with your day.

        For full-tim IMers, it's quite a bit different. My new "uniform" is a t-shirt and shorts. I anticipate getting up around the same time as always (because of my little girls jumping on me). But the activities now between week days and week ends are blurred.

        The schedule is key!

        P.S. This officially is my FIRST DAY of self-employment!!
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  • Profile picture of the author profit2day
    Congrats!!! For me I was pushed off the cliff - my department as told they were no longer needed. After a gazillion years (okay maybe not that many) I knew I didn't want to go back to the corporate world!!!!

    Now I am working on passive income, but if the big bucks come rolling in, I will not complain.

    Good Luck!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author travisl
    I never had a job!!!


    ... oh wait, thats why i'm broke

    haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Sornie Samante
    So inspiring, thank you bill! good luck on your trade!
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  • Profile picture of the author KennardB
    Sweet Bill, I wish you the best in this new chapter of your life!! Very Exciting!
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  • Profile picture of the author Juan Burton
    Great testimonial, I too fired my boss recently. It's a good feeling but a well rewarded opportunity to move on newer and exciting things. <G>Bless~!
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  • Profile picture of the author aneel90
    Hey Bill,

    Thanks for sharing this. I am close to quitting the day job very soon as well. Reading your post only makes me want to push harder! Thanks mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author brookman12
    Well done Bill, working for yourself and having the freedom is what its all about. Like you say if you keep at it and treat it like a real business the prospect of becoming a fulltime IM can become a reality. Will look forward to you releasing your latest products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    Congratulations Bill and Good Luck! I am new to the forum and I am glad I joined it - it is heart warming to see how positively it has impacted someone.
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    All my best wishes are with you and there is no end to seeking better life so keep doing that.
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  • Profile picture of the author PRBandit
    I read this title and thought damn... I'm too late. I wanted to do the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author thair
    congrats bill .. it's inspiring to hear stories like this. best luck to you brather
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  • Profile picture of the author espe
    awesome! congratulations sir!

    I'm going to do the same thing, even though I'm already making money online, but the idea of telling my friends at work : "Im outta here" got my attention.
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  • Congrats Bill- Way to go! I hope you are successful as a full-time IM marketer. So you are going to focus on product creation. Are you going to stay focused on creating WSOs or do you plan on moving away from WSOs?
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  • Profile picture of the author maximum117
    congrats bill this realy inspiring me , i realy want to hear more details from you about the ways and methods you followed to achieve this succes
    best wishes to you bill
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by marktheonlinesurfer View Post

      Congrats Bill- Way to go! I hope you are successful as a full-time IM marketer. So you are going to focus on product creation. Are you going to stay focused on creating WSOs or do you plan on moving away from WSOs?
      Originally Posted by maximum117 View Post

      congrats bill this realy inspiring me , i realy want to hear more details from you about the ways and methods you followed to achieve this succes
      best wishes to you bill
      bassem jaber

      I'll answer both of these questions: Yes, I will continue to create WSOs, as long as I can bring valuable tools and information to the Forum. I believe WSOs are an outstanding way to generate income. But you CANNOT work with yourself in mind. You've got to think about your future customers and their needs, not your own financial goals.

      Bassem, my method has been through the creation of WSOs and affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author hzwill
    Thank you Bill Guthrie

    I was so exciting to hear your advice, and the second one hit me.

    I quit my job a month ago. That was not a easy decision. Finally I did it with my wife's support. She have no idea about IM, but when I told her my plan , my idea, she was so exciting too.

    For now, as you said, I need a plan. I am not a guru in IM, and confused many shiny ideas here. They all great, but I think the best way is to choose the one, and take action.

    I hope that I can get some fruits 2 maybe 3 months later.

    And thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author icemusike
    htey Bill congrats. Im 21. and since 17 im in internet marketing getting payed every month.. so i never had to hire myself still doing collage by the way )
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Very cool Bill!

    I think you got tons of responses so fast because this is the dream that most IMers really have.

    Being able to quit the day job to get paid diong something you LOVE (plus has unlimited income potential) is definitely attractive to most people

    Rock on brother!
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  • Profile picture of the author kashino
    Congratulations to you Bill, I'm starting to question why I took so long to join this forum but its buzzing with positive energy!

    I too quit my job once I realised it was never about the money but the freedom and value I can bring to others and myself. I set a target of achieving twice my annual income in 18 months and it took me 11 months, so I know you must have put in the hours man. Enjoy the journey!
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  • Profile picture of the author arkhamindustries
    Congratulations!
    Originally Posted by Bill Guthrie View Post

    Warriors,

    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.


