I was burnt out.
Done and done.
At the beginning I enjoyed my job as a (full-time) Software Engineer and Online Marketer at a respected agency. But as time went by, overtime, impossible deadlines and pressure from customers, employees and superiors ate me up.
I was no longer able to concentrate properly at work. Suffered from lack of sleep.
I began to wonder if there wasn something better.
And I researched how to make money online. I experimented with blogs and niches. My first blog failed miserably. Several niche sites have not been successful either.
But I did not give up.
I started to work more and more with SEO and became really good at it.
Within a few months I was able to live on my affiliate income and quit my job.
I can freely allocate my time and tasks.
I can work anywhere in the world (I only need my laptops and a stable Internet connection).
I have not set my alarm clocks for several years
I have a lot of time for my family (I both work only about 20 hours a week)
I could even stop working for two months without earning less (but I would never do that because I love my work too much)