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
Sound 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.
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.
Ok, 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”
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.
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:
Take A DEEP BREATH
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.
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.
Hey, dudes and dudettes 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you are enjoying and getting some value from my posts! I’m Martin and I’m the owner of Clear Sky Learning. I have been enjoying online success in the affiliate marketing and eCommerce arena since 2013. I’m here to help guide and teach newcomers how to get started in the crazy online world of affiliate marketing.
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