If you had this option would you take it?

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I'm new to IM but I hate my career; before being introduced to IM I was going to change careers anyways.

My wife knows I hate my career and knows how passionate I am a out business and the Internet; I've felt this way for years. I have a good paying job working for a great company and great boss; I just hate what I do.

My wife is willing to let me pursue IM full time and she will support us until (hopefully) I can make enough someday to make a decent income. I want to quit now but something is holding me back - I guess I just want to prove I can make some money first before I fully dive in.

If you were me, would you quit now and invest all of your time in IM or would you keep your job and do IM on the side until you can prove you can "make it"?

I would love to hear your suggestions and/ or stories from our community who had the same dilemma. FYI, we have no kids, we rent our condo, and I have zero debt. Thanks everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author davejug1
    I would keep your regularity at this stage. IM is a tough business and you need to be sure you can be a success at it. Best to figure it out while you have the comfort of your income.

    Good that you have support though, you'll need it so cherish it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by davejug1 View Post

      I would keep your regularity at this stage. IM is a tough business and you need to be sure you can be a success at it. Best to figure it out while you have the comfort of your income.

      Good that you have support though, you'll need it so cherish it.
      Thanks. I still can't believe my wife is willing to support us - I'm going to try and hang with my day job as long as I can...
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  • Profile picture of the author wizzard74
    I don't know, sometimes I can be quite impulsive and just go and do something, other times I do hang back and think about things, so I'm the last person you want to take career advice from right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by wizzard74 View Post

      I don't know, sometimes I can be quite impulsive and just go and do something, other times I do hang back and think about things, so I'm the last person you want to take career advice from right now.
      I'm the same way; I way to jump but something is telling me otherwise as of right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mosa
    Don't quit your day job right away unless you've got a lot of money saved somewhere! First of all i'm a giant fan of outsourcing. If you're making $3000 per month you can outsource 8-10 full time workers on odesk! So I would suggest keeping your job while doing research online and then outsourcing 400 hours of work per week from odesk. This will allow you to start making a good income online quickly before you quit you job. Hope this inspires you
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Mosa View Post

      Hope this inspires you
      It definitely does inspire me - I'm going to do whatever I can to make it! Thanks for your advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    you mention "I've felt this way for years."

    If that is the case, and you have not taken any action to make going to the job you hate un-necessary, you need to take a really long look at things before you make a decision.

    Either you don't hate your job as much as you say, or something has prevented you from taking action on your entrepreneurial journey up to this point.

    The single greatest difference in those who fail and those who don't is taking action.

    Up until now, you have only been "passionate" about business and the internet. What is so different today that make you think you are now ready to take action.

    Just to be clear, I am not against you. But I think you need to take a long hard look at things and make sure you are really ready to do this. Or is this still just a passion and a dream?
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by David Keith View Post

      you mention "I've felt this way for years."

      If that is the case, and you have not taken any action to make going to the job you hate un-necessary, you need to take a really long look at things before you make a decision.

      Either you don't hate your job as much as you say, or something has prevented you from taking action on your entrepreneurial journey up to this point.

      The single greatest difference in those who fail and those who don't is taking action.

      Up until now, you have only been "passionate" about business and the internet. What is so different today that make you think you are now ready to take action.

      Just to be clear, I am not against you. But I think you need to take a long hard look at things and make sure you are really ready to do this. Or is this still just a passion and a dream?
      I understand what you're trying to say. I have been hard-core researching internet marketing since this past October and started building niche sites last month to get my feet wet. I'm not making any money now but I can tell you can; I know it, I see it, I smell it, I taste it...

      I'm compulsive - I feel like if I jump now I'll be forced to "swim" and I'll make it happen.

      Thanks for your input - really good questions.
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      • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
        Originally Posted by irdizzle View Post

        I'm compulsive - I feel like if I jump now I'll be forced to "swim" and I'll make it happen.
        If you are serious about it, you can build your online business in tandem with your day job. The stress of trying to find money at the end of the month will hamper your ability to think clearly. You will start focussing on the short-term money instead of the long-term sustainability of your business.

        Just my humble opinion.

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        • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
          Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

          If you are serious about it, you can build your online business in tandem with your day job. The stress of trying to find money at the end of the month will hamper your ability to think clearly. You will start focussing on the short-term money instead of the long-term sustainability of your business.

