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  1. 1. Quit Your Day Job GettingMorefromLife www.aliventures.com
  2. 2. AGettingmorefromlifepublication,byAliHaleofAliventures. Thisisafreeebookyoureabsolutelywelcometoshareitwithallyourfriends! Contents WhatDoYouLove?.....................................................................................................................3 ButFirst...TaketheToughestStep............................................................................................5 GiveYourselfPermission.............................................................................................................6 TattooFreedomOnYourMind...................................................................................................7 FiguringOutWhereandHowtoBegin.......................................................................................8 APassionYouCanSell=Freelancing.....................................................................................9 APassionYouThinkYouCantSell=CreateaBusiness........................................................9 APassionYouDontWanttoSell=PassiveIncome............................................................10 Route#1:Freelancing...............................................................................................................12 FreelancingResources..........................................................................................................13 Route#2:SmallBusiness..........................................................................................................14 SmallBusinessResources.....................................................................................................15 Route#3:PassiveIncome.........................................................................................................17 PassiveIncomeResources....................................................................................................18 YourEscapePlan.......................................................................................................................19 MakingYourPlan......................................................................................................................20 SetYourReleaseDate...............................................................................................................20 BuyingYourFreedom................................................................................................................21 EarningMore........................................................................................................................21 SpendingLess.......................................................................................................................22 AchievingEscapeVelocity.........................................................................................................23 LiftOff!......................................................................................................................................24 Appendix:Resources.................................................................................................................25 LosingtheJobMindset.....................................................................................................25 AchievingYourGoals............................................................................................................25 TimeManagement...............................................................................................................26 GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page2
