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Quit my Day Job After 7 Years... The time is now!

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by billsfan2012, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. billsfan2012

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    This has always been my favorite section of BHW so I'm excited to finally contribute something that I think will inspire many of you just as I've been inspired by others during the past 3-4 years of struggling, for the most part.

    Now before I get into the details of my IM Journey, it's important to briefly tell you my background:

    For the past 7 years, I have been employed at a dead end Day Job. There have been months when I've been directly responsible for $50k+ in revenue to my employer, but after taxes, I would only take home $3000 a month.

    About 3-4 years ago I discovered a passion for Internet Marketing but the only time I could work on my side business was on the weekend and I was usually passed out for at least half the day trying to catch up on sleep due to 4-5 hours of sleep each week night.

    Yes I know some of you crazy asses operate on that little amount of sleep each night but I'm a sleepy head and I need my 7-8 hours to fully function.

    I started to get really depressed because I knew I had no future at my day job and I also knew my day job was causing me a TON of stress after my boss gave his business to his spoiled and clueless daughter and this damn job was preventing me from something that had become my DREAM.

    So at 29 years old and engaged with no kids, I looked at my situation in life, and realized that if I was going to change my life, I had to make it happen NOW.

    That's when I made a huge sacrifice in February 2014 and told my boss that I was going to leave this job later in the year.

    She was devastated. You have to realize that we are a small company and I'm one of only two "specialists" that we have. Not to mention, the other specialist had a heart attack last year in his 40's. I think that might illustrate how stressful my job is.

    But I had all the leverage with negotiations BECAUSE of the fact she is so desperate to keep me around.

    Let me give you an example, I've come out and told HR on multiple occasions that "I hate my job and want to be laid off" and yet I've never been fired or laid off. Now how many employers would keep an employee that openly hates their job and makes it clear to HR and management? A desperate employer. That's who.

    Anyway I told my employer that I was going to start taking Mondays off to focus on my side business and I went from about 50 hours per week (because I worked overtime too) to 32 hours per week just like that.

    More importantly, I told her that I am going to quit my job in August (which has since changed to September 1st) so that I could fully commit myself to a career in Internet Marketing.

    Some people would say this is a huge risk, but I say that it is a necessary sacrifice to pursue my dream.

    But it does mean that by 9/1 if I am not supporting myself through Internet Marketing, I could be on the streets.

    I believe when you force yourself into a "do or die" situation it gets the very best out of you, and that's exactly what I've done here.

    The Plan:

    I created a blog at http://getmoney.guru that started in February 2014 when I decided to quit my job later in the year and the purpose of this blog was to put my journey on FULL DISPLAY so that everyone could witness the ups and downs in real time, as opposed to most blogs, where a successful Internet Marketer will create a post that tells you their story AFTER the fact.

    I wanted to do something different so I created a blog that traced my journey every step of the way.

    And until THIS PAST WEEKEND my blog was full of failures, but still, I listed every single step that I had taken along the way and in light of my latest success, anyone could clearly see how I got to where I am, and what happened along the way.

    By the way, when I say that I had success this past weekend, I mean that my earnings in the past 3 days went WAY OVER the amount I could earn over 3 days at my full-time job. For the first time since February, my vision was beginning to manifest :)

    Anyway, in the beginning, I mentioned that PLANNING as of extreme importance towards success.

    So I chose 3 different strategies that I was going to pursue in my journey and I was going to dedicate myself to ONLY those 3 strategies. Some might even argue that you should just choose ONE strategy at a time and stick to that. But remember that I was also trying to find my place in Internet Marketing, so I was trying to give myself some backup options by choosing 3 methods to pursue.

    My 3 methods were:

    1. Offering mobile optimization services to local businesses
    2. Local SEO - Building local business websites for low competition keywords
    3. Launch jacking / Affiliate Product reviews

    So far most of my energy was invested in #3.

    I had never promoted another product before and my success over the past 3-4 years was mostly in Adult, which I am trying to get out of because it makes you feel like a dirty individual.

    Execution:

    Even with the transition to part time employee at my job, I was still limited to Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to work on Internet Marketing. But I now had one extra day and my intention was to make the most of that.