          Just my humble opinion.

          Di
          Thanks for the advice. I'm going to try and hang with my day job as long as I can!
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      • Profile picture of the author REHughes
        Originally Posted by irdizzle View Post

        I'm compulsive - I feel like if I jump now I'll be forced to "swim" and I'll make it happen.
        This isn't the time to be forced into a situation like this. Too often, it turns around and bites you, and you sink!

        You said you have wanted to quit your job, but something keeps telling you not to. That is called "gut instinct", and it is more often right than wrong.

        Right now, you need to make i/m work to satisfy a desire or remove a pain - that is good motivation.
        If you jump in without a job, your only motivation then will become fear - fear of losing, fear of failure, and fear breeds frustration, and frustration breeds failure more often than not.

        For some people, success comes relatively quickly, as though it were just luck. For others, not matter what they try or how good they do, it seems they just can't get it for months or even years at first. There are no guarantees in this business.

        Consider this - your wife has confirmed she cares enough for you to take on the entire load to give you a chance to make it---why not reciprocate and show her your gratitude by proving you can sustain the job you hate while giving her what she deserves through i/m on the side?
        Sounds like you got a great wife. You better keep her!

        Hope this helps,
        Robert
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        • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
          Originally Posted by REHughes View Post

          Consider this - your wife has confirmed she cares enough for you to take on the entire load to give you a chance to make it---why not reciprocate and show her your gratitude by proving you can sustain the job you hate while giving her what she deserves through i/m on the side?
          Sounds like you got a great wife. You better keep her!

          Hope this helps,
          Robert
          Robert,

          Great advice and you're right about reciprocation. It's also easier to fund various projects with income from the day job (and while my niche sites aren't making anything). I am going to try and hang on in the corporate world as long as I can. I do know one thing though - I think (and feel) this will be my last stop up the corporate ladder - I'm done.

          Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Krisz Rokk
    I'd keep the job and focus on my passion - in your case IM.
    Awesome that your wife supports you! And another good thing is the fact that you have zero "bad" debt (there's also good debt )
    Try to spend less time at work - do your job and do it well - but if possible shift in priorities and go home earlier. This way you'll be able to work more on building up your own business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Krisz Rokk View Post

      I'd keep the job and focus on my passion - in your case IM.
      Awesome that your wife supports you! And another good thing is the fact that you have zero "bad" debt (there's also good debt )
      Try to spend less time at work - do your job and do it well - but if possible shift in priorities and go home earlier. This way you'll be able to work more on building up your own business.
      Really good advice - thanks. It's hard to focus at work; especially since it bores me to death but I should try to get off as early as possible and try to build something while I still have the luxury of another source of income. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaallday2010
    The absolute WORST thing you can do is quit your job right now. Trust me!

    I would just do a little bit while your working, make your first dollar (to prove you can make money online) and then consider quiting.

    But definately not now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by aaallday2010 View Post

      The absolute WORST thing you can do is quit your job right now. Trust me!

      I would just do a little bit while your working, make your first dollar (to prove you can make money online) and then consider quiting.

      But definately not now.
      Thanks for your advice - I'm leaning towards that route currently...
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  • Profile picture of the author Leo2000
    Do both until your totally confident its for you
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Leo2000 View Post

      Do both until your totally confident its for you
      Thanks for the advice - good idea; I'm going to try as long as I can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Sort of, yes. Maybe work part time or on call.

    Maybe definitely a yes, if you will be passionate about pursuing income streams online.

    Ultimately, you have to weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself.

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Michael55555 View Post

      Sort of, yes. Maybe work part time or on call.

      Maybe definitely a yes, if you will be passionate about pursuing income streams online.

      Ultimately, you have to weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself.

      Good luck.
      Thanks. How has your journey been so far? What got you interested in IM?
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    You want to keep your job and do IM on the side until you can prove you can make it...
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by paul_1 View Post

      You want to keep your job and do IM on the side until you can prove you can make it...
      That's the logical choice - I HATE LOGIC!!! LOL JP. I know; it makes the most sense.

      Thanks for your input
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    Jumping now in the hope that it will make you swim
    is NOT the path to success in business of any kind.

    The path to success lies in acquiring the skills necessary
    for success in your chosen field then applying those skills
    on a consistent daily basis.

