Is working online worth quitting your regular job?

by Wotz Banned
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Being new in online work, it would be great to hear from people who have already made some success in their online business. I'm curious to know what made them chose internet jobs over regular ones and how they were able to shun away from the numerous scams that the internet offers. I'm aware that this forum offers a lot of tips for people to become internet sensations, but what I'm asking is: what was the foremost reason for successful internet marketers (writers, etc.) to replace their regular offline jobs and join the internet bandwagon instead?
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  • Profile picture of the author robp12
    I'm only a 21 year old college senior, but I've balanced academics, an internship and internet marketing for the past 3 years. I would highly advise anyone to NOT leave their 9-5 job until they've had some kind of success with internet marketing, earning a fairly substantial amount of money.

    If you have a good job, don't just quit it because you heard that it's possible to make a living online. Take up internet marketing WHILE YOU'RE WORKING YOUR CURRENT JOB, prove that you can be successful at it, and if you feel the timing is right, leave your 9-5. Working your current job and then working on internet marketing in your spare time will also help to give you the capital investments required to succeed, which is always a good thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author SEOFriendlies
      Originally Posted by robp12 View Post

      I'm only a 21 year old college senior, but I've balanced academics, an internship and internet marketing for the past 3 years. I would highly advise anyone to NOT leave their 9-5 job until they've had some kind of success with internet marketing, earning a fairly substantial amount of money.

      If you have a good job, don't just quit it because you heard that it's possible to make a living online. Take up internet marketing WHILE YOU'RE WORKING YOUR CURRENT JOB, prove that you can be successful at it, and if you feel the timing is right, leave your 9-5. Working your current job and then working on internet marketing in your spare time will also help to give you the capital investments required to succeed, which is always a good thing.
      Was going to type the exact same thing, but you beat me to it =)

      One more thing: don't expect to get rich the moment you set up your first website. You'll face a lot of setbacks, tons and tons of frustrations, excruciating periods of self-doubts before you start seeing the first profits. WarriorForums is a VERY newbie-friendly forum - ask tons of questions (but only if you can't find the answers anywhere else on the net) and read the valuable posts and past experiences of fellow internet warriors trying to earn their keep in the internet. Don't give up!
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    • Originally Posted by robp12 View Post

      I would highly advise anyone to NOT leave their 9-5 job until they've had some kind of success with internet marketing, earning a fairly substantial amount of money.
      Yea exactly. Who needs that kind of pressure.
      Rather keep your day job which you can use to pay bills, live etc, and most importantly use to invest in your IM business.

      Then when you are making a decent income and have some good money saved up, you can move over to IM full time.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikenin
      It is very risky to quit your 9-5 and rely completely on your online income, but it can be done. Personally i will probably always work a 9-5 even though at the moment my IM makes just as much as my fairly decent offline job pays. I like to be able to know that I will make a paycheck. With my IM I make good money, but any number of things could happen that cause that to stop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tech19
    Basically I choose to work online because I hated my job, and wanted to do what I wanted whenever I wanted to do it haha. Now, I work extremely hard, probably more than I did at my other job but I enjoy it and that's the huge difference. I quit a little over a year ago but I was already making decent money online so there wasn't a huge risk. Haven't looked back...
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    I like to see my clients reach two milestones before quitting their 9 to 5

    A nest egg capable of handling 18 Months of actual living expenses and an online business that has consistently earned 25% more than the day job for at least one full quarter.
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    • Profile picture of the author bearbo001
      Troy_Phillips...

      Who are your clients and how many have you been able to get to 125% of their 9 to 5 income?
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  • Profile picture of the author metaarticles
    If you have a decent day job, it is not a good idea quitting it for Internet Marketing (IM) unless you have been able to generate consistent money with IM. However, if you do not like your job, and have decent IM skills, I think it is worth taking the risk. Also, as Tech19 says, you may end up doing more hard work while IMing when compared to your day job, but if you enjoy IM, you should take that risk. Another advantage is that you do not have a boss who is breathing down your neck all the time, so there is less pressure (although there is more work).
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    • Profile picture of the author gccalfeche
      Originally Posted by metaarticles View Post

      If you have a decent day job, it is not a good idea quitting it for Internet Marketing (IM) unless you have been able to generate consistent money with IM. However, if you do not like your job, and have decent IM skills, I think it is worth taking the risk. Also, as Tech19 says, you may end up doing more hard work while IMing when compared to your day job, but if you enjoy IM, you should take that risk. Another advantage is that you do not have a boss who is breathing down your neck all the time, so there is less pressure (although there is more work).
      You have a very good point there.. Definitely agree with you.
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      • Profile picture of the author gccalfeche
        Personally, I can't afford to quit my job for IM since I don't trust IM that much.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Don't quit your job until you earn the equivalent online... Working online gives freedom and that's what I like about it... Remember: you're probably worth twice or even 5 times your 9-5 job... Your boss or employer only pays a fraction of your real worth...
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexis Wilke
      Originally Posted by paul_1 View Post

