I've quit my job for this.

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6 MONTHS LATER UPDATE: http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post7661704

For the last year I have been working for a men's designer clothing website here in the UK. I am 18. I have always had a passion for design, especially online.

Last week I quit my job.

My job was overseeing the entire website, this involved SEO, PPC, Product Uploading, Affiliate Programs and so much more it was ridiculous. I was on a good wage for my age and was managing people aged 30+ at 18.

But I was miserable and moody.

I grew sales by a minimum of 100% month on month for a 6 month period - one month reached 160% increase in revenue. Oh, every technique I used was learnt right here on the warrior forum.

But the company and owners were ungrateful and were more bothered about ridiculous things (like if one product wasn’t on the website out of 20000+ products), it seemed like making money wasn't the main goal at times!

So, I went to work one day, and I quit.

My reasoning was this - you only live once. I was so determined to not become one of the mundane 9-5 workers you see so often. I love working hard and I love success, but I knew I could do this on my own and be happier; which is what life's about, right? Oh, and I'm 18 with no responsibilities so now is surely the best time to take a gamble.

I had no definite clients, no website, no anything - all I had was a domain name, an idea and a hell of a lot of ambition.

This was on Thursday. I told myself I'd have the weekend off and on Monday I'd begin the journey, so, here I am!

I've just got back from the bank where I've opened a business account, I have set up a paypal merchant account, thrown together a half-decent website using the U-Design theme (which is fantastic if you struggle with coding etc) and now I'm writing this post while I wait for Camstasia to download, so I can begin making videos using the method outlined in this subforum a few days ago to shoot out to as many businesses as possible (targeted, naturally ).

I have no idea where my next penny is going to come from and I absolutely love it.

I guess the purpose of this post is to thank everyone that has contributed to this forum that probably don't even realise how many people's lives you've indirectly changed so much, people like John Durham, IAmNameless, KenMichaels, MartinBuckley to name but a few!

I've got two clients lined up for a weeks time when they're back from holiday (one of my old colleagues and the other is his dad) both for £500 initial + £50 a month solely for web design & hosting (intending on SEO upsell) which I'm sure will come through, but if they don't, it's not the end of the world. I highly recommend that anyone starting out..let EVERYONE you know, in your phonebook, your facebook, your e-mail contacts, whatever, tell every single person what you're doing and what you can do FOR THEM. I guarantee you'll surprise yourself just like I did.

Anyway, talking aside, now is time for me to go and get some clients!

'Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.'
- Helen Keller

Take action, warriors.
#journey #long #start
  • Profile picture of the author iamchrisgreen
    This is awesome. I love the rawness of just going for it.

    I know it's not for everyone, but I think you'll inspire some on here that have been hanging around and waiting.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jamie Ambition
      Originally Posted by iamchrisgreen View Post

      This is awesome. I love the rawness of just going for it.

      I know it's not for everyone, but I think you'll inspire some on here that have been hanging around and waiting.
      I hope so! I've always been one for 'impulse decisions'..which hasn't always proven to be a great thing

      I can't reply to your pm because of my post count, if you pm me your e-mail I'll contact you that way.

      Originally Posted by TheBlogger View Post

      Kinda like me. I got one more exam left now, at college, Wednesday. I've just been building a call list. Got about 30 solid numbers. I plan on getting about 50, maybe 100, then going through them all.

      I don't know if scripts really work because I made one and the calls I had went completely off the script straight away, you just can't plan the other end's answers, so I'll just have to get better and better at improvising.

      Anyway, this thread is a kick up the ass anyway.

      OP, you're the same age as me, do you not go to college/sixth-form?
      Good luck for your exam bro.

      Scripts are essential. My girlfriend does telemarketing for a solar panel company. She averages 80 calls an hour and makes 3-5 sales a day. But everything is scripted, once you make X amount of calls you begin to see patterns in people's thinking and often you'll realise that most calls tend to go the same direction. Weed out the people who aren't interested and find the ones who are. Anyway, the great thing about scripts are they give you a great foundation to build upon, outline exactly why you're calling and get that early rapport & find out if they're interested sooner rather than later. That's the impression I get from her anyway! She's got a set of answers for any question in her head, when you're making 80 calls an hour you tend to get asked the same questions alot I guess.

      I'm 19 in August, so I'm guessing you're a year behind me. I went sixth form and got ABB in Photography, Business & Graphic Design respectively. Left there, didn't fancy university, so started what basically turned out to be Internet marketing for a local men's clothes shop. I've got a lot of good contacts at a few large affiliate program's in the UK so I'm hoping I can implement them somewhere too.