    But one thing I've learned from struggling in the past 3 years is that PLANNING AND RESEARCH should NOT be ignored.

    I used to jump into everything blindly without knowing what I was doing, but now if I am planning on doing local SEO or Launch jacking for instance, I am going to research and consume as much information as I possibly can on the subject, TAKE NOTES, create an Action Plan, and THEN execute the plan.

    That said, during the months of February through April, I spent most of my time researching by reading forums, reading ebooks, and watching video courses. For each ebook and video course, I took notes in one of my several notepads that have been filled up because this allows me to retain information and create references for myself.

    When I finally started taking action later in April and May, I flirted with offering mobile optimization services and local SEO a bit, but I won't spend much time telling you about that because ultimately I decided to try my hand at Affiliate Marketing through Product Reviews first.

    The Process:

    1. Registered an account at wsogroupbuy.com, jvnotifypro.com, warriorjv.com, muncheye.com, and jvzoo.com

    2. Looked for a product to promote that fell under 2 criteria:
    #1. It had to be something that I would want to buy myself! Because one of the best bits of advice I ever received is if you are trying to sell something, put yourself in the buyer's shoes first and read your own review. Would YOU want to buy this product? Believe me if you aren't interested in what you're selling, that attitude will shine through and you lose.
    #2. I was looking for something that would be released in the next 1.5 - 2 months because I wanted to start the process in advance. ​

    3. Decided on a product which cost just under $50 for base product and offered 60% commission.

    4. Registered a domain (productnamebonus.com) and created a Review page with Socrates theme. I approached this product review like a PERFECTIONIST. According to Wordpress, I have revised my review over 200 times to date. Plus, remember this was my first time anyway.

    5. Added a massive BONUS offer. Personally, I believe Quality > Quantity, but my observation of buyers habits, whether they will admit it or not, they tend to fall victim to Quantity > Quality. Especially if you can dress up each product as a PREMIUM product and make the buyer want the Bonus even more than the product itself! My Bonus included 26 hand picked PLR products. A lot of them were relevant to the product I was promoting.

    6. Downloaded my Review Copy of the product.

    7. Created THREE YouTube videos before the launch. The first was a regular YouTube review video of the product, the second was a DEMO of installing the product and setting it up, and the third was another review but this one I did with Google Hangouts because I was trying to follow a ranking method I had learned.

    8. During this time, I had also been investing in a Private Blog Network (PBN). Depending on your online strategy, sometimes you have to be willing to spend money to make money. Over a period of time, I built these sites myself, wrote my own posts for the most part, and pointed links at my Product Review site. I was able to rank at the bottom half of Page 1 most of the time.

    9. But ultimately it was my SECOND YouTube video that ranked #1 for its keyword. And I did not create any backlinks for this video! But I did optimize it as well as I could and it was an 18 minute video which made it one of the longest videos on YouTube about this product. Could that be a factor? Hmm...

    10. Purchased GSA SER, GSA Captcha Breaker, and a list. Followed a method that involved creating Google Hangout videos and blasting them with GSA. This didn't work for me because for whatever reason my Hangout video ranked worse than the other 2 that I didn't even bother to create backlinks for.

    11. But I'm still glad I purchased GSA because the next thing I did with it really worked. I mentioned in #8 that I created a bunch of posts on my PBN. With GSA, I decided to create a bunch of Tier 2 backlinks to my PBN posts so they could be stronger. And of course those PBN posts were pointing to my Review Site. My site went up a couple spots in the SERPs after doing this, but I NEVER used GSA to push backlinks to my Review Site's home page or even my PBN home pages because unless I knew what I was doing 100%, I didn't want to mess with the possibility of penalties. From what I understand, GSA is great for tiered backlinks and YouTube videos. And I'm still trying to figure out how to capitalize on the YouTube part.

    12. Waited for product launch..........

    13. Launch date arrives and the product doesn't launch. I was depressed and I made a blog post that basically said I was going to give up on this method because it relies on external factors that are out of my control too much. I decided to switch gears and focus on Mobile Optimization and Local SEO at this point.

