Would you quit your day job...

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  1. bileygur profile image61
    bileygurposted 9 years ago

    ..if you would make enough of money with your hubs?

    Or just keep your old boring 9 to 5 job smile

    1. warchild75 profile image77
      warchild75posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes i would my goal is to make £1500 a month and sustain that for a year then i would quit and concentrate on it full time.!!

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I doubt anyone could earn enough on HubPages to quit their day job.  There are Hubbers here who work online full-time, but they have a diverse online portfolio including Hubs, blogs and websites. 

      Having said that - no, I wouldn't quit my day job completely even if I could earn enough here.  I've tried it, and I found working at home too isolating.

      1. netlexis profile image65
        netlexisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        It's always good to diversify and have many streams of income. Counting on just one source is not a good business model (example: eHow). But to answers the question: in a heartbeat and my goal (but it might take a couple years).

      2. Mark Knowles profile image59
        Mark Knowlesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I earn enough money from hubpages to live off of now. Comfortably if I was living in most of the United States. I am just stupid enough to live in one of the most expensive places on the planet.

        My main issue has been gaining weight as this is the first time in my life I spend my working day sat on my ass. Dealing with that now.

        Wat a day job? lol

        1. thisisoli profile image70
          thisisoliposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          That's actually jesus's response to your forum posts tongue

    3. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I would probably try to work part-time.
      I agree with Marisa on the isolation. The day needs to be structured for me and if home 24/7, I'm quite sure I would go crazy.  If I did write online full-time for work, I would take my laptop to a bookstore or Panera or a coffee shop just to be around others and get out of the house at least a few days a week. I think it's important to communicate in the real world, face to face with people, and not just online or with devices.

      1. bileygur profile image61
        bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I totally agree with you on that.   I am actually luck enough to have still the control where and when I work (with in certain frame though), I love spending some part of my day working in on a coffee. 

        I think the social part is also just important for getting ideas.

        1. rebekahELLE profile image88
          rebekahELLEposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I think so. I really enjoy being out and observing people and having casual conversations. I do some of my most productive writing/work when I'm out of the house.

          I do think it helps if people are working at home to follow a routine, get up and get ready for the day like a regular job.

          more and more people are now telecommuting, working for a company at home. but the isolation factor is a big one and should be considered.

    4. HalJordan profile image57
      HalJordanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      This is obviously a theoretical question.  On the other hand, give or take a couple of commish only sales jobs I have been living on just writing gigs but obviously none of my income was from HERE.
      The trouble is, even if you made enough money from ads here on HP there are no benefits!

  2. Rafini profile image84
    Rafiniposted 9 years ago

    Well, considering I quit my day job before hubbing, I think I'd say, Yes! big_smile

    1. Misha profile image65
      Mishaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      LOL Same here. Long before smile

  3. Greek One profile image71
    Greek Oneposted 9 years ago

    I just need to break through this stubborn 23 cents a month barrier, then I'm on my way baby!

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      He he smile Yes, I assume that you are not paying allot of bills with that smile

      1. Greek One profile image71
        Greek Oneposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        that's why I got a wife


        1. bileygur profile image61
          bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Good one smile  Well my wife also makes more than me, but then again she does not work for a startup smile

    2. earnestshub profile image85
      earnestshubposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Why brag like that and make the rest of us feel bad!
      Big man now with yer 23 cents eh?

  4. thisisoli profile image70
    thisisoliposted 9 years ago

    I quit my Day Job already :p

    1. profile image0
      Home Girlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I have 10 to 7 job and I am earning 8 cents more than Greek One on Hubpages. Actually looking for a second job recently. Not a big chance in Toronto.

    2. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Oli,

      Yes I know.  But you are also doing amazing things with your hubs.  Pretty cool things.

    3. eli grey profile image59
      eli greyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I quit my job to focus on writing but have hardly written a thing these past three months. Do I regret it? I told myself I wouldn't and I don't. Still have money in the bank and a family who's still willing to put up with me. No, I'm not leeching off of them. I want a job as a writer or an assistant to a writer. I almost fell into another job doing what I did before; a mail clerk. Not fun when you're working with the wrong people. Hire me.

