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so i been learning about mobile marketing but i been too afraid to go out there and start advertising my self to local business. but i think is time i get out of my confort zone and get out there and make some money,
i think whats holding me back is my job, so im quiting my job tomorrow so that way there won't be turning back. i been thinking and i feel like that is the best way to do it.
i know there is a lot of money to be made as an mobile agent so im goin for it.
today is my 22nd bday by the way and im in need for a change, i need a better life style, so i need to get out there and begin my own businenss..

anyways, what do you guys think?.. im i doing good or bad for taking this decision?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukinara
    to be honest, it all depend on your current situation. Even if you are single like me, you still need some money to pay for car(if you have one), house (if you don't live with your parents) and other fees. Right now I'm making online is double my salary but I still keep my job going for 3-4 months to see. Life is unpredictable. I can't say your decision is good or bad, it's up to you but personally, I wouldn't do that. Don't push yourself into the corner, always have a back up plan
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  • Profile picture of the author guardado8
    The problem is that my job gets on the way..because I work during the day and well don't get off till late so if I do keep my job I don't have to time to get out there and talk to businesses
    Thanks for your opinion though I do agree with you
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    • Profile picture of the author JSanti7
      I agree with yukinara. With the present economic situation, I think having a job nowadays is a blessing. I would suggest that you hold on to your job until your income from your mobile marketing endeavor is at least at par to what you are getting from your job.

      However, if you feel that your job is holding you back and you're confident enough that you will make it in mobile marketing...then go for it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Luther Landro
        In this market, it seems like financial suicide to quit a job, in the hopes that the time made available translates into revenue that meets or exceed your current salary. It will take time to build a customer base.

        In truth, you need to follow your dream of working for yourself, but not at such a high risk. That is, unless you have a nest egg to fall back on, and live off a little while you build the business - e.g. mitigate that risk.

        If you feel you have a plan, and all the knowledge, motivation, will, and support to pull it off; go for it and never let anyone stop you.

        Otherwise, work the business part time on weekends (restaurants, bars, retail are all active on weekends); early morning and in the evening after work.

        I liked the at-lunch suggestion. If you can eat in 10 mins (assuming you have a 1 hour lunch) then you can squeeze in a dozen "get down to brass tax" sales calls from your car. Just prep the night before.

        If you want something bad enough, you'll get it; just don't needlessly put yourself in a precarious position if you cant absorb the unexpected.
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    • Profile picture of the author MercadeoEspañol
      Originally Posted by guardado8 View Post

      The problem is that my job gets on the way..because I work during the day and well don't get off till late so if I do keep my job I don't have to time to get out there and talk to businesses
      Thanks for your opinion though I do agree with you
      You know... there is more to this businesses than meeting face to face.

      I've never met one of my clients, and I've voice skype with them on a very limited basis (something urgent).

      All my business is being handled by digital means. It has to be. My clients are in the US and I live in the middle of the world! It was hard at the beginning but eventually I knew that we are in the Internet marketing arena, online or offline.

      Best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author uebomoyi
    Yeah I agree with the above fellow. I quit another job I had before because I felt I could get something better but I ended up being unemployed for 2 years. So if I was you, I'd try to find a partner/coach in internet marketing so you could have someone hold you accountable. It helps when you have a friend encouraging you and watching everything you say. So yeah I'd try to find that type of encouragement instead of quitting my job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Artificer
    I have to agree with yukinara... while I would love to be out of my day job right this minute - I dream of giving my notice - I still have bills to pay and until I'm certain things are going to go as well as I think they are, I'm hanging onto it.
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
    There are plenty of businesses you can talk to on Sat. Keep your job and start your business via phone calls on your lunch hour.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark_Austin
      Originally Posted by PatrickP View Post

      There are plenty of businesses you can talk to on Sat. Keep your job and start your business via phone calls on your lunch hour.
      Exactly. It is sound advice to build your business to the point where it proivides you with an income close to or greater than your current job provides before your quit.

