About Me – How I Quit My Job And Live Life On My Own Terms

So you’ve probably read a few posts on my site at this point, and you’re probably wondering…

“Who is this Tim guy, anyway?”

“Why should I listen to him while there’s thousands of bloggers out there!?”

“Can I really trust this guy?”

Well, before I take the time to explain, let’s talk a little bit about you and see if you can relate to any these:

  • You feel helplessly stuck working your 9-5 job and can't find a way out
  • Would love to spend more time with your family and loved ones, but simply don't have the time
  • Have to force yourself out of bed in the morning to spend the day doing something your'e not passionate about
  • Feel like there's so much to explore in the world, but simply can't get enough time off to do it
  • Feel that life is passing you by

If any of those resonate with you, you’re in the right place.

Not long ago, I was in the exact same situation.

I was stuck in a job trying to climb the corporate ladder, spending tons of time working on something that I wasn’t really passionate about (sometimes up to 100 hours a week).

I was missing out on travel, time with loved ones, and sacrificing my health, all because I needed that monthly paycheck.

Worst of all…

I did not have the control and freedom to decide how to spend MY OWN time.

And it absolutely killed me….

It All Changed In 2016...

Hey there! My name is Tim Uittenbroek and I was finally able to make enough money online in 2016 so that not just me, but also my wife Diana, was able to quit her job.

We’ve been working online while traveling the world while making the most of what life has on offer!

Tim & Diana About Us

I can honestly tell you quitting our jobs and starting our own business that it’s the best decision we’ve ever made.

It didn’t come easy though, and took a lot of hard work.

I’ve since tampered with and had (some) success with just about every online business model that you can think of.

Ranging from Blogging, eCommerce, Affiliate Marketing, Digital Products, and Paid Traffic.

Having said that, I feel that blogging is the easiest way to build a consistent and reliable income stream that will allow you to quit your job and live life on your own terms.

And I’m going teach you exactly how to do that.

But before I do that, I want to tell you how I got here. 

2009 - 2016: Climbing the Corporate Ladder

As soon as I finished college, I did what many of us are told to do…

I got a job as an accountant in the corporate world.

Like a good and responsible adult is supposed to.

I did well in the company quite quickly, and within a number of years of working, I had already been promoted on numerous occasions.

Mostly because I worked my ass off.

From outsiders, it looked as though I was racing up the corporate ladder and had the perfect job.

They seemed envious of where I was.

From the inside, though, it didn’t take long for my personal doubts to start creeping up.

Although everything seemed perfect on paper, I wasn’t happy at all with my life.

Anything and everything revolved 100% around work.

I had absolutely no time for myself.

I started thinking thoughts like..

“Is this really all there is to life?”

“Am I really going to be doing this for the rest of my life”

“Working 80 hours a week, when am I ever going to have time to take an extended trip and explore a new country, or to spend quality time with my loved ones?”

I remember thinking to myself…

There has to be better way.

December 2014: The Initial Spark

On one frustrated evening coming home late for work in December 2014, I decided to literally type “how to make money online” into Google.

Little did I know at that time, this evening is what has ultimately changed my life.

I ended up finding Pat Flynn’s blog, Smart Passive Income, and I was instantly mesmerized. 

(For those of you that don’t know Pat Flynn, he is one of the most genuine marketers out there that details exactly how he makes money online)

“You mean to tell me that it’s actually possible to make full-time income online!?”

This is what sparked the initial fire under me and what started my journey.

I was instantly hooked.

“If he can make a full-time income online, why can’t I?”

From there on, I vowed to spend every free minute of every single day, learning about how to make money online.

My goal was to quit my job and finally live life on my own terms.

January 2015: The Birth & Death of "9toLife" 1.0

After a few weeks of learning about making money online, I decided that the best way to make money was to set up a blog, rank it in Google, and make recommendations on affiliate product.

Every time someone purchased one of those recommended products, I would get a small commission.

My plan was to set up two different blogs on two different topics.

In one of my blogs I would be talking about wine, while the other would be a more general blog on which I would review all sorts of home appliances.

I figured that spreading my eggs would give me a higher chance of success.

In order to keep myself accountable, I wanted to start a blog documenting the entire journey.

This blog would be the predecessor of this exact blog on the same domain.

I used the fake name of Tom Attenborough to document that case study as I didn’t want my employer at the time to find out what I was up to.

I call it “9toLife 1.0”.

You can still see exactly how it used to look when I started it in January 2015, using the WayBackMachine.

Tim Uittenbroek

Unfortunately, after a few posts to “9toLife 1.0” I stopped posting details of my case study.

It was just too much work to maintain while still having a full-time job.

May 2015: My First Little Hint of Success

Having stopped posting to “9toLife 1.0” did not mean that I stopped working on the sites in the case study.

In fact, quite the opposite.

I had to prove to myself that this “make money online” thing was real and was determined to make it work.

I had seen others do it, but I wanted to prove it to myself that it wasn’t all a scam.

Then suddenly, both of my sites started slowly getting a trickle of traffic from Google…

And, a few weeks later in May 2015, I made my first affiliate sale on Amazon generating a whopping $1.07.

I was absolutely ecstatic.

First Money I Made

It was the best $1.07 I had ever made, not because of the amount, but because of what it represented. 

It was the first money I had ever made online, and I had finally proven to myself that it was possible to make money online.

This was the only motivation I needed to work harder than ever before to finally be able to quit my job and live life on my terms.

I was eventually to grow these two blogs to a respectable level of income.

However, at that point I had started seeing success with another business model (which I’ll talk about next) and decided to sell both sites to free some of my time.

