How To Quit My Job And Work For Myself At Home | My Story

How to quit my job and work for myself at home was a question I pondered for years before having the courage to actually do it.  You see I HATED my job and got no job satisfaction whatsoever.  I was a Carpenter or as we call it here in Scotland a ‘Joiner’

For 20 years I was a timber frame house erector if you do not know what that is, no worries. Just know it’s very heavy manual labor which entails working outside no matter the weather, rain, hail, or snow. Our summers here in Scotland are 2 weeks of sunshine if you are lucky lol.

I’m from a working-class town and family and having a ‘trade’ is considered amazing and you are set for life and will never be out of work. No one ever mentions that actually liking your job should be a requirement.

“Just keep the head down” do your job and get on with it is a common saying. Even if you loath it. This is a sad state of affairs and this way of thinking should be eradicated.  There is a better way, there are endless opportunities out there you just need to do your research (like you are doing here) and make a plan.

I had to get out of my job, It was killing me slowly

How To Quit My Job And Work For Myself At HomeSound a bit OTT?  It does a little lol, but that’s how I felt inside.  Working a job that you find boring and doing that in harsh weather day in day out eats away at you.  I ended up depressed and really unhappy for the most part.  I have lots of friends who work construction and most just get on with it but deep down they don’t like it either.  The worst thing for me was feeling I was trapped in this job and had no other prospects.

I never knew about affiliate or internet marketing, had never even heard of it back then.  I had money commitments, a mortgage, car payments and all the normal debt you acquire as you get older so quitting my job to go into another job was not an option for me, or so I thought.  I needed to make the same money as I was making which was about £600 (around $800) per week after tax.

That was a decent chunk of change in my neighborhood and I was better off than most but the money was not the issue for me.  You spend a large portion of your life working, so working a job you hate is basically wasting your life. Things had to change!

A certain series of events changed everything

I personally would still be working the job I hated if a series of events did not take place first. I’ll admit I was scared to quit, scared what my family would say, scared what my friends would say etc. This is not the way you should do things. But this post is to show you how I should have gone about it so you do not make the same mistakes as me.  Working from home earning a passive income is obtainable for everyone.. YES EVEN YOU!  Just read on and I will get to the point soon…

A bad accident changed everything

In 2010 I had a bad accident.  I had an unfortunate accident at a friend’s garden barbecue party one sunny day. There was a PoGo stick leaning against the garden shed and in all my wisdom I decided to have a go. I jumped on it and tried to jump with it but the PoGo stick was rusted and the spring was not working so I came off it and fell like a tonne of bricks. The garden was in uproar initially but hearing and seeing me roll about moaning they soon came to my aid.

I hade broken my collar bone, broken wrist, and torn the AC joint top of my right shoulder. It was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. I felt sick and felt as if I would pass out.

An ambulance was called and I was taken away for a few days in the hospital.  This accident changed the course of my life. I was off work for 10 months had 3 operations with pins inserted in my wrist and a plate on my collar bone.   Once I finally got back to work I was in constant pain, could not hold my hammer for long periods without my wrist spasming and dropping it.

I finally quit my job with no plan and no prospects

This is exactly what you do not do. But I was forced to quit due to my health and forced to frantically search online for anything I could do to make money.  Because I had no plan leaving this job I hated anyway was not great but it did finally give me that push I needed.  I was always into gaming on my PC so new my way around my PC. I took a short 4-week course on fixing and upgrading computers which I got for free from the Job center as I was out of work. This really sparked my interest in the whole idea of having a little business of my own fixing PC’s and Laptops.

I got a few jobs from family and friends but my lack of experience and PC in-depth knowledge gave me more grief than I can to mention. I could fix some but not others.  I was totally out of my depth. Trained PC technicians go to college or university and then gain years of on the job experience. I had a quick community college course as my qualifications lol.

I was a member of a few PC repairs forums which I would scour for quick fixes on any pc or laptop I was working on.  This was the first time I came into contact with some affiliate marketers. One guy, in particular, put me on a path I have NEVER looked back from since.

My make money online journey finally begins

This guy ‘Gerald’, who is still my friend to this day asked me what I was doing to make money online. I said, “make money online? ” He laughed and asked what I was doing to make money in general. I told him my story and that I was “fixing” PC’s and Laptops and making hardly any money.  Gerald showed me a live screen video of his paypal account and stripe account with the last months earning from affiliate marketing.  I kid you not this guy was making over $13,000 per month.  (details on his method soon)

My eyes bulging and my interest peeked off the charts (with a bit of skepticism mixed in) I asked him how the heck is that even possible.  He told me what he did to make this. He also told me it takes work, commitment, and dedication.  He then told me to stay clear of anyone saying making money online is simple. Those guys are scammers just after your wallet. They sell dreams and have no moral code whatsoever.

