The Day I Announced My Retirement

Last Update: August 11, 2016

I have been contemplating quitting my offline business and retiring from the workforce for about a year now. For those that are unaware, I have a small painting company with 4 employees. At the age of 35, it's seems like madness to think I'll never work for another boss again. Even with my own company, I was never the boss. The builders and the clients were in fact my boss.

Anyways... Today was the day!. I had been planning to close down my somewhat successful painting business in 2017, once our house was built. Because of the high expense of paying rent and a mortgage at the same time, I wanted the reassurance of a offline income.

2 days ago I walked into our paint shop and noticed a brochure on their desk. It said something like "If you are not happy where you are, MOVE. You are not a tree!!!". Immediately I thought about how my offline business was making me miserable and really hating my trade.

"You Are Not A Tree"

That saying had been repeating over and over in my head since I read it. I knew I was close to quitting. But today I hit the point where I had enough. I paint new houses/units etc and at handover, painters have to do touch ups. This is where you fix any small defects in the paint work.

But this 1 particular job of 18 townhouses was more then just a few touch ups. It was a disaster. It made me feel disgusted inside that every other trade had no respect for the painting trade. The paint job was destroyed. Holes in all the walls, ceilings, muddy marks all over the walls, carpet layers banging their hammers into the skirts etc..... x 18 townhouses.

At that moment, I was 100% sure that I hate my job!. So I thought about everything for the rest of the day. At the end of the day I rang the builder and said "I'm closing down my business, find new painters".

WOW what a weight off my shoulders. What a relief it was to get that out, something that I had been thinking about for a year now and have finally taken action on.

4 Hours On.....

So right now it is about 4 hours since I broke the news to my builders and it's a very strange feeling. While I still have bout 3 weeks to finish the job I'm on, the reality of working from home is hanging over my head.

Scared, Excited, nervous, fearful, relieved are all the feelings I'm feeling right now after essentially quitting my job to put my faith in my online business.

Will my monthly income evaporate overnight now that I've quit my job?. Oh no what have I done?. These are thoughts running around in my head still. But still somewhat smiling on the inside. Such a strange feeling.

Their Reaction?

I was expecting an angry response or for them to throw more money at me to make me stay. But it was never about the money, it's always been about having freedom, having no boss and not working until I can barley move at 70.

But I was blown away at how happy they were for me. Then they wanted to know how do I make money online. Naturally I told them to check out my WA site. "To be able to make money without leaving the house is amazing, good on you!". So it made me happy that they understood why I was leaving and not just trying to screw them around.

This Is My Dream!

It appears dreams do come true. Normal people, even tradies can make a living in the comfort of their own home. Deep down inside I never believed that it was ever possible. But I stuck with it, grinded away day after day, month after month. Year after year and will never stop :)

Is this what you want from Wealthy Affiliate?

I'm just your ordinary guy who learned internet marketing from WA, I took action and never stopped. I never spend money on ads or traffic or anything like that. I make my whole online income from organic traffic which is taught here at Wealthy Affiliate. I love organic traffic, its simply the best. Plus it's free :)

So I saw how excited the people I told were about making money online. Are you willing to give that opportunity away when SO MANY people don't even know it's possible to make money online?.

We are extremely fortunate to be here at Wealthy Affiliate and live in the internet age that we live in. 20 odd years ago, none of this was ever a possibility. So lets ALL embrace it and don't stop until you reach your dream. This can and will be possible for you too. I heard someone in chat say once "the only way you can fail, is if you quit". This is so true.

Whats Your Experience With Going Full Time?

I would love to hear from other members who have kicked there jobs to the curb and made internet marketing their full time jobs. What should I expect? For some reason I anticipate boredom from less social encounters (work mates). How have you found working online for a living?.

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Bayou1 Premium
Fantastic Josh!! Funny thing,I have a similar story at

Some of the things you mentioned in this post was a similar experience for me except I haven't been able to go full time with this yet.Please check it out and leave a comment if ya want. Thanks Josh.
HippieTam Premium
Ack, same boat here! Just decided to 'temporarily' close my housekeeping company in order to have time to fully engage in this online lifestyle. I know I can do it if I commit and have the right time and resources. Yes, very scary, but also very exciting! Thanks for the motivation by being proof it can work!
Keep up the great work!
Josh From Oz Premium
It was the best decision I've ever made. Even tho I do occasionally go back to work on the rare occassion, having the freedom to do whatever you want any day of the week is priceless. If I can do it, any one can do it :). Best wishes to you on your journey
Olina91 Premium
What a great story, Josh! I am cutting my hours for my full time (don't have guts to quit completely yet-lol) to be able to devote more time to marketing business on line. Can relate to your feeling of being fearful and anxious, at the same time happy for taking this action. I joined WA in March, but due to my busy schedule at my regular job, started to work on my business in the middle of June. I see a lot of opportunities here, and I am learning a lot. Wishing you to continue your success!
jonsey41 Premium
Hi josh,
I'm also a painter running my own company for 20yrs+
I'm honestly sick to the back teeth of it!