    Outsourcing is NOT for people who don't have working
    knowledge of a particular skill. It's for people who do
    have that knowledge but can invest their time more
    productively on other tasks.

    Non-swimmers who jump into deep waters hoping that
    act will somehow miraculously turn them into swimmers
    almost always drown.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Tsnyder View Post

      Non-swimmers who jump into deep waters hoping that
      act will somehow miraculously turn them into swimmers
      almost always drown.
      Thanks for your advice. I hate thinking about the percentages (I currently work in finance so sometimes I hate looking at the data; I know - weird) but I think you're right. For every one person that does make it after quitting their day job cold turkey; another 20 people fail probably...
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  • Profile picture of the author Smidid Sammia
    Maybe for you now, you just need to improve yourself in the aera of what you want to be in, and then just leave the IM and do what you really want, but first you should keep yourself a good salery to keep your family, because wife is always worried about the family.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jarrett
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    I'm going to disagree with people.

    I don't believe in playing it safe. I believe that in order to achieve true success you must be willing to take chances, go all in, make mistakes, and cut your safety nets.

    Life must be all or nothing. Otherwise, you will never achieve greatness.


    "You said you have wanted to quit your job, but something keeps telling you not to. That is called "gut instinct", and it is more often right than wrong."
    No. this is called fear... And fear is a liar.




    Fear is the very thing that has held you back.. Fear is what's telling you not to quit your job... So let's call a spade a spade. It's fear. and it couldn't be more wrong.

    "Riddle Me This, Batman...."



    If you HATE what you do so much... and you've felt this way for years...

    Why the hell are you still working there? Why is this even an issue?


    Let's get real bro. Yes. you hate your job.. but as much as you hate your job, the reason why you haven't quit already is because you're afraid.

    That's what your problem is... Fear. You're scared to death. And fear has kept you trapped inside a box.

    It's Time to Break Free...


    And it starts with finally being real with yourself. Admit it, you're afraid.

    You're afraid of change. You're afraid of failure. You're afraid to take a chance. You're afraid of stepping out into the unknown and leaving the 'familiar'. And you are scared to death of cutting your safety net and leaving your job behind..


    You're afraid. And it's ok...





    We all get scared sometimes... But you have got to see it for what it really is.. and then push through it!

    Face your fears. Face it head on.. And cut that safety net..

    Because until you do, NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE.

    Because as much as you can't stand your job and hate going to work each and every day.. the honest to God truth is that you're comfortable as hell.

    You said it yourself. You make good money. You've got a great boss. You live in San Diego. it's beautiful. sh1t, you're living the 'american dream', son...





    And that's your freaking problem!

    You've got it too good. You're too damn comfortable.

    Life has got to be all or nothing.

    You need to stop being comfortable.

    Comfortable people don't chances. They don't take risks. They don't put in blood, sweat, and tears.

    Comfortable people don't bust their ass off. They don't pull all-nighters working on their business. They don't work hard.

    Why would they? They're comfortable. Sure, you hate your job. But life is 'pretty good'.
    Now do you see what you're real problem is?


    You're comfortable... and you have got to ditch your comfort zone.

    Do whatever it takes to light a fire under your ass, and start taking some chances asap!






    Personally
    , if it was me. And I was in your shoes...

    I would walk into work, first thing tomorrow morning and tell everyone I quit! I'd immediately clear off my desk.. put my stuff in a box..

    Scratch that. I wouldn't bother putting anything in a box. I'd save myself the trouble...

    I'd throw all my work stuff straight into the trash. Because I would never need it again.

    MWUAHAHA...

    There's no turning back now!

    And in fact.. just to make sure there was no going back.. I'd go one step further..


    As I was leaving.. I'd flip everyone off.. knock over the water cooler and tell my boss that I hate his tie.

    That way I could pretty much guarantee that nobody would ever hire me again.

    It's all or nothing baby! Now you're all in. lol.

    Honestly. if I was you...

    I would never step foot into a job after that..

    ...Even if it meant I had to start sleeping on park benches for a while....





    I'm ok with that... but that's just me.


    So what's my beef against jobs?

    Why am I so adament against them?

    Well.. I got good reason. I hate cancer. And that's exactly what a job is. Cancer.

    A job is the absolute WORST thing you can have.

    ...And a high paying job! OUCH! - That's even worse. the doc may as well placed you on life support.



    I HATE high paying jobs.. and you should do... because high paying jobs steal your soul.