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    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!

    Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author Jaymark
    Wow, good for you! Congratulations! It's wonderful to hear these stories as provides encouragement to say that it can be done. The Internet is one of the last great opportunities with a low barrier to entry. However given the ease with which people can enter also increases the competition. However if you can outlast the 99% of people who give up early and continue to hone your craft, the opportunities will improve and you'll find ways to make good money.

    In any case thanks so much for sharing. It was very encouraging to see what you have accomplished.
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  • Profile picture of the author try_hard_samurai
    Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Earle
    Congratulations Bill,

    But the real work starts now, set yourself a target of fully replacing our income in a timescale that is going to push you.

    Even if you don't achieve it you will remain focussed to doing what is necessary to ensure that you keep your freedom from the job.

    Well done
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by Mark Earle View Post

      But the real work starts now, set yourself a target of fully replacing our income in a timescale that is going to push you.
      Even if you don't achieve it you will remain focused to doing what is necessary to ensure that you keep your freedom from the job.
      You're right, Mark. And I don't think it has to be an all-or-nothing type deal. As I've been saying, take your initial IM earnings and do something very smart with it: either by reinvesting directly back into your biz that that it causes a multiplier effect in your earnings, or by paying down debt, which can act as a "pay raise" by lowering your monthly obligations.

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author myron92
    Well done Bill, hope you reach your marketing goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author medlence
    Congrats and best of luck, it takes a lot of courage to do that...
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  • Profile picture of the author clubrrr
    Hey, just wanted to say, u have got a lot of courage! I truly wish you all the best on your new journey! May God bless you!
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewCrump
    Hello Bill
    Awesome stuff that is the one thing i hope to do with the next 2 years i know many people now make full time living from the internet and i hope to become one of them Soon rather then Late

    anyway mate have fun in your dream Job Location and take care,

    Matthew Crump
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  • Profile picture of the author Indonesian-VA
    Hey Bill, congratulation!
    I resigned from my last office 2 years ago and never regret it.
    It will be tough at a few moments, but things will get better ever
    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author SmileKenya
    thanks, i feel encouraged, now am sure am doing the right thing "working online full time on"
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  • Profile picture of the author JimCricket
    Congratulations on taking the leap! Stories like this are inspiring.
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  • Profile picture of the author salaka
    hey man
    Congratulations

    "All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind" Aristotle
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    Amazing. This my dream within few years!
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  • Profile picture of the author nnsjw702
    Congratulations!!!

    Currently it is a hobby for me as well, but i am yet a student

    So i get time to get some knowledge daily.
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  • Profile picture of the author gerry.c
    Congratulations!

    That's an inspiring story and thanks for sharing your story with others who may be struggling to keep on track.

    Personally, I got fired from my last REAL job because I couldn't stop talking/thinking about my online endeavors. That was a good 11-12 years ago. Was the best thing that ever happened to me and I've never looked back. Life has been great ever since.

    Good luck and even when things get hard (because they might), don't give up. Security is rarely more than just an illusion of security. The only real security is in knowing that without anyone else signing your paycheck, and even if you lost everything tomorrow, you'd be OK because you know you have the skills to replicate your successes quickly and easily. Investing in yourself is awesome!
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  • Profile picture of the author SebastianJ
    Truly inspiring - great stuff!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimore
    Yeah, quite true, real success is achievable online and much more than many have ever imagined, I AGREE with you in this, many marketers who would have otherwise achieved success end up cursing and frustrated simply because they lacked a simple ingredient to their success, CONSISTENCY and DAILY METHOD of operation. Breaking the bank and spending money does not equal to more success. Consistent action is the real measure of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author dee4d
    Just shows that making money online is the most reliable venture one can get into, all this is so insightful, thanks to you all for sharing your experience. This is a journey where every unique experience encourages us to be more focused and enjoy what we do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
      Originally Posted by gerry.c View Post

      Security is rarely more than just an illusion of security. The only real security is in knowing that without anyone else signing your paycheck, and even if you lost everything tomorrow, you'd be OK because you know you have the skills to replicate your successes quickly and easily. Investing in yourself is awesome!
      Originally Posted by Dimore View Post

      many marketers who would have otherwise achieved success end up cursing and frustrated simply because they lacked a simple ingredient to their success, CONSISTENCY and DAILY METHOD of operation. Breaking the bank and spending money does not equal to more success. Consistent action is the real measure of success.
      Originally Posted by dee4d View Post

      Just shows that making money online is the most reliable venture one can get into...
      Great additions to this growing thread! I love this type of motivation. Keep it coming!
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