I Did It!  I Broke the News to My Boss…

Okay, as I wrote in my last blog post, I was planning to tell my boss that I was quitting my job to pursue building niche websites full-time on Friday.  Well, I did it!  And if I’m completely honest, I think it went better than I could have expected.

Actually, on Thursday night, I began to get extremely nervous about the prospect of telling my boss that I was leaving my job.  I was nervous about leaving the highest paying job I had ever had and most secure.  I have been with this company for over 5 years, so its a big change for me.  Secondly, I was nervous about what my boss would think.  I actually respect her a great deal, and she has always been a great manager to work with.

Despite being nervous about it, I had obviously made my decision to go through with it long ago.  So, on Friday morning I went into my bosses office and closed the door.  I started by expressing my gratitude for the great boss that she has been to me over the years.  I won’t go into details, but she was instrumental in allowing me to move my family to the state of Washington (which is what we wanted to do).

I then discussed the fact that I have always been interested in business – I got my undergraduate degree in business management/finance and I got my MBA just a couple of years ago.  She was also aware that I won a business plan competition (ironically about a website idea that I had) while I was attending ASU.

My Boss Reacts

So, then I simply explained that I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and that I had found a small business opportunity that I planned to pursue full-time.  Not only did she take the news well, she was actually very excited for me! This is more than I was expecting.  She was genuinely interested in my career development and she saw this as a great move for me; especially since I already had established an income from my internet business.

Later on Friday, we called the entire staff together and announced my plans to leave the company and pursue my business full-time.  My co-workers were very happy for me as well.

I actually received lots of questions from people to clarify exactly what I was doing online, and I shared one of my sites with people to kind of demonstrate.  (I tried not to go to in depth with SEO etc, because I could tell I was losing people by simply saying I make money from advertising on my websites).

It was also interesting because a few of my coworkers approached me because they too had actually had websites ideas and had some questions.

Anyway, so revealing the news to my boss was nothing to be nervous about at all!  Everyone was very encouraging and supportive of my decision!

When Is My Last Day?

So, how much longer am I going to work?

Well, we are still working out some of the details, but I told them I was willing to work as long as needed (within reason) to make it a smooth transition.  It looks like my last day will be sometime between March 1st and March 15th.  I will probably have additional details in the next week or 2.

Anyway, I am one step closer to being a free man!  The prospect of working full-time from home is very exciting to me.  I should be able to get at least twice as much done each day as I do currently.  Hopefully, that means doubling the size of my business over the next year!

Anyway, I just wanted to keep everyone up to date with my job-quitting saga.  If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post below.

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35 Responses to “I Did It! I Broke the News to My Boss…”

  1. You are an inspiration! :)

  2. VERY COOL Spencer!! Congratulations!!

    I can’t wait to see how things will explode even more now that you’ll be able to devote yourself full-time to your business–

    I believe you said this before, but how long would you say it’s been since starting this process to being at the place you’re at now… i wanted to say it was about a year, is that right?

    Again, congrats!!!


    • Lance –
      Technically I built my first website in 2005. However, I didnt really do very well until about Sept. 2009, close to a year and a half ago. That’s when I started to build niche websites consistently.

  3. That is excellent news Spencer, I’m sure you’re very excited, proud, and nervous.

    I’ve really enjoyed following your progress and appreciate your willingness to share your progress and obstacles.

    Hopefully you’ll continue to share your strategies and develop your software. I’ve enjoyed using your LongTailPro software.


  4. Congrats ! I did not realize you had an MBA ! Now I am even more impressed !

    Hope to start making more than just half my rent payment this year and join you as a free (non-indentured)person.

  5. Congrats Spence on your new journey.

    I’m sure you will continue to do exceptionally well.

    You’ve planned your work and worked your plan.

    Onward and Upward Success To You,


  6. I had quit my job 6 months ago, and I am yet to find a stable source of income. It was wise thing to do on your part to quit only after you already established a regular source of income. I am now thinking of going back to 9 to 5 job :(

    • Sorry to hear that. Theres nothing wrong with a 9 to 5 job if it supports you and your family; that’s the most important thing. Best of luck.

  7. Good work Spencer! You are one step ahead your dreams! Keep it up!

  8. Spencer,

    It is a tough leap to actual make the decision to do what you did. The rest, with the right mindset (and you have it), is the easy part!

    Mindset is the most important part of the success…

    Good luck!

  9. Its really great to know that you’ve forward one step toward your goal. Good Luck.

  10. Great news, congrats! Jut out of curiosity, how much time were you able to put into your Adsense business on a daily basis on top of your full time job and other/family responsibilities?

