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Has anyone here given up the IM life for a 9-5 job?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by radiopassive, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. radiopassive

    radiopassive Newbie

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    Just wondering how many people out there become successful at internet marketing and then give it up to work a 9-5 job.

    Once you start making a living on the internet, is there any stress or headache? PPC campaigns start failing, sites getting de-indexed, algorithm changes, etc... Does that stuff ever make you want to quit?
     
  2. gimme4free

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    Boredom of being alone, not meeting people, yeah you go out but I spend far more time at home than I do out even on the weekends I find some new method to make money and stay in until I finish it. Most of my friends have gone off to different uni's which are spread apart so I dont often see them anymore either. I preferred working with other people, not caring about how much work you do and having a laugh with collegues, not I just spend most my time on my own and it's getting worse and ruining my social life, I have now applied at a couple job agencies for part time work so I can meet new people and have a change of lifestyle.
     
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  3. Uptownbulker

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    I will never give up IM life, even if they cut off my hands; I would just go to voice activation!

    I have several small bisinesses which require a physical location due to the nature of those businesses but they are really IM based also.

    Pardonnez vooze me Francois but "Fuck a bunch of 9 to 5!":yield:
     
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  4. shaddelick

    shaddelick Regular Member

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    I haven't quit my 9 to 5 , but I recently had to close down the family business that I was running. I love IM, even though I have yet to make significant revenue. It feels good to not be plugged into the system and choose how you want to make your money. I like being able to see people when I feel like it. And screw Universities, I see them as businesses and thats all. If I want to join a University I'll join BHU:D
     
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  5. steffo

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    Haha, thats funny:) A real Internet marketer never gives up! But the social can be lacking sometimes and a parttime work can be good then. Or a slacker job where you can still maintain your sites during work hours:)

     
  6. shaddelick

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    Definitely make sense, get a part time, maybe. Get something off the books. work like 10 to 20 hours a week and focus on IM. IM can make you rich, and you can keep the other job for a social life and gas money...
     
  7. scottb99

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    Personally, I am trying to get out of the workforce and into IM full time....
     
  8. Bastian

    Bastian Registered Member

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    I used to play poker for a living. And my social life became pretty lame after a while.

    There was two reasons for this:

    1 - I wasn't a big player, and was still building my bankroll, so money was only good when I ran well. If I was on a downswing, I had to tighten up.

    2 - The game became more stressful. Stress was sooo bad near the end of my poker career, to the point where I couldn't even go out with people that weren't poker pro's themselves. Found my self talking about poker, or not talking at all.

    The games got tougher, so I basically quit.

    Even though the game did hold me back some, because I got so tied up in it, that's no reason to say a real job would be better than working for yourself or running a business (as far as getting out and meeting people goes).

    And to say that IM is even slightly stressful, lol I guess I got a pretty good set of nuts after poker (it really was a great experience in life, and I think there was a great benefit overall).

    If you work from home, the only reason YOU don't get out much is because of YOU.

    Working from home gives me more freedom, better income, more time to spend with others and meeting new people.

    I wish I could say I work IM full time. Right now I have part time day job, and I only make about $50/day online. I actually stopped doing a lot of the things I love because I'm working too much, while at the same time trying to keep up. It's effecting my work online, because I know I could be making $500/day, but I have so much going on, and find myself often distracted.

    Everyday I feel like the day job's gotta go, although it is risky, it's actually slowing me down. If you think a day job would help you're overall life, its really counterintuitive. You're probably just a boring person. Work on not being boring. Find some new hobbies. Go out and meet women. Learn to have fun.

    Best advice for people not getting out as much. A friend of mine gave me this advice a couple years ago: When someone asks you to do something, or you have the opportunity to try something new, always say YES. Just do it. You'll find yourself not bored anymore, lol.

    BTW, they actually made a movie about that I was actually surprised. Its called 'yes man' with Jim Carey.
     
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  9. virtua1337

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    I guess if you can still maintain friends, family, and have fun, then you'd never really need a 9-5 job, if you were successful at affiliate marketing.
     
  10. casper

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    i do IM full-time, but work part-time delivering pizzas to just get out of the fucking house. plus - as far as PT jobs goes, delivery pizza is cool because it's semi-performance based as far as pay/tips. i make about $18-20/hr doing it and i only work 2-3 hrs 4 days a week. having GPS is killer if you go this route. if you have been doing FT work as long as i have, you need a plan to get out, exercise, talk to people, etc, just to stay sane.
     
