Take This Job And Shove It (Part 2)

So…Did I do it?  Did I quit?

You bet I did.  But, I would be lying if I said I didn’t waver at all.  The day of, June 1st, I was so nervous.  Of course, I thought about backing out.  I went outside for a walk to clear m head, and I thought of all the reasons for and against quitting.  The thing is, I could never quite put my finger on why I shouldn’t quit.  I had a million reasons why I should quit and do Internet Marketing full time, but the only reason I had to not quit was because my friends and family thought that I shouldn’t.  That just wasn’t a good enough reason for me.  So, I did it.  I put in my two week notice on June 1st and my last day will be June 16th.

You would think that I would have went home and celebrated.  If I had quit my job to start my own engineering firm, everyone would be patting me on the back.  We’d go out for dinner, everyone would buy me drinks, we’d get too loud and celebrate.  But when you quit your job to do internet marketing full time, people seem to think of you as naive or just lazy.  Just yesterday, my excited “Guess what, I quit my job to do IM full time!” was met with a condescending laugh and “Well, I don’t think I would have quit my JOB.” Talk about a punch in the gut.  I’ve always been viewed as a girl with a good head on her shoulders, but now I’m being lumped in with the ‘dreamers,’ such as the 40+ year old guy that’s still trying to ‘make it big’ in the music scene.  Oh well, I didn’t do this to be popular.  And maybe I am a dreamer.

To those of you who are going through or are thinking of going through the same plight, don’t expect people to be happy for you.  People are going to think you’ve lost your mind, mainly because they don’t understand the profession.  And yes, it is a profession.  Be strong, ignore negative people, and seek out positive people who understand you in online forums whenever you need reassurance.  There are millions of people who do this, but somehow they are unheard of in the mainstream.  That’s probably a good thing, less competition :)

Why Did I Decide To Take The Leap?

March/April 2011 I received my tax return and instead of putting it towards debt like any sane person would, I decided that this was the time for me to either make it or give up completely when it comes to internet marketing.  The only question was how to use the money.

I brainstormed and prayed on it for a long time.  I could make a ton of websites for the money, I could get some uber expensive backlinking program, maybe I could start autoblogging, but really what I needed was time since I was still at my day job.  Eventually I decided to hire a full time virtual assistant from the Philippines.  A member of the forum, Heather, was very successful with outsourcing and had just came out with this guide on how to do it properly.  I bought it and followed it to the letter.  I have to say, for me, this was the best thing I could have done.  My VA writes all my articles, which is a huge savings over most writers online.  And that only takes a fraction of his time.  Plus, because I have to keep him busy every single day, HE keeps me accountable and my business is growing more than it ever has because of it.

Then one slow day at work I found a PDF copy of “The 4-Hour Work Week” that my mom had sent me.  It had been on my hard drive for ages, but that day I decided to read it.  It was finished by the next day.  I absolutely loved it and Beffy7 Marketing is here because of it.  One section that I really enjoyed was an exercise where you think, in detail, what is the absolute worst thing that could happen if you quit your job.  For me, I would lose my house and car, my boyfriend would leave me, my credit would be severely damaged, and then I would have to move back in with my parents and live a life of shame.  This is absolute worst case scenario, and honestly that scenario isn’t THAT bad.  And probably will never ever happen.

George Costanza With His Parents

Surely, This Won't Happen To Me

Another section I enjoyed asked, what would you do if you lost your job today and had to get money.  Well, I could bartend or wait tables.  I could sell somethings I have in my house.  Then I could sell my car, house, tap my 401k.  But before it came to any of this, I could build websites and write articles for people in the forum.  I could get money if I needed it, pretty easily.

Within the week after reading “The 4-Hour Work Week” there was an article on yahoo news called “The Top 10 Reasons To Quit Your Job Today.”  I sent it to my boyfriend with the subject line “I swear I’m not searching for this.”  He blew me off, assuming it was just another one of my phases.  The article was by James Altucher and I started reading his blog.  I can’t recommend it enough.  Here’s one of my favorite posts.

Less than a week later, I decided to quit my job and wrote my first blog post.  I won’t be officially self employed until June 16th, but I’m working as much as I can to boost my business.  May’s earnings were double what April’s were.  I need at least $100 a day to survive.  I’m not there yet, but I will be, and soon.  Maybe then I’ll get my celebration dinner.

