Quitting my Day Job for IM [need Advice]

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Am planning to quit my day job in the next couple of months.. but i want to plan it properly..

Currently am making some money from aff. marketing in certain niches using free traffic.

I discovered it's hard to beat IMers who are using automation tools say for example article marketing..

In this regard am looking for affordable automation tools

the ones that work effectively - am keen on Price/ performance ratio

share the ones that you have used and worked.

At this juncture am Looking more on the "Must have" as oppossed to
"nice to have"

You can also PM your Aff link [but don't BS me] - send me stuff that work
#advice #day #job #quitting
  • Profile picture of the author Super Warrior
    Asking people to PM you with their aff. link is never a good idea. I think soon you'll be bombard with a lot of PMs. Anyhow, before quitting your job make sure that you'll be able to make atleast the equal amount to your salary by utilizing your time in internet marketing which you are spending on your job right now! I've seen many people being reluctant after leaving their jobs due to the insecurity which is always there in the online businesses.

    The "Must Have" IM tools are (which I am using currenlty):
    - Micro Niche Finder
    - SEO suite
    - Article Marketing Robot
    - Scrapebox


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    • Profile picture of the author ezybux4u
      Originally Posted by Super Warrior View Post

      Asking people to PM you with their aff. link is never a good idea. I think soon you'll be bombard with a lot of PMs. Anyhow, before quitting your job make sure that you'll be able to make atleast the equal amount to your salary by utilizing your time in internet marketing which you are spending on your job right now! I've seen many people being reluctant after leaving their jobs due to the insecurity which is always there in the online businesses.

      The "Must Have" IM tools are (which I am using currenlty):
      - Micro Niche Finder
      - SEO suite
      - Article Marketing Robot
      - Scrapebox


      - Steve
      All very great tools

      I have used SENuke X to a good scale of success. Definately do your research before investing in tools, and make sure you have a good strategy in place before throwing in the towel with your day job. Peace and Prosperity.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeseocool
      Originally Posted by Super Warrior View Post

      Asking people to PM you with their aff. link is never a good idea. I think soon you'll be bombard with a lot of PMs. Anyhow, before quitting your job make sure that you'll be able to make atleast the equal amount to your salary by utilizing your time in internet marketing which you are spending on your job right now! I've seen many people being reluctant after leaving their jobs due to the insecurity which is always there in the online businesses.

      The "Must Have" IM tools are (which I am using currenlty):
      - Micro Niche Finder
      - SEO suite
      - Article Marketing Robot
      - Scrapebox


      - Steve
      One more GREAT IM tool that you will need would be SEnuke X!
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      • Profile picture of the author IMWinner
        I know my post seems a bit late, but as I was looking at some past threads, the title caught my attention since I am planning to do the same. But I have to set up some concrete plan first in what I want to do in the Internet Marketing business before leaving my daytime job.
        I totally agree with fellow warrior bagpuss has stated that, you should not be hasty in leaving your day job and decided to focus in the IM business. You have to make sure that you have what it takes to be an IMer since I really believed that IM business in not for everyone.
        Listen to their advise, and I also have the same advise, do not just leave your daytime job and jumped into the IM business if you haven't established yet your plan on what to do and what to focus here. It is very risky in your part, and in fact, successful IMers didn't start earning after they start working. Some took them months, and even years to really earn decent money in the Internet Marketing. It requires hard work, patience, determination and human perseverance to overcome challenges such as disappointments for the slow progress or hasn't started to earn after a month in the IM business.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    If you quit your job in the hopes of making a stable income online, you will be in trouble. Work your way to a full-time income online, THEN quit your job.

    Yes it does sound easy said than done.

    But once you start learning SEO and online marketing, sales will come. I would suggest you to learn copywriting as well, since a persuasive message is necessary to get sales.
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    • Profile picture of the author Noah Fleming
      Here's what I did....

      Back in 2004-2005 when I started making a full-time income online, I continued to make the old' horrible commute to my dark "office without a window" for a full six months. I had been making money online for years before but never enough to sustain not having a "Real job."

      Made myself a deal that if I could maintain that income, or better it, without going a dime below that xxxxx amount then I would leave me job.

      Needless to say on the day of the sixth month I let my boss know I wouldn't be back. It's now mid-2011 and I haven't been back since.

      Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by YasirYar View Post

      If you quit your job in the hopes of making a stable income online, you will be in trouble. Work your way to a full-time income online, THEN quit your job.

      Yes it does sound easy said than done.

      But once you start learning SEO and online marketing, sales will come. I would suggest you to learn copywriting as well, since a persuasive message is necessary to get sales.
      Very solid advice here OP. So listen in!

      I kept in my crappy day job until.... I was able to replace it, then flipped the birdy to the boss and told her what I really thought of her.

      That day my mindset changed and I have been very successful online.

      But start slowly, quitting your job without replacing your income instantly could become your downfall. Seen many warriors try to do it.

      You need to learn teh basics.