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  11. virtua1337

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    Sounds pretty awesome, but what pizza company pays $18-20/hr?
     
  12. deth_by_uv

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    God you said it!...I have been doing IM full-time for 17 months so far and while I do not make a 'killing' I am living comfortable...bills are never late, paying off the car next few months, eat steak every week, go out every Friday...

    But I feel like I'm trapped inside my own little personal jail I call 'home'...

    I have a girl friend (not intimate), but she went back to college just to meet guys and make new friends...after thinking about that for a couple months, I think I just want to get a part-time job myself just to re-immerse myself back into the 'real world'...I'm used to working with a lot of co-workers with bright ideas in a highly competitive industry, giving presentations, creating policy and procedure between departments, creating solutions on the fly, and working with clients...Now I just feel like a robot looking at stats, copy and pasting, ftp'ing files, boooring...

    Sad but true...I lost the love of working for myself or lost the definition that made it special...the last few months I been drinking every day just cause I'm 'bored'...fun, but boring lol :confused: ...

    Regarding getting a job as being counter-intuitive, sometimes it's those counter-intuitive solutions that you need to follow that is actually the right thing to do - according to Eben Pagan...having a job just gives me that 'traction' or 'resistance', I guess the feeling comes and goes...
     
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  13. FadeToBlack

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    NO EFFING WAY I WOULD GO BACK TO A 9 TO 5!!!

    It is the reason I worked so hard in the first place to get where I am. Sure you do miss the contact with people and stuff, but if you keep a good balance and know when it is time to just go and chill with friends then everything is cool :p

    And anyway, I make approx three-four times what I would do being in the joke of a loop they call "work"......:D
     
  14. Uptownbulker

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    Yeah, the isolation can be an issue..I find myself going to the bars too much sometimes and the cab fares home are killers!
     
  15. The Scarlet Pimp

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    i've had two regular jobs that i would still be working at, even with online marketing.
    one involved driving around the city making pickups and deliveries -- probably the best job
    i ever did. :D

    the other was night-shift work.. but there were some very cool fringe benefits. heh! heh! :D
     
  16. deth_by_uv

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    Yeah man, I used to deliver pizza for pizza hut and you can definitely make good money including tips since it's all cash, even had regular $100/days...it was a fun job right out of high school...I wouldn't do it again, but I only have fun memories of that job...I'd never give up IM for anything though..NEVER...just need some other kind of stimulation I guess...

    I'm thinking about working with my friend who runs a retail kiosk...he meets so much girls it's not even funny...in fact, it's offensive...

    The bar and club scene for meeting people, in particular women, is also getting real lame real fast, I love catching a buzz but...I desire sober interactions without the gay coffee shop ambiance...
     
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  17. scubaslick

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    I'm not full time yet, but I have the location of every coffee shop, book store, bar and library within a 40 mile radius of my house that has a wifi connection. Plus a wireless card.

    Finding time to be sociable will not be an issue when that great day comes. It'll be hard to get me to go HOME in fact. The reason I hate my day job is because I'm locked in a single location (my cube/cell). Hell, if they'd let me work remotely, I'd never have even found IM. But since they won't.... fuck 'em. I'll do it myself.

    :)
     
  18. The OA

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    I've worked as consultant for almost 7 years now and with IM for a little over 2. The isolation thing may bother some people. though, for me it wasn't much different from what I always did anyhow (in house and then as an independent).

    Working with IM is the same as a traditional job: you don't work and create new things then you don't get paid. As easy as that.

    Fortunately for me I have both going and will keep both until my IM exceeds my consulting revenue. Even after that there is always a next step or two or three. Or what I have learned is that it is VERY doable to do both at the same time.

    Guess I am doing some hedging here by working both.
     
  19. xplicit

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    I am actually going the opposite, I am giving up IM to get a 9-5 job because I cannot make a damn dime doing this. I have tried almost every method on this dang site. I just dont think it was meant for me to make money online, Who knows what I am not doing right :confused:
     
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  20. vivalafeva

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    really even e-whoring xplicit? Thats easy quick money. Also I am a very sociable person, so IM really just gives me more money for when I go out, which is 4-5 nights a week.