He did say though that making good money online was obtainable to anyone regardless of age, experience, or intelligence level. If you are coachable, have a will, and desire to succeed then the opportunities are endless.

I was instantly hooked.  It’s felt like things were starting to make sense and fall into place. Finally, I had a vision of what my future could look like. It felt really amazing.

**Side note: This feeling of having a plan and purpose, one which excited me put me on a whole path of personal development and self-improvement which I still do and serves me today! More on that in another post.

I think he might have felt sorry for me, or he just wanted to help as he was a genuine guy.  He told me what to do and how to go about it.

My head was buzzing and I had a LOT to learn, but he broke it up into easy to digest chunks.

My Plan Of Action

Basically all Gerald was doing was building out affiliate websites. Each website was all about a different niche topic.  For example. One of his websites was in the weight loss niche. In particular, woman who have just had a baby and want to get back into shape.  He knew nothing about this topic but he had the training and knowhow on how to take info readily available on the internet and repurpose it for his own site in such a way as he comes across an authority on the subject and he can them offer reputable products and services to these readers on his own site.

How To Quit My Job And Work For Myself At Home?The genius is in its simplicity. Anyone can do this when the instructions are laid out in an easy to follow way. There are millions of niches you can tap into and od this again and again.. Its pretty awesome once the lightbulb goes off on this opportunity.

Don’t worry if this all sounds like a foreign language. I am now doing this and doing it well after starting from knowing nothing at all.  Psst – I have the solution to get you started without any of the headaches I had to endure setting this up.  Don’t worry it’s free. More info soon on that.

So my plan of action was now set in my head. get to work building out these niche affiliate websites following the training Gerald laid out for me and in a few months when my websites started to rank I would be seeing all those affiliate commissions land in my PayPal. Sounds like a dream right?

Well, all did not go to plan. My lack of knowledge and depending on Gerald to feed me tidbits of details on building out these websites really showed in my finished work. Those commissions did not flow as much as expected.  Only after 6 months did I get my first real commission. A few more followed and as they did my confidence and experience grew and grew.

Lets Cut to The Chase

I’m going to fast forward 7 years to today.  After meeting Gerald back in 2013 and being put on this make money online affiliate marketing path I can honestly say it been the best 7 years of my life.
I have not made millions but I have made good money and enjoyed bursts of wonderful success. My mortgage is almost paid, I have a nice detached home with great large garden and I’m happy.

I do not work crazy hours and I am NOT greedy. I do not promote scammy products and do not take advantage of newbies. I have my conscience intact and I’m very happy.

Do Not Make A Hasty Quit Your job Decision Just Yet!

I hate my job and need a change. If this is constantly burning in your mind then YES you do deserve to quit your job but do not do it in the way I did it. Make a plan.  Give yourself six months in your job and work at nights and evenings building your online affiliate assets as I do.

This way your websites will be ranking on google and the commissions will be flowing and you will be able to make the transition from Quitting the job you hate to working online making money.

The transition will be much smoother and you can show family and friends you are not making a hasty decision.

How To Resign Without Pissing Off Your Boss

How To Resign Without Pissing Off Your BossOk, so you have taken my advice it’s coming up on six months, the commissions are flowing and you’re ready to quit and tell the boss you hate where to shove his JOB. Tempting I know but take a deep breath and think for a second.

Rule Number 1: Don’t Burn Your Bridges

Is it not better to leave on good terms?  You never know what the future might hold. You might need to go back to a JOB (hopefully not) you might need a recommendation from your boss if you want a JOB in another industry or sector. My point is, never burn your bridges, it’s short-sighted and only hurts you… No-one else.

Instead, go in and have a sit down with your Boss about 4-6 weeks before you plan on quitting. Tell your boss your full plan and what your dream is. I promise if they have an ounce of common sense and even half a heart they will respect your decision and respect you for the way you handle the situation.

Doing things this way shows you have character. They will give you a glowing recommendation if you ever need it. Promise 🙂

Ok, So How The Heck Do I Learn All This?

There are countless training courses online learning you how to make a passive income from home. Some are good, most are very expensive and some are just plain rubbish.  A percentage are scams so you need to do your due diligence and research beforehand.  I was lucky enough to meet a genuine person right out the gate who wanted to see me succeed.

You don’t really know me yet but I have good intentions and want to help anyone willing to learn. If I do my job in the right way you make money and so do I.

