How’s that for a nice cheesy cliché stock photo?!
But seriously. . . Do you ever think about being your own boss?
I’ve got to tell you something – it’s great. Freedom, fun and no money worries.
Right now one of my best buddies and my mentor is away in Australia, getting married on a beech in the ‘winter’ sunshine to the most amazing and beautiful woman.
Now he’s a fortunate guy. He is living the ‘coffee shop millionaire’ lifestyle, but he’s had to work hard to get there. I know, because I’ve spent the last 2 years working hard to build up a business myself and I can tell you the 15 hour workings days, 7 days a week, can really get to you. But I’ve just turned a corner now and life is looking pretty good. Time to give something back…
But I remember those horrible days when I worked for a boss I can only describe as a total bastard. You’ve seen the guy in Office Space, right? Well I’d have happily paid money to have someone ‘as good as that’ in charge of me.
Now when you work for someone like this, you’ll probably know yourself, you can never please them. It’s mission impossible.
And Murphy’s Law is sure out to get you. The car won’t start, or you hit totally unexpected traffic, and you’re late for work giving him the pleasure of being able to sneer at you.
And what about when you’re asked to do work that is explained poorly – or the scope is changed and nobody bothers to tell you? The boss ends up jumping up and down like a cat with a firecracker stuck up it’s ass.
I used to hate having to walk around on tip-toes, being nice to people I totally hated, always having to dodge the ‘office politiks’ – afraid that the backstabbing, shit-stirring and game playing would end up getting me fired in the crossfire.
Yet all that time I knew I was better than that, and I wanted to get out on my own and do something. But the security of that salary and package is a very strong magnet.
Luckily I got some great advice from my mentor – a like minded guy I’d met in a group on Facebook, and he showed me how I could make sensible money legally and fairly easily in my spare time and ‘scale it up’ when I was ready to ‘go bigger.’
My first break came selling, of all things, plans to make sheds from a great guy called Ted.
I was interested in making stuff and working with wood because I liked the idea, and because women find this kind of stuff alpha.
But the money I made came from just selling plans! Not building anything!
Ted was happily giving me forty bucks for each copy of his plans I sold, and in 30 days I’d managed to sell 96 netting me $3840 for my efforts. Now, I must complete the picture here – I spent $800 on advertising too – but that left me with $3040 clear.
I added ‘wood profits’ to my repertoire and got my income up to just over $7k with an ad spend of $1500. Pretty neat, huh? For a rookie anyway.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, you probably want to call b/s right. Go ahead. Your loss 🙂
It’s not some crazy scheme – it takes a little work and some learning. But the entry criteria is low – you just need to be able to read and write and have an IQ above that of simpleton.
And there’s no magic or ‘secret systems’ or dark art to it – just common sense, tried and tested business methods that are DEAD SIMPLE to put into practice.