Quitting The Day Job, Finally.
I am way behind in my posting for the past 2 months, as I have been preparing for the arrival of my new daughter Hannah June, so I owe you all a July and August Income Report, and I have some exciting news. In my June Income Report someone asked if I was able to commit to doing this full time yet. Well…Yes, now I am. That and Hannah was born August 22nd, 2010 at 11:49am.
I basically quit the day job August 1st, 2010. You could say I was forced to or I did it willingly. I think more willingly than anything. I do, or did, I.T. consulting for my day job, and this economy has taken my company down the tubes, so to say. In the past two years my income from the day job has gone from 65K+ per year in 2008, to 28K+ in 2009 and down to about 9K for 2010. Yes that’s right, only $9,000 from my day job this year.
That coupled with a wife, a child and one on the way, I was in a tight bind to make money to live and support my family on. So I had to do something. My longest standing client of 10 years, has failed to pay their past due amount for the past 10 months. since the first of the year, and that amounts to about $6,700, which I could really use. After numerous attempts to collect and numerous lies as to when the checks were coming I decided to file a small claims against them. They were not happy. Well guess what, neither am I to have to go this route to get the money they owe me.
So they were my biggest, and longest standing client, and a large chunk of income for me, but obviously they haven’t been paying so theoretically I committed to doing online work since the first of the year, but I think now officially since August 1st, 2010. I’ll break it down a little and then my next two posts will be income reports.
I started Yaro Staraks Blog Mastermind program on 08/27/2009, and haven’t looked back since. In starting in that blogging program I’ve met some really awesome people, and some of them have helped me out so much I don’t know where or how to pay them back. Because of the help I have received, I’ve taken one site(my main dating site) that was making almost $100 a month in Adsense revenue, and almost $200 a month in subscription payments, to making almost $400 a month in Adsense revenue and over $1000 a month in recurring subscription payments, and it keeps growing.
In my next post, which will be my two late income reports, I will show you how my income has started taking a sharper upward turn. As Srini says from http://blogcastfm.com it’s doing the hockey stick thing, a sharp upturn increase. It’s also abit sudden and I think finally I am getting some of the clutter cleared off my plate, to focus on the 20% that’s making up 80% of my income online.
I’ve been very bad with this blog, and i had high hopes for it too. I wanted to share my learning and insights to online internet marketing, but I have been terrible at posting. I also have to say I am a bit scared, as I am not an A-List Blogger, and sometimes feel I don’t know what to talk about. I mean these other guys pick little things up and turn then into these awesome blog posts, and I am just afraid that I would be spewing gibberish or regurgitating content said elsewhere.
The fact is, I have been making a decent chuck of change lately and it’s doing nothing but growing. I’ve refined my technique for many of my sites and blogs, and I’ve also refined my technique for my niche sites. I’ve even flipped a website finally. Didn’t make alot of money on it, but I did learn alot and will be using what I learned to sell another one soon. Hopefully for alot more money.
My intention is to be fully location independent by two years from this date, and at least traveling the destinations I want to see here in the USA, if not Europe and Asia by that time. Like one of the success stories from the 4 hour work week, Kids as Reason TO travel. Like I said previously in this post, I have a 2 year old toddler and my second daughter was born three weeks ago today. So I have a little time to learn and grow some more. Hopefully along the lines of the 4 hour work week, and location independence.
I just wanted to give a shout out to some people who have made a huge impact in my life recently, mostly because of the positive notes in their voices, their podcasts and blog posts. They’ve been instrumental in me growing my blogs and niche wesbites to the point of making over $2000 a month in income. I know that’s not much, but it’s WAY more than I was making when the economy took a dump!
http://blogcastfm.com – Srini and Sid
http://www.heroicdestiny.com – David Crandall
http://www.lifestylebusinesspodcast.com – Dan and Ian
http://www.seanogle.com – Location 180 with Sean Ogle
http://www.smartpassiveincome.com – Pat Flynn
http://www.thrillingheroics.com – Cody McKibben
http://entrepreneurs-journey.com – Yaro Starak
http://podcastanswerman.com – Cliff Ravenscraft
http://www.tyroneshum.com – Tyrone Shum
http://www.viperchill.com – Glen Allsop
Thanks folks for tirelessly and freely giving of yourselves and helping me. (There’s many I probably didn’t list, but will as I remember all of them)
I said I wasn’t going to work anymore past 7-8 pm at night, but sometimes I get all mushy and I HAVE to write. I guess that’s part of being transparent in this whole blogosphere. Again, I’ll say I have some fear going forward from here on out because THIS IS my primary source of income now, the Internet.
In case some of you want to see one of my other blogs, my photography one, go here: http://www.darkmansdarkroom.com, it’s my blog where I talk about Old Hollywood Glamour Photography and other things like fetish, artistic nudes and Pinup. Beware there are nice ta-ta’s.
That blog makes a nice chunk of change from amazon affiliate sales and the affiliate sales of photography ebooks.
Ok, off to bed and see you tomorrow.
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