frankleeceo - 9:27 pm on Aug 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
I am late to the game. Love to read successful cases. I believe that successful cases are the ones where they enable you to live the life that you want.
I have been creating sites on and off for the past 2.5 years. Took the plunge last year in August to quit my day to day job. (I worked for my mother-in-law for a good 2.5 years after losing my real-estate development related job prior). I create sites and publish my own content, in a niche that I absolutely love and cannot get enough of.
Been living off online money only for the past year and wife working too. Although I do not have super star site, from time to time I do score a super star content.
I cut down my life cost, paying down my debt. And now working at home with the wife and newborn child. Although I do get stressed about updates and traffic and stuff, but that kind of stress comes with any job. I do enjoy the amount of time that I get to see my family on a daily basis (24/7?!?). You simply cannot get that kind of freedom when you work for someone else.
I am still a long way from achieving my true dream lifestyle. I still have tons of debt (mortgage and student loan). But I am aiming for no debt and have enough residual income to live off (off-line), so I do not have to worry about things outside of my control.
I do believe that I will get there, online revenue or not, it's just one of the path.
I do agree putting money back into the infrastructure to make it running smoothly. Running multiple websites with servers that can break down anytime is not worth the stress and constant monitoring. It is...a business after all.