Celebrating one year of freedom and some tips!

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A year ago to this day, I was laid off from my job and have been happily making my full time income from Internet Marketing.

However, it hasn't always been a smooth ride, but I've been able to keep it steady and here are some important tips I've learned:

- You'll have to get used to more spontaneous and sporadic income rather than expecting a paycheck every 2 weeks. Make sure to budget accordingly for your expenses and then you can spend money on what you want. There have been so many times I've had to cancel dinner with friends because I had to blow my IM earnings on paying the mortgage, bills, and doing advertising. I've been very fortunate to meet all my required expenses within the first 2 weeks of the month.

- There are days where you will get tons of money, little money, or no money at all. Everything depends on how much you keep up with your IM ventures. Don't despair if you have a non-pay day since if you keep up your IM ventures, you'll have much bigger pay days. The highest I've ever gone without earning money has only been 2 days.

- You don't need a fancy car, a big house, or expensive toys to live. I still drive my decade old van (which is fully paid off), I have roommates to help me pay the mortgage and bills, and I rarely buy any movies/games/toys etc until they go waaay down in price or I'll borrow a friend's.

- Learn to love scavenging coupons. The amount of money I've saved on food because of coupons has made a gigantic difference.

- Keep up with your daily exercise. Staying in front of the computer all day doing IM isn't healthy and taking a nice walk outside can really clear your head and motivate you.

- Don't sleep in too much as you might miss important opportunities or time to work on stuff. I tend to get up early and take a nap in the middle of the day instead.

- Eat healthier. Now that you can't afford Taco Bell everyday anymore, you'll be forced to start eating less expensive fatty foods and will save more money eating healthier and cheaper food like salad and chicken. I've literally lost 20 pounds since last year.

- Once you've been able to get your IM income steady and don't need to work as many hours on it, spend time with your family and friends, play video games, watch movies, and do what your heart desires. This is the reason why you wanted to do IM right?

I know there's probably more stuff to cover, but it's been a pretty awesome year so far and I hope many of you will achieve the same freedom soon!
#celebrating #freedom #tips #year
  • Profile picture of the author Gijsbertus
    Very inspiring and nice thread ... a mini course as well !
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    • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
      Originally Posted by RockNRolla View Post

      Congratulations on your first full year of freedom! I'm now in my 7th year of IM freedom and still loving every minute of it!
      Awesome! I hope to reach 7+ years!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Great post, OP! The basics are SO important. Having a decent diet and exercising enough are SO important!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Originally Posted by rmolina88 View Post

    - Keep up with your daily exercise. Staying in front of the computer all day doing IM isn't healthy and taking a nice walk outside can really clear your head and motivate you.
    Pay attention folks, that's a big one!

    I went from playing softball and volleyball 3-4 nights a week, and working a physically demanding job, to sitting at the desk, with snacks just a few steps away. I've been doing this since 1997, so like 16 years, and put on about 50 pounds.

    I lost about 25 pounds last summer by riding my bike 8-12 miles a day, but put about half of that back on over the winter. It would be far better not to put it on in the first place.
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    • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Pay attention folks, that's a big one!

      I went from playing softball and volleyball 3-4 nights a week, and working a physically demanding job, to sitting at the desk, with snacks just a few steps away. I've been doing this since 1997, so like 16 years, and put on about 50 pounds.

      I lost about 25 pounds last summer by riding my bike 8-12 miles a day, but put about half of that back on over the winter. It would be far better not to put it on in the first place.
      I've lost so much weight that now I've went down an entire shirt size and pants size! My current clothes look so baggy on me now and it feels great.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by rmolina88 View Post

        I've lost so much weight that now I've went down an entire shirt size and pants size! My current clothes look so baggy on me now and it feels great.
        What are you doing for exercise? Are you combining that with any diet modifications? I ask because the weight isn't falling off this summer as easily as it did last summer.
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        • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          What are you doing for exercise? Are you combining that with any diet modifications? I ask because the weight isn't falling off this summer as easily as it did last summer.
          I do walking and martial arts.

          My diet mostly consists of fish, chicken, and brown rice in small servings. I've lost enough weight to the point where I don't really need to eat too much anymore to get full.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Originally Posted by rmolina88 View Post

    - You don't need a fancy car, a big house, or expensive toys to live. I still drive my decade old van (which is fully paid off), I have roommates to help me pay the mortgage and bills, and I rarely buy any movies/games/toys etc until they go waaay down in price or I'll borrow a friend's.
    Great post, thanks for the share.

    I like this one..

    It's true, we don't need all this stuff, invest guys think of the older you, think of your kids.

    Cheers,

    Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    Congratulations Man. You are doing a great job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    Great post. I know this is going to be very inspiring to people who strive to be where you are at after 1 year.

    Congratulations and best of luck in year 2!
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  • Profile picture of the author krish997
    Hey, congratulations!!!

    I am newbie (joined an hour ago) and am excited to find so many people who have done what I am aspiring to do...

    Could you please share some of the books/blogs/things to do that helped you to get where you are?

    What is the absolute best place for a newbie with NO programming experience to start?
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    • Profile picture of the author BeckyF3506
      I really enjoyed your post, and congratulations on a successful year!

      What you said about getting up from the chair to walk around/exercise is important, and the thing I struggle with the most.

      It's so easy to get immersed in a project, look up and discover that I've been sitting in the chair for four or five hours.

      I wear a Fitbit Ultra (glorified pedometer) that I look at throughout the day to make sure that I'm walking at least a minimum number of steps. If I haven't hit my target, I MAKE myself take a break to walk a little.

      Wishing you much success as you continue on in your business. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
      Originally Posted by krish997 View Post

      Hey, congratulations!!!

      I am newbie (joined an hour ago) and am excited to find so many people who have done what I am aspiring to do...

      Could you please share some of the books/blogs/things to do that helped you to get where you are?

      What is the absolute best place for a newbie with NO programming experience to start?
      Thanks!

      I wish could narrow down things, but there are TONS of resources that helped me out a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Millefiore
    TQVM

    I think it's a good reminder esp. during the low times that it's worth it !
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