i let go of the day job - had too really, web design shouldnt be stressful but it was at the company i worked at before. hard to design or think about new concepts when you're always wondering if the boss is going to go nuts on someone in the office....
nice thing was when i left and went self employed, some of my old clients jumped onboard for SEO and ongoing support - which was great for confidence and also let me hire a programmer. i did think a few times in the last couple of years about getting a job somewhere but it is picking up nicely and everyone happy so no need.
i had an angry dev call me not long ago because "one of his friends is an SEO and the site i worked on wasnt SEO'd at all. what did i think?"
i told him to type his keywords into google and look for himself. and this guy is supposedly a web developer, amazing. and a lot of these guys sell SEO services which is a bit scary...
"we'll sell SEO services but we don't keep track of your current rankings or use analytics". meh.
i think if you do the job properly which you two guys do, it can only get better as clients come onboard and stay. i always liked the white hat approach this forum had - it never concentrated on ways to get rich quickly and get domains banned or ignored.
Even getting a page title change from "Home", say, can take months. Often changes have to be approved by 2 or 3 departments and then have to go to head office for final approval.
frustrating isnt it
i know the feeling. often the client in question will need my input right away, pronto, as a priority. lets have a power meeting somewhere about it, 8AM tomorrow kind of thing.
and then it will take them months to implement changes. clients!
just give me FTP access and forget about it and we'll all be happy.
i am glad you both still enjoy SEO and participate on here.
it would be a nice pipedream to setup another forum that is open for new members and invite all the good users on here as moderators.
EDIT - hah i always go off topic. yep passed many goals - next one is to buy somewhere i can build a proper office in and get people working in, rather then working remotely. then i can shoot them with nerf guns in the office and play LAN quake on off days!