  5. skyfire profile image70
    skyfireposted 9 years ago

    If i do that then chances are my weight will increase for sure. So, Big NO. neutral

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It would be the oposite with me smile Sit by desk most of the time.

  6. Ivorwen profile image77
    Ivorwenposted 9 years ago

    Being a mother is rather hard to quit, so no, I would keep my job.  smile  However, I would like my husband to be able to quit his job, and focus on something he really loves to do (besides fishing), so I do have financial goals with my writing.

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I actually would also like to spend some more time fishing.  Love to stay out site hiking and fishing.

  7. Beth100 profile image73
    Beth100posted 9 years ago

    No, I wouldn't quit.  My job gives me a break from everything else!  smile

  8. camlo profile image86
    camloposted 9 years ago

    Well, I don't have a boring 9-5 job. I really enjoy my work, so I'd probably just rake in the €s on both.

  9. Richieb799 profile image76
    Richieb799posted 9 years ago

    Yeah I'm the same as Camlo except I don't love my day job, probably need that pay and and extra 1500 to live over here lol

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I do love my day job.  I really do. 

      Still i wonder if I was making enough of money if I would spend more time doing other things.

  10. Flightkeeper profile image66
    Flightkeeperposted 9 years ago

    Nah I wouldn't quit.

  11. Paradise7 profile image81
    Paradise7posted 9 years ago

    I already quit my day job.  Lovin' it!  big_smilebig_smilebig_smile!

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Only getting net income?  Enough to make your living from it?

  12. Lisa HW profile image60
    Lisa HWposted 9 years ago

    My aim is to build up enough wealth that I can quit everything; and for once in my life think about, and do, shallow, mundane, unproductive and useless things.  lol  (It would just be nice to have that for a few years before I drop dead.  lol  )

    1. Paradise7 profile image81
      Paradise7posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You go, girl!  big_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smile

    2. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Great goal smile

    3. Cordale profile image73
      Cordaleposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Same here! I'm trying to crack this hubpage thing and make a few thousand a month by the time I'm 25. Still learning and writing. Will see where it takes me smile

  13. eli grey profile image59
    eli greyposted 9 years ago

    I don't care that I quit my job. It was the right thing to do because, hey, I did it. Schools startin so my niece and brother will be out of the house which means more me time. I'm gonna focus on my writing and look for a job. I want to be a writer's assistant or work for a publishing company. As long as I'm close to the action, I'll feel inspired.

  14. Kidgas profile image73
    Kidgasposted 9 years ago

    If I could pay all the bills with passive income, I would focus on improving my golf game.

  15. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 9 years ago

    If I had the choice, I'd be out there in the work-place, but the recession here in Spain took that choice away from me. There are not many people who want to employ someone my age with a broken back - they see me as a liability even though I am almost as able as the next person.
    I love what I am doing online, but how much nicer it would be to have a regular wage coming in while waiting on the income to build here.

  16. emievil profile image72
    emievilposted 9 years ago

    Not exactly quit but it might be the other way around. This will become my day job and my day job right now will become my part - time job smile.

  17. Shopping-Online profile image64
    Shopping-Onlineposted 9 years ago

    I have held on to the same job as employee in a Nationalized Bank after I passed my MBA 15 years back and look forward to retire after 15 years and reap all rewards. In the meanwhile, i can write 2-3 hubs a week here for making some extra money to fulfill my Shopping Addiction. I am new here and do not make much money out of my Hubs anyway

  18. hawkdad73 profile image64
    hawkdad73posted 9 years ago

    I would if I had a day job!

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, sorry for that.  Hope you at least grap the opportunity and see if you have the possibility of earning some alternative income from this and of course by doing other stuff as well.  I think every one agrees this can be done in combination with other stuff you do.

  19. jacobkuttyta profile image37
    jacobkuttytaposted 9 years ago

    Thanks for your good advises.

  20. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 9 years ago

    I don't have a day job - I'm retired.

  21. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years ago

    Been there, done that, and never looked back.

    I really believe that you can make enough money on HP alone to live well (mortage, health insurance, food etc.) - if you treat it like a serious business and not an artsy pastime.

