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    How close are you to self employment...
    with your affiliate marketing income (if that is your goal).

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    Member Jazz Times's Avatar
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    Wow, you must've been reading my mind today.

    Currently I work a full-time job and have 3 large sites. I can reduce my job hours to 20 hours a week and keep my medical, dental, and eyeglass & ion benefits, and matching 401k. So my goal is to reduce my job to 20 hours by next year at this time.

    To do this I have to do more than increase income. I must wipe out credit card debt and get my health especially dental health in order. And get atleast 6 months income in the bank. I've made a list of other necessities as well.

    Once I reach 20 hours, I'll examine the reality of leaving altogether.

    Jazz T.

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    I'd love to hear how others are working to make this a reality.

    Jazz T.

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    Chick with Brains Tracy's Avatar
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    Started AM in October 2000. Quit my job in March of 2003. Been doing this full time ever since. Have a mortgage, but no car payments, and credit cards paid down to less than $1,000.

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    About $200 a day more for me to even consider this. 5 kids and lots of obligations. Early semi-retirement is more in the works for me.
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    I have made 100% of my living on the web since 1998. It has only been in the past year and a half that the majority of my living is made in affiliate marketing.
    I maintain that as long as there is an Internet, there is an avenue for ambitious and creative individuals to make a living on the web.
    I am proud to say that I have never made a nickel in spyware, porn, casinos, spam, ion drugs or any of the other areas that have been subject to scrutiny/legal action over the years.
    I have no children so my life is a bit more simple than those who have kids. I say press on and keep doing what works. There is money to be made on the web so never, ever give up on your dreams.
    My plan in the next few years is to buy a motorhome and spend 8 months or so each year on the road seeing this beautiful country, while maintaining my affiliate sites.


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    I've been free of empl*yment since mid-2000, thanks to affiliate marketing.

    get my health especially dental health in order.
    LOL I think that goes with the business. I've seen a few people post, as soon as they get substantial affiliate money, that they had their teeth fixed! I'm one of them--the dentist was also my first major expense. Funny how that becomes a priority when some money actually appears!
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    Happily self-employed (wife too). One mortgage, one car payment and bills like everyone else, but we've gone a year without even a client to answer to and we're making it work. BTW, we had zero, zip, nothing in affiliate revenue a year ago.

    Work hard and work smart and there's not a lot you can't do.

    I've been 100% online since '97, but until this last year I was always making somebody else money. My turn!

    Good luck!
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    Eathan,

    My story is very similar to yours. I started my online presense back at the start of 1997. Since then I've spent my time working for others and doing quite well financially. I started affiliate marketing about 16 months ago and quit my job 4 months ago. The free time is giving me opportunities I never dreamed of. I love the freedom and am making the absolute most of it. I'm currently living in Taipei, Taiwan exploring Eastern Asia and soaking up the cheap public health services. I need this time to build up a strong enough online establishment to come back to California with enough income to buy a house and my own health insurance. I can't wait to see what this new life brings!

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    My story is a little bit different. I've been earning a comfortable living from the web since 2001, mostly thanks to my main non-affiliate website, and lately more of affiliate income.

    But, I'm bored! Really bored. I sleep too much, work very little, not disciplined at all. This is also related to me being single. I make more than enough money to support my lifestyle and even for some for savings, but I'm loosing my drive make more.

    So, I'm in the process of getting a part-time job, in the internet marketing industry which I can say goodbye to anytime, if I'm not happy. I want to work with other people, pitch in and whatever.

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    Started doing this full time Feb 2002, quit job while i was only making $200 a month at this but figured in order to give this a real chance needed to try this full time. Cashed out my 401k, retirement for some cash to live on. Rent is only $175 month, no kids, $0 debt, car paid for, so was in the right spot financially to give this a go. Goal at the beginning was just to make what i was making at my full time job, at the time my thinking was if i could make that plus can stay at home and be my own boss then i've made it. At the end of my first year was making twice what i was making at my old job. Every year has been getting better since, nice steady progress, now making 6 times what i was making at the old job. Usually i'm too busy to think about it but when i do, i can't believe it.

