Hello, my name is Reggie and I am new to blogging but I have always been writing since I was a teenager. I would write stories, poems and songs. I never grew out of it and writing has a special place in my heart. It is as much a part of me as anything else in my life.
As stories go, this is a blog post about how I quit my job as a barista and what lead me down this path of learning Affiliate Marketing and how to make money online. But first, just a little backstory about how I started working as a barista.
It all started in the fall of 2016, I had quit my job as a junior accountant for this printing company and also moved out of my parent’s place to live with a bunch of friends in an apartment.
It was fun, it was my first taste of being on my own, I had no girlfriend at the time and I was just focused on finding another job because I hated working at the printing company.
I was lucky to find a seasonal job at a bookstore, and at first I loved it. It was a nice change of pace, cute girls to talk to and most importantly it sparked an interest in business books for me. It was good enough to pay my rent, and I wasn’t complaining until 4 months down the line when the holiday season started to slow down and they started cutting hours at the bookstore.
It sucked, to be honest, I went from doing almost 40 hours a week to barely making 20 hours. I had to find another job and find it quick, this was also the time when I was feeling depressed, I wouldn’t go back to the apartment and spend some time back at my parents house to just get away from everything. It got to the point where my roommates decided that I should go back to my parents’ place and leave the rest of the payments for them.
I didn’t know what to say, I just started packing my stuff in garbage bags and started hauling them back to my parents’ place. I was miserable, I had no money, no job, no girlfriend, nothing. I just hated where my life was.
But there was a fire in me, when I got back to my parents’ place the next day I printed out resumes and went job hunting. I spent the majority of the day looking for a job, I applied online, brick and mortar stores, just anywhere willing to give me a job. It was hard, I thought it was going to be easy, I can work full time, I have a car but no one was hiring. Until I applied at a cafe inside a mall.
I worked in Tim Horton’s before when I was in highschool so I thought this would be the same, but it wasn’t the case. This was different, they had an espresso machine and I learned how to froth milk and even learned how to make latte art.
I enjoyed my coworkers and it became a job I was happy to do and I started feeling better about myself. During times when the cafe had a slow night, I would daydream about having my own company. Of maybe opening my own coffee shop, that’s when I started looking into how to start a company or a business and so I did, I started a Shopify account and I tried my hand at making a clothing line. I like to draw and I would draw my own designs and make my own style of clothing, and I showed it to my friends and family.
It seemed like it was going to be a hit but…nothing. I tried making ads on Facebook and Instagram and even thought of making some posters but nothing came from it, I would spend hundreds of dollars on ads and I would get nothing from my investment. Mind you I had no idea how to do it properly, I mean I watched a few Youtube videos and they make it seem like it’s a no-brainer, make an add and watch your money grow. Yeah right, I’m still learning and now I know it’s not that simple.
And again the voice of defeat slowly started crawling its way back into my brain but this time I wasn’t alone. I met this beautiful girl and we started dating and she kept me up when I felt like giving up and I found the strength inside me to keep on going and keep in mind this is a year of trial and error.
Now it’s been two years and a few months that I’ve been working as a barista. I was growing tired of it, customers were getting more and more annoying. You know the type, the customer that comes everyday and buys a $3 coffee and suddenly they think they own the coffee shop, the “I know the owner” person, yeah I had a bunch of those and they were the worst.
I even had a full on argument with one of them because they wanted this particular seat and someone was there and she asked me to tell that person to move elsewhere and I said no and all hell broke loose. Not to mention that the owners themselves were becoming very rude and would talk badly about people they hired behind their backs. It was just getting toxic and I knew I had to get out. I had a substantial savings and I knew that I can be okay if I quit my job and so I did.
And let me tell you, there is no greater feeling then having this weight on your shoulders be lifted. I felt amazing, I was so happy and I couldn’t contain myself and this time I also had a backup plan, I was going to do some freelancing.
I started a Fiverr account where I would do designs for t-shirts and what have you. I’m a pretty good artist and my designs were mostly focused on Japanese style art.
And one day, I woke up and checked my email and it said “Congratulations, you have an order!” and I was so pumped, I contacted the buyer and asked them what were they looking for, what style and was there any color?
I spent probably 8 or 9 hours on that design, plus re-designs until I got it right and you know how much I got paid? $30, yup, you read that right, I received 30 freakin dollars and I wasn’t sad no, I was actually happy even though if you calculate it, it’s about 3 dollars an hour, money wasn’t my goal yet. My goal was, can I get paid online and yes I did and it gave me a taste of what I can potentially have if I put my mind into it.
I started getting more and more orders and even bumped up my price a bit and it was nice until I realize how much goes into making a design. So I left, I stopped taking orders and I put my Fiverr account on hold but this new experience gave me a boost so I tried another shot in getting a job.
I applied for every graphic design jobs that was post on indeed and even though I didn’t have a graphic design diploma, I would go into the interview and show what I can do. Then one day, after 4 months of being a freelancer I received a call from a web company for an interview. I was nervous but I went in with my head held high and I went for the interview, it lasted about 20 mins and I even brought my ipad and showed off my designs and the interview went well.
When we finished up, I shook their hands and thanked them for their time, and they told me that they still had other interviews left to do and they would call me sometime next week.
I said awesome and made my way back home and guess what happened?
While I was on the bus during the hour long commute, I received a call and it was from that company that I just had an interview for and they told me that they loved my interview and how I was ready and showed them my design and they told me “When can you start?” I told them excitedly, “tomorrow!” they laughed but that was it, they gave me a date which was one week after the interview and ever since then I’ve been working for this company and I’m happy.
The lesson here is to never give up and don’t settle down when you know it is not right for you, explore and see where your potential can lead you. I thought the height of my career was going to be a barista but no, I now strive to be better to reach a higher limit, this is a promise to myself but one day, I will be a millionaire. This is my goal, and I won’t stop until I make it.
Thank You for reading and taking the time, I hope you have a wonderful day and remember to keep on learning!