      LISTBUILDING
      COPYWRITING
      HOW TO SELL

      yadda yadda

      its takes time but do not worry, you can get there and if it is your passion go for it. You will do great I am sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author supreme
    I appreciate your responses guys.. I'll consider your input thoroughly
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTT
    Originally Posted by laurenswuyts View Post

    You will need scrapebox, defintelly. The best tool ever out here.
    scrapebox?????????????
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  • Profile picture of the author clslaw
    There was something about this post that concerned me. The post started off mentioning your plan to quit your job to market on-line full-time, wanting to "do it right," and I expected that you would be looking for advise in that regard. Instead, you wanted to know what software you should buy.

    I don't know where you are financially. I do not know where you are at with your income. I do know this, though...

    Before I would quit a paying job that I relied upon to pay the bills, I would make damn sure that my on-line business was ready to cover my monthly expenses. I would also want to see money in the back, the credit cards paid off, and my systems in place and working before tendering my resignation.

    What concerned me was that while I agree with your desire to automate aspects of the business, you really want those sorts of things sorted out before making a decision that you may well not be able to reverse later on. The economy is horrible. A lot of people who want jobs don't have them. Chances are that your current employer will have many applicants eager to fill your position the moment you leave.

    I guess what I'm saying here is I know what it feels like to work a job you don't like, but it still beats being broke. The automated software is fine, but it doesn't make a business. Just make sure you've got your business where you need it to be to support your current lifestyle before you quitting.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author nicoledeal
    I think you should quit your day job well before you start with IM. This way you will be able to start stress free and focus solely on counting the dollars as they roll in, which can be a huge task.
    All sarcasm aside, assuming you are finacially set to retire, prepare to learn, learn, and then relearn what you thought would work.
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  • Profile picture of the author SebastianJ
    Get Scrapebox or write your own harvester/comment poster
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  • Profile picture of the author Eyetrap
    I paid off all of our debt exept 1st mortgage before I went full time. Also, I built up my online income to 40-50% of my full-time income before I quit.

    I'd tell you to look at bookmark
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  • Profile picture of the author Eyetrap
    I paid off all of our debt except 1st mortgage before I went full time. Also, I built up my online income to 40-50% of my full-time income before I quit.

    I'd tell you to look at bookmarkIng demon.
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  • Profile picture of the author levelupseo
    Eyetrap has a good goal to shoot for. I was at about 60% of full time income before I made the leap. Also, be sure to not burn any bridges with your employer. Make sure you leave on good terms so at the very least you will have a reference from them in case you need to find a more "traditional" office job.

    As for tools, I started with tools that are one time fees only to keep my monthly expenses down. Market Samurai, Article Demon, Bookmark Demon, Scrapebox. After you have the income to afford it, you can buy the bigger guns like SENuke X and blog networks. Don't feel like these are must have tools to make the leap. It's like doing math by hand on paper versus using a calculator. They don't magically make you better at SEO, they just make you more efficient.
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  • Profile picture of the author terrencewan
    Do consider seriously before you burn the bridges (job) behind you. I fully understand that you are at the cross road now, don't know what to do. But takecare of your basics needs first irregardless of what you do.
    Some may agree with me some not, it all depends on individuals.

    For me, i invested in some companies that give out dividends, i am using these money to sustain my living and work on IM.

    So what i suggest to you is try to find some passive income to support you first, when you feel that it is sufficient, then move on, else hold on to your next plan.
    (Warning : IM need time to built up your income, so do be careful)

    Read up books to see what are those Passive Income you can get.

    E.g Real Estate investment, paper assest, etc.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author nyapartments
    Yasir is right, you should build your online business and get it to start making money, then quit your job, not the other way around. This simple piece of advice will save you a lot of trouble.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    YOU SHOULD HAVE BACKUP INCOME.
    IM can have it's Ups and Downs down the road.

    In the Old Days of Online Marketing
    It was so easy to quit my day job.
    eBay was much friendlier
    and so was list building. (Less lists to choose from I assume).
    Although other avenues have opened up
    some months seem to swing like a pendulum.

    Still I could never go back to a so called "Real Job.
    It's an addiction for sure.

    BEST of luck to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author aridz
    My advice, get a stable income first for 5 months at least, then decide to leave your job.
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    • Profile picture of the author BDubC
      well I would start using the tools and gain results before quitting and also be sure you are building a list. Dont let your traffic slip away forever.

      I use Market samurai for research and have outsourced to people using SEnuke.
      The only thing I have heard bad about SEnuke is it can be too powerful If used incorrectly.

      I used Magic Article Rewriter with token and submitter when I spent all of my time on seo work. I now spend more time on content quality and building relationships with my lists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Hugall
    I have no advice! I can't post I guess, and was hoping you could point me in the direction of a good teacher or coach as I would love to see some money come in online. Not a penny in one year. I thought since you were considering leaving your job you would have some good advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Super Warrior
      Originally Posted by bilkat19 View Post

      I have no advice! I can't post I guess, and was hoping you could point me in the direction of a good teacher or coach as I would love to see some money come in online. Not a penny in one year. I thought since you were considering leaving your job you would have some good advice.
      WOW! Rather than advising OP you are asking him for help.
      I can understand your situation. I wish both of you success in online work BUT read what I said above. :rolleyes:


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  • Profile picture of the author JohnBertagna
    Make sure you have cash to fall back on first before ditching you job.
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  • Profile picture of the author melltonroper
    Don't quit your job immediately remember entering in a world of IM is not an assurance that you will earn easily, there's a lot of people fail on that field hold on to your job so far then start IM as a sideline then if you realize that your income in IM is enough to level your present income then thats the right time to go full time with IM.
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    • Profile picture of the author The 13th Warrior
      If you are making money in marketing, then you should view it as supplemental income until it equals or surpasses your current income.