Sale of Site #1:

Sale of Site #2:

I was finally starting to see some results and I was able to build up a nice little slush fund with the sale of these two sites.

I would need that money for my next business.

June 2015: Starting An eCommerce Brand That Allowed Me To Quit My Job

In 2015 there was a lot of hype about eCommerce, and more specifically, about selling products on Amazon through Amazon FBA.

And I wanted a piece of the action.

I decided to start a product line that would complement what I was already doing on my blog about wine.

I was going to sell wine accessories, and I called my brand “Vinomaster”.

I spend many sleepless nights figuring out the ins and outs of starting an eCom brand, talking with suppliers in China, figuring out how to ship products to the US, and ultimately on how to sell them on Amazon.

Finally I was ready to launch my first product, the Vinomaster Wine Aerator.

It didn’t take long and things started taking off.

To piggyback off of the growth, I decided to add another product to the line by launching the Vinomaster Screwpull Wine Opener.

Sales starting going through the roof, and within one year I had done $744,417.52 in sales.

Everything was going great.

So great in fact, that both me and my wife managed to quit our jobs in April 2016 on focus on this full-time.

We were ecstatic to finally be working for ourselves.

There was just one big problem.

Anyone running a physical products business will know that it’s very cash flow intensive.

In other words, to fuel the growth, I had to keep reinvesting the majority of my profits back into the business by buying new inventory.

So while the profit and sales numbers looked great on paper, my bank account didn’t reflect that same optimism.

To make matters worse, I also received a complaint from one of our competitors claiming that we had infringed on their intellectual property (while that was absolutely not the case).

Amazon sided with our competitor and closed all my listings in September 2016.

From one day to the next this business went into thin air and we no longer had a source of income.

This is how I felt…

Devastated Tim

We were absolutely devastated.

Not only did we have to stop selling on Amazon, we also had a ton of inventory left over that we were no longer able to sell and ended up having to write off.

That was the last time I sold on Amazon.

2017: The Great Comeback (2-Comma Club Award)

In December 2016 we decided to go to Colombia for 5 months.

Firstly, because it had always been our dream to learn Spanish.

And secondly…

To process what had gone wrong with my Amazon FBA business and to come up with an action plan on how to support ourselves working online.

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I vowed never to put all my eggs into one basket every again and to be fully reliant on a third party platform.

Amazon was able to shut my business down overnight without me having any control over it.

That’s wasn’t a good place to be in.

I wanted to find a business model where I was in complete control, and one which wasn’t so capital intensive like the Amazon FBA model was.

That’s when I discovered drop-shipping.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, drop-shipping is a way of running an eCommerce business where instead of buying inventory up front, you only purchase the product from your supplier after you have received an order from your customer.

In other words, as soon as you have an order, you order and pay for the product from your supplier, and your supplier sends the product directly to your customer.

You’re never out-of-pocket any amount of money as you get paid before you pay your supplier, so there’s a lot less risk than with the Amazon FBA model.

In order to get traffic to my store, I used Facebook Ads.

After testing a bunch of different products in various niches, I eventually found a winning product in the fishing niche.

Although I can’t disclose the exact product (as I’ve since sold this business and have a non-disclosure agreement), it was pretty much the “fidget spinner” of fishing.

Things started taking off like crazy.

In fact, in a timespan of only 9 months, I managed to do over $2M in sales.

It was absolutely nuts and I had trouble believing that this was even happening.

That’s the beauty of paid traffic when it works.

If you’re spending less money getting visitors to your site than what they’re worth to you, you simply keep increasing your advertising spend to bring even more visitors to your site.

You can scale your business extremely quickly that way.

I even received the “2-Comma Club” Award from ClickFunnels for this business.

They give this award to anyone that is able to generate $1M in sales, using one sales funnel, on their platform.

2-comma-club-award

It wasn’t long after that, though, that the business started to taper off.

Similar to what happened with the actual fidget spinner, the interest in my product started to decline as we rolled into 2018 as well.

I felt like I had taken it as far as I could.

That ultimately prompted me to sell the business, and once again, get back into blogging.

2018: Travel & Soul Searching

This was the year to enjoy the fruits of our labor and chill out for a little while.

Although we had spent the last few years traveling as well… like spending 5 months in Colombia to learn Spanish.

In 2018, we took the travel to a whole other level, meeting friends & family all over the world.

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Much of the financial stress was now a thing of the past given that our eCom business had done so well in 2017 – so it was time to let go a little.

I can’t even recall how many countries we visited that year, but it must have been close to 20 – in South America, Europe, and Asia.

It was also a year of reflexion.

Trying to figure out what we were going to do next and what we really wanted to do with our lives now that we were financially taken are of.

And that’s exactly where 9toLife 2.0 comes into play…

2019: 9toLife 2.0 & The $10,000 "Quit Your Job" Case Study

Now that I’ve achieved my goal of quitting my job and living life on my terms, I feel that it’s only fair that I continue what I originally started in 2015 with 9toLife 1.0.

I want to create a live case study that shows you how to set up a new blog from scratch and grow it to $10,000 per month, in only 12 months.

I’m going to call it the $10,000 “Quit Your Job” Challenge.

You can read all about the details in this post where I officially announced the challenge.

I’m going to document exactly what it takes without sugar-coating anything.

I’m even going to be revealing the exact niche and domain of my site.

And I want to show you that this can still be done in 2019 so that you can also quit your job and live life on your terms.

If that sounds good, make sure you enter you email into the box below to make sure that you don’t miss out an updates as I grow this site from scratch to $10,000 per month, in only 12 months.

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