In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.

~Kristian Kan, Rich By 25

9 Responses to “Take This Job And Shove It (Part 2)”

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  1. Rob says:

    Hey Beffy,

    I wish you the best of luck. Although, you can only find ‘luck’ when you work for it not search for it. Your post really got me. I understand the feeling of ‘stumbling upon’ stuff you were thinking about like the article. That means you are in sync with your wants and things around you are showing the way.

    I just got the audio version of the 4hr week not so long ago. I think is great and not just pure motivational. It teaches many lessons not just for the self-employed.

    • beffy7 says:

      The day that I quit, while still having that nauseous feeling in my stomach, I checked my stats. I had one of the best clickbank days ever and had surpassed yet another adsense goal. Yes, I do believe this is my calling, and no, I don’t believe in coincidences. I hope that you find your ‘luck’ ;) whatever that may be.

  2. lee says:

    Hi

    I wish i was brave as you. this week for me has hilighted you only have one go at this thing called life, however outgoings have to be paid, its a sutble balance, well done and keep posting your progress.

  3. Mike says:

    Beffy,

    Congrats on taking a huge step in your journey!! Always remember, good luck is earned and made. If you stay focused and dedicated to your new endeavor, the universe will will respond in kind by sending good “breaks” your way. I’ve seen it happen to many times. :)

    You can do it!!

    • beffy7 says:

      Thanks, Mike. You have no idea how much just a little positive encouragment means! I wish you the best.

  4. Amanda says:

    Wow, for a second there I thought you were reading my mind! I am SO close to doing the same thing. I can only imagine where my earnings would be now if I had the TIME that I unfortunately need to devote to my life-sucking full-time job. You’re right, it’s all about the TIME you lose!! Right now the only thing that is keeping me from doing my IM business full-time is pesky health insurance. My husband is self-employed and my full-time job covers our health insurance. He’s a bit of hypochondriac and I just can’t take the chance of losing it. But it is always good to hear success stories from other IMers….thanks for the inspiration! :-)

  5. Ben says:

    Beffy, this is such a wonderful post, but even more so for me because I can relate to almost anything you said.

    In fact, my last day at my job was June 24, putting an end to exactly 7 years and 2 months of slaving away for the goals and aspirations of someone else.

    I thought it would be awesome to finally get out of there, but I too had the butterflies and the constant questioning of whether or not I was doing the right thing. It kept me up and I couldn’t sleep some nights. Now just over a month later the happiness and sheer RELIEF build on a daily basis. I’m sure you know what I mean – what it means – to be working for yourself and have no-one else to rely on.

    The beauty is that I don’t think there is any right or wrong way to succeed when you are going at it alone. You just have to quit and get to where you wanna be, whatever way you know how.

    My actions were met with trepidation and high levels of initial skepticism, especially from my Mum and Dad who has been in the same job for 33 years. People in my family are slowly warming to the idea now though, it’s generally proportional to the amount of money you are bringing in.

    Thanks a lot. I will stay updated on your progress.

    Take care.

  6. Derek Jansen says:

    Hi Beffy

    Gongrats on taking the big leap – I’m certain you’ll never look back on it. Good luck!

  7. Hey B,

    I wish i had the nerve you have! I’m a firefighter from the city of Camden,NJ. I was laid off in January and got my job back in April! I’ve been doing this IM stuff for about 3 years now and am also a member of the WPGM forum.

    While I haven’t had the success you have had, I keep trying. I’m inclined to agree with u on the adsense and amazon front. Because i have been promoting clickbank and it hasn’t panned out yet. I do have a question though…

    I bought your WSO “Chasing Easy Money”. In it you explained about the “Featured Content” plugin. I installed this plugin because I thought it was a good idea. But so far I haven’t seen it do anything. Can u please contact me and tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanx!

    Anyway. I believe in this IM as you do. I know this stuff works because I have the clickbank checks to prove it. I only made 800.00 last year with clickbank.Hopefully I can make more this year with the various income streams that you and Mark talk about!

    But I have a different plan. I can retire in 15 year from the fire department. I plan on making 10,000 a month online in that time. Anything extra is a bonus! If I can do that then I feel I’ll be OK in my retirement years! Thanx for everything! Your story inspires us all!

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