I wake up to an alarm about once every two months. Yesterday I had to take my dad to the airport and I had to wake up at 8:00am to get him there by 9:00am. The last time was in April when I took my M1 driver's training course and had to wake up at 5:30am to get there by 7:00.
Each time is a horrible reminder of what it's like to have a regular job and be jolted awake by a buzzing headache, or a digital version of some song you previously liked but has slowly turned into the soundtrack for your nightmares.
I'm not a morning person.
Heck, I named my blog ‘One More Cup of Coffee' because it takes me about two cups to feel human.
Quitting my job and becoming self employed was the best thing I ever did.
How to Quit Your Job
If you are financially responsible either for your own future or for the future of someone else, quitting your job doesn't happen over night. It took me a year and a half of preparation to get enough money coming in from my internet business before I felt I leave my position safely.
The hardest part during that year and a half – wait – the two hardest parts were believing that I could actually do it, and sticking with the plan even though it seemed like I wasn't getting any results. Luckily, I disliked my job enough that it served as inspiration.
How I Quit MY Job
Every time I wanted to watch a movie instead of write an article, I thought of that 7:00am buzzer.
Every time I wanted to go out on a Friday night, I thought about Monday morning.
Looking back, one and a half years is a drop in the bucket. I'm glad I did it, and the work I did during that period of time is a distant memory. But during that time it seemed to drag on forever.
Sure, I enjoyed building websites, and typing isn't exactly manual labor, but it is an extremely difficult mental task to work on something day in and day out while producing very little results. The easy part of a job is that you know how much you are going to get at the end of two weeks. You know how much you are going to get for a days work. You know the day ends at 5:00, and you don't have to do anything on Saturday & Sunday. Everything is cut and dry.
Being self employed, you tend to be harder on yourself. You work longer on projects because you care about the results. You stress about perfection because you know that it affects your monthly income. On low income days you worry that you are doing something wrong. On high income days you worry that you won't be able to repeat the success
But all of these things are certainly a lot easier that going to a job you don't like.
Coffee Was My Inspiration, What Was Yours?
To be completely, 100% honest, my biggest inspiration during that time was creating a way to make money so that I wouldn't have to wake up early in the morning. It sounds simple, and maybe even a bit stupid, but I really, really hate waking up early.
In fact, this one thing was so important to me, that it's the goal I focused on when I felt less than inspired.
Another thing that was crucial to my success in becoming self employed through online business was the support of a community of like-minded individuals. As much as being lazy and sipping my coffee in the morning is important to me, sometimes it felt a bit contrived or superficial.
So having the support of other individuals with similar goals of creating a sustainable internet based business was also a way to keep me on track. I joined an online business community called Wealthy Affiliate, which not only provided training to help me grow the income of my business, but also gave me access to other people who were also creating businesses online.
I found that my own challenges were not unique, and these were hurdles that many others face. Being able to ask for advice from professionals and mentors was another vital piece to the puzzle of being able to quit my job and become self employed.
What I Learned About Self Employment Through Online Business
I never would have thought of myself as an ‘entrepreneur' or a ‘businessman', but the unique idea of niche marketing based on my own personal interest made it easy to create a profitable website. I learned that pretty much anyone could make money online with the right training, a supportive community, and a focused goal in mind.
I hated early mornings dragging my feet to a job I didn't like. That was my inspiration. What's your inspiration? What is motivation you to take the first step towards self employment?
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