As the famous ZigZigglar once said> “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want”

How To Quit My Job And Work For Myself At Home?

I have quite a few people I have helped over the years to make a living online and finally quit their dreaded day jobs. There is no feeling quite like waking up in the morning of your own accord without setting the alarm 🙂

The best way I guide newcomers looking to make passive income online is to join a community of like-minded people who are willing to help each other succeed.  The community I’m talking about is the WealthyAffiliate.  WealthyAffiliate is much more than just a community though. It’s a full-on platform with all the training and tools you will ever need under one roof.

If I had this when I first started I would have been on cloud nine. It’s simply a MUST HAVE platform if you are new and wanting to quit your job to work from home.

There are two-levels. FREE and PREMIUM.

Free is.. well Free and Premium is $49 per month. Since I am a premium member I get access to some awesome discount codes I can give to my new members. If you click here you can get full access to premium for only $19. Pretty sweet deal right?

You can ofcourse join the FREE level first and stay there if you want to.. You get all the training, access to the website builder, hosting, and community. It’s free for life but you will upgrade to the premium level after a while as once you become more experienced as all the bells and whistles offered by premium will make sense to you.

If you join my team you will get full access to me inside WealthyAffiliate. I am hyperactive in there and will be on hand to help you whenever you need it.

The training is laid out to take you from zero experience all the way to expert and you will be an expert, make no doubt about that.

So… Are You Ready To Change Your Life?

Let’s go then.  You need to join the wealthy Affiliate and create your profile. You do not need a credit card to join. When I say Free I mean it. No strings attached. Go ahead and join HERE.

Once you have created your account take the WealthyAffiliate Tour to get familiar with the platform. See my screenshot below:


Ok so I have rattled on a bit, but I feel that letting you know how I got to this point in my life is important in the fact that I have been where you are and I know it’s an overwhelming feeling that you do not have what it takes to succeed at this. Not to mention the prospect of giving up a job, albeit a job you hate but a job that pays your bills and the security that comes with that.

That’s why I stress to cover your bases, don’t do anything hasty and follow my guidance. Start WealthyAffiliate today and go Free or Premium, it’s your choice.  You have now started your 6 months quit your job plan of action..

Action takers succeed in life. Make the decision today to take action and take those baby steps in creating a true work from home passive income online business you can be proud of.

It’s NOT passive to begin with but follow the WA training, do the work once and it will pay for years to come. Rinse, repeat, and scale.  Happy days.

Here is a pic of me building my own garden home office after I went full time online. My joinery skills did come in handy here and was one of the only times I was happy doing it LOL.

How To Quit My Job And Work For Myself At Home?
My self build garden office
I’m just showing this to show that making enough of an income online for a decent comfortable living is possible. Even for a washed-out 40 something carpenter from Scotland who left school at 15 and straight onto a construction site.

If I can do it anyone can 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by.

Comments welcome. If you want me to expand on any points or want to know anything comment below.


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28 thoughts on “How To Quit My Job And Work For Myself At Home | My Story”

  1. Great story you have shared about your why in this business of earning money online.  I, like most reasonable people like a good back story.  Yours is well written and it is always good to hear about people who had grit and stuck with there effort.

    There are many ways to learn about online marketing, and being comfortable with the ones you meet along the way helps you feel comfortable with the time that we all go through while learning and deciding how we want our business to run.  As we are all individuals it is important to put our own spin on things. Otherwise, we don’t feel the ownership we should.  You have described a great way for someone to make the change and get started on building their business.

    However, even though we are individual, there are also some things we just need to follow along and do.  It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel each time we do another task.  Often it is better to follow the lead of a successful person, adding your personal touches after the money starts.  That is where you as a coach can help others. Do other members of your family want to own their own businesses as well?

    • HI Sami..

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post.  I appreciate your comments and agree with everything you say.  It is a personal journey and no point reinventing the wheel. Follow proven systems with your own spin on it and it will become a winner with time and dedication.   Thanks again))

  2. I love reading your story and thanks for the helpful tips on how to quit your job when you are ready for newer and better things. 

    More Importantly thank you showing us which program you used to finally make a comfortable living from the internet. Being a member myself, I can say that it is indeed a very good platform with excellent training. 

    About how long would you say it took you to make your first sale, and how long does it normally take to make 1,000 or more a month?

    • Hi Michael.  Thanks for your comment it’s most appreciated)

      With regards to making sales it was a good six months and up to a year until things really started to take off. But remember I done all this myself with the occasional help of a mentor but without the platform of Wealthy Affiliate If I had WA back then it would have been a whole different ballgame.

