September 21, 2020

Leaving a 6-figure salary to work on Embarque

Julian Ignacio Canlas @jic

Until today, I was earning $13-14K per month since Feb 2020 from my full-time job and freelancing as a marketing strategist.

Yesterday, I submitted my final freelancing project.

Today, I'll be working full-time on Embarque, an agency for productized SEO content marketing services that earns $6k in monthly revenue (

Salary cut: temporary

Building something that I love and own: priceless

I've never felt so sure of my decision.

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    Do you mean a 6 figure salary?

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      Yeah, I suggest updating the title ;)

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      Hahah yeah oops amended. Wanted to put monthly, but the character limit didn't allow it, and somehow forgot to edit the whole thing. That's what you get for multitasking smh. 😂

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    Congratulations on choosing to work how you wanted and best wishes for the future. I am sure you'll be earning the same amount and even more in no time.

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      Super nice! Thanks, again for your comment, Dinesh!

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    Suggestion for your service (coming from a founder who would be interested in your services) - offer a free consultation call. I personally can't put my card down for a service like this without speaking with you personally and get a feeling for your past experience and strategy.

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      Yep! Cheers for the feedback. You're right :).

      We'll be adding that a consultation button next to the subscribe one. If you want, always down for an email: [email protected].

      Thanks again!

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    Congrats wish you all the best and good luck! Exciting times ahead, I also left my job without a salary working on my own products and so far my work-happiness levels are way higher :D Keep it up!

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      Yesssssss, wishing you the very best, Jim! NH has a flourishing entrepreneurship scene!

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    Congrats Julian! Temp pay cut is definitely worth building a product you own and enjoy.

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      Yeah, gradually quitting all freelancing obligations has made me generally a lot less anxious. I never realised how unhappy I was haha.

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    Massive congrats, the best decision!!

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    Best of luck! Don't know your background but esp. if you are still young-ish, go for it as this decision won't get easier with age.
    I am considering leaving my corporate career with a 6-figure salary and perks after 20 years, mortgage just paid off and with some investments. I do have a side business making ~$10k/month for some years but it still feels risky as there won't be a way back in a few years.

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    Congratz Julian !

    I'm wondering... how do you aquire your customers ? SEO ? Other sources as well ?
    Because I don't see tons of backlinks or good ranking for this website, so I'm really curious.

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      Haha great question! To be honest, I haven't had the time to do proper SEO work on my own website because I have so many client projects to finish. But to answer your question:

      1. We get most of our clients through community engagement (e.g. being here) and word-of-mouth referrals.
      2. Past work. I'm going to be working on samples page this weekend!

      That said, I do want to use SEO as a growth channel and looking to hire great SEO writers for our blog. I just need to find the time in-between client work.

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    Where did you get the customers from ? What have you used as marketing channels ?

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    Julian, this is a great milesone and looking forward to following your journey.

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      can't wait to share my learnings <3

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    Great news Ignacio! Keep it pumping!

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    Congrats! All the best :-)

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    Good luck! I haven't yet left my six figure salary, but that day isn't far.

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      Hahahaha, I don't think I took a risk, because I live fairly frugally. Good luck!!!

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      Thank you so much!!!!! Fingers crossed!

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    Congrats Julian! I love your website on desktop and on mobile. Only images under ''From our blog'' don't load for me.

    As a brand designer, I noticed your logo right away. What's the thing in the dot next to letter e? If something can't be seen properly, then it shouldn't be used. Your favicon logo highlights that issue even more.

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      I think its;s a Ship Steering wheel (if thats what theyre called.)

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      Hahaha you're right. The logo was kind of an afterthought. We wanted something quick to ship :).

      But thanks for the 101! We'll take that into consideration.

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    Exciting times! All the best!

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    Cool website, who did it?

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    Congratulations and Good luck!!

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      Thank you so much! I'll need all the luck i can get.

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      yusssss go us <3333

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