    Think about it.
    What does a high paying job do to you?

    It makes you extremely comfortable.

    And comfort KILLS.

    Let me ask you this. Do you know why it's against the law to feed wild animals in a national park?

    If you go to a national park and start feeding wild animals.. you can get FINED.

    it's a crime. Why?

    Well. think about it. What happens when you start feeding wild animals?

    They become dependent on you. They quickly lose their killer instinct. They stop hunting.

    Getting hand fed by humans is a heck of alot easier than chasing down food..

    so why do that anymore?




    And so they stop hunting all together. They'll show up every single day at the exact same place at the exact same time.. and expect to be fed.


    Wow. sounds alot like a job doesn't it?

    That's because it is.

    That's exactly what a job does to you.

    It makes you dependent. You lose your hunger. You lose that killer instinct. It's death.

    Do you know what happens if you leave and no longer show up to feed those animals?

    They die. They stopped hunting. They forgot how to. They became 100% dependent on you. And suddenly you stopped providing for them..

    and as a result, they starve to death.

    So that's why I treat this job stuff like it's life or death... because it really is.


    Sure, you could take the safe route...

    You could do what everyone else is advising you to do.

    You could play it safe.

    You could continue to work your job...

    You could save up some money and do IM in your spare time..

    and then leave your job once you start making full time money with IM..


    But ask yourself this...

    Is that how a true mackdaddy does things?

    Is that the route that a LEGEND takes?

    Is that how successful people do things?

    If Donald Trump had to start all over.. is that how HE would do things?

    Hell no. So why should YOU?

    You just said you've been trying to do IM for years and STILL haven't made it.. so what's your REAL problem? Why haven't you made it already?



    ...Because you're comfortable remember?

    Hand fed animals don't go hunting for themselves. They don't need to.

    So you have got to do something DRASTIC. You have got to step outside of your comfort zone.

    You've got to do something different.

    You have got to do WHATEVER it takes to cut that safety net and light a fire under your ass..





    ..If that means quitting your job and going all or nothing.. Hey. maybe that's what it'll take for you to start getting serious...


    ...And SERIOUSLY, BRO...

    YOU HAVE GOT TO START BELIEVING IN YOURSELF BRO. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR DOUBT.

    You said:

    "will support us until (hopefully) I can make enough someday to make a decent income
    I am going to try and hang on in the corporate world as long as I can. I do know one thing though - I think (and feel)
    HOPEFULLY... I can make enough SOMEDAY... I am going to TRY.. I do know one thing... I THINK...

    Do you see what you just did?

    There's no room for all that BS!

    You just said all kinds of stuff with hopefully/someday/try/I 'think'.


    That's all GARBAGE, man!



    Get rid of it.

    That's DOUBT. and if you have that much doubt going into something, guaranteed you will fail.

    You need to start believing in yourself man. There's NO ROOM for this 'hopefully', 'someday', BS!


    You ARE going to make $5,000/month in IM in the next few 4 months.

    Say it with me...

    You KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will make it. It's as good as yours.

    Because you're going to do whatever it takes.

    Come hell or high water.


    ...Because you're a freaking rock star.

    You're a champion. You're a winner.

    And that's how a winner talks.

    All this 'hopefully' nonsense is what DEFEATED people say. 'hopefully' is no longer in your vocabulary. From this point on YOU KNOW you're going to make it.

    See the difference? Tell me that doesn't just sound waaay better?

    So rise up my son. It's your time to shine. Grab success by the freaking horns. It's yours for the taking.

    Take back what's rightfully yours. Reach out and grab it.

    Believe it. Feel it. Know it.

    Kick doubt to the curb. Take chances. Go all in!


    -Jarrett Stevenson
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post

      Kick doubt to the curb. Take chances. Go all in!
      Jarrett -

      I really appreciate the epic and inspiring post. Trust me - I feel every centimeter of your message in my body - I know I have what it takes to succeed; this may sound corny but I feel like it's my calling; whether it's IM or another business on the web period.

      I see you're a San Diegan too - great place to live; you probably enjoy it a lot more than I do right now though!

      Work ethic isn't the issue and being in my line of work for the last couple of years - working long hours is nothing new; it will just feel more "rewarding" knowing it's to build my business and to help people (I'm referring to building a relationship with people on a list I will build someday).