      The fact you have all this at your fingertips means you have a far better chance at great success than someone trying to go it alone. Good luck and thanks again 🙂

  3. I can definitely relate to your story. I think we all stick to the jobs we hate just because it is safe. The reality is that there is no job security, it is just a state of mind. I was slowly killing myself as well for working the job that I hate. I always think that one bad incident will always lead to a better opportunity. Think about it, that incident make us change. Sorry to hear that you broke your bones though but it happened for a reason. I always admire those people who can fix or build things. I am more of a thinker type of a person and I am great with software. Isn’t that great that you met Gerald? Love the tis on how to resign without pissing your boss! I took that approach as well. Thanks for sharing your story with. Your story will inspire me to stick to making money online, I am 2 years now so I still have a long way to go. 

    • HI Nuttanee. Thanks for reading my post and thanks for your great comment.  You sound like you are on the right path with a fantastic attitude and some skills that will serve you very well in this crazy online marketing world ))

      Job security most definitely is a ‘state of mind’ and no one’s job is totally guaranteed especially if it’s working for someone else.  Just look at the economy during this COVID 19 crisis. Massive companies are falling with the loss of thousands of workers.

      You can bet the bosses, directors etc will be ok but the worker on the factory floor or in the office will be unemployed and have a tough road ahead.  Starting an online business with Wealthy Affiliate is at least a way of taking some of that power back and making things happen which you are in 100% control of.

      Having control of your own income in this day and age is very important I think.  Thanks again Nuttane and I wish you all the success in the world 🙂

  4. I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate for a little over 3 months.  Only $2 so far, but I was glad to hear in your post that it takes about 6 months to start making any money.  I entered Wealthy Affiliate after I was out of work due to the Corona virus.  This path can be profitable, but you have to be patient.  Anyone that tells you that you can get rich fast is selling you a scam.  I would recommend this post to others.

    • Hey Anthony. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment on my post. It’s appreciated 🙂  If you have made even one sale in only 3 months that’s awesome.  Many many more will follow and there will be a snowball effect if you keep consistent with adding fresh content to your blog or blogs.. 

      Patience is key and why most fail and give up before that magic 6-month mark. Google starts to really push your content up the ranks if you just follow the WA training. See the work you did 6 months ago actually on the first page of google for your chosen keywords is a feeling that’s hard to beat.  Do the work, follow the plan, do not get distracted and success is yours for the taking. Good luck my friend 🙂

  5. Just wanted to let you know that I really loved your story. And the punchline was awesome. This idea that everyone can do it, that one just has to apply oneself. And give oneself time to succeed. Because, indeed, it will not happen overnight. I feel it’s just like you say. It takes work and commitment. It takes being willing to work for some time without any monetary gains. And if at least 6 months is what is necessary to make it happen, it takes quite a bit of faith as well.

    Other than that, I absolutely agree about the notion of not needing to burn one’s bridges. Totally unnecessary. Plus, you never know. I think it’s some level of ego and pride that propels people to burn those bridges. But that’s, indeed, shortsighted.

    Cheers, Martin, have a Great One!

    • HI Matiss. Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. It’s appreciated. Yes, I agree. Having faith that the training and process with work overtime are key. It’s so easy to doubt your own abilities, especially for people brand new to affiliate marketing. Putting all this work in for the promise of monetary gains down the line takes a LOT of faith.

      This is why I love Wealthy Affiliate so much. it’s full of people who have walked the walk and willing to share how they went about things.

      Of course, there are lots of ways to make sales as you wait on organic traffic from Google, but that’s for another post 🙂

      Thanks again Matiss have good one yourself 🙂

  6. Thank you for your great story. The worst thing in life is when you do a job that you really hate, but I think the carpenter’s job itself wasn’t what you hated, right? Just the circumstances. Nice that you managed to get out. It is not easy for a person to grow up in a worker’s family to become independent. I know it from my family. Who do you think you are? none of us are independent, it won’t work, you will fail, I’ve heard it all before but the voices are silent now. What is left is respect for what we have done and managed? Great to see how you be able to write your story and help other people seeing the opportunities they have in internet marketing, anyone can do it with a good plan and a lot of work.

    • Hi Monique,

      Thanks for your comment, it’s appreciated. Yeah the job in itself was well paid enough so it ticked that box but other than that it gave me no satisfaction whatsoever. I was good at it but doing the same type of thing for 20 plus years wore really really thin, coupled with injuries and the bad weather I was miserable. 