I joined WA looking to try get out of the painting game due to the same reasons as you mention with other trades wrecking all your work for us to put right for FREE, it drives me crackers on site, your right they have no respect for the painting trade (were just painters) Not to forget rotten knees and sciatica.

The difference between me & you is the fact I am still doing it :(

Since joining WA I made a Bluetooth niche site which still ranks page 1 for some keywords but only brings in small amounts of money, you can see the site on my profile page if you wish.

I made a site for promoting WA which was ranking well but not bringing in premium referrals only free trials that don't seem to upgrade, was starting to get dishearted with it.

I made a website for my decorating company which ranks 1st page1st spot of google for the keywords I wanted it too.

I'm now so busy with work coming in from the painting website I don't have the time to work on my original sites to expand them :(
what a nightmare hey...

Good luck to you and your online business,
At least i know one painter that got out :)
Good on you!!!
Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks for your comment. Yea there was periods over the last 4.5 years where I was too busy slaving away that I couldn't work on my websites. I was always preying for a slow period haha. When it came I took full advantage and built out my existing sites, created new ones etc and the rest is history. I created a painting website for my painting business as well but never targeting keywords etc, just more for a portfolio for clients.

Have you considered moving into local marketing? Approaching offline businesses in the construction industry and offering them a website extra clients via online leads etc?. You did it well for your site so maybe its a good skill you have?. I recently heard someone on WA picked up a 10k client doing local marketing.
jonsey41 Premium
Thanks for your reply, I'm always preying for those quiet periods but they are to far and between since i built the decorating website.
Local marketing is something I have considered as I have built websites for local clients already that rank #1 spot, I find that local business website;s with no affiliate links are much easier to rank in the search engines than niche websites with affiliate links in them.
I'm currently building one for a local plastering firm, I notice shops opening that have no website which tempts me into going in and introducing myself and service's but what worries me is am I going to have the time to deliver the goods for them,

I also notice a lot of websites that are not looking good on mobile devices which is another gateway to offer up my services but again it's the "given time" factor kicking in stopping me.

Looks like I'm staying on the brush LOL
But not giving up on this business as I have a passion to succeed, The ones who fail in this business are the ones who give up!
My missus is sick of me working all day, then on the computer all night LOL But she won't be moaning when i crack it ( IF I DO )
Nice talking to you,
All the best :)
Don't forget to follow me...
Josh From Oz Premium
Funny enough I read your profile and I too was a Chef up until I was about 26 haha. Plus my Wife was sick of me working all day and on the computer all night too. So if you are following the same path, you will be off the brush soon enough :). But your determination to never give up, is what will make you succeed. Keep plugging away.
marcand Premium
I walked out of my factory J-O-B in June of 2007 and never looked back, working online ever since. That being said, the majority of the work that I currently do revolves around doing SEO and creating content for websites other than my own. I'm a self-employed contractor, but just like you and the paint biz, I still have plenty of "bosses." That's just another reason why I'm here ... to motivate myself and use my skills to build MY OWN business and not someone else's biz. Hopefully along the way I'll be able to help people as well as learn new things myself.
Josh From Oz Premium
Wow you must have some solid skills after the years of doing SEO and content writing. Apply it to your own business and become the only Boss. :) Best of luck.
marcand Premium
I'd like to think I've got the skills to pay the bills, lol. The problem (for me anyway) come in the lack of time to write content for myself. Also, there's a difference between optimizing a local business website for local search ranking and optimizing a niche website for Google. Throw in the affiliate programs, and I'm still learning my way on that one. Ultimately, I want to have a nice group of niche sites earning money through affiliate marketing and free up a lot of my time so I can spend more time with family and friends.
Jalby Premium
Congrats Josh, I have just signed premium yesterday and came across your profile. I am from Oz as well but living and working overseas. I hope we can touch base some day and you can help me grow my on-line income to be in the same position as you.

Well done on both accounts, being your own offline boss and your own on-line boss. I have great admiration for people like you.

Cheers Mate...John
Josh From Oz Premium
Hi John, nice work on going Premium. Wealthy Affiliate is the place where I first learned about affiliate marketing, and it's the last place I'll ever need to be. So best of luck with your journey. Thanks for the kind words.
SoBold Premium
You have done what many, including myself hope to be able to do. I have given myself 3 years to jack my current career in ... as I hate the travel on London Trains ..its just not worth the hassle. I have a small family so can not just do it now .... but that is my 3 year goal, is to wave good bye to London . thanks for sharing
Josh From Oz Premium
3 years is a good time frame. My best advice is if something isnt working. Find out why. Then fix what isnt working. No point continuosly doing what doesnt work over and over
Stef615 Premium
Great article, Josh...and congratulations.
It's these inspiring and truly heart-felt communications that keep those of us who are new to internet marketing with no experience to speak of motivated to keep learning, taking action and one day living our dream as well.