      I feel you bro - I really do... just thinking about the day the safety net is gone motivates me. I'm doing okay with things I have little-to-no interest in - I wonder how well things would be for me if I focused all of my time and energy into something that I'm passionate about - this feeling makes me feel unstoppable... I know... corny; I'll stop.

      But seriously, I really appreciate the motivational post.
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      Jarrett,

      Wow, you had some amazing pieces of advice there. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Jarrett,

    Will you Pu'leeeze marry me ?????

    That was the most awesome post I have ever read. Thank you!!!!

    Just the kick up the butt that I needed.

    Di
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  • Profile picture of the author Vicky K
    Hahaha freakin love it... the master has dropped a truth bomb again.

    In case you had any more doubts (which of course would be ridiculous after reading this) - listen to this man, he knows what the hell he's talking about
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  • Profile picture of the author Yulia from DNP
    Hey,

    The man is right, we always play it safe in life.
    I can tell you this, if you want to do something, do it right.
    People who got to live to the fullest, never played it safe.
    And believe me, only when your life depends on it, you will make it the way you wouldn't have ever made it if you had the chance to play it safe.
    I say- dare yourself.Do you know how many people just went for it? not a lot. Many are doing what you are doing right now, working in office jobs , dreaming of having the guts to do what you can do. Again, you will feel the urge to learn and make money, after all you have a family.
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  • Profile picture of the author anahita56
    If you are new to IM, then you need to educate yourself a little before you dive in. You don't have to do this full time. Though I agree with Jarrett that you need to overcome your fears because fear, belittle you in every way possible.



    But I also think that you need to establish and reinforce your foundation before you can build on it. You need confidence and that will come with learning, research and testing. Then you can let go of the sides and swim to success!
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    • Profile picture of the author ShaneGorry
      Suddenly I thought I was in the WSO forum.:p

      I'd suggest going a month without spending any of your own wages and just living off of your wife. If you can handle that then quit, go full time and you'll have a months wages to invest in your start up as well. If you can't handle the lower income then just do what thousands of others have done and just work your guts out till you get to the place you can quit forever.

      Whatever advice you listen to know this; I will not be sending you money to support you if you follow my advice and it doesn't work out for you. I also doubt anyone else contributing to this thread will either.
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      • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
        Originally Posted by ShaneGorry View Post

        I'd suggest going a month without spending any of your own wages and just living off of your wife. If you can handle that then quit, go full time and you'll have a months wages to invest in your start up as well..
        Really solid advice. I never thought about that - that would be a perfect way to test the landscape before taking the leap for real.

        Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by anahita56 View Post

      Then you can let go of the sides and swim to success!
      Thanks for the advice. I'm currently learning about niche sites; I have built a handful; I'm not making any money yet but I'm learning about the process. It's amazing how it all works.
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  • Profile picture of the author MorpheusMirror
    Jarrett what an awesome post. Kick in the but inspiration, just at the right time.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopBackBuilder
    Yeah you need to either go all in, or stay with the 99.9 percent of people that have to deal with jobs they hate. I started my business 3 months ago, my wife's in the military so we get by quite well and we don't need to pay for childcare

    I'm still in the "making money, putting it all into investment" stage but the fact is... I'm all in, there is no room for failure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lisa Hayslett
      Yeah, what Jarrett Stevenson said!!!

      I started in this business as a single mother of three working a full time job. It has been a roller coaster!! I wouldn't change a second of it - I learned from all of it and my life is much BETTER because I chose to live my dream.

      If you can get the MINDSET and BELIEF from the beginning, you are a thousand steps ahead of others.

      Yes - it takes work!! Yes - You will have failures! The question is - Do you have the strength to pick yourself up and not let failure be an option?

