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Quitting Your Job In 6 Months

I haven’t had a job since I was in college. It was a camera store in a train station in Chicago called “Terminal Photo.” I’m not kidding, that really was its name. And it felt terminal – I made $8 per hour taking people’s film and sending it to the processors.


Quit Your Job

Quit Your Job

I was in Film School at the time and one day, after pulling an all night shoot, I was pretty fuzzy and I called in to work to tell them I couldn’t make it and Dick (the boss – his son Rich also worked there  – they called themselves Big Dick and Little Dick – nice guys actually – remember, this is Chicago). Anyway, I told Big Dick that I couldn’t make my shift and he told me I didn’t have a shift that day (which in my sleep deprived state had eluded me) and he thought I was doing drugs (I wasn’t) and wondered if I was okay and did I need a ride home.

Every time I went to that job, it felt like my soul was being wrenched out. It was mind numbing, boring, completely uncreative and if it weren’t for the old guy that worked there sometimes with me and the smile of that cute girl who worked at the ice cream shop across the way, I would have gone crazy. The old guy, by the way, was a retired photographer for the homicide department in Chicago and he would tell me stories about breaking dead guys off of trains. Apparently, they would hitch a ride in the winter time. The old trains used to take water for the steam engines on the “fly” and these guys would get hit by the water as they went by and they’d freeze right to train. He also had a dog that liked buttered toast – but the toast had to be buttered on both sides – the dog would turn it over before he ate it… smart dog.

So – that is my most recent experience with a job, but you can see it was an experience that was so vivid and so unpleasant that even after 30 years I never want to experience it again.

On the other hand, look at the film shoot I was doing. I would work night and day without sleep to make those student films. My friends at school and I would crew for each other and we’d bust our butts doing the thing we loved – making movies. It wasn’t work.

Big difference.



So you’re in a job that may not be killing your soul and it may not be called “Terminal Photo,” but if what I’m being told by just about everyone I meet is true, you wouldn’t be there unless you had to be.

You may not be a 19 year old college student anymore and you probably have bills to pay and the dreams you had when you were young have been tucked away for another day. But even if that’s true, every once in a while, you wake up in the middle of the night and ask yourself the question, “What if?”

° What if I could quit my job?
° What if I could work for myself?
° What if I could do something I loved?
° What if I could work 8 or 10 hours a week, have a healthy income and play the rest of the time?
° What if I could fire my boss?
° What if I could spend more time with my kids?
° What if I could spend more time with my wife or husband?
° What if I had time to work out everyday?

What if…

You can stop dreaming.


It’s really not that difficult to do if you have the right knowledge and the willingness to follow through and take action on what you know.

Will it make your rich? Maybe – it didn’t do too bad for me and for a lot of my students, but maybe rich financially isn’t your goal. There are a lot of ways to be rich. Most of the others are pretty happy just making $150k or $250k and starting to build a long term portfolio – and doing it without working themselves to death.

Not everyone who goes through my mentor program wants to quit their job – but a lot of them do. Here is what I tell them:

“Before you quit your job, you should be making enough to replace your income (or at least enough to pay your bills) for 3 consecutive months. As soon as you do that, you can be pretty certain that you will be able to do it for the rest of your life.”

Remember, I’m talking about completely replacing your 40 hour job with income that you made in your spare time in real estate investing. I’ve had many, many students who have accomplished this. That means, if you can make that much in that short period of time, how much could you make if you decided to work 20 hours or 30 hours a week?

None of this is rocket science and it’s just not that hard to get going. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme and it doesn’t happen overnight – it takes some study and some practice, but if you learn the process and take action on what you learn, there is no reason you couldn’t quit your job in a very short period of time.

Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning and look forward to the day? Wouldn’t it be nice if your commute to the office was as simple as walking in your stocking feet to your home office desk? I can tell you that it is – I did it this morning – I do it most every day.

It’s up to you.


I can help you learn how to do it. I can give you a system to work and ways to automate and outsource the grunt work, but it’s up to you to make the decision to learn and to take action on that decision. What have you got to lose?