      In regards to the list building - that's great. But make sure you're not just making a list to avoid actually making the calls. I'm going to give cold calling a shot too, I've read too many threads on it I'd be doing myself an injustice not to!

      The way I see it they're just humans trying to run a business too, and I'm the one providing value. If they say no, they say no! Onwards and upwards.

      Hope everything works out for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Ambition
    Sounds good.

    I've made a few calls, nothing of significance, one business owner got annoyed because I called on a 'private number' even though he has it plastered all over his A4 full colour yellow pages advert, but im never going to speak to him again so I'm really not fussed!

    Going to spend a full day calling tomorrow, and will finish off the videos in the niche ive chosen tonight so ive got a few things out there at least.

    When I left sixth form I started on 18k, ended up leaving on 30k, but it wasn't about the money.

    Oh and just a quick thing about parents..if they don't have that entrepreneur spirit inside them they won't ever understand until you put a big fat cheque in their face, in my experience. They'll be quick to tell you you can't do it, just because they didn't. Don't let it get to you. That's just my personal experience anyway.
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    • Originally Posted by Jamie Ambition View Post

      Oh and just a quick thing about parents..if they don't have that entrepreneur spirit inside them they won't ever understand until you put a big fat cheque in their face, in my experience. They'll be quick to tell you you can't do it, just because they didn't. Don't let it get to you. That's just my personal experience anyway.
      That's ALL family members, not just parents. Trust me.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
    wow, crazy ... inspirational

    If you succeed, you will be an serious inspiration to others.

    What you did took some serious courage. props brotha, props
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  • I think you'll succeed just fine. Not only do you have the right attitude, but you've got the "experience" of having been a full-time employee for a business doing the very things that offline marketers are doing for businesses. Now, you'll have the freedom of being able to do it for multiple businesses who will appreciate your work a lot more. Good for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    Great story, love to see young people embracing Internet Marketing. There are very few high paying jobs out there and being Internet Marketer, it provides you freedom.
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  • Profile picture of the author lilpixie
    Good luck Jamie I am confident things will work out fine for you.

    lilpixie x
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  • Profile picture of the author ownergolan
    Good luck !

    the best thing about your post is you're starting the cold calling with the confidence of already helping a business tremendously.

    start calling NOW just to feel the RUSH.
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneyMeek
    I love your courage. When I realized I couldn't grow my businesses and sit behind a desk for 8 to 12 hours a day, I decided to quit my "good job" too. Everyone in my life STILL thinks I am crazy. And for me, that is the toughest part. But you can't wait for all lights to turn green.

    Having talent in copy and design is enough to make you a decent living in the world of IM. Knowing how to network with others in this space will make you rich.

    P.S. --> Read Tim Ferris's book if you need extra confirmation that you did the right thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author watto123
    Good Luck - Jamie !

    I am in my mid-30's and I wish I had found IM earlier. I am going to quit my day job in November, so I am gearing everything I do to that day.
    I am lucky in that I have built up savings to last around 6 months.

    I am doing online IM at the moment, but intend to get into offline. I have just bought Jack Mize - One Page Landlord. Just need to find some time to go through it.
    I also just saw a Webinar with the two rockstars - Ben and Dan, where they went through something similar.

    I think offline will be big, at the moment it is changing the mindset. Like that school girl who posted pictures of her school dinners online. They had a member of the council that tried to ban her on the radio today and he said "We learned a lot about Social Media" - no rubbish Sherlock !!
    Change the mindset of older people, like your old Boss - Jamie, and it will explode....
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  • Profile picture of the author Sparrow Hawk
    Can't PM yet but can I get an email address - I have an enquiry to send you.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I LOVE to do things like this...and just take it to the edge.

    This is exactly what I DID, quit and never look back... but just be sure you are wholly commited to making something happen now, and commit yourself to not losing a paycheck. This approach is not advisable for just anyone, but if your job wasnt worth it anyway, and you have the ner4ve to be this brave. Go for it!

    Again, I did, and it worked for me... I have not missed a pay check in years.

    If you are a mover and shaker you will make it happen.

    No details no bullet points here just "Make it happen".
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    I can't say it was the smartest decision, but I definitely wish you the best of luck. I hope you have some money saved up because unexpected things happen that you can not prepare for except having emergency cash saved up!

    You're in for a ride, that's for sure. You're going to experience the pain in the ass of processing payments, you're going to experience the need to learn a variety of different things you never would have thought you needed, you're going to have ups and downs, and hopefully in the end it will be worth it.

    It's worth it for me. I can't deny the hard times, and things that knocked me down, but this is something I love and actually enjoy doing.

    Why work for someone else when you can work for yourself, and be addicted to it?