      Yes, to do that is difficult and will take time but that is the case with anything worthwhile. You can make calls or send emails in the evenings and schedule appointments for the weekends.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgean
    Originally Posted by guardado8 View Post

    today is my 22nd bday by the way and im in need for a change, i need a better life style, so i need to get out there and begin my own businenss..

    anyways, what do you guys think?.. im i doing good or bad for taking this decision?
    I'm old school (meaning someone calls me mom)... and while I admire your gusto to get off the pot and trudge through the trenches, I can't help but feel concerned for your welfare.

    In this economy, you're taking quite a chance quitting a job that could take months to replace with only a dream to back you up. On the other hand, if you have savings to hold you over until more money rolls in, that's a different ball game.

    AS A RISK TAKER:

    Some of our best moments happen when we are challenged and working outside of our comfort zones. If you work well under "the gun" as they say... the outcome may be advantageous. Only you can decide.

    Whatever you consider, i wish you all the best in your endeavors.

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  • Profile picture of the author Digital Traffic
    Here is a few things I would do before I quit a job to work for myself.

    Make calls in the morning, make calls during your lunch hour, make calls in the evening. You'll find many other business owners who work those same hours.

    Work on Saturdays and Sundays.

    If you have any vacation time coming, use that up first to gain customers.

    Take $200 a week for 4 weeks and hire a telemarketer, if you can't afford the $200 a week right now, I would suggest you currently wouldn't have enough money to be able to just up and quit your job at this time.

    When I use to sell houses, the first thing I would tell people to do who wanted to buy a bigger house, would be to take that increase in mortgage payments and add that amount to their current mortgage for 6 to 9 months. That way, they make sure they are able to make their payments and maintain the life style they want to live.

    While it may sound like a great idea to up and quit your job, the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence; until you can plant and harvest your own crops.

    Those seeds can be planted working the hours I suggested above. Keep your job and your current income; until you can harvest your own crops.

    If working for yourself is your goal, then make a short term goal of signing your first 12 or 15 customers.

    Then reward yourself with quitting your job.

    Trying to start a new business is hard enough by itself, let alone the financial stress that it can create at the end of the month, when you have more bills than money.

    Also, make sure the young lady in your life is on board with your plans, nothing creates stress in a relationship faster than money issues.

    It's been 24 years since my last paycheck. I wish you well.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
      Originally Posted by Digital Traffic View Post

      Here is a few things I would do before I quit a job to work for myself.

      Make calls in the morning, make calls during your lunch hour, make calls in the evening. You'll find many other business owners who work those same hours.

      Work on Saturdays and Sundays.

      If you have any vacation time coming, use that up first to gain customers.

      Take $200 a week for 4 weeks and hire a telemarketer, if you can't afford the $200 a week right now, I would suggest you currently wouldn't have enough money to be able to just up and quit your job at this time.

      When I use to sell houses, the first thing I would tell people to do who wanted to buy a bigger house, would be to take that increase in mortgage payments and add that amount to their current mortgage for 6 to 9 months. That way, they make sure they are able to make their payments and maintain the life style they want to live.

      While it may sound like a great idea to up and quit your job, the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence; until you can plant and harvest your own crops.

      Those seeds can be planted working the hours I suggested above. Keep your job and your current income; until you can harvest your own crops.

      If working for yourself is your goal, then make a short term goal of signing your first 12 or 15 customers.

      Then reward yourself with quitting your job.

      Trying to start a new business is hard enough by itself, let alone the financial stress that it can create at the end of the month, when you have more bills than money.

      Also, make sure the young lady in your life is on board with your plans, nothing creates stress in a relationship faster than money issues.

      It's been 24 years since my last paycheck. I wish you well.
      WSO right here

      GREAT GREAT info. Short and sweet.
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      • Profile picture of the author dunkinbbb
        Let me introduce you to a concept from statistics:

        Survivor Bias:

        It basically means that people tend to pass on only the stories that fit their point of view, and leave out contrary evidence.

        So when people say "1931" was a great time to buy stocks, they are looking back at stocks now, and seeing what they were priced in 1931. They have the benefit of hindsight.

