How long did it take you to go full time IM

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I'm tired of playing games, and slaving away for pennies, so let's cut the crap and get down to business. I want to become a full time IM'r, yeah that's right, FULL TIME. How long did it take you to reach this status? I need to know, so that I can work harder and get there quicker. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author bertboy60
    It took me almost a year. Started part-time and then when the income got decent swiched to Full time and never looked back.
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    • Profile picture of the author JosephTate
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      Originally Posted by bertboy60 View Post

      It took me almost a year. Started part-time and then when the income got decent swiched to Full time and never looked back.
      Took me around a year as well..What a journey it has been!
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  • Profile picture of the author mint24
    Make sure that you have passion and you love what you do, so you never notice the time..That you almost made it! patience was also needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyprus
    First we have to translate time to money, in time terms it usually takes about a year (10hours/day) if you know what You are doing.

    In money terms depends how much you value your time.



    No matter if you do all by yourself or outsource it takes time.
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  • Profile picture of the author gotti3636
    If you put in the effort then there is really nothing stopping you from being able to go full time after a few weeks/months. Take some time at the start to learn the basics and then get to it!
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  • Profile picture of the author PhiladelphiaSeo
    It took me two years but you really need to discipline yourself. Its easy to procrastinate and fool around when you work for yourself because you are only accountable to you. Make sure you have your business entity set up with a business bank account. You need to treat it like a business and not a hobby.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    dropped out of uni after two years, I'm doing IM fulltime as of that moment
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Everett
      I guess it depends on how much money you need to live on... someone living at home with mum and dad who pays $50 a week for their keep would be able to go full time sooner than say, someone with a $1000 a month mortgage.

      I personally lived off my savings and quit my job fairly early on in my IM career, but I wouldn't recommend it.

      Keep your job as long as possible and when your part time earnings from IM = or exceed your full time income, that's probably the time to give it a go full time.

      I have been a full time IM' er now for over a year but even now it can still get scary at times.. The bigger bank you have, the better.

      Keith
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    i started when i was 17 and right after school. i went officially full time when i was 21.
    i guess i am a slow learner compared to others.

    goin into my 5th year now employment-free
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry White
    I wouldn't go by the calendar. Go by income - when it's roughly equivalent to your 9-5 gig, and the sales/income are fairly steady and consistent - then it's time to write your letter of resignation. Not before. Not in this economy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    It took me two years, but I didn't start out trying to make money, I built a hobby site first. I would have went full-time sooner if I was single, but I had a family to support so I made my online income prove itself as reliable over time before jumping in with both feet.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashtree
    Thanks guys, when I reach $20 a day everyday on average, i'll be able to do this full time, until then I guess it'll be a grind.
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    • Profile picture of the author maywebdesigns
      Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

      Thanks guys, when I reach $20 a day everyday on average, i'll be able to do this full time, until then I guess it'll be a grind.
      Man I wish I could get by on that. Keep pluggin' away. Never stop learning, work hard, work smart and most importantly believe! good luck!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Eyetrap
        Took me 6 months part time 1-2hrs per day to hit $2,000/month. Took 6 months full time 30-40hrs per week to hit $5885/ month (last month).
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  • Profile picture of the author the lord
    After I get more money from my salary to work in an office., that's where I started full time in the IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    It took about 2 years before I started doing this full time. What a journey...

    I remember looking back at the bad times now, and although they really sucked I must say that my experiences got me to where I am now. Not just the good ones, but all of them.

    I learned from my mistakes.. Some people will have to make them over again before they learn their lesson, but eventually they will figure it out. All it takes is some hard work and perseverance.

    Just dont give up, once you hit the bottom the only way to go is up
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

    I'm tired of playing games, and slaving away for pennies, so let's cut the crap and get down to business. I want to become a full time IM'r, yeah that's right, FULL TIME. How long did it take you to reach this status? I need to know, so that I can work harder and get there quicker. Thanks
    Nearly 10 years, but that is because I was not putting much time in for the better part of 9 of those years. Once I decided to make it a goal of mine it took me many 6 months to quit my job and go full time from home.