    14. But 3 days later, the product finally launches. My expectations are low at this point because in the last 24 hours, my Review site was of course bouncing in and out of Page 1, but my YouTube demo held strong at its position.

    And...... HOLY COW! I have NEVER had such high conversion ratios IN MY LIFE.... is this 2014!?!?

    When the product finally launched, EVERYTHING changed for me.

    In under 3 days, I've made over $1000, and the third day isn't over just yet ;)


    The research, the planning, the dedication... it was all finally paying off. My eyes were opened - in this moment - to how it was possible to not only make a living online, but also how to make MUCH MORE with this method.

    So this is where I'm at. While things literally changed overnight for me, do not be mistaken, this was NOT success overnight. Do not forget that there were a few months of hard work and preparation that preceded this success.

    My journey is not over, so I hope you guys will be interested to follow me and watch what happens when someone voluntarily quits their job after 7 years to pursue a dream career in Internet Marketing.

    Even though I am very pleased with the results of this product promotion, it's kind of scary how much more potential there is in this.

    The fact that I'm pretty sure I'm not even one of the Top 50 Leaders in promoting the product that brought success to me during this past 3 days explains that potential in itself, and also explains why you DO NOT NEED to be a Guru or Expert to succeed online! (Incidentally I decided to register the domain getmoney.GURU for my blog and I kinda regret that now but at the time I was carried away with the new TLDs)

    That said, these are going to be my next steps, and I realize that many of you will learn nothing new from anything I'm writing, but from my own experience, I also know that a lot of you will learn from it, and you are the people I'm speaking to.

    I realize that I wrote a lot, but I'm intentionally trying not to cut corners when I explain how I did something because with all due respect, I've seen a lot of IM Journeys that reveal success but when you try to interpret anything they actually did your left thinking....... "HUH????"

    The next thing I'll be doing is building my first list. I noticed the product developers would advise the affiliates to "use your list" in every single email they sent out. Clearly, "the list" is the most important part of this method, and I realized through this experience that I had to have a list!

    I'm also going to look for more products to promote. Most Affiliate marketers promote various products at a time anyway.

    And I've been considering a product launch as well, but if I did that, I would need to make sure that I had something valuable to offer people because I can't remember if I said this earlier, but just in case I didn't, honesty and integrity are extremely important to me and I do not have it in me to sell recycled information to people for their hard earned money or worse yet sell something that has no value.

    My blog is also updated with my journey every step of the way so you can follow that as well because it's going to be updated and I share valuable information whenever I find it and I'm also giving out free products on a weekly basis to spread the word.

    The goal of my blog was to show people this journey was REAL from start to finish and nothing was held back.

    This was my very first post, announcement, and back story: http://getmoney.guru/setting-the-stage/

    Thanks for reading. I know it was long, maybe some of it was unnecessary, but my style is explain everything and there are some advantages in that approach ;)
     
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    Wow, great post and I wish you the best man.

    Just stick to it and you will succeed
     
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    This is a long read. but great post! thanks for sharing :)
     
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    you style of writing is really awesome and interesting to follow.Best of luck for your life.
     
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    thats a pretty nice blog an plan you got there. I look forward to following you on your journey to success :)

    Your taking a big step right there.
     
  6. Asif WILSON Khan

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    OP, is the company you currently work for privately owned?
    If so, then suggest to your employer that you may be willing to work 2/3 days a week (Tue,Wed,Thur), if they make you a full partner.
    The reason the Job is stressful is because they are causing the stress and you are getting little reward for it.
    It seems you are valuable to them and bring in good revenue so you are in a good position to bargain.
    Might be worth seeing if you can negotiate.
    Don't get me wrong, I believe self employment is more fulfilling and rewarding but if you can manoeuvre yourself into part ownership then it might be worth considering.
    Anyway, good luck with the journey.
     
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    Congratulations on your endeavors OP. I hope everything works out.

    I was in your shoes many years ago working at a stressful dead end job that I really hated. I quit and started IM full time but first I made sure that I had at least 4 months of income saved up just in case something didn't work out. Turns out everything went better than according to plan. I'm still self employed and loving it.