    For me, this isn't even work. This is the funnest and most challenging thing I could be doing! I am DIRECTLY responsible for my success and for my failures. Knowing that if I make a sale today, and tomorrow, it is because of MY work and I get rewards directly for it.

    It's an awesome feeling... when things go right!

    You can definitely do it. I think you will be making enough sales to get by... the biggest advice I can give you, is have back up plans and never get complacent. I don't mean a backup plan for a job, I mean a backup plan in everything you do, banking, streams of income, payment processor, etc.

    What you're doing is inspirational, and I hope you continue to come on here and give updates and ask questions. You're about to gain some REAL experience, which a lot of people on here only read about.
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  • Profile picture of the author henry Argueta
    love the ambition
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  • Profile picture of the author betsyanne
    I also want to wish you the vety best of luck in your new venture. Let us know how it goes. It CAN be done. You may also want to get in touch with clients in your area and go talk with them. It could help a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    That is a great story. I hope that you have much success in life!
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  • Profile picture of the author CEOArob
    This is absolutely beautiful.

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    I made a choice back whenever I was 19 to drop out of college, and like Robert Frost said, "and that has made the difference".

    The choices that we make in our teens just alter the trajectory of where we're headed in a way that always benefits us (if we're following our "path").

    So good work and keep going

    -AR
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  • Profile picture of the author batkimi
    I wish you all the luck in the world
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  • Profile picture of the author TimGreen1
    Good luck man! I admire you for having the balls to do that move, I'm exactly like you, I would HATE having a boring 9-5 job, sometimes just f**k it and go.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric1234
    I cannot brain your boss. Revenue increase still blame you? How ridiculous is that? ..
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  • Profile picture of the author yudwill
    no pain no gain, that may maxim exact for you keep spirit
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  • Profile picture of the author Fawxkitteh
    you did great by resigning. Actually they were taking much work from you in just a limited salary. You have done good.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyscott
    If you haven't burned your bridges when you left employment - let your previous employer know that you are available as a consultant at whatever rate you determine. Unless someone has been able to walk into your shoes and contine your success, they now have a problem and you're a proven known entity.

    Tony
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  • Profile picture of the author HostWind
    One more here rooting for you! Where theres a will theres a way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Ambition
    Hi all,

    I've come along way since this thread six months ago and I'm considering starting an update thread if anyone is interested.

    It's been VERY up and down and I've learnt some great lessons that I'd love to share and help everyone out, as everyone has helped me out previously. I'll include what worked for me and what didn't etc.

    I'll get round to it over the next week so if anyone is interested keep an eye out!
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    Originally Posted by Jamie Ambition View Post

    I've got two clients lined up for a weeks time when they're back from holiday (one of my old colleagues and the other is his dad) both for £500 initial + £50 a month solely for web design & hosting (intending on SEO upsell) which I'm sure will come through, but if they don't, it's not the end of the world.

    I would strongly suggest that with your background and
    experience you charge a WHOLE lot more upfront for your
    clients.

    You really want just ONE client hiring you to make a serious
    difference to you.

    And with your background you're going to be in the mode of
    giving extensive help to single clients.

    Also keep in mind that you can start high with price and then
    negotiate down.

    To charge more (in the $2,500 to $5,000+ range) you really
    need to avoid advertising your prices and make sure you
    establish the potential dollar value of your strategies
    before you talk about the price.

    That gives the business owner the chance to compare your
    price to the return they're likely to get back.


    Finally be sure to ask everyone who THEY know.

    Remember this question: "where do you keep your names and
    addresses?"

    You can go through that with them to see who they know
    and they can call any good prospects for you on the spot.

    That way you can go from one referral to the next more or
    less indefinitely.



    I wish you the best of success. Welcome to the wonderful
    world of entrepreneurship.

    Kindest regards,
    Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author Mav91890
    Id love to hear your update
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Bratcher
    Good luck on your journey. It certainly seems like you have all the skills you need to be successful based on your job experience.

    Just wait until they (your former employers) call you back a month from now when their sales start to plummet. I'm sure they'll beg but you'll be too busy counting your money from your new independent job.
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Count me in for an update too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Ambition
    For all those who were interested, the update thread is here: http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post7661704
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  • Profile picture of the author scorpa
    wow..lovely!
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg71
    At 18, it's worth a shot. At least it's something positive, it's not like you quit to be a crack addict or a park alcoholic. I hope it goes well for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author winz
    awesome story
    good luck Jamie!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Jamie, it is a good story, but I must admit, when I see the thread title out of the corner of my eye the first reflex response is "It's not my fault! It wasnt me who told em to do it...!"

    Lol.

    Good thing the story has a happy ending though.
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