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    Been self-employed since 1997, when I started my web design business. Then in October 2001 I started affiliate marketing full time. Now I have two full time very profitable businesses, work about 70-80 hours/week and for the most part love every minute of it. Only downside is having to pay for health insurance!

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    Leader,

    I have dental insurace, NOW, so BEFORE I quit, I'm having my mouth sorted out. To me it's just free money.

    Health insurace and disability insurance are a big issues for me. I'm making sufficient affiliate marketing income to live fairly well, excluding these two items.

    Guess, I'm more conversative than some here. But I've enjoyed the posts. They've been quite an inspiration.

    Jazz T.

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    I'm in school so having a job is a bit different for me, but after researching and learning about affiliate marketing and web design since January things are really starting to happen. I launched my first real money making venture at the end of march and made a solid 200 dollars in the first month. That means i will not be getting a lame summer job! I'm really excited about what lays in store for the future.

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    I think the $200 a day number is a bit high for me, but I wouldn't mind seeing $120 or so a day before I commit to doing this full time. I don't have kids, and my wife is a teacher (will be this fall anyhow) in NYS, so benefits are going to be a breeze.

    Currently, I make about $15 to $30 a day, profit, and I launched my first site in April 04.
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    errr. I shouldn't say $200 a day is too high. I'd love $200 a day... I just don't NEED that much to do it...
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    Never been employed, ever! AM was first career....
    Now employ 4 people working on AM and a few other internet retail related projects. Goal is to make my company employer to atleast 30 people by end of this year.
    Just purchased a new office at a great commercial address in the financial capital of thirdworldcontry.
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    As for insurance, I use colgate My teeth don't need insurance!!!
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    Wonderful progress Affiliate Buddha. (Don't forget to floss as well as using Colgate.) Would you like to share, which capital in a third world country? Your story is quite compelling.

    This is a fabulous thread...very inspirational. I've printed out the posts so far and placed them on my bulletin board.

    Makes self-employment seem like a possible reality.

    Jazz T.

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    (Don't forget to floss as well as using Colgate.)
    Yeah, that's the catch... Soda pop loves to get in between the teeth and turn into acid! Stuff like that probably hasn't had any effect on you...
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    Getting there. I should be making the jump soon, maybe even this month.

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    Remember to check for old fillings. I just had a root canal treatment done because of a broken old filling that let in the bacteria leading to a horrible abcess at the bottom of my teeth.

    Don't know which hurt more. The tooth, or the dental bill.

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    Now you are scaring me, leader. But the good thing is, medical services, (including the destist) are among the cheapest in the world, here in TWC.

    Sorry Jazz, can't disclose which country TWC really is. although if you guess, it's really very obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Bay
    But, I'm bored! Really bored. I sleep too much, work very little, not disciplined at all.
    Sam - you've hit on my biggest fear about going FT with Affiliate Marketing. I'm dropping down to 25% on my FT job, just to keep some structure and even more importantly, to keep in contact with talking people with smiles, frowns and even occasional laughter. I don't think a screen and keyboard can ever replace the uplift you get from dealing with real people on a regular basis.

    Just to recount some background - I started AM back around '99 but never made much $$ from it until around 2002. Worked FT except a 6 month unemployed stint in 2001 before moving to Germany (spent the 6 months building my first serious site).
    Been working FT since Oct 2001 as an IT exec with lots of travel around Europe, playing politics, cajoling IT leadership to go with the "Global Plan", and living the high-stress lifestyle. My websites, and their AM, have been the relaxation in my life.

    So when income from my "relaxation" surpassed by "real" job's last year, I realized I had everything backward. I've now arranged with my firm that they will use me only 25% of the year, on critical international issues only - pretty much like an inside consultant. Staying with the company was important to me to keep that human touch (beyond my family that is) in my life.

    It doesn't hurt that my wife is an exec as well, so rises and falls in income are not much to worry about, and neither is health and dental insurance. I do need to look more into Keogh plans of something to sock away some of this income for retirement. On the other hand, one could say AM IS my retirement plan - I'm just starting my retirement early.
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