“Why is your face like that?” “Are you hungry”? My mum inquired.
“I don stop that woman work” (I have quit my job) I responded angrily.
“I don tell you to leave that woman since but you no wan hear” (I told you to quit that job since but you wouldn’t listen), my mum said worriedly .
I sat down on a plastic chair feeling totally crushed looking at my ridiculous salary on the floor.
I was owing a relative some amount of money which was nearly equal to my salary.
That means if I pay my debt, I’d be left with almost nothing.
It is one year since I quit my teaching job to build my multi-million dollar blog.
I’ll be sharing with you, my failure, fear, mistakes, success, disappointment, gain, loss and everything in between.
Two years ago, I shared how quitting my job made me cry
That post got over 16,000 views and 93 comments on Nairaland.
It was such a terrible experience that came with its own lessons.
Hence, when I quit my job for the second time, I tried as much as possible to avoid those mistakes.
A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether – Roy H. Williams
Reading this post tells me that you’re a wise man.
So, let me share a little background story about my previous job.
Relax with your smartphone or PC because this is gonna be a long ride.
Those of you who have been following my blog like fly….heck! I mean butterfly, might have read the report on my first anniversary in blogging. (Go read it and come back to read this one)
Before I started blogging, I didn’t have a kobo to my noble name, Excel. I had nothing. I was just a broke school leaver who was just trying to figure things out.
I had nothing. I was just a broke school leaver who was just trying to figure things out.
Right from time, I had always loved the idea of making money online. However, I tried many times but to no avail.
So, I thought, it was only the “yahoo-yahoo boys” (internet fraudsters) who were making money online.
After months of browsing the internet looking for what to do with my life, I stumbled on blogging.
Like I said earlier, I didn’t have a dime with me except the “21st-century basic amenities” – a phone, an internet connection and a will to succeed despite all odds.
After months of studying the whole concept of blogging, I was ready to start one but didn’t have a laptop.
So, I sold my Blackberry Bold 5 for N12,000 and added it to the N12,000 my uncle gave to me.
I went to the bank and withdrew the last N1,000 I had. That summed up to N25,000 which I used to but a fairly used laptop from a friend.
Now, I had a laptop but had no money to purchase a domain name and a hosting account.
That was when I started looking for a job.
My mum was against the idea of working for somebody but I went ahead to go look a job anyway.
Since I was desperate to get money to start my blog, it didn’t matter what type of job I got.
After some weeks of searching, I got employed as a laundry boy. My salary was a ridiculous #7,000. Yes, seven thousand naira. It was later increased to #8,000 after threatening my boss to quit.
My salary was a ridiculous N7,000. Yes, seven thousand naira.
It was later increased to N8,000 after threatening my boss to quit.
I was blogging and working at the same time.
I would go for my job during the day and blog during the night.
There was no rest for me.
needed to scale my blog was not coming forth from my job, so, I quit.
The money I needed to scale my blog was not coming forth from my job, so, I quit.
Then later, I got a teaching job which I was paid N10,000. My salary was increased to #11,000 after three months because my employer was impressed by my performance.
My salary was later increased to N11,000 after three months of hard work because my employer was impressed by my performance.
After some time, I quit the teaching job. My employer called me back and increased my salary to N13,000. I gladly took the job again because I needed money to support my blog.
I gladly took the job again because I needed money to support my blog.
At that time, I was still blogging but was not making money from it. I never gave up because of the positive feedback I was getting from people about my blog.Be mindful of the things you say to people because your words might be the only consolation they get for their effort.
At some point in life and business, you’d realize that it is not always about the money.
Although the money was not coming as fast as I wanted, I kept on blogging.
Be mindful of the things you say to people because your words might be the only consolation they get for their effort.
While I was still on my teaching job, I got another job as a home lesson teacher for N12,000. Later, I had another one for N5,000.
That’s to say, I had three jobs with total monthly salary of #30,000. Now, I had three jobs with blogging.
It was a crazy experience.
Every money I had was going into my blog. No, I wasn’t buying fancy shoes and clothes. I was usually broke few days after receiving my salaries. There was always something to fix on my blog.
g my salaries. There was always something to fix on my blog.
I was usually broke few days after receiving my salaries. There was always something to fix on my blog.
There was always something to fix on my blog.
It was either my laptop broke down or my phone got bad.
In all these, I was happily blogging.
Working on three jobs every day was both demanding and stressful; hence, I started looking for ways to make money from my blog really quick.
If you want to do something, you’d find a way, if you don’t, you’d find an excuse.
Since I became intentional about making money from my blog, I found ways.
Although, the money was not close to what I was getting from my job, I was still happy blogging.
One day, I asked my employer to increase my salary but she refused. Normally, I was to teach just a class but I was given two classes meanwhile the salary remained the same.
Despite her refusal to increase my salary, I continued working with her because she had so much confidence in me.
Or perhaps, I had no choice.
When it was time to receive my meager salary, she deducted 20% of my salary as a punishment for my lateness to work.
I was really mad.
It hurt me that she was more interested in punishing me than increasing my salary, so, at that point, I quit, shook my feet, slammed the gate and never looked back.
I was now left with two jobs.
I quit the other two jobs after I had some misunderstanding with my employers.
At this point, I was left with me, myself and my blog.
I was pushed into the world of entrepreneurship.
I told few of my friends and family members about my decision.
Some were amazed at my “foolishness” while few encouraged me to do whatever makes me happy.
