I Got Fired 10 Years Ago

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In 2009 I was working for 2 pizza places as a driver, cook, dishwasher, and waiter, while also working at UPS as a forklift operator.

Around the holiday season UPS advised me to leave my other jobs to work for them full-time plus overtime. Thankfully, although I didn't realize it at the time, that ended up being what pushed me into this world of online marketing.

Shortly after I left the pizza places, UPS fired me on January 4th, 2010(they are a union so they hire and fire the newest employees typically). I was angry so... very long story short I started pushing to find a way to make an income that I had more control over.

I got a bunch of roommates, sold my motorcycle, and had a few hundred dollars to my name at the beginning of 2010. My rent was about $1,150/mo for a 2 bedroom + 1 den apartment. I had my roommates pay most of the rent and I stayed in the den with my then-girlfriend.

In January of 2010, my first real online income was $0.23 from Google AdSense... everyone just laughed at me when I told them.

My first big win was when I made a deal with my apartment complex to help them get new residents. They would give me $500 towards a month of rent each time someone said my name when they moved in. I took advantage of this quickly and began posting craigslist ads, built a really crappy website called chesapeakevirginiapartments.com (ya know, back when exact match domains dominated), and tested about $1/day on Google AdWords. Shortly after launching the website (by this point I had experience of building about 8 niche websites for myself that weren't lucrative) I got my first referral. So instead of $1,150 for rent that month, I only paid around $650 of which the roommates covered. This actually ended up giving me a small income.

The following months I started building websites in mass, owning over 40 in a short time. Referrals were starting to flow in, revenue from Google AdSense, Clickbank, Commission Junction, Peerfly, and Amazon were building up, and I had started doing some minor tasks for $5 via Fiverr (which was brand new) here and there.

Around April I got a call from my old manager at UPS offering me my job back. I declined. He was dumbfounded. It was rare for someone to turn down the job offers from them so he didn't know what to say. A few days later he called me back offering me more pay per hour. I declined again. He was totally shocked. It was as if no one ever said no. Later he called one more time with his last offer and I said no thank you. The next week a competitor of theirs called Estes Express Line called me with an even higher offer, I gratefully declined once again.

You see. I had found a world that, at the time, very few people even knew existed. A world where I had control over my life.

Since then I've done some pretty amazing things, in my opinion. Especially given that I had no college experience in marketing and very little budget to start each project.

I'm very proud of these last 10 years, they haven't all been easy. But they have absolutely been worth it. Here's to the next 10 years and pushing forward. Back then I was a lone wolf, now I have a team and have built a family with a beautiful wife and daughter So there's even more motivation to move forward now.

P.S. Thank you to everyone in this forum that has helped me throughout the years, especially during the hard times.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Got you beat. My first sale made $0.44. That 44 cents made me so happy: I had proof my madness made money.

    PS Congrats.
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    • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
      Originally Posted by DABK View Post

      Got you beat. My first sale made $0.44. That 44 cents made me so happy: I had proof my madness made money.

      PS Congrats.
      I got my first CB check in 2008. I didn't deposit it for like 3 weeks. I kept it laying on the counter and every day I would pick it up and look at it.

      I remember telling a cousin, "There's no "maybe" about that."
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      • Profile picture of the author Justin Lewis
        Originally Posted by IGotMine View Post

        I got my first CB check in 2008. I didn't deposit it for like 3 weeks. I kept it laying on the counter and every day I would pick it up and look at it.

        I remember telling a cousin, "There's no "maybe" about that."
        OMG ha, I did the same thing with my very first Google AdSense check. Except I had it sitting on my desk for almost a year. When I went to deposit it I remember I had to contact Google to help me get the funds since it had taken me so long.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Lewis
      Originally Posted by DABK View Post

      Got you beat. My first sale made $0.44. That 44 cents made me so happy: I had proof my madness made money.

      PS Congrats.
      Haha well my first actual income was $0.23 (referenced in the post) which was made via my website mymotorcyclereviews.com (which doesn't exist anymore). I ran up and down the street freaking out and telling all of my friends/family... they all thought I was nuts and told me to get a job.

      However, the fact I made that $0.23 while I was sleeping is what blew me away. I had never heard of anyone making an income while they slept, except for people in the stock market, at that time in my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author bluearrow
    2006-2009 .. Those were the good old days when we could get an EMD name and could rank for anything. Plus AdSesnes was well and had those 1$ to 5$ clicks. I used to post in few forums like Digitalpoint, Namepros and use their own forum cash to buy backlinks, hosting and domains. Then came those wretched Penguins and hummingbirds.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kitchennation
    Nice i love this post
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  • Then came those wretched Penguins and hummingbirds.
    Yes, those Black & White Google animal updates were quite the reality check. I also went on a purchasing spree of EMD domains. Turns out Google has an entire department who troll the Warrior Forum purchasing all the so-called "Guaranteed" ranking WSOs. They then work with algorithm engineers who quickly close any of those ranking loopholes. So, this is a vicious cycle which has existed for years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Reddevil007
    Glad you never gave up Justin and that is how people need to be!
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    I am.proud of this kind of people who have the balls to say NO and you said even more than once .And tou courage to follow your dream ,i admire you man
    Keep working hard and let that boss of you to find you as a very rich people .Let him to think i fire this man but niw its a legend
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  • Profile picture of the author medicineman
    Congratulations on your success.
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  • How inspiring! My husband and I both quit our jobs last October to start our own online businesses. It is not easy but you are the proof that it is worth it, thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Thats a nice story ,this are how dreams are made
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  • Profile picture of the author cheese1688
    I;m glad that you've gotten so much from this community but we also thank you for all the contributions you've made too!
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    I love reading success stories. Thank you for sharing your experience. Things in life aren't going to be easy, but one this is for sure, it's going to be worth it. Congratulations Justin.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I hear ya, OP

    Although I've never been fired in my life, I can relate.

    I fired my boss close to 20 years ago and never looked back

    FREEDOM is addicting!
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  • Profile picture of the author medicineman
    I got fired as well, after helping to make a man into a millionaire. Heck with that. I am in the home stretch to making myself into the millionaire.



    I did a quick search today and found that online sales will probably double from the year 2016 until next year. Good for us I guess‼


    Have at it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Skywriting
    Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

    Especially given that I had no college experience in marketing and very little budget to start each project.
    Bill Gates left college before graduation. People hardly ever fault him for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Justin,

    Great story. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it.

    Good for you for rejecting the job offer/s.
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  • Profile picture of the author starbaby
    Was the best thing to happen to you, from your resourcefulness and success
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    "Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was."
    - Robert Louis Stevenson
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