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Leaving My Day Job - Part II

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7:19 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The recent discussion at the above mentioned thread makes me to put my case infront of fellow webmasters for advice.

After 4 years of working on my online business the income from it is more than 3 times than my day job income. This is the trend of last 7 months.

For the past couple of months I am thinking of resigning but there are certain constraints which are bothering me. These are:

1. I have 3 kids and a spouse.

2. I am operating from an Asian Country, but my business revolves around US/European companies. I find it very difficult some times to get into certain programs due to my nationality. For example, I am still without Paypal, as they do not operate here. On certain websites I cant use my Credit Cards, as they do not accept Credit Card Online Orders from the IP which belongs to my country, although I am there partner providing $$$$ business per year to them.

3. Political and Internal stability here is not that great, but improving vastly.

My worries are whatif I leave my day Job and the companies operating from US ceases business with me due to some adverse political development. Please keep in mind that previously such sanctions were imposed on my country.

It will be very difficult for me to get a decent Job again as there is high rate of unemployment here.

Do you guys advice to carry on with the Job and continue to work on my sites in whatever free time I get (which at this moment is ruining my personal life).

Looking for your valuable advices.



6:59 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You don't mention this, so I'm going to throw it out there... Have you thought about relocating? Not necessarily that far away, but just to a country that is more stable for your business?

If that's not an option, then I think you have some very hard choices to make--of course, deciding to leave your homeland is a pretty tough choice, too.

Good luck :)


12:16 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I agree, it might be better to move. Since your English seems very good, you shouldn't have any trouble from a language standpoint; for better or worse, with English you can get by almost anywhere. You could even argue that since your business is Web based, you won't be taking any jobs from locals and will be contributing taxes, as well as everyday purchaces, to the economy.


1:27 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Most of the Americans take it for granted moving to other countries - Well its true for americans because of the treaties USA have with many countries (mostly western).

But for people from many many countries its almost impossible to move to a better country...Many asians can get a temporary work visa(6 years) to US only if they have a engineering degree and years of higtechnology experience or something like a medical degree or they should marry an american :)


1:40 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Stick to what is logical dude.. times are bad. Don't let your passion kill you, money doesnt makes the man. Maybe try to reevaluate your daily schedule & try to make do here & there.

You might have all the skills in the world & mr perfect but in the end there's certain unfortold element that might determine your success or your downfall... so a tip self confidence is notin much then the morning dew.. just some spare cents


2:04 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Most of the Americans take it for granted moving to other countries
While I might be an American (actually I now have dual citizenship), I have since moved to "another contry" where I'm not even very good at the langauge; so I have some idea what is envolved. (I will admit that because of some factors, my new citizenship was almost automatic upon request.) Besides, the USA isn't the only good option; there are several good choices where English is spoken. While England, like the US, can be tough to get into, Canada is also nice, as with Australia. (I've heard mixed reviews about South Africa, though.) In Hong Kong, Japan, Tiawan, Singapore, India, and Shi Lanka one should be able to at least get by with English, as far as I know. I'm sure there are other good choices.


2:38 am on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It might be easier if you just established a relationship with someone in the United States that could setup a PayPal account for you and order the items you need online from a U.S. IP Address.

I don't know what you are selling but it might even be easier to ship it from the U.S. considering that is were a percentage of your business comes from.


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