        Most of the stocks listed in 1931 disappeared, went to zero, so they are not available to be picked now.

        Same with stories of people quitting their job and becoming successful - there is a tendency to pass on the successes. Or those stories where businesses are started with credit card debt. Many, many more people failed and wound up with massive debt than ever succeeded, but the story isn't as good.

        Story of a person who quit their job and wound up homeless does not make a good "Movie of the Week"

        FWIW

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        • Profile picture of the author Morphius
          Your are 22 years old. This is the time to take risks and to make mistakes. It will be harder once you reach 50 to take any risks. Go for it?
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    • Profile picture of the author bobbobson
      Originally Posted by Digital Traffic View Post

      Here is a few things I would do before I quit a job to work for myself.

      Make calls in the morning, make calls during your lunch hour, make calls in the evening. You'll find many other business owners who work those same hours.

      Work on Saturdays and Sundays.

      If you have any vacation time coming, use that up first to gain customers.

      Take $200 a week for 4 weeks and hire a telemarketer, if you can't afford the $200 a week right now, I would suggest you currently wouldn't have enough money to be able to just up and quit your job at this time.

      When I use to sell houses, the first thing I would tell people to do who wanted to buy a bigger house, would be to take that increase in mortgage payments and add that amount to their current mortgage for 6 to 9 months. That way, they make sure they are able to make their payments and maintain the life style they want to live.

      While it may sound like a great idea to up and quit your job, the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence; until you can plant and harvest your own crops.

      Those seeds can be planted working the hours I suggested above. Keep your job and your current income; until you can harvest your own crops.

      If working for yourself is your goal, then make a short term goal of signing your first 12 or 15 customers.

      Then reward yourself with quitting your job.

      Trying to start a new business is hard enough by itself, let alone the financial stress that it can create at the end of the month, when you have more bills than money.

      Also, make sure the young lady in your life is on board with your plans, nothing creates stress in a relationship faster than money issues.

      It's been 24 years since my last paycheck. I wish you well.
      BEST advice I've read on this forum in a while. I simply can't see how it could be a good idea to leave steady employment to chase something unless it's already earning you more than your dayjob, and it would be more financially beneficial to focus on it full time.

      When I started out I worked all the weekends I could including several weeknights. It's tricky, especially when you try to balance your work with your 9-5 and a home life as well. But there's no reason why you can't still have the determination to succeed AND hold down a day job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Virtue
    The only person who can decide if it's a right decision is you. If you feel it's the right thing to do, then quit, dive into mobile websites and marketing, and don't look back. Life is all about taking risks. Some risks work, some risks don't. If it don't work, pick up the pieces, move on and try again. You don't know until you try. Now's the time to take risks when you're 22, than when you're 42 with a family depending on you.

    If some people waited until the "right" time they'd never try at all. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck. Happy Birthday as well!
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  • For some people it is a good idea others a bad. Many people get caught up in busy work when they leave their job.

    There is a difference between busy work and productive. Some people leaving a job they will be frozen with fear and do very little.

    Others it will motivate them... Hope this one is you.
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  • Profile picture of the author VictorV
    I say DO IT. I did it. The world didn't fall apart.

    People are so conditioned to have a job. They think it's crazy to be "self-employed". I'll tell you right now, the most annoying part about not having a job is the way your friends/family will talk about you.

    The best part is that you're only 22. Now is the best time to go bankrupt. You can screw up and start all over again (worst case scenario). Or, you can live the life you've finally been meaning to live.
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    • Profile picture of the author seabro
      Originally Posted by VictorV View Post

      I say DO IT. I did it. The world didn't fall apart.

      People are so conditioned to have a job. They think it's crazy to be "self-employed". I'll tell you right now, the most annoying part about not having a job is the way your friends/family will talk about you.