  1. January 9, 2010 at 6:00 am ·

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  2. December 31, 2009 at 3:54 am ·

    Hi Tracy,

    I read your post & I can relate. I also don’t have a lot of cash right now (recent job loss) but Joe is a stand up guy & his info is solid. I’ve been living on the web for the last 3+ months learning & researching every REI guru I can find. I only listen to the ones who are doing deals NOW in today’s market.

    First you should check out all of Joe’s free vids & audios (originally I found his vids on Youtube. Just search for Joe Crump)

    My immediate goal is to make enough money to get financially stable. My next goal is to purchase Joe’s big mentor training program. It just makes the most sense to be taught by people who already know how to do deals. Plus, Joe MAKES you take action & do deals in the training.

    For now, it looks like the rent to own (lease option) method will be the one to focus on first. I just need to meet with an REI lawyer here in LA to draft up the right contracts (good for California laws, etc.)

    Hope that helps,


  3. December 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm ·

    Hi Joe. It’s Jeannine and I love your new blog. I have to respond to this subject because as of December 31st I am leaving my full time job. I took your course almost 2 years ago and immediately started making money but had some other financial obligations to take care of before quitting my day job. I keep a running spreadsheet of my deals and monies coming in and the numbers don’t lie…..I made more money last year part time in real estate (10-15 hours a week) than I did in my full-time job, with minimal expenses and literally no overhead. In the video of me on your website, I also mentioned that no one should quit their day job until they are absolutely confident of their financial situation and until you work the kinks out of your business. Your rent to own model is incredible and I am so lucky to have found you as a teacher and mentor. I am excited about 2010 and feel blessed that I have the opportunity to secure the future for myself and my family on my terms. Thanks so much for all your help and Happy New Year!

  4. December 29, 2009 at 12:13 pm ·

    Hi Tracy. I’m sorry you’ve had such bad luck with the training you’ve been through already. I’ve heard this from good folks more times than I can count. But not all training is a scam. I’ve personally learned from a lot of good teachers out there – mostly in the business and marketing realm. The real estate investing part I do every day, so I haven’t dealt with too many real estate teachers.

    You need to find a field that you want to learn and then a person you trust to teach you. Make sure you can talk to the person who created the material you are learning. They probably won’t be cheap, but this is the best way to learn – right from the horse’s mouth.

    Then – and this next part is perhaps the most important part – you’ve got to follow through with what that person teaches. You’ve got to do the work. There are no “get-rich-quick” schemes out there that work consistently. Instead, find a business building program that will teach you what you need to know to build a profitable, consistent, high income without working you to death. Find a business that you can put on autopilot and, as a result, give you a life that is worth living.

    But… you say you don’t have any money – that makes it a bit slower and a bit tougher, but still 100% possible. You just have to learn with the “hard knocks” method. That is how “I” did it, by the way – wish I had someone like me back then.

    So don’t give up your dream – learn all you can for free and start taking action on what you learn.

    In the meantime, I do give away a ton of free info that I hope will be helpful. Make sure you are on my mailing list.

    You might also be interested in listening to this audio. It talks about how things crashed for me back in ’91 and what I had to do to get out of that hole and where I found the resources to do so.

    Good luck, my friend – I was once where you are now. It doesn’t last forever if you take positive action toward your goal.

  5. December 29, 2009 at 11:34 am ·

    Hi Joe. My name is Tracy. I am 44 years old. I have been searching for an online business opportunity for over a year. Everything I’ve researched turns out to be a scam of one form or another. It’s really guite depressing. I work 2nd shift in a factory to make the company millions and I’m very tired of it. I don’t have alot of money to invest but I really am committed to earning an income from my computer. If you can help I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Tracy

  6. Joe Crump
    December 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm ·

    Thanks Jeannine, I appreciate the positive comments. For those of you who want to see the video we shot early this year, go to this site:

    Say Hi to Fred for me. You should come to the Buying Event at the end of Jan. I’d love to see you guys again.


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