Why I No Longer Work In IT - This Is Trouble

Why I No Longer Work In IT

Reader “Ag” writes in to ask me for a blast to the past in regards to my old IT career…

“If you don’t mind me asking

What led you going from high paid IT work to marketing?

Is it because there’s a limited upside for how much you can make in IT?”

In a nutshell, yes.

And yet – no.

At the time, I didn’t really dream about how much money I was making…I just knew I wasn’t going to be able to go the rest of my life while sitting in a cubicle. I was making close to $100k when I left my job, and my honest-to-God hope was that I would be making that within a decade of building my business (i.e. this one).

Instead, I made about half of it in year 2, and smashed through it (by a lot) in year 3. I got lucky, but I also worked hard.

But, make no mistake.

I moved abroad in April of 2016, and if you’d told me that three years later I would consistently make $3k a month, I would have grabbed it in a heartbeat. I guess I’m just fortunate enough to have been able to surpass though. Though truthfully, I think most people could do that, once you start to figure a few things out, it tends to multiply very quickly. Skills scale.

You get some foundational skills down, and you can take them wherever you go.

Now, when I start a new business, I don’t have to learn the ins and outs of email marketing again, for example.

That’s why my most recent venture, Selo Oils, got off to such a great start when we started selling last October (we’ve sold more than half our inventory).

Teaching English as a Means to an End

A reader asks:

“do you think it’s worth it getting a TEFL certification before moving overseas?”

Short answer:


For those who don’t know, TEFL is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Many schools abroad require a this certification before you can be hired.

Frankly, I don’t know many people who are happy doing this. The pay is just too low in most of the desirable places. Sure, you can make $5k+ a month if you want to go live in a place like Qatar, but your dating life is going to suffer. And yes, I did spend a day in Qatar recently, and yes, I did like it, but no, I wouldn’t want to actually live there full-time. Whereas in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, the pay is notoriously bad. Maybe more mainland Asia is better, like China or Japan.


I don’t recommend teaching English as a longer-term career path.

I do think though, that “remote work” is not a bad option for many.

What this means:

You work for a western company, on a western salary, but you can do so anywhere in the world.

Frankly, it’s quite ideal if you don’t have the entrepreneurship itch to scratch.

And really, don’t scratch it if you can avoid it.

It’s hard to go back.

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Kyle Trouble

I'm Kyle "Trouble". I'm a former computer engineer who left the 9-5 in LA at 24 years old and moved to Eastern Europe. I blog about dating, life abroad, and building successful and scalable streams of income.

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