      The best part is that you're only 22. Now is the best time to go bankrupt. You can screw up and start all over again (worst case scenario). Or, you can live the life you've finally been meaning to live.
      I was disappointed with all the 'be vary careful' and 'financial suicide' posts above. This is not a school careers website its the WF! THIS POST (above) is what I am talking about - DO IT your job is holding you back. SO MANY people are TOO SENSIBLE that they never make the leap.

      Sure it's scary, sure it's a risk but the rewards whilst not guaranteed, can be huge.

      DO IT but don't think it will be a breeze, you will need to put the effort in but THE REWARDS ARE ALL YOURS.

      Oh, and anyone in your circle of friends that tells you you're an idiot and it will never work out etc - get rid.

      Good luck man, do it and hopefully you'll never look back.
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      • Profile picture of the author StrategicCheetah
        I did what your talking about almost 4 months ago and my business is thriving

        To be cautious, try and get at least 2 customers before jumping ship, that way you know people are willing to buy your product.

        If you find you struggle to sell mobile sites, maybe you need to tweak what your doing/selling slightly, and at this point you will be glad you covered your ass and still have a salary to pay the bills while you get things right.

        Either way, by the sounds of it your gonna be self employed sooner rather than later, just take a minute just now to cover your ass!

        Good luck
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      • Profile picture of the author Artificer
        Originally Posted by seabro View Post

        I was disappointed with all the 'be vary careful' and 'financial suicide' posts above. This is not a school careers website its the WF! THIS POST (above) is what I am talking about - DO IT your job is holding you back. SO MANY people are TOO SENSIBLE that they never make the leap.

        Sure it's scary, sure it's a risk but the rewards whilst not guaranteed, can be huge.
        Taking a leap can be a very good thing, but if you don't have a fallback prepared, that might be bare concrete you hit instead of the water you were expecting.

        Leap, but leap SMART. At the end of the day you still need a roof over your head and food to eat.
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  • Profile picture of the author krzysiek
    Some idiot is spam promoting their money site, especially directly. Noobs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Artificer
      Originally Posted by krzysiek View Post

      Some idiot is spam promoting their money site, especially directly. Noobs.
      Thus the lovely report button

      I think it's an important object lesson for all of us though to see this one time. We've pretty much all been tempted by those services which offer massive numbers of views, fans, Twitter followers, whatever... getting spammed every now and then is a good reminder for us of why those services don't work, aren't paying for and are liable to really piss people off.
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  • Profile picture of the author myseoclub
    I agree with Yukinara too. Think about it a hundred times before quitting your job. Have a list of pros and cons, and have a back-up plan if everything will not work out the way you hope for.

    Think about this: many jobless others are hoping to be in that position that you are in now.
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  • I don't think that's a good idea at all.

    I know you want to break free of the grind and that's cool, but I got some reason for my madness hear me out bro...

    1. You need to use that "break free" of the grind desire as motivation - soon as you're out of there what's your motivation?

    2. If you get too low on income and savings - you'll get really really neeeedy... and needy salesman have skinny kids.

    3. You won't have extra money for marketing....

    Here's what I think ya oughta do, use the money you're making live on scraps for a bit, and market your business, use the inbound calls to schedule around your lunchtimes or free times (weekends).

    Use your nights to market at night - send emails and leave messages on business owner voicemails.

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    • Profile picture of the author blend
      Don't quit your job until you are making money, or have a new job!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    Don't take any hasty decision,think once or twice about what you are doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Spend some time getting clients before you quit. Like others have said use weekends, Lunch time and evenings to build your business. Create a plan and have a fall back plan. Good Luck and make it work !!

      Happy Birthday
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  • Profile picture of the author Lovudu
    Quitting your job? How about quitting on waiting for a reply to your post? lol ... Any hoo, don't quit your job!! Work on this a while. I have been working on an ecommerce site for "2" years (yeah that's right 2 years!). I'm talking about a highly tangible, and seeked product and it doesn't happen over night. So, don't quit the job, but keep working on your dreams... they can come true.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteSmarty
    In the mid 80s I drove by a concrete plant that went broke. There was a for sale sign on the 3.5 acres piece of industrial land. I made a ridiculous offer through my realtor. The bank came back with a price just a bit more than what I offered.