      Don't quit your job until you earn the equivalent online... Working online gives freedom and that's what I like about it... Remember: you're probably worth twice or even 5 times your 9-5 job... Your boss or employer only pays a fraction of your real worth...
      Actually, be careful... if you never ran a business before know that there are expenses to run such. For example, you probably will want to hire a CPA or equivalent in your country. Also, the money you make IMing is net meaning that it includes taxes. Assuming you pay about 30% taxes, that means the money you make on the net needs to be more than your 9-5 job checks. Also to be successful you need to spend a certain amount of that money in different fees (say for instance to become a full Warrior and pay your fee on this forum... ads to bring people to your site... etc.)

      So you should really earn at least 1.5x your current salary, probably 2x.
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    • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
      I would use pay from your regular job to fund your IM until it is very well established. One panda update and you could be living out of a box.
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      • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
        Only if your are short sighted and only develop traffic funnels targeting Google traffic. Diversify and leverage.


        Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

        I would use pay from your regular job to fund your IM until it is very well established. One panda update and you could be living out of a box.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcwahl
    I would say most internet business is very gradual. It takes a while for your internet site to grow and for people to get to know you. Leave your day job when you are sure you can make enough online would be my two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author trilogy9013
    It is definitely worth it, but it does typically take a lot of time to replace a full time income. Getting away from scams is easy once you know how to spot them and know of some good IM people who sell good products. Being a part of this forum will allow you to review products before buying in to any hype that might be on a sales page. Just be aware that it doesn't happen in 1 day and it will take work but it can be far more lucrative than your standard job
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I'll quit my 9-5 job when I earn significantly more money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Grant
    Hey there,

    That's a total open question that only you can decide on what answer you feel is right for you. It is true that only a percentage can make enough money to cover a fill time salary but it can be done. It really depends on your comitments, hopes and needs. I personally have never had a 9-5 and I could never do it, the thought is like prison to me and so I make it work as best I can. Other people can never give up the security of a salary for whatever reason so, if you are an entreprenuer then your spirit will guide you down that path anyway and no matter what is said here, only you can make that decision.

    I would say however that the first thing you need to do is prove that you can make money lol. At least reach sufficient income to match your salary before diving in full time.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkUSA
    I think it's not a good idea to quit the day job until you've made enough money in IM to actually move some money out of IM and make other investments (such as Real Estate) that ensure your bills get paid regardless. Then, consider quitting, especially if you don't like your job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jbarros
    I know that gurus exist praticly in every niche and usually they are scam. So nothing new about that.
    I worked for 3 years as a chef, even though I love cooking the enviroment wasn't for me. Got tired of being bossed around by incompetent people who knew less than I, or by chefs who treated people like s**t, working +10 every day and working my a** off just to get nearly a minimal wage.

    I told myself if it's to work so hard than atleast I will do something that I like and that it's for me. I started looking around for a solution until I found IM. I currently doing what I love and don't take crap all day. When I think about it damn I was trading my hours of life and stressing all day long in return for a life of poverty. Even though I haven't done much money but I just started 4 months ago. I just have this belief that I will be rich so I know everything will work out
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    Baselining, baby .
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    Well it depends on what your current job is, how much you're earning on that job vs IM, the prospects of that job, whether you enjoy it, whether you can make time for IM on the side, etc.

    For example, someone making $100/day may quite their McDonald's job but not their investment banking job (well, they may get no time for IM especially if they're working in IBD).
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  • Profile picture of the author sacoderbd
    may be.....but i'd recommend to learn the basics of IM....its just like other businesses....but in a virtual world....As a freelancer....Um making decent money...but I still look forward to become a full time internet marketer
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  • Profile picture of the author mootonandy
    Originally Posted by Wotz View Post

    Being new in online work, it would be great to hear from people who have already made some success in their online business. I'm curious to know what made them chose internet jobs over regular ones and how they were able to shun away from the numerous scams that the internet offers. I'm aware that this forum offers a lot of tips for people to become internet sensations, but what I'm asking is: what was the foremost reason for successful internet marketers (writers, etc.) to replace their regular offline jobs and join the internet bandwagon instead?
    I don't really think swapping a bricks and mortar type job for an online work from home based job is using what is available to its fullest potential. I wouldnt really call internet marketing a job because you can make money pretty much on autopilot whereas with a job if you arent doing something you arent making any money. I think most of us would go for the autopilot option because then we can spend our time doing what we really want to do. You could check this site out to give you some starting points: get money
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Wotz View Post

    I'm curious to know what made them chose internet jobs over regular ones
    In my case, I started trying to build an online business at the beginning of my second year of university, hoping that by the time I graduated I wouldn't ever have to get a "regular" one.