I cared less what anybody had to say because I had made up my mind to take full responsibility for my life.
One week into full-time blogging, my PC crashed beyond repair (remember, it was a fairly used laptop).
I was devastated.
The little money I saved from my previous jobs was just enough for data subscription and other little expenses.
Gosh! I had no plan to replace my laptop – soon.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
I borrowed some money from a family friend and added with the little I had to buy a new laptop.
My money was still not enough to buy a new laptop, so, I bought a London-used laptop.
Why buy a new stuff when you can get the fairly used one at a cheaper rate with almost the same value?
You want to show up and remind us you’ve arrived abi? Go on!
At this time, I was a full-time blogger and writer.
Dream come true!
It was not long, I had a contract to write for a blog.
The pay was cool 😉
In my first month of quitting my job, I didn’t keep a record of how much I was making because most of the money was spent on paying off my debt and other personal expenses. *sweet excuses*
My monthly income increased by 40% in my second month of quitting my job.
I made close to N45,000.
Although, I wasn’t making so much money that I had expected, I was happy after all.
Things even got better in the third month which was the month of August. My monthly income increased by 150%.
30% of that amount came from writing and the others came from sponsored posts, webinar and other side hustle.
From that amount, I would pay off the debt I incurred when I purchased my laptop, pay the freelancer writers I work with, pay for internet connection and other personal expenses.
One thing I did was to save before spending. That helped me a lot not to spend extravagantly.
I have also realized that being your own boss or being a solopreneur is a number game. You need to constantly seek out for clients and any opportunities to sell your products or services.
You also need to learn how to manage your time effectively.
There will always be that temptation to lie on your bed from morning till night with the thought that you’re now your own boss.
If you while away your time on social media chatting with your friends, forgetting that you have to work 24/7 to put food on your table, you’d sooner or later go back to the job you quit from.If you while away your time on social media chatting with your friends, forgetting that you have to work 24/7 to put food on your table, you’d sooner or later go back to the job you quit from.Click To Tweet
As an entrepreneur, you should always seek out for opportunities to sell yourself or you’d become broke.
So, if you’ve been considering quitting your job to start your business, pursue your dreams and perhaps, change the world, this should be enough motivation for you.
There’s never a perfect time to quit your job.
There are lots of opinions out there as to how or when to quit your job. Sometimes, just close your eyes and ears and jump off the cliff while building a parachute on the way.
However, before you quit, have a backup plan (money, connection, asset, skills etc) to fall on.
My backup plan was my growing freelance writing business
Things can go wrong.
Don’t get excited about the idea of quitting your job that you act foolishly.
After 12 months of quitting my jobs to pursue my dream, I can tell you that I’m happy that I took that decision.
Though the journey has not been easy, it is worth every sweat and blood
Have I arrived yet?
I still have a long way to go. I’m not where I dream to be yet but I’m not where I used to be.
It is important I pause and reflect on my little win and success.
I am of the opinion that success is a journey and not a destination.
I look forward to a brighter and better future with a hope that cannot be killed.
Yes, there was some struggle.
It ws not all rosy.
After some months things started becoming terrible.
There were times I contemplated looking for job.
My friends and family advised me to go look for a job.
Life was really bad.
There was a particular month I couldn’t afford to buy the cheapest thing as an internet data.
Boy oh boy! I was in for a long thing.
But somehow I overcame.
Sometimes, I wonder how I survived all that.
No matter how bad things became, I would always want to throw one more blow.
It was not easy but looking back now, it was worth all the grind and hustle.
I’m glad I slammed that gate and never looked back.
So far, I’ve been a full-time blogger and writer for a year now.
monthly income comes from this blog.
I earn 6 figure income from my blog.
My work have has been featured on over 25 blogs, podcast and magazine across Nigeria – check here
My friend (Paul Confidence) and I recently founded a business networking group in Port Harcourt called Ignite Meetup Port Harcourt.
And so many other things I’ve happened so far which I don’t want to bother you with.
But in all this, I am still growing and dreaming more.
Over to you my dear reader…
Quitting your job right now might not be the best thing to do.
In fact, nobody has the right to tell you to quit your job to pursue your dream.
Whether you have a job or run a business, there’s dignity in labour.
If you’re ok with where you’re right now and you don’t care about doing anything remarkable, by all means, stay right where you are.
If you say nothing and do nothing, you’d become nothing.
But if you’re reading this now and are itching for a higher purpose – a life of more…this is for you…
If you must succeed in life, you must ignore the inner demon telling you, you’re not good enough.
If you must stand out and become insanely remarkable in life, you must demand greatness from everything you do.
Whether you’re a writer or runner, you must demand excellence all the time.
You must always fight to get your voice out there even if it means lobbying and disturbing people to get the attention your work deserves.
You no longer build and wait for your tribe to come around. You build and take it to them.
If you must succeed, you can’t wait for the world to come give you permission because they won’t.
Give yourself the permission to be great.
You have to be a warrior to get noticed.
You have to fight with the madness of a wounded lion.
Because let’s face it, your dreams are valid.
You deserve to be seen and heard.
But why hiding away?
Again, whether you have a job or run a business, let your light shine because in doing so, you are unconsciously giving others the permission to shine their light.
Have you quit your job before? Tell us about your experience.
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Planning on quitting your job, share with us your fear and plan to ditch the corporate life for the laptop lifestyle.