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.
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