    Benjamin Ehinger
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Copeland
    If all you need is $20 a day to do this full time I honestly think you could get there in a matter of months... that isn't a lot to get and there are a lot of products where you will make twice that or more for a single sale...

    Using that math you only need to make about 4 sales a week.... if you can convert at even 1% that is only 400 (targeted) visitors a week (or 58 a day) you need to your site or wherever you are selling it... and that isn't that hard to do with stuff like forums and facebook etc to help you out...

    It took me about a year and a half to go full time, but I was replacing a 25k a year job so my goals were higher, and the first 6 months was spent just reading and being scared to try anything out! LoL!
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    • Profile picture of the author sharoncm
      it's take one year to two years. depend your time and effort.
      it's also depend on how you define your goals , what is the break even point to stop working for pennies and start working for yourself
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    • Profile picture of the author cashtree
      Originally Posted by Alex Copeland View Post

      If all you need is $20 a day to do this full time I honestly think you could get there in a matter of months... that isn't a lot to get and there are a lot of products where you will make twice that or more for a single sale...

      Using that math you only need to make about 4 sales a week.... if you can convert at even 1% that is only 400 (targeted) visitors a week (or 58 a day) you need to your site or wherever you are selling it... and that isn't that hard to do with stuff like forums and facebook etc to help you out...

      It took me about a year and a half to go full time, but I was replacing a 25k a year job so my goals were higher, and the first 6 months was spent just reading and being scared to try anything out! LoL!
      Nice and yeah I forgot about taxes so it'd be more like $30 a day cause I do other things to make abit of money online already. This year and a half stuff is way too long, I already got 2 sites i just created, think ill push for 10 that way I can hopefully get them all equally successful or close, and won't have to wait years to replicate what i've done.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

        Nice and yeah I forgot about taxes so it'd be more like $30 a day cause I do other things to make abit of money online already. This year and a half stuff is way too long, I already got 2 sites i just created, think ill push for 10 that way I can hopefully get them all equally successful or close, and won't have to wait years to replicate what i've done.
        Once you go full-time you'll also have to pay the employer half of things like the social security tax. They get you coming and going. Not sure if you were counting that with the taxes you just mentioned, so I thought I'd mention it in case you weren't aware of that.
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        • Profile picture of the author cashtree
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          Once you go full-time you'll also have to pay the employer half of things like the social security tax. They get you coming and going. Not sure if you were counting that with the taxes you just mentioned, so I thought I'd mention it in case you weren't aware of that.
          I already have a LLC registered and yeah i'm aware of the tax stuff,fed and state income tax, self employment tax(social security+medicare), etc...I really need to get a book though, am behind on my estimated income taxes for last quarter but they're extremely confusing and I can't afford an accountant atm. I been working on software for over a year, i'm hoping when i release that I can make bank, lots changed in a year though, unfortunately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    In the time it took me to think the thought which is a split second, I was full time in IM. Reality and other things in my life did not afford me the opportunity to approach IM with the idea of growing my IM income to replace my existing income, but that's a whole different story in itself. Needless to say, it make it happen or live in a cardboard box. I made it happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashtree
      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      In the time it took me to think the thought which is a split second, I was full time in IM. Reality and other things in my life did not afford me the opportunity to approach IM with the idea of growing my IM income to replace my existing income, but that's a whole different story in itself. Needless to say, it make it happen or live in a cardboard box. I made it happen.
      I Love that mentality! if I had that kind of confidence in myself as far as im goes I may of tried that, but I need to see it work before then.
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      • Profile picture of the author arkhamindustries
        Ive been at it for about 4-5 months now.
        didnt see any money for the first 3 months but its starting to trickle in now
        I hope to be working for myself only by the end of 2012
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  • Profile picture of the author stevenjacobs
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    It took me 3 years , I needed money just in case did not work out
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    • Profile picture of the author jinjinjk
      Hello,

      I'm new to WF and from all the responses I am thrilled to see that it is very possible to go full time with IM

      I am quite new to IM and I was wondering if it was possible for me to go full time just doing IM in around 1 year balancing school and work throughout the year.