      Print out Jarrett's post and put it on the wall above your computer He knows what he is talking about!!!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
        Originally Posted by Lisa Hayslett View Post

        I started in this business as a single mother of three working a full time job. It has been a roller coaster!! I wouldn't change a second of it - I learned from all of it and my life is much BETTER because I chose to live my dream.
        WOW! And I thought my situation was difficult (okay - not really but still). I will choose to live my dream!!!! Thanks for your advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by TopBackBuilder View Post

      Yeah you need to either go all in, or stay with the 99.9 percent of people that have to deal with jobs they hate. I started my business 3 months ago, my wife's in the military so we get by quite well and we don't need to pay for childcare

      I'm still in the "making money, putting it all into investment" stage but the fact is... I'm all in, there is no room for failure.
      Thanks for the advice. Good luck to you; I have a feeling I'll be going all in sooner than later.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryK
    Due to a move interstate I basically lost my business and income. Decided to go the IM route and am finally making it work for me. But having been through the times of 'learning the ropes (o.k. you never stop but the basics) and trying to juggle finance, I would say hold on to your job until you have at least started to make a living online. You're very, very fortunate to have a supportive wife, count that as a massive blessing and give gratitude every night. Again, from experience, having a partner who was and still is the complete opposite makes the going twice as tough.

    Good luck and start now with your IM business but hang on to that day job - for a while anyway - you've stuck it out so far a bit longer will not hurt.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by MaryK View Post

      Good luck and start now with your IM business but hang on to that day job - for a while anyway - you've stuck it out so far a bit longer will not hurt.
      Thanks for the advice. I still can't believe how supportive my wife is too... I am very fortunate.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    Phase into IM slowly. You might not be good at it. Since you are married you should also be thinking about your wife and the economic strain you will put on her if your attempts at IM fail.

    I hate to sound trite but it rings true in this case: "you must learn how to walk before you can run"

    best of luck to you in whatever you do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by aizaku View Post

      I hate to sound trite but it rings true in this case: "you must learn how to walk before you can run"

      best of luck to you in whatever you do.
      Good point; I'm trying to use my time outside of work to learn everything I can about IM...

      Thanks for the advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3rddd
    Originally Posted by irdizzle View Post

    My wife is willing to let me pursue IM full time and she will support us until (hopefully) I can make enough
    First of all, sounds like you have a really great wife, congratulations!

    Originally Posted by irdizzle View Post

    If you were me, would you quit now and invest all of your time in IM or would you keep your job and do IM on the side until you can prove you can "make it"?
    You need to realize that "the perfect opportunity" is never going to present itself. You're going to have to trust in yourself and make the jump. I'm speaking from personal experience, I was in your position not too long ago. I made it... If you're truly passionate about it then you will succeed and you'll never "work" another day in your life If I had the option (which I did) I would take it.

    Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by 3rddd View Post

      If you're truly passionate about it then you will succeed and you'll never "work" another day in your life If I had the option (which I did) I would take it.

      Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out.
      I am extremely passionate about business and the internet and IM is a perfect marriage of both. When you decided to make the jump, how much knowledge of IM did you have prior?
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  • Profile picture of the author TopBackBuilder
    Honestly IM is an ALL IN ONE business, there's really nobody that it isn't meant for because you can literally put ANY skillset into it.

    Anyone who says it's not for them is a quitter and deserves to be on the life-support that is the job market.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by TopBackBuilder View Post

      Honestly IM is an ALL IN ONE business, there's really nobody that it isn't meant for because you can literally put ANY skillset into it.

      Anyone who says it's not for them is a quitter and deserves to be on the life-support that is the job market.
      Good point! Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author mikenin
        I would recommend keeping your job until you have actually made a decent amount online. It can take months or even years to make a living online. It is worth learning before you give up on the 9-5. Just my opinion.
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        • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
          Originally Posted by mikenin View Post

          I would recommend keeping your job until you have actually made a decent amount online. It can take months or even years to make a living online. It is worth learning before you give up on the 9-5. Just my opinion.
          Thanks for the advice. That is the current game plan; we'll see what happens a few months from now...
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        • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
          Originally Posted by mikenin View Post

          I would recommend keeping your job until you have actually made a decent amount online. It can take months or even years to make a living online. It is worth learning before you give up on the 9-5. Just my opinion.
          Thanks for the advice. That is the current game plan; we'll see what happens a few months from now...
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      • Profile picture of the author gccalfeche
        Listen to your instinct.. You're not that successful if you are not that very good in weighing things..
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        • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
          Originally Posted by gccalfeche View Post

          Listen to your instinct.. You're not that successful if you are not that very good in weighing things..
          Thanks for the advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3000
    I would stay. I have the "I wish I could quit right now..." saying running through my head everyday at work. I hate my job.

    I'm just waiting until my IM income is good enough so I can live comfortably without stressing.

    You don't want to give your wife extra stress while your grinding to grow your online business. It might even give tensions between you two.

