So it’s been a year since I quit my job and wrote this post (time flies!), and I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting on how the year has gone.
It’s not been easy by any means, and I think this is something that I naively under estimated. In fact everything I worked on for the first 6 months just didn’t work.
When that happens it really knocks your confidence and you feel deflated. My parents saw me struggling and the evitable question of “When are you going to get a proper job again?” slowly started creeping out.
I’ll admit that at times I even started to question my own abilities, and wondered whether this was ‘right’ for me, but deep down I still believed in myself.
I decided to keep at it, with every failure I took away a valuable learning. Things did eventually turn around. I’d managed to do something that really sorted me out financially, it provided me with funds to reinvest into other projects, and also restored my belief in myself.
I’m still not where I’d like to be financially, it’s taken a while but over the course of the next 2/3 months I am pretty sure that this will change given the things I am currently working on.
I can honestly say that I’ve learnt so much more this year than I would of working in any job, and I think that this is something that can only be beneficial in the long run.
What Am I doing Now
So when I wrote my post last year, I mentioned that I’d mainly be focusing on being an affiliate in the health and beauty niche. While I still have health & beauty related sites, this isn’t something that I focus on anymore. I’ve branched out into other areas, and don’t really class myself as typical ‘affiliate’ anymore.
I’m currently working on an e-commerce project which is something new for me. It’s also new for me as i’ll be using social media as the driving force to generate traffic and hopefully sales, whereas previously i’ve always relied on SEO.
I’m excited because I don’t think it’s something that I don’t think has been done before. With anything that ‘hasn’t been done before’, it’s usually completely genius or completely stupid. I think it has the potential to go viral, or become a complete flop. I’ll be launching the site later this week (fingers crossed), so only time will tell.
Working From Home
In some ways working from home has been brilliant. I’ve enjoyed the flexibility it’s provided, and I’ve been able to travel and work from Latvia, Madrid & Amsterdam this year. Outside of that though, it can get bloody lonely.
The one and only thing I miss about having a ‘proper’ job is the social interaction with workmates. I can often be found dicking around on twitter & facebook as my form of social interaction now.
Support From Others
In general the support i’ve had from others that work in the industry has been overwhelming. It’s something that came to me as a bit of a surprise, as I’d expected it to be more of a ‘dog eat dog’ environment.
What i’ve actually found is that most are more than happy to try and help each other out where they can. Everyone is there to help each other achieve.
While lots of people have helped me out, nobody has done more so than Frank Paul. Frank has helped me out tremendously, and I can’t thank him enough for that. I’ve learnt a lot from him, not only has he become somewhat of a mentor for me, he’s also become a good friend too.
I’ve had help from so many people that it’s difficult to name them all here, but I’d like to thank Khalid, Kirstin, Jake, Owen, Trudy, Josh, Ryan, Henry & Justin for all their help, advice and support too.
On a personal level I’d like to move out of my parent’s house and to a bigger city, this is something I’m looking at doing early next year. Eventually though I’d like to take my work with me and travel the world.
Workwise I’ve got enough projects to keep me busy for a little while so i’m currently focusing on those at the moment. My aim is to try and make money online via every avenue, I think it’s not only a good learning experience, but a great way to diversify too.
The internet is brimming with opportunities, and I’d like to try take advantage of them where I can.