  3. 3. WhatDoYouLove? Maybeyouwanttotravel.Oryouvegotahobbythatyourereallypassionate about.Oryouwanttocontributesomethingtotheworld.Whateveritis, youvegotsomethingpullingonyou,tellingyoutheresmoretolife. Orperhapsitsaboutwhatyouhate.Yourenotjustindifferenttoyourday job:youcantstandit.Youwanttoquitbutyouhavenoideawhatelseyou coulddo. Yourefar,farfromalone. In2007,fewerthanhalfofAmericanswereevensatisfiedwiththeirjobs.Its worseamongstneweremployees:lessthan39%oftheunder25swere satisfied. (StatisticstakenfromU.S.JobSatisfactionDeclines,TheConferenceBoardReports) Giventhosefigures,imaginehowtinyafractionofusarepassionateaboutour jobs?Howmanyofuslovewhatwespendahugechunkofourwakinghours on? Andhowmanyofussitthere,countingthehourstilltheendoftheweek, strugglingontillFriday,recoveringovertheweekend,onlytodoitallagain, andagain,andagain? GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page3
  4. 4. Ourmentalmapoftenlookslikethis: Itsnotagreatpicture. Thegoodnewsis...itdoesnthavetobethatway.Moreandmorepeopleare turningtheirbacksonwagedependencyandstrikingoutontheirown.More andmorepeoplearefindingwaystodowhattheyloveandmakingaliving fromit. Inthisebook,Iveincludedsomequotesfrompeoplewhoescapedthe corporateworld.Somehadhighpaying,highstatusjobs.Somehadjobstheyd beentryingtoescapeforyears.Theyrefollowingverydifferentpathsfrom oneanotherbuttheyreallfollowingtheirhearts. Sohowdidtheydoit?Howcanyou? Keepreading.ThatswhatImgoingtoteachyou. GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page4
  5. 5. ButFirst...TaketheToughestStep Whatdoyoureckonthetoughestpartofquittingyourdayjobwillbe? Itsnotthelossofincome,orofstatus. Itsnothavingyourcolleaguesandfriendsthinkyourebarmy. Itsnotfiguringouthowtowordyourresignationletter. Itsnotevenhavingtotellyourgrandma. Thetoughestthingaboutquittingisgettingyourheadroundtheidea.Because ifyoucantshakeoffthatbeliefthatajobistheway,thatajobisit,thatajob ishowlifeworksyourenevergoingtoleaveyourcubicle. Yourenevergoingtodowhatittakestoputyourselfinastrongpositionto leave.Yourenevergoingtobewillingtotakethatfinalstep. Butifyoucan,youcanhaveamentalmapofworkmorelikethis: GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page5
  6. 6. GiveYourselfPermission Theremightbeahellofalotofpeopletryingtokeepyouinyourjob.Your parents.Yourspouse.Youremployer.Yourcolleagues.Themedia,inallitsugly forms. Andyoumighthavemadesomecrappychoicesinthepastthatyoureliving withnow.Thatcanbereallytough. Youmightbeinsomecrappycircumstancesduetootherpeopleschoices. Thatstougher.But... ...ifyoutakenothingelseawayfromthisebook,takeawaythis: Itsyourlife,andyourresponsibilitytochoosehowtoliveit. Thatmightbescaryorawesomeor,probably,abitofboth. Giveyourselfpermissiontoquit.Tellyourselfthatyoudonthavetohavea job.(Youmightnotbeabletoseeanyviablealternativesyet.Thatsokay.) Ifyourestrugglingwiththis,youmightwanttoread: Life:ChooseYourOwnAdventure StopTryingtoPleaseEveryone:LiveYourWay GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page6
  7. 7. TattooFreedomOnYourMind Theonethingyouremployercantlayclaimtointheofficeistheinsideofyour head.Sure,youmighthavetostickoutthatdayjobforafewmoremonths. Butyoucanstickitoutwithoutacceptingit. Thinkfreedom.Imagineitemblazonedontheinsideofyourskull.Freedom. Youcanhaveit.Youregoingtohaveit.Letthatonewordkeepyougoing.Sit deadpanthroughthosepointlessmeetingsthinkingImgoingtobefree. Walktheneonlitcorridors,thinkingfreedomwitheverystep. Itsprobablybestnottochantoutloud,though. Wetendtogetwhatwefocuson.Ifyoutattoofreedomonyourmind, youregoingtobedeterminedtogetthere. (Iffreedomisntstrongenoughforyou,tryliberation.ThisisoneIveseen afewpeopleusetogoodeffect,includingLeoBabautaandJonathanMead.) GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page7