    I agreed to the price, asked the bank to finance and they did. Then I asked them to finance 3.5 acres of Self Storage to be completed in 4 stages. They did. Everyone assured me the business would fail.

    15 years later, I retired to paradise. Those who doubted the project are still working.

    Just do it and don't look back--ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny Nguyen
    Wow, 22 pretty young, last month I turned 19. I'm kind of scared to be 21 then I will really be on my own! But, it seems like now a days everybody in internet world get stuck up as if the internet is the only way out and is quitting there job. If you love what you do it's going to be guarantee success for you. Anything and everything is possible, I believe in God so I believe that it's possible. I know there are some people that don't but know that you have to have faith and be positive that it will work. I can't say either it's the best choice or the wrong choice, there's no telling what's going to happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author SubUrbanHype
    I'm 20 right now. I quit my job a few months back to get into this full time. Which was cool for a bit and then my clients basically crapped out. Now, I am still making enough money to stay afloat online to cover my expenses (by selling websites like crazy). But it is hard work, and not something I would recommend unless you had at least 4 or so clients, and you were making at least like $800-1200 a month. Like the guy said above, try and make it work while you are at your job. Get a few clients under your belt, and then quit once you are able to just about match a salary to live off of.

    It is possible to quit your job and go full-time into this and make money, but the odds of that happening are against you, and it will probably take you a couple months to get yourself a foundation to build your business off of.

    But my real advice is to just quit, and try it out. What's the worse that can happen, you have to end up going back to live with somebody and working a job for a while?
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  • Profile picture of the author stone2010
    I think you should avoid quitting your job until you have something secured. Trust me I would love to do this full time and I work 13 hour days in my regular job and still come home and do this at night time and my days off. Don't jump in blind, get a few clients first until you are making okay money to get you by then go fulltime to start making the extra money.. good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author JustFelix
    It depends, do you have a place to stay? Can you live at your parents house for a few months so you don't have to worry about the money?

    If so than go for it. You should do it, it'll be worth it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Payne
      I say go for it. I quit my job a year ago and all has gone well. I would say to broaden your horizons If Mobile Marketing works out great, but put yourself in a position to maybe also write articles or something like that. Learn everything about online marketing you can from PPC, Website design, SEO, Youtube, Social Marketing. Then businesses will value your knowledge more and you can set yourself up to be a online consultant. With that said, focus on one thing, but make it your goal to learn everything about how to market a business online.
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  • Profile picture of the author VincentK
    I see two different school of thought here. From my own experience, you shouldn't quit until you have something solid going. The potential of making tons of money is there. But if you don't have a foundation to build on, you are jumping out there with nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author tocktik
    Just think before leaving the job. You may proceed further but check yourself in that area weather im suitable for this job or not
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  • Profile picture of the author omy123
    Well, hiding and running from the fear to failing is something which I wont advice you.. There are times in our life when the time tough time really panics a lot.. Just want to say that Tough time never last, but tough people does.. so dont quite..
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  • Profile picture of the author Artificer
    I think it's important to keep firmly in mind where the job market is right now (not sure where you're located, but a lot of countries are not doing well right now.)

    People are saying that sure, if he tries and fails he can just find another job, but at 22 and not knowing what skills he has, there may simply not be one available.

    One other thing to note - and I mean no offense by this - but if you're going to be serving English-speaking clients, you will need to improve your English skills before taking the leap. Again though, I don't know where you are.
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  • Profile picture of the author sebyyx
    on this crisis the worst is to give a stable job.
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  • Profile picture of the author webentrpreneur
    Don't do it!!!...From you statement it is obvious to me that you do not have a back-up plan...meaning you only have your job to support you. On that note, that is the reason I say "Do Not Do It!!!" Stick with your job and start slow (Saturdays and Sundays) and see how it turns out for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Wiz Khalifa
    Once you have a good sustainable business that you can give up, quit then. Dont screw yourself over, because when you got something running you wont be nervous and youll just worry about growing instead of setting up
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