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You read that right!!!  Today I gave my two week’s notice at work!!!  They won’t need me after this Friday!!!  I’m QUITTING MY DAY JOB!!!  WOOT!!!  YAY!!!  OH HELLS YEAH!!!


Last week, while Mr. BFS and I were in Las Vegas, I was offered a blog manager position that was going to bring in $400 a week.  That has since been changed to half that time, so $200 a week and may only last a couple of months, but it doesn’t matter at all.  It was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. 

Mr. BFS and I started talking more about where I stand.

Here’s my current situation:

  • I wanted the Blogging Income savings account to be at $10,000.  It is at $8700 and another $500 is currently in Paypal and will be on the way by the end of the week.  I will polish it off with my paid vacation check (I have 7 unused days) from my day job if I need to, but I bet it will be at $10,000 by the end of the month without that help.  🙂
  • We wanted to make sure I could be insured through hubby’s health plan.  I can.
  • I wanted to be making at least $2500 a month consistently and really wanted more than $3000 a month to be on the safe side.  I made $5200 last month, more than $3000 on average over the last 4 months, and have already made more than $3000 this month.

And the biggest reason to quit…

  • My day job is now hindering my growth.  I literally do not have the time to take on much else online unless I quit.  So I am quitting my day job. 

Even if this blog manager position isn’t long-term, I have already hit my targets and can sustain working from home full time.  I also can now take on more advertising clients or staff writing positions through Crystal-For-Hire Blogging Services.  As it stood last week, I was allowing myself three more advertising clients and one more staff writing position and that was it or my brain was going to explode.  Now I will have the time to expand.  I also will be able to put more than a few minutes a week into my eBook and start posting even more at How I Make Money Blogging, which I think is going to be as popular as BFS within the next year.  I will have the time to run both of my blogging babies!!!

I’ve also already called Meals on Wheels and will be getting scheduled as a driver once my days open up.  🙂


I have three days to work through before hitting that finish line.  Woot, woot!!!

Thank you all for the ton of support I receive from you every day!!!

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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116 thoughts on “I AM QUITTING!!!

  1. Congratulations Crystal! I think I can speak for the majority of bloggers out there and say that you are definitely living the dream.

  2. Congrats! This is exactly an example I talk about in today’s post on FS, how so many Yakezie Members are earning well and being able to quit their day jobs!

    Hope you enjoy more freedom!

    Best, Sam

  3. Congratulations! I’ve gone nowhere in the last six months revenue wise, perhaps because I’ve been doing more ‘real world work’.

    I’d love to get back to the old days when I was more in the Yakezie etc. Watch this space! 🙂

  4. It’s truly inspiring to see you achieve your goal of being able to give your full attention to something you obviously love to do. Congratulations….I’ll be hitting the refresh button every 5-10 seconds for the next post at “How I make Money Blogging.” I just checked, nothing new yet.

    Checked again.


    I guess you do still have 3 days left at your other job.


  5. Congratulation! I knew you could do it sooner rather than later!
    Maybe you can set up something like an ad agency to represent many bloggers. It’s difficult to contact advertisers as an individual blogger.

  6. Congrats crystal – like kay lynn says, you’re an inspiration to the rest of us, and we are all happy for you.
    Enjoy your new found responsibility!
    (Also, if you form a corporation around your blogging, could you share some “how to” posts?”


    I’m really looking forward to your exciting posts about your new experiences being the ultimate blogging entrepreneur!!!

    I’m very happy and excited for you!!! 🙂

  8. Congrats!

    Of course, now our post on how you hate your job queued up for July 25th is going to seem really out-of-date. I suppose we could swap it out with the July 18th post…

  9. I was just talking to Money Cone today about work interfering with my blog when he told me that you quit yours! I am very, very happy for you. If my blog could make me about 20% more than I make in my day job (cover taxes) I would be out of here in a heart beat.

    You’re teaching me to be more aggressive with advertisers. Thanks crystal and good luck.

  10. Awesome, congrats Crystal. I’m sure many of us will still be bugging you for tips on how we can achieve success such as yours. I hope you enjoy your blogging adventures even more now that you can dedicate your full focus to them.

  11. Congratulations, Crystal!!!! I am so excited for you, yet so incredibly jealous at the same time. I hope someday I can achieve this kind of success! I’m glad you’ll be able to post more at HIMMB because I’m eager to learn more.

  12. Congratulations! I wondered how much longer you could stick to the insane schedule you had. Now you can pursue all options available.

  13. Wow, you’re two months early! Awesome update. Good luck to you, but I’m sure you don’t need it. Feels like I’m in the front row of the new hit musical, Crystal Quits, Crystal Rocks!

  14. Wow. It has been a long day since I wasn’t able to blog from work, lol. Just seeing all of your congrats is amazing!!! You all inspire me!!! I’ll try to answer all of the questions I saw:

    @Travis, check again. 😉

    @retireby40, I have created an ad agency of sorts. Anytime I close a successful deal for me or a client, I then send that advertiser the complete list of all of the blogs I own or run the advertising for. They then usually close some more deals with some of my clients. It’s a low-hassle system for all parties and seems to be working well after this last Google PR bump. Woot!

    @Jeff, I won’t be forming an LLC until I make at least $60,000-$75,000 a year, which I am hoping will be in 2012. 😉 I’ll be sure to share the experience!

    @Denise, I look forward to it!

    @Nicole, I hope the post is nicer than the email made it sound, lol.

    @Jason, pretty sure. 😉

    @Buck Inspire, lol.

    @Brandi, sorry I have not really “met” you sooner! I’ll head on over and fix that.

    Again, thank you everybody for your congrats!!! If I meet you at the conference, I will be sure to shake your hand! If not, I hope I keep you entertained here. 🙂

  15. Congrats Crystal! I love how you have grown your site and built up what could be a new career from scratch in a relatively short period of time. So inspirational.

  16. That’s awesome! Congrats! I wondered how you handled your day job and were growing your blogging empire at the same time. 😉 I couldn’t fathom how you were finding the time. This will be a great way to further those online companies. 😉

  17. Woooooot! 🙂

    Sometimes opportunities come from the oddest of possibilities, or even chance meetings.
    And as somebody(?) used to say … “Damn the bad luck!” 🙂

    Way to go Crystal! You have a knack for writing.

  18. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Crystal, I am soooooooooooooooo happy for you! This is amazing news. We knew that it would happen soon, but you have been able to push that date up over and over.

    I can’t wait to see what you are able to do now!

  19. As one of your advertising clients, I’m happy to hear you’ll have more time to work on my advertising.

    As your online friend, I’m many times more happy that you are following your dream and doing something you love. Congratulations!

  20. Congratulations crystal!!!!! I am sooooo happy for you!! You are going to take over the Internet world! 😉

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