    I'll probably reach that point in the next year. However, it would make me nervous to have all my apples in one basket. It's not a bad place to start however.

    Oh and as far as isolation goes, you just go outside and make friends, like anyone else!

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Well, the best of luck smile

      I really enjoy hearing success stories.  As far as my 10 USD income from the beginning, I am not sure I will pay of much of the mortgage I already have.

  22. HalJordan profile image57
    HalJordanposted 9 years ago

    See?  Even the exception to the rule would not put all his eggs into one basket!  THAT should tell you something about the idea.  Heed his words of wisdom!

  23. swapna123 profile image62
    swapna123posted 9 years ago

    I already quit my day job even though I don't make a penny from here smile So, Yes !

  24. rmcrayne profile image93
    rmcrayneposted 9 years ago

    Yep, I'd probably quit my day job. Going backward now.  When I retired from the Air Force, I took a year and a half off.  Now I have to go back to work to support my writing habit.

  25. profile image0
    Precious Williamsposted 9 years ago

    Not just for hub pages no.  For online writing and marketing yes.  I wish I hadn't spent so much of my life being too afraid to take a risk.  Now I know life is too short not to have a go.  Seriously if it doesn't work out - one can do something different.  The one thing that the majority of successful business people have in common is that they have normally had some substantial business failure.

  26. Wayne Orvisburg profile image67
    Wayne Orvisburgposted 9 years ago

    I would definitly quit my day job! The beauty of this writing stuff is you can do it whenver you want and wherever you want. This would make it much easier to pursue the things that I love and try to earn a living with that. Plus, I could possibly do more traveling, which in turn would give me more to write about.

  27. Susana S profile image95
    Susana Sposted 9 years ago

    I quit my day job and it's been great. The only thing is I am putting on weight and I smoke too much when I'm writing, so it's not great for my health at the moment!

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Are you focusing on one thing or many different tactics to earn income?

      1. Susana S profile image95
        Susana Sposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        It's about 50% hubpages and 50% freelance work at the moment. I just don't have enough hours in the day to create more sites nor the cash to pay others for content right now.....but that will change.

  28. wychic profile image87
    wychicposted 9 years ago

    I quit my day job three years ago smile. Hubpages is far from my only income stream...or even the best, so far...but I'm working on bulking it up a bit and so far my efforts are paying off well. It just takes a little push to get more passive income going, and the new baby on the way has finally pushed me to start doing all the keyword optimizing, promotion, etc. that I kept putting off, as well as acquiring my own domains to apply what I've learned there. That said, writing and the occasional transcription or notetaking, all online, is my entire full-time income, which adds up to quite a bit more than I was making in my "9-5".

    1. bileygur profile image61
      bileygurposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It is great to hear that you are making good income here.  Congratulations.  Wish that was the same here.

  29. profile image51
    sofiajohnson8posted 9 years ago

    Yes if I have enough money to finance all my needs.  I can do some home based work so that I can focus on something else not staying in the office for a very long hours.  I can make productive things in my time.

  30. Lily Rose profile image86
    Lily Roseposted 9 years ago

    I wish I made enough here to be equivalent to a 9-5 job!  Even if I did, I couldn't quit my day job because I'm on call 24/7 as a mom - that's my job.  (Sometimes I wish I could quit my job - just for a few hours! LOL!)

  31. Disturbia profile image61
    Disturbiaposted 9 years ago

    I don't write hubs to make money.  I don't work my "9 to 5" to make money either. My first husband left me with the financial means to do just about anything I want, including nothing at all, if I so choose. 

    However, I love my work and I work for the love of it. I have my own interior design business and wouldn't dream of doing anything else. 

    What could be better than that?

    1. eli grey profile image59
      eli greyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      you sound like a friend of mine only hehasnt worked in almost a whole year.

      1. profile image0
        ryankettposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        It doesn't sound like your friend is anything like her then. If he is male, so is unlikely to have a "first husband", and if he doesn't have a job, then the only similarity can be having lots of money. The similarities are uncanny hmm

        1. Disturbia profile image61
          Disturbiaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Yes they are, aren't they... LOL

        2. eli grey profile image59
          eli greyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          This friend so happens to be gay.