  8. 8. FiguringOutWhereandHowtoBegin Doyouhaveapassionalready?Somethingyoudointheevenings,onthe weekends;somethingyoumightvebeenkeenonsinceyouwereakid. Dontsecondguessyourselfatthisstagebecauseyouthinkyouwontmake moneyfromit.Inthewordsofonemyfavouritelifecoachinalltheworld (TimBrownson): Peoplemakemoneydoingallsortsofweirdandwonderfulthings, thingsthattheygenuinelylove.Peopleactuallygetpaidtogoshopping, eatfood,telljokes,playwithtoys,designthings,playsports,pretend theyareotherpeople,writestuff,daydream,drivecars,carefor animals,flyplanes,talk,coachpeopleandmoreorlessanythingelseyou canimagine. (FromTimsbookwithaverylongtitle:DontAskStupidQuestions? ThereAreNoStupidQuestions.ItsfivestarratedonAmazon,wellworth checkingout.) But,dontstopreadingifyourpassionissomethingyoudontevenwantto makemoneyfrom.Theresstillanalternativetothedayjob: GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page8
  9. 9. APassionYouCanSell=Freelancing Ifyourelucky,yourpassionwillbesomethingthatyoureactuallygoodat,and willinvolveanobviouslysaleablecomponent.Somethinglike: Computerprogramming Graphicdesign Writing Teaching,trainingorcoaching Ifyouenjoywhatyoudoatworkbutnotallthesurroundings(thehours,the people...)thenfreelancinginyourcurrentcareerareamightbeforyou. APassionYouThinkYouCantSell=CreateaBusiness Alotofus,though,havemanyhobbiesorinterestswhicharentdirectly saleable.Thingslike: Watchingformula1 Playingcomputergames Football Reading OneofthebestbooksIvereadonturningapassionintomoneyisJonathan FieldsinspiringandsolidadvicepackedbookCareerRenegade:HowtoMake aGreatLivingDoingWhatYouLove.(Youcanreadmyreviewhere.) CareerRenegadeisaimedatfolkswhowanttoownorrunbusinessesthat stemfromtheirinterests,andJonathansharesexamplesfromtinyoneperson outfitstohugefranchises. GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page9
  10. 10. APassionYouDontWanttoSell=PassiveIncome Andsometimes,youvegotapassionwhichyoudontwantmakemoneyfrom, somethingyouwanttokeeppure.Maybeyouwritefictionorpoetry.Maybe youwanttodevotealotoftimetovolunteering,ortoareligiousorspiritual organisation.Maybeyoujustwantalotoffreetimetotravel,walk...exist. Ivegotfriendswhoworkinjobsthattheyrenevergoingtoreallycareabout. Theirlogicisthatthejobisthepricetheypaytowholeheartedlypursuetheir realpassionsontheside. Ifthatsoundslikeyou,Idontgetyourreasoning. Yourespendingeighthoursofyourlifeeachdaytobuyafewhourstodo whatyouenjoy.Whynotsetupafewpassiveincomestreamstoearnmoney everyhour,regardlessofwhatyouredoingorwhereyouareatthetime? Imintheveryearlydaysofexperimentingwithpassiveincome,andIcan alreadytellyou,itsanamazingfeelingwhenyougetsentmoneyfordoing absolutelynothing! Stillstuck?Nopassions,interests,hobbies? Whatdidyoulovedoingasakid? Whichbitsofyourdayjobdoyouenjoy? Whatwasyourfavouritesubjectatschool? Ageniegrantsyouawholeweekfreeofanywork,choresorshoulddos. Whatdoyougetupto? Dontselfcensor.Dontcrossanythingoffyourlistbecauseitstoo impractical.Evenifwhatyoulovemostintheworldissleeping,youcanmake moneywhilstdoingthat(throughpassiveincome). GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page10
  11. 11. Onceyouvegotaninklingofwhichroutesforyoureadon.Allthreeofthese routesworkplentyofrealpeople(myselfincluded)makemoneyfromoneor moreofthese. Youcantakeyourfirststepsdownanyofthesepathswhileyourestillworking foranemployer.Youdontneedtoquityourjobandtakeagreatleapintothe unknown.Youcanbuildupasecondrevenuestreamfromfreelancing,from yourownbusinessorfrompassiveincome,untilitstherighttimeforyouto quit. GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page11