      Thank you and congratz to all your success!
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      • Profile picture of the author cashtree
        Originally Posted by jinjinjk View Post

        Hello,

        I'm new to WF and from all the responses I am thrilled to see that it is very possible to go full time with IM

        I am quite new to IM and I was wondering if it was possible for me to go full time just doing IM in around 1 year balancing school and work throughout the year.

        Thank you and congratz to all your success!
        I'm trying to learn from others mistakes that way I can be successful quicker. For instance one thread the guy was generous enough to lay out all the wordpress plugins he uses and every step he takes for a successful niche...that alone could take hours to learn, i spent 3/4 hours just looking at wordpress themes one day. So these kind of posts I think will definitely help you reach your goals in less than a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author G Abbas
    i was 16 when i started and it took me almost 3 years, in start IM work was just hobby, i started learning and doing everything as a free lancer, like in start i did photoshop work, logo designing, pictures retouching etc, than i started webdevelopment than adsense, affliate marketing, seo and than website flipping etc, but as i stated i was 16 when i started so i wasnt worried about making money that much so never tried or worked hard it was just fun..but when things changes suddenly and i realised now i m on my own, than i started applying for jobs (but in IT, all they want is experience) until a friend of mine asked me how he can make money online via Adsense..so that time i thinked of IM seriously so after 15 to 20 days i was making almost 1k per week..so my point is it depends on your circumstances, how much you are in need of money...but for sure you have to know some basic stuff which can take few months...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ultimate Guides
    This method i am suggesting takes maybe a month to start going full time before having autopilot money coming in daily, weekly or monthly depending on your performance. I think the best way to Internet marketing in my opinion is through autopilot which means through selling your own product. I mean I seriously hate blogging and I will never start one again (no offense) because it seriously kills your time daily to post on it and thats not how i would take advantage of internet marketing since it can do wonders by going autopilot while you are sleeping or on a holiday. So by investing maybe less than 100$ for your auto responder, website and additional optional materials, you can set up an autopilot website that sells your product and has a auto responder that you fill things to send to your subscribers which needs minimal updating. Your product should take awhile to create with good quality while being original, prepare your production your computer, save the documents of the sales letter, ezines and etc and have a note pad with you whenever you have an idea so that you jot it instantly. Creating a product can take awhile like a month of part time daily bigots definitely worth it. Then Research your competition, make sure you have a better sales page than them in terms of keyword density and other aspects and create an army of affiliate for your product. improve from the best that's all I advise to stay on top, model their sales letter and beat them out. In the end, sit your ass back and just watch the cash flood your account! Now that's the real Internet marketing, good cash + minimal time spent (autopilot). If it's blogging or doing freelance, you are going to write a whole lot of content daily that carrying a laptop everywhere seems like a normal thing, would you want that? Consider this method and you will never look back!
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    • Profile picture of the author jinjinjk
      Originally Posted by Ultimate Guides View Post

      I mean I seriously hate blogging and I will never start one again (no offense) because it seriously kills your time daily to post on it and thats not how i would take advantage of internet marketing since it can do wonders by going autopilot while you are sleeping or on a holiday.
      Is it possible to outsource to have other people make blog posts for you on your website? Or is it a waste of money?
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      • Profile picture of the author davidjames42973
        It took me 3 years until I finally went full time. I actually would have been able to quit my job and go full time after 2 years but I was afraid to quit my 9-5 job. It wasn't until December 2010 that I was laid off that I decided to go full time. It was definitely a roller coaster at times but well worth it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ultimate Guides
        Originally Posted by jinjinjk View Post