          1. eli grey profile image59
            eli greyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            his options are the same.

            1. Disturbia profile image61
              Disturbiaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              So was my first husband... gay I mean.  Well he admitted to being bi, but my gut feeling told me gay all the way.

              1. eli grey profile image59
                eli greyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                yeesh. This could be a fun conversation. I'll keep an eye out for your hubs.

                1. Disturbia profile image61
                  Disturbiaposted 9 years agoin reply to this


  32. brimancandy profile image77
    brimancandyposted 9 years ago

    I would quit my day job if I still had it!

    Unfortunately I have not had a regular job since Jan of 2009.
    I am living off my pension, and unemployment. I keep track of my hubpages earning and so far I have only made a whopping $1.98 the whole time I have been here, and zero on amazon.

    I think the internet is ruining are economy. Sure it is good to be able to have access to all of this stuff for free, but, that's a problem, as now you can find way too many things for free online, and it makes people who write for a living have a harder time of making decent money, as there is a million times more competition out there. And, that doesn't include all of the stuff that is pirated.

    The only people making money these days are the people who know how to work the internet through advertising, and setting up websites without a middle man sucking up all their profits.
    I know if I was more computer smart, I might be able to do the same. But, I also know there is a ton of competition coming there as well.

    I wonder what would happen if we suddenly lost the internet, and all the robots that took away hundreds and thousands of jobs in the world. Could we go back?

  33. sugz profile image71
    sugzposted 9 years ago

    i already quit my day job.. now i have too much time to waste even tho i work online, and i do pretty ok. have never made a cent on HP yet ho, but then, i also don't know how to yet haha

    i'm too busy having fun...

  34. PurpleOne profile image88
    PurpleOneposted 9 years ago

    I would love to be able to quit my day job because I make enough money on HP to be able to sustain myself comfortably. Lately I have been very unhappy in my day job so have been very motivated in trying to get hubpages to work for me. I don't have kids and would love the freedom to be able to travel whenever I want to without having to get approved for vacation from my job.

  35. Denise Handlon profile image87
    Denise Handlonposted 9 years ago

    yes, in a heartbeat

  36. Patiopursuit profile image60
    Patiopursuitposted 9 years ago


  37. gracenotes profile image88
    gracenotesposted 9 years ago

    I quit my full-time job two years ago.  A bit early for retirement (age 56), but I was just the right age to be covered by the retiree medical insurance.

    I have a small monthly income, and some savings, so that helps keep me afloat as I work toward earning a supplementary income as a web publisher.

    Once I quit my job, I never looked back. Love the freedom, absolutely love it.

    And, I must say that I am appalled at what has happened to my former workplace.  Layoffs last year, and just two weeks ago.  My former department just decimated, just destroyed.

  38. I am DB Cooper profile image59
    I am DB Cooperposted 9 years ago

    Absolutely. I don't have a very stimulating day job, and if I could support myself with my Hubs and other sources of revenue I would in a heartbeat.

  39. Mmiller_89 profile image75
    Mmiller_89posted 9 years ago

    I would quit today if I could! Hopefully it will happen eventually, just need to come up with ideas. I'm grateful I have a job at least, even if it is an hour and a half away from home.

  40. Pcunix profile image95
    Pcunixposted 9 years ago

    I have been working for myself most of my life and the Internet has been a big part of that since 1991.   The advertising income, affiliate sales and the trickle of ebook sales income is certainly nice - it takes the edge off for sure, and as I get closer to retirement, it's very nice.   It's like having a few hundred thousand extra in retirement funds in terms of the income it brings.

    I'm 62 now and this economic downturn definitely affected my customers.  Business is off 30-40%, so we aren't living high on the hog (not tha we ever really did, but we were pretty good to ourselves).

    I just don't have the right psychological makeup to make full time money from writing, so no, I wouldn't quit the rest because I'm simply unable to to do it.   Making money - serious money - this way would be much harder work than I am interested in and frankly it involves promotional activities I am not entirely comfortable with.  I have to like myself, and I don't see any way to make enough money with this stuff without compromising myself somewhat.

    So, I'm happy with the extra I get.  It's enough - it pays the mortgage and the car and a few other things.   I don't need more.


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