    • Some days I was able to put in 2 or 3 hours and some days next to nothing. I usually try to work on my business for about 2 hours a day.

  11. Spencer, I’ve been a bit of a lurker on your blog for a few months now (found you via Pat Flynn), but I had to come out of lurkdom to tell you CONGRATULATIONS!

    On April 26 of last year I did the same exact thing and it was the best decision ever.

    Congrats again and I can’t wait to see your business explode at an even greater level now that you will have more time available.

    • One more lurker converted, many more to go! Thanks Shae for sharing…that’s great to hear that you are able to build a full-time business online as well!

      • LOL! Yes, I’m officially converted. I’m intrigued by these Niche sites you’re building. I’ve built both online and offline (via real estate investing) and still building :-)

  12. Great news Spencer!

    I’m living in Russia and if I told my boss that I’m leaving FT job for an internet business opportunity, they’d never consider this as a “smart” move )) many people here are still considering “career” as the only way to make a good living, and ready to spend their whole life on FT jobs. I’m free and I never was so happy, no matter how many ups and downs I faced on the way.

    • Well, I don’t think every boss in the US would react as mine did – I consider myself lucky. However, there really is the mindset among many people that a corporate job is the best way to provide security. I think many people who have lost their jobs over the past few years would disagree strongly with that.

  13. Congratulations Spencer…

    It’s scary, but you’ve joined the ranks of the big boys!

    I have the greatest respect for anyone who takes their destiny into their own hands, and starts out on what I believe is one of the most rewarding & significant journeys a human being can take.

    I have every confidence that you’ll have many highs and lows over the next years. Just remember to treat them both the same – because it will always be cyclic.

    My best advice to you would be 2 things:

    1. Always keep a decent savings fund of 6-12 months money. (I always keep a years money tucked away.) You’ve mentioned this in a previous post – so kudos to you.

    2. Be persistent: Never given up. There’s ALWAYS a way.

    The best of luck to you my friend.


    • Jason – I appreciate the words of wisdom. I agree that I’m sure I will have many ups and downs. I think anyone would be crazy to think that being self-employed would always be rosy. Thanks for the advice!

  14. Congratulations man. That is a dream and goal of mine – to quit my day job and pursue my own entrepreneurial adventures online (or offline). I have been working at Internet Marketing for almost 2 years now… like many I struggle to find the business model which works best for me.

    I’ve finally learned this though… that I must choose a model and stick with it – chasing after every new opportunity takes too much time, energy and money. For me SEO is the path I’ve known so I’ll stick with it, though the lure of fast money using paid traffic and CPA offers has distracted me (and blown a lot of money).

    Adsense and Amazon sites have always consistently earned me money, but I never truly began to exploit these and learn how to scale up my efforts. Not so for this year. 2011 is my year. I hope to follow in your footsteps in 1 or 2 years.

    • Badcow – very true. Its important to find what works for YOU and to stick with it! Just because building niche websites works for me, I certainly don’t expect that this is the best business model for everyone. Its important to build a business that makes sense to you and to learn how to leverage your expertise. Best of luck in your journey!

  15. Congratulations! Top stuff.
    Tip: When you come home from your last day, play “Schools Out” by Alice Cooper at maximum volume.

  16. Spencer I am glad for you. It’s a big step in the right direction. Just keep looking forward and you will be okay.

    I did the same thing a few years ago, actually my job helped me. they told me to take a week off and call them back. They did not give me a reason, well I called them back and they said they had not finished with the inquiry. So that was my opportunity to say goodbye and I have not looked back.

    It’s good to see you made the decision to do what you want to do. Many people will never take that leap and stay where they are wishing for the rest of their lives.

  17. Congratulations! That’s tremendous. Best of luck. Keep us all posted with how it goes because I’m betting there’ll be some ups and downs we can all learn from!


  18. Congrats, Spencer – envy you! I got to this blog from the Warrior Forum.

    I like the method you use to build your sites. However, I notice that keywords with at least 1000 exact searches don’t ever have the .com, .org or .net available. Maybe, it’s because the keywords I am searching for are too competitive. I do have a problem finding low competition keywords with at least 1000 exact searches. Any suggestions?

    Thanks for your help.

  19. I had to quit my two years ago due to severe illness, and I had to do it in the opposite way you did – i.e. I had to leave, and then thought, sugar, I need to find another way to earn some money.

    Working from home is very trial and error – not least because you think you’ve got all day to do things, and consequently waste time.

    My advice is a) keep an eye on how you spend your time and b) diversify in every way you can, income streams, niches, websites, hosting, even templates. You just never know when something is going to get taken out by G, and you need plan b and plan c etc to keep you going.

    Good luck!