    Originally Posted by Wotz View Post

    and how they were able to shun away from the numerous scams that the internet offers.
    Effortlessly ... I was trying to earn money, not to spend it, so that was never an issue for me at all. I started off not wanting to spend any money at all. And rapidly realised I'd need to buy a domain-name or two, which was ok. And then some hosting. And then an autoresponder subscription. But that was all I ever needed to spend, to start off.

    But for others concerned about it, I'd strongly advise anyone to avoid like the plague anything which makes any sort of income claims at all, anything obviously hyped up, and anything which has words like "cash", "money", "income", "fast", "magic" in its title.

    This little free guide produced by a Warrior is also brilliant, and thousands of people could have avoided being scammed if they'd simply downloaded and read it: How to Investigate Home Business Opportunities
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  • Profile picture of the author Leo2000
    Its hard work but do both until you can support yourself just online.
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  • Profile picture of the author bluebrain
    If done right, IM is more profitable, easier and offers more schedule flexibility than most jobs. Most people when they hear about "make money online" think it's a bad thing. In fact, you need much less investment in an online business than in a real one, don't need as much papers, don't need to be over 18, and the ROI is likely to be much higher.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheLinkMaster
    work full-time and part-time online..when your online income surpass your ofline income, its time to make a decision. ooops at least you are earning five times oe than your 9-5 job and have at least 6 months of income stashed in your bank account as security. don't burn your bridges either..make sure there is a two way street and you can go back..
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I had a great job in the computer industry and it was paying me well. But i didnt like the idea of waking up 6am every morning to drive through traffic to work. It was the best job i've ever had in my life... but i think everyone could use a bit of financial and time freedom.
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    Choosing between quitting a job and doing online marketing has always something to do with your preferences, knowledge and resources. As human, we are fond of exploring. Those people who sacrifice their regular job just to engage in online marketing maybe find themselves more productive online. But it takes a brave man to give up something big just to try something new.
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    • Profile picture of the author jeskola
      I just jumped ship - i made sure i was earning at least double what my day job was paying consistently for several months and made sure and saved enough to see me by for 6 months at least. I'm a bit nervous but also very excited about what may come - but so far month on month everything is growing so i'm quietly confident that this will be the best decision i ever made.
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  • Profile picture of the author los s
    it depends on your lifestyle your objectives your goals your knowledge your work ethic and your determination.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    I will say one thing I've seen some near frauds that you wouldn't exactly call a fraud make a ton with marketing.

    Remember internet marketing might refer to 1 thing (internet marketing) but marketing in general has a much wider opportunity and scope of context.

    I quit my job like an idiot the first month I got into marketing. Don't ask how but it wound up becoming a very very good thing for me. I think because the whole 8 years I worked in retail I'd do nothing but obsess about sales, how to sell people, psychology, manipulation.. and it was just always apart of my blood I think.

    So once I made the transition I felt this MASSIVE congruence in my life. A new meaning, and that meaning is what really helped me succeed the most. You NEED to love it otherwise quit now.

    But anyway back to scams. I see hundreds of salesmen every week that are selling some type of shady service, over promising, over delivering, in the offline arena not online, and some of these guys are pulling in real nice bank. You could call what they do defrauding people, but you couldn't ever prove it in court due to how they operate, and considering all the legal protection they have in place.

    But if you want my idea of a get rich quick scheme. Find a way to fool people, and sell them on a product that they can't really guage whether its effective. In a lot of home improvement industries you can sometimes see this. There's foundation repair companies, basement waterproofing, energy audits, all types of weird things where you can build fear on people to sell them for a huge profit. A lot of people would say this is a horrible thing. But 9 out of 10 of every company I see in certain well accepted industries is doing exactly this. Ok no I take that back maybe more like half of them is.

    They just build so much value into a service, that they truely believe they're getting something incredible, when they're just getting something somewhat ok. And a lot of clients never even realize it. God I could talk about this forever. I know one company that is pulling in 300,000 grand a month minimum by lying to people. But they are so good at coming off trustworthy, have so much social proof, that almost noone knows they're dicks except other competitors in the industry like me. I see these guys selling jobs for almost triple what other companies are selling the same jobs for. They just don't care. They get complaints all the time and I still have no idea how they've survived this long and maintained trust online/offline. It boggles my mind.