        Is it possible to outsource to have other people make blog posts for you on your website? Or is it a waste of money?
        I mean, I don't think I would want to find people to outsource for me. It's like finding an employee to do daily work, that is still not the real nature of Internet Marketing I believe. You are going to have to deal with this employee (writer) and talk to him about many things like payment issues, checking his work and etc which is just time consuming like real life. Go autopilot thats the best, sit back and dont kill yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacob Hargreave
    Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

    I'm tired of playing games, and slaving away for pennies, so let's cut the crap and get down to business. I want to become a full time IM'r, yeah that's right, FULL TIME. How long did it take you to reach this status? I need to know, so that I can work harder and get there quicker. Thanks
    I didn't go full IM until I lost both of my jobs back in 08. I took that as a personal wake up call and dedicated myself to making a full time income from home.

    The chain of events that year really made it difficult, but in the words of the great Tyler Durden


    " It's only when you've lost everything that you're free to do anything."


    But enough of my rambling. To answer your question you can go full time IM when you decide to dedicate yourself to it in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author HawkPrecision
    Hopefully less than 6 months. That's when I get kicked out.

    I can see myself making about $300 a month in maybe a month or two from now. That's a good start.
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    Took me three years of hard, hard work.

    I am not surprised that a huge percentage of people who start end up giving up.

    I didn't make a penny for the 1st 2 years though. So just 1 yr when I final "got it"
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  • Profile picture of the author bastion
    It took me for about three months. I believed completely in IM
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  • Profile picture of the author Ultimate Guides
    Oh by the way, it is very important you have 6 months of cover for your bills, food and etc before you quit your real job and go full time. Just a quick tip so that you don't make mistakes that others made!
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  • Profile picture of the author victor9011
    It took me three years and I am still working on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author budin
      It took me more than 5 years and I don't see it growing
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  • Profile picture of the author cashtree
    You guys all talking YEARS to reach full time, that's really depressing stuff. No offense but it sounds like you weren't doing it right. Maybe as a new IM'r i'm spoiled with the vast amount of info on the net etc...but if it takes me 3 years to succeed in IM, that's a serious problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author theemperor
      I've been trying stuff online for about 3 years and not doing it full time. Part of that is because my full time requirements will be quite high, about $10k a month to quit job. And partly because I've tryed loads of 'methods' and following the herd and not focused on one thing for long enough. I am now focusing on one thing and looking into building a business and building "IP" so that if this project fails I have something to take to the next one etc.

      My mindset is less about when I can quit the job - because quitting the job is just a milestone that means I have more time for the business. It is not the be all and end all.
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  • Profile picture of the author rekerlolz
    IM is all about learning what works for you and just doing it. It took me about a year to start making enough money online to call it a job.
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  • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
    I went full time once I reached $6K a month. And, it took me about 6 months to do it. However, I did have help doing it. I had a mentor, someone who really knew what to do. So, you can count me as lucky. But, my guess is that 1 to 2 years before you reach your ideal income bracket is acceptable.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndhikaWijaya
    Dunno, maybe 3 or 5 years...
    Coz i start IM since 2005 :p
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  • Profile picture of the author burtonridr2
    I cant wait to get full time!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Linley
    A few years for sure..and I think I got really lucky that I got hooked up with a very smart marketer and well connected person that helped get me to full time and work with him to start an offline SEO company way back before there was any offline wso's!!! We got in way before anyone else did (except David Preston and Willie Crawford!).

    Otherwise I might still be struggling to make a living in IM. I think I was also forced into IM with losing my job which is a common story amont a lot of full time IM'ers. There are a million ways to make money in IM and I think the key is to focus on just one and master it and become the best at it and not try to do more than one thing at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author BJ Min
    it took me 2 solid years of real effot...but before that, i was studying IM half-heartedly for 7 years on and off...but once i put my mind to it...it took me 2 years...
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