    It's not as easy as most WSO tell you it is. Stick with your job and use that as motivation to work harder at IM.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by 3000 View Post

      It's not as easy as most WSO tell you it is. Stick with your job and use that as motivation to work harder at IM.
      Thanks for the advice. That is the #1 thing that bothers me the most; I don't want my to suffer while I figure out how it all works. I will make it work - I know it!
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      • Profile picture of the author seolvl1
        Don't quit your job, it's always best to have a source of income, do IM after work.
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        • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
          Originally Posted by seolvl1 View Post

          Don't quit your job, it's always best to have a source of income, do IM after work.
          Thanks for your advice. That's what I'm currently doing and I'm going to "hang on" for as long as I can.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramblingrye
    Well, I know how you feel. I just quit my regular job so I can work at home. For a long while I was working a regular job while working at home but it was becoming too stressful. I felt I was spreading myself too thin what with my kids and all. I also wanted to stay at home so I can have more time with the kids. So I discussed this with my hubby and we decided that it will be best if I work from home while he works a regular job and a few odd jobs at home if he has the spare time. If your wife's salary is going to be enough for your family, then go ahead take the risk.

    I know the feeling of doing something you have no heart for. It's stifling and stultifying.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by ramblingrye View Post

      I know the feeling of doing something you have no heart for. It's stifling and stultifying.
      Thanks for your advice and for sharing your story. It really is a drag doing something you have no heart for; regardless of how much you're getting paid.

      I wish you the best of luck - let's make this happen!
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  • Profile picture of the author djchez
    well if you hate your career, you should do what you like, that would make a difference
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by djchez View Post

      well if you hate your career, you should do what you like, that would make a difference
      Definitely - agreed!
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  • Profile picture of the author SBtells
    Hi,

    I would suggest that you don't quit your job until you get a stream of money from IM, because you need to have the flow of income in order to do big business in IM such as media buys...
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by SBtells View Post

      Hi,

      I would suggest that you don't quit your job until you get a stream of money from IM, because you need to have the flow of income in order to do big business in IM such as media buys...
      Thanks for the advice. Speaking of media buys, that seems really interesting to me!
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    I suggest you not to quit. Doing IM sounds easy but it's quite tough when you are already there. For now, keep your career and look for extras. If you are planning to endure in IM in the future, take sometime in thinking for strategies before getting into the field.
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Usmile View Post

      I suggest you not to quit. Doing IM sounds easy but it's quite tough when you are already there. For now, keep your career and look for extras. If you are planning to endure in IM in the future, take sometime in thinking for strategies before getting into the field.
      I am currently trying to learn as much as I can after work - thanks for the advice; I know I will do IM full-time someday...
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  • Profile picture of the author trilogy9013
    I wouldn't dive right in to IM and quit your job just yet. I would give it a try first and see how you feel about it and what your success is like. After all, a lot of people try IM and end up giving up very quickly for multiple reasons. I say try it while you're still working and go from there
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by trilogy9013 View Post

      I say try it while you're still working and go from there
      Solid advice - I'm currently learning about niche sites, SEO, article marketing, etc.

      It's so interesting - I absolutely love it!!! I agree with what you said big time!
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  • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
    Don't make the leap until you're earning almost enough to survive on.
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  • Profile picture of the author GISA
    If I were You, I would do both until I can make enough to quit my job. because IM is though but you can make good living with. And you also need some money to invest in, if you want to get serious in IM so....

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by GISA View Post

      If I were You, I would do both until I can make enough to quit my job. because IM is though but you can make good living with. And you also need some money to invest in, if you want to get serious in IM so....

      Good luck
      Thanks - I'm going to need every ounce of that luck!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Well, I built my business, part time, over the course of 7 years before I was ready to go full time. But, if money had been no object, who knows perhaps I might have been able to do it in half the time

    If my wife had been supporting me in the way you described your wife is prepared to do, I bet she would be thinking twice after that first year of effort produced hardly any results. I'm not saying you could not do it within a year, but the real key is knowing how you are going to tackle it.

    Just having more time available does not necessarily mean you will succeed.

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    • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      Just having more time available does not necessarily mean you will succeed.

      Will
      This is what worries me most - thanks for the advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
    To anyone who did take a big risk by quitting their day job BEFORE making any money with IM, do you regret your decision of not waiting until you were making enough money to live off of?
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