    A few words of advice:
    *make sure you have enough money saved up.
    *Once you do start IM full time, don't get lazy or distracted. I almost fell into this trap.
    *You already seem to be a very good writer so make sure you make a "to do" list and stay focused.
    *Last but not least - don't get anyone pregnant. That's 18 years of child support if you don't marry her.

    Just kidding on the last one.

    Anyway, great job.
     
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    That's a pretty big decision you made there. Anyway good luck with your journey mate. I wish you luck.
     
  9. billsfan2012

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    Thank you for all the great comments. I'm glad this journey is well received so far :)

    @W130SN this is great advice and some of the things you've mentioned are things I've thought about. But the new boss of this company is making terrible decisions at the helm and I know it will always be a family owned business. While they are desperate and upset about losing me, she has also hired 2 new employees which I've been appointed to train. Even though we have been through this process many times before because we give people 2-3 weeks to prove themselves before getting fired. It's a catastrophe really... a train wreck... and I don't want to be involved anymore.

    But that's another story.

    That said, I might have plans with one of my former colleagues after I leave to go into business together doing duty drawback (that's what it's called by the way).

    He would get his Customs Broker license (required) and I would do the claims.

    And let me tell you guys something about duty drawback (Google it)...

    It's an incredibly boring business BUT it presents a HUGE opportunity in the United States, not sure about other countries, but here is the basis of duty drawback:

    Step 1. Company A imports merchandise into the U.S. and pays a Duty Rate based on its HTS Classification (i.e. 4%).

    Step 2. Company A sells the imported merchandise to Company B in the same condition as it was received upon Importation.

    Step 3. Company A qualifies for 99% recovery of the Duty Paid (4%) on Import.

    You can imagine how this adds up because many US companies import LOTS of merchandise from other countries into the U.S. and they are eligible to be refunded on their duty paid when this merchandise is exported outside of the US

    But here's the FACT that will blow your mind and the reason this is a HUGE opportunity for anyone interested in getting a Customs Broker License:

    Between 80% and 90% of potential duty drawback refunds are UNCLAIMED each year. This equals $2 to $3 billion in missed opportunity for businesses that simply do not have a duty drawback program in place.

    But I love Internet Marketing and I hate duty drawback (as of now) so that's where I stand personally ;)

    And I really need to be careful not to push this thread in another direction lol but I just wanted to share that.
     
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    I don't even know you and I feel so proud. *hugs* I will be following your blog. I can relate to your situation. Being in a non-fulfilling job puts a toll on your mind and your body.
     
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    A great post. Love to read success stories. Best of luck with your IM life !
     
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    This is one of the better original posts in the entire journey section. Haha, you WILL be rich.
     
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    no your not kidding on that one. Take this advice guys. Don't fuck up your lives with a b#tch that will just let you hit it and run off with the child support. Make sure you marry the right one from the start. Play stupid and you will suffer the consequences in the long term.

    I know so many guys that have screwed up.. that shit sucks. temptation. Is the enemy.
     
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    Damn that is a great story. You layed out and planned everthing to a tee. Good for you. Keep rockin it
     
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    You talk too much for someone in your situation.
     
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    wish you the best of luck !
     
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    You seem to know what you are doing.I am following.
     
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    Best of luck bro! Following your journey!
     
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    This was a looong read but well worth it. Your journey is very inspiring to me because I want to quit my job too. It sucks coming to work in a place that you absolutely hate everyday, I would rather walk on glass everyday than come to this job .. But hey it pays the bills.

    but like you I want more than that and I believe IM is the way to go. I wish you nothing but the best of luck and really pray that you succeed in this for the long term.
     
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    Sounds like you will be better off leaving.
    The company you are working for, are too narrow minded, they are making cuts that hinder growth.

    As for the Duty Drawback, there are also opportunities in the UK and EU.
    Unfortunately a lot of people got greedy and were tempted into carousel fraud.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_trader_fraud
    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/vatfmanual/vatf21000.htm
    There are still opportunities and ways to make money but a little common sense goes a long way.