  12. 12. Route#1:Freelancing Inmedievaltimeswhenknightsroamedthelandandfightingwasdone onhorsebackwithalongpoleknownasalance,themercenariesofthe timewerereferredtoasfreelances. (CollisTaeed,AComprehensiveGuidetoStartingYourFreelance Career) Thefirstnonjobwayofmakingmoneyistofreelance.Thisisaspureand simpleasworkingforyourselfgets.Typicalfreelanceareasinclude: Writing Programming(andwebcoding) Graphicdesign Illustration Ifyouvegotskillsinoneofthose,youcanmakeagreathourlywage.Theres anabsolutetonofinformationonlineabouteveryaspectoffreelancing, includingfindingclients,gettingeducated,copingwithhealthinsuranceand taxes,administration,marketing,doingtheactualwork... Dontbeputoffbynaysayerswhothinkthatfreelancingisaninsecurewayto makealiving.Itsmuchmoresecurethanmanyjobsare:youarentrelianton justonesourceofincome(anemployer)instead,youhavemultipleclients. GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page12
  13. 13. FreelancingResources FreelanceSwitchblogwithtonsofadviceonallareasoffreelancing,strong communityfeel Startwith: AComprehensiveGuidetoStartingYourFreelanceCareer Freelancing101:TheBasics FreelanceFolderblogwithsimilarcontenttoFreelanceSwitch,slightlymore entrepreneurialfocus Startwith: MyFreelanceJourney:12ThingsIveLearnedAlongtheWay 10ThingsYouveHeardAboutFreelancingThatAreActuallyTrue HowtobeaRockstarFreelancerebook/book IboughtthiswhileIwasstillinthedayjob.Itsanencouragingreadpacked withpracticaladvice.Itwontteachyouhowtodothewriting,webdesignetc, butitsagreatresourceforhowtosetupandmanagethebusinesssideof freelancing.(Ivewrittenafullreviewhere.) Shamelessselfpromotioncomingup... StaffBloggingCourseebook/ecourse,authoredbyyourstruly Ipaymyrentandbillsthroughblogging,andwrotethesixpartStaffBlogging Coursetoteachotherwouldbefreelancerstodothesame. GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page13
  14. 14. Route#2:SmallBusiness WhenIstartedthispersonaldevelopmentbusinessinOctober2004,I wentrightoutandplunkeddowntheheftysumof$9toregisterthe domainname.AfterthatIrequiredthateveryotherdollarIwantedto spendonthisbusinesswouldcomeoutofrevenue. (StevePavlina,offeringananswertotheproblemMyWifeWontLetMe StartMyOwnBusiness,onStevePavlina.comwhichhewasmaking $40,000amonthfrombyMay2007) Ifyourpassionisntsomethinglikewritingorcomputerprogrammingbut morelikehorsesorretrocomputergamesorrealale,thenstartinga businessmightbeforyou. Youcanfocusaroundyourpassion,andifyourenotsurehowtodothat,read JonathanFieldsexcellentbook,CareerRenegade. Contrarytopopularbelief,youdontneedatonofstartupcapital,afranchise, oracomplexbusinessplan.Inmanycases,yourstartupcostsaregoingtobea websiteandmaybesomebusinesscards. Stillstuckforideas?TrentHammhasagreatlistof50SideBusinessYouCan StartOnYourOwnonhisblogTheSimpleDollar.Seeifanyofthosestrikea chord. GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page14
  15. 15. SmallBusinessResources IttyBizsmallbusinessblog(focusingonmarketing) NaomiDunfordisvery,veryknowledgeableandveryveryreadable(ifyoure okaywithbadlanguage).Herblogisandpackedwithgreattipsandadvice. Startwith: MoneyforHomeBusiness:CanYouAffordIt? StartingaHomeBusiness?TheOnePieceofAdviceYouCantIgnore EntrepreneursJourneyonlinebusinessblog ThisblogfromYaroStarak(abignameintheinternetbusinessworld)focuses onmakingmoneyfromonlineendeavours.Ifyourereadinganebook,youre netsavvyenoughtomakeaninternetbusinesswork. Startwith: IsInternetMarketingJustAnotherFoolsGoldRush? StartanInternetBusinessin3EasySteps(AndWhatHoldsYouBack) OnlineBusinessSchooldownloadable,selfstudycourse Fantastic,veryindepthcourse(sixmodules,audio,video&transcripts)thatId recommendtoanybeginner/intermediateonlinebusinessowners.Itspricy ($397attimeofwriting)butitspackedwithinformation.Ivewrittena glowingreviewofitifyouwantmoredetails. GettingMoreFromLife:QuitYourDayJob Page15
  16. 16. Turningyourblogintoabusinessspecificresources: ProBloggerthemustreadblogforanyonewantingtomakemoneyblogging. Darrensenthusiasmandgentlespiritshinesthroughhiswriting,andtheresa hugeamountofindepthfreecontent. Startwith: BloggingTipsforBeginners HowIMakeMoneyBlogging DailyBlogTipsmorefocusonthetechnologyofblogging.Highquality informationfromDanie...