Happy for you and wishing you much success in your new journey as your own boss. ;)
BarryJ Premium
I had the same feelings as you. As an 'independent' mobile tool salesman, I had four hundred 'bosses' and got to hate it. I thought about it for over a year coz my bride wanted to relocate. One day, driving down the road, I suddenly decided 'today is the day', just like you. It took about six months to wrap things up and get out, but what a feeling of relief. Now retired, I can do what I want from home and it's great with WA. Good luck with your decision....
Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks for sharing Barry. Good to know that Im not alone in just having enough one day
doobie333 Premium
I was retired from my job due to medical issues. I work much longer, harder hours for myself. I have three sites, one up and running, one that is in progress and one that's inactive at the moment. Money is not pouring in but I love what I'm doing and I know the money will follow. I'm learning so much in the process.

Best wishes.
Josh From Oz Premium
Thats the thing. I love doing what we do online. So its much easier to go to work from home doing what you love. Best of luck
bradmiller Premium
That is so great Josh, I am so happy for you taking that huge step. I have worked from home writing freelance and doing other odd job work online and offline since I stepped down from a FT position about 11 years ago. I am still working on two sites and hope to do this into retirement in a few years . As Jovo said, especially love to read about success with organic traffic vs. paid. You are an inspiration to everyone who hopes to do what you have accomplished one day.
jvranjes Premium
Josh, I remember you wrote somewhere how hard it was for you when you started, But you have become truly successful after all. A great example. Love what you write about organic traffic, I am convinced this is right way. In any case, good luck in your new life chapter.
Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks jovo. I don't think anyone has it easy when beginning, it's a tough road but one worth taking. The road does get smoother.
jvranjes Premium
I hope so, I cannot say I am there yet.
Rob105 Premium
Wow, you quit! And way ahead of your planned retirement. Congratulations, Josh. Can you imagine what lies ahead for you online when you do this full-time? I get the feeling you will be branching out to many different make money online ventures.
Best of luck, in your new full-time online businesses. :)
Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks Rob, I hope to see you doing the same soon too :). I had just had enough and it was bugging me on the inside to do something about it. So I just went for it.

Branching out alright. Funny you should say that, I just got an email from Warrior Plus saying I made my first 2 sales $20 commission. Was not expecting that as I was recommending people join WA haha.
JamesBB Premium
HI Josh, go you good thing! Mate, I had the same sort of thing. I left my last 'job' 6 months ago - a good 6 figure salary wasnt enough for me to work any longer for a micro-managing egotistical director. Being a contractor I have had the option to take or leave jobs but at the end of the day, I was still always working for someone else. My online business is still a baby but it is growing daily and money is trickling in. I have another business now as well - a smartphone app that I am marketing in SE QLD. So I spend most of my days writing, videos, web design etc and the balance is marketing the app.
I was actually so inspired by your last post (256 Sales) that I made it my mission to make this work. You have just made it set in concrete.
Josh From Oz Premium
That's great James! I hear there's big money in apps. I guess marketing an app is not too different to marketing a website. every website starts out as a baby and if feed right will grow :)
LH-CLUB Premium
That is a fantastic story Josh, I understood about the units and other tradies not given a stuff for your work.

And What I find very interesting is you have done it with organic traffic. I would be dead interested in what you selling but you don`t have to mention it here if you don`t want to.

I am finding it a bit of a strain, I have been here for 1 year just signed up again last month, still working on the lessons and putting in 6 to 7 hours a day. but I am very motivated I don`t get put off easy.

All the very best to you and family

Josh From Oz Premium
Hi Lou, It is a strain when things don't work. But if you never give up, I believe you will crack the nut. Had I given up after my first 2 websites failed I'd never be where I am now. Find out why you think something is not working and try to improve on it. Ongoing research is always helpful :)

I make amazon affiliate sites focusing on a groups products, I have done many things from headsets to mattresses. Anything on amazon is a niche to me :)

I'm, glad you don't get put off easy and are motivated. Thats more than many people!
debrakirk Premium
Hi Josh - congratulations on your going full time.
I really hope I can emulate you and do the same one day
Sometimes you just have to seize the day - only you know when the time is right for you. i look forward to reading more from you Josh now you are full time.
Josh From Oz Premium
Thanks Deb. Hopefully now I get some more time to share some of my insights here at WA :).