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I live in Canada and started SEO in a firm in 2000. I worked there for 5 years before starting my own SEO firm. Within 2 years I had a client that wanted to hire me full time. So I took that job.
Biggest mistake in my life. I worked there 3 years before I finally had had enough and quit.
It started out fine enough – my job was SEO and getting corporate sites ranking. I was doing well at it too. But then the scope of my job began to change. First it was small stuff – covering the phones when the receptionist was out for break, for example (it was a small company – 3 office staff, owner and about a dozen salespeople).
but as time went on I started doing less and less SEO and more and more other stuff – helping salespeople when their computers had problems, more and more office duties. Supervising a few people on other tasks.
I wasn’t happy and knew it so quit the job and went back to full time self-employement. THAT was the best decision I ever made as my first month back I made more money than my last month working for the client. My income only went up from there.
So for the past 12 or so years I’ve been exclusively full time self employed and I will NEVER go back to work for someone else.
I can tell you that it was stressful at times. Leaving to work for myself a second time, knowing that I did struggle when I first started out weighed on my mind a lot. But once my client list started growing and finances started to get better I became more comfortable.
Now I work maybe 15 hours per week, make more money than I ever have and have the time to do other side projects, some of which are beginning to really take off.
I think I won’t really ever “quit” doing SEO – just modifying what I do.