      Make sure it is consistent income from a real business that will last, not some "scheme" that will work for awhile before fizzing out.

      If you are really making money in marketing, then you should save that income so you can save up enough to pay ALL your monthly expenditures WITHOUT a job for 6 months, a year is better.

      Other wise, view your marketing as retirement income until it not only surpasses your current income but it can "passively" pay you enough to pay all your monthly expenses and still live the kind of life style you want.

      The 13th Warrior
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    I suggest continue working until your IM income equal your daily job..

    Then save up to 3 months of income and quit your job.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author krikkod
    I agree with what everyone else is saying about quitting.

    You really do need to make sure you are making livable income before you quite your day job.

    If it's an option, i would definitely go part time first before completely jumping off the job.

    But IM moves in cycles, like another person before me said, there's some things that burn bright but burn out quickly, if you are relying on this type of strategy to bring you reliable income you are wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author EmmaPowell
    Quitting my Day Job for IM [need Advice]

    You are not quitting a day job, you are about to embark on one of the hardest jobs, don't be fooled, it can be long hours and IT IS hard work.

    Things change and you got to be at the top of your game! IM is relentless!

    Treat IM with the respect it deserves - If this is to be your business and your life blood then treat it very well

    Best of luck my friend xox
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Make sure that you earn a steady income at least 10-12 months with IM. Believe me i still earn 2-3 times amount of Day job with IM. But I don't like to quit from my professional job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Major Success
    Pick a method to get (quality) traffic and work on it until you master it. Build a list from your traffic. Always grow your list
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  • Profile picture of the author Realinit
    Some people would suggest that you reach a certain level of success in IM first before you quit your job. Then again quitting your job before having a stable income from IM would really force push you to success as you do not have a place to fallback to and you will not be able to make excuses and choose the easy path of quitting IM. A "do or die" situation. Most of the people i know who have attained some sort of success in IM were in the latter situation.
    It's up to you to choose which works best for you. I'm simply just sharing here
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    • Profile picture of the author buckz55
      Learn how to do stuff manually before you buy a bunch of tools , then buy scrapebox , article marketing robot , and onlywire after you really understand the big picture of how everything works.

      Those 3 are really all you need in terms of backlinks, scrapebox for blog commenting , AMR for article backlinks , and onlywire for bookmarks....they are all very affordable too (onlywire is even free i think)

      If your going after highly competitive keywords , you can always outsource the more complicated stuff , like xrumer blasts , web 2.0 properties , link wheels , buffer sites , ect.

      Remember , now days it's about the quality not quantity of links. The search engines got alot smarter over the past year...even xrumer isn't as effective anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author shireen
    Hi:

    Shireen here :-)

    I quit my job when my IM income is 1.5 times my job income.

    Now my IM income is 3 times my job income :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author phpdevrus
    I hope that you are listening to what everyone has said. Dont quit your day job until your IM income at least is equal to your salary or at the very least equal to your monthly expenses.

    Try to improve your current IM activities and expand them.

    I work and do IM at night + use a va. I wont stop my day job until I reach at least double my day job salary on a stable month to month basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldroga
    If you don't have a secured plan on your next job then better not quit. If this kind of marketing don't work out for you then it won't really work. So for now, you have to really think about what do you want to achieve and make that as your foundation on deciding where you should go.
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  • Profile picture of the author bagpuss0001
    As mentioned above... to quit a day job to go full time can be risky. Its not something I have been brave enough to do yet, but I do have a few free tips:

    • As already mentioned, try to build your IM income to a good steady reliable income before you quit. I would say aim for a steady average of 70% of your current salary. You can account for the other 30% by econimising and small sacrifices. (a process thats good for the soul and makes your leap to self employed more satisfying).
    • If you can do so, graduate your switch. Maybe go part time at your current job to provide you extra time to invest in your IM. Most UK employers offer flexible working terms these days.
    • Obtain a good balance. If you have a family, dont loose sight of the time you owe to them. Nothing is worse than a spouse/mum/dad who always says "In a minute, I'm busy". Nothing is more important than our loved ones.
    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Agent 23
    Good luck with your new adventure. Although I'm new to IM, I'm not new to pushing the limits and stepping out into the Unknown. It does makes sense to wait to build up your income before you leave, but there is the old saying "necessity is the mother of all invention." What's your life like? If you've got dependents, yeah, play it safe and go the slow and steady route. If you're on your own and relatively unattached, screw it! Get some cash in your pocket and jump ship. You won't know what'll happen, but you can be sure you'll appreciate life more. Some of my most intense moments were when I had empty pockets...wide open and ready for anything, everything.
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