      I have never really shared my story before as I thought who would care but being a part wealthy affiliate has really taught me differently. We all have a story and while it might be boring to us it could inspire someone else to have a go at breaking free from the norm and pursuing a passion or dream of theirs.  Thanks again))

  7. I really enjoyed reading your life story, Martin. I like that you are a normal down-to-earth guy who doesn’t just boast about having millions, fancy cars, houses etc. like some do. It’s nice that you don’t promote scams and are honest in what you are doing.

    I am a freelancer and just like you I was also scared to leave a job I didn’t like until the company I worked for decreased number of employees and I lost my job. The best thing ever that could have happened to me. I started to do translations at home and teach online and the feeling of freedom is priceless. I’ve also come across affiliate marketing. Wealthy Affiliate is a serious company and great opportunity for sure.

    • Hi Lenka,

      Thanks for your awesome comment, it’s appreciated 🙂 You are so right. The feeling of freedom when those commissions start to come in is fantastic. The validation and everything you have worked for comes to reality. Very hard to match that feeling. Thanks again ))

  8. Thank you for your post. It is useful for me or anyone who is interesting in pursuing his/her own business. I particularly like your advice on Do Not Make A Hasty Quit Your Job Decision Just Yet.

    I agree with you that it is important to make a plan, give myself some time, and work at my spare time, building some foundation for my online business. When my business can generate some revenue, it is time to think seriously about quit my job. 

    By do so, it is likely I would gain supports from my families and friends.

  9. This article is very helpful and realistic. I especially love the part about not burning bridges, it is always good to have a fallback plan, it’s great if your old boss will take you back in a heartbeat. And that comment about how scammers will tell you making money online is simple, very true. We all wish it were. 

    Thank you for sharing this story. It’s a realistic fairytale with a happy ending.

    • Hi Kelly.

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Yeah, I wish there were no scammers but, like in real life, they lurk waiting to take advantage of vulnerable people or people who do not know any better.

      Sad thing is most people looking to make money online are down on their luck or hate their jobs and they need support not to be fleeced by some snakeskin oil salesman or dodgy internet marketer with no morals..

      I fully believe in Karma and these people will get what’s coming in one way or another 😈😈🤣

  10. I like your success story I am currently busy working on my 6 month plan to quit my job but I had change my job to a part time job working only in the mornings till noon. And I have to make it work because of torn router cuff in my right shoulder.

    Your post is captivating and inspirational it even rise my positivity about WA a few degrees. This is the type of post people should come across when they start research for an online money making opportunity. I like they way you have put this article together, good job.

    • Hey PJ.. Thanks for your great comment 🙂 A torn Rotator Cuff.. ouch!! Shoulder injuries are awful. The most pain I have ever experienced.  I could not move even a finger without being in agony as it’s all linked.  I feel for you mate 🙁

      We have a lot in common and I wish you all the success in the world my friend. Keep me posted on your progress, would be great to chat again 🙂

  11. The story you have shared with us is inspiring and i have learnt a lot from reading your article. i joined wealthy affiliate barely a month after quitting my job with the aim of making my own income from the comfort of my home. the interesting thing is that i was taught almost everything that i needed to know in other to succeed. thank you for this review.

    • Hey Lucas. Thanks for your comment.. Yes the training at WA is unparalleled and all the tools etc you need are right here. I just wish I had found it years ago. I have spent a small fortune over the years with buying tools and training at crazy prices.

      We are in the right place for sure. Good luck on your wealthy affiliate journey 🙂

  12. Hello there! This is an amazing article you have got here. I am sure this informations in your story will be of great help to any one who come across it as it is to me. I will use this as a guide for me from now on cause I just can’t see myself quitting my job as I am scared of what will happen after then.

    I just hope your solutions works for me. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Joy I appreciate your comment and taking the time to read my post. It will work for you I’m sure. Just believe in yourself and follow the plan without distractions 🙂

  13. Quit your job and start a business from home is easier said than done as it takes a lot of boldness to stop a paying job for something that you are not sure of, But that is risk as life itself is a risk. I really like this tips you gave as they were the same once I followed and today I am totally independent…

    • Hey Ismeglamour 🙂  That is so awesome you are now financially independent. Very cool indeed. Long may it continue and thanks for reading my post and commenting. It’s appreciated.

  14. Hello there!

    The article there is really an awesome one. There are many people in that same situation who do not  get any job satisfaction whatsoever in their jobs. They would actually wish to quit their jobs and work for themselves at home but do not even know how to do it. I believe this article will serve as a motivation to them and help them gather courage to take necessary steps.


    • Hey, KingsKing (cool name :-)) Yeah if I can inspire at least 1 person to follow their dream then job done. Thanks for your comment


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