    All I know is money is value, and value is really nothing but a perception. If you want to quit your job, don't make money, make value. Convince people its value, sell the **** out of it to them, they'll by it and think its a high value product/service. And you'll be the only once to know you created money out of thin air.

    Almost like that article I read on the BH forums about "bs your way to internet riches". Well guess what? You can do that in almost any aspect of life. Even when I was younger I use to get women this way. Just act like a cocky ******* full of social status and value. I didn't exactly believe that about myself all the time but as long as other women believed it, thats all that mattered. Same thing in sales/marketing. It doesn't always have to be true, people just need to think its that way.

    (and please vets be easy on me I'm just trying to voice what I've seen in my own experiences in life)
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  • Profile picture of the author marcelomusza
    In my opinion, it depends ONLY on each character's personality. There is people that likes to be lead by someone else, not everyone in the world want to own a business.
    I see this everyday, between my teammates in my full-time job.

    I would really like to be my own boss, and hopefully some day I will be able to do that with all the effort I am investing on my online business.
    But well.. many people still like to have a solid and monthly salary to pay their bills, and they are happy with that life style, and there is nothing wrong with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Davis
    I agree with what others have said here.

    You should not quit your regular job, until you have some steady and solid income online.

    Remember it took you years of "investment" with studies and school fees to get that job.
    Why just throw it away?

    Make use of it till the time is right to move on.
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  • Profile picture of the author jrpventures
    I would do anything to never have to go to work again. I'm working at it day by day. One year from now it's going to be happening
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  • Profile picture of the author gccalfeche
    Originally Posted by Wotz View Post

    Being new in online work, it would be great to hear from people who have already made some success in their online business. I'm curious to know what made them chose internet jobs over regular ones and how they were able to shun away from the numerous scams that the internet offers. I'm aware that this forum offers a lot of tips for people to become internet sensations, but what I'm asking is: what was the foremost reason for successful internet marketers (writers, etc.) to replace their regular offline jobs and join the internet bandwagon instead?
    Thanks for this post.

    I think it depends on how well you do in online business than your regular job.. If you think you're good enough to stand with your own feet then it will be a good choice to quit your job especially if it only makes you feel bored..
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  • Profile picture of the author ramblingrye
    I can't say I'm a success since I'm not making a huge profit out of it...yet. I just recently quit my regular job (just 3 days ago!) to work from home fulltime. So far, so good that I can say. What I can tell you though is that my former mother-in-law has now opened her own diner, grocery store, and spa because of money she got from her "online businesses". And she's still at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author djchez
    i do hate my job right now, thinking of making a life online , going to watch this thread closely lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Elluminati
    I took a risk and stepped out on faith because I absolutely hated being locked down 9-16 hours per day with inmates and cut-throat COs and rank. It was an environment where if you blink you might lose your job over some BS. But I was already making good money freelancing and my extreme dislike for my job back then was enough to push me to make the sacrifices I needed to make so that I didn't have to work for anyone else again.

    Anyone who has worked in a grimey, Haterade-filled environment like I'd endured for 5 years wouldn't think twice about chunking the deuce to a 6-2, 2-10, or 10-6. Sheer misery...Oh, I had my paper stacked for 1 year worth of living expenses before I bounced though...
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    I would say it is. I left my job almost 10 years ago and I've never looked back. I enjoy spending time with my son and just having the freedom and flexibility that comes with this territory.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    You should wait for your online success starts matching your regular job or pay.

    I would just map out the worst case scenarios, and how to attack it.
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  • To me quitting a day job to do internet marketing full time is a no brainer, but it isn't for everyone. For starters how are you going to pay your bills until you start making money online?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mosa
    Unless you've already got a good feel for the direction you're going and you have some money to invest then you could potentially quit your job. If you're still new to the market and haven't yet made any money, then that would be a very risky and scary decision. I quit my job and started doing IM full time, but I had a very narrow plan and I had already made some income...so my first month was already decent.
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  • Profile picture of the author makemoneywizz
    If you can make enough money online to support your lifestyle, then ABSOLUTELY! There is no better way to earn a living in my opinion.

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  • Profile picture of the author Victoralexon
    Working from home has its benefits, but be careful of falling into the trap thinking that its going to be all rainbows and colorful butterflies.
    I can only speak for myself, but it can be very difficult to get stuff done when you are working for yourself, from home.
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  • Profile picture of the author markemaker
    quitting t he day job is worth if on ecan make $ 5000 a month but the questionis how
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