Ten years ago I thought I’d always work a regular job. In fact, I had definite thoughts about entrepreneurship – I was certain it wasn’t for me. I liked the safety net of working for someone else. I didn’t like the idea of being solely dependent on myself to make the money. I felt working a “regular” job would be infinitely more reliable.
But in the last couples of years I’ve changed my mind. I’ve got a taste of what it feels like to be self-employed, and I like it. What’s more, I believe I could be very good at it. Plus, I really don’t want to be at my current job for the rest of my life. I know I could get a job someplace else, but I don’t want to do that either. My employer is very good to me and I’m in a very fortunate position. I don’t think I could find as good a deal anywhere else. Except the self-employment gig.
One of my side lines is writing e-books. I’ve had some success with that in 2013, and have more planned. As a writer/blogger, I could work wherever I wanted. I wouldn’t be limited to one specific area. Shoot, I could even rent offices and commercial space in Brisbane, Australia! I have a friend who has become successful with blogging and he doesn’t even have a home of his own right now. He was recently in Hawaii for a couple months and is staying at his parent’s home for the holidays. I think it would be fun to rent an RV and travel around the United States for a year. I dig staying in little travel trailer parks – I have lived in a permanent travel trailer and it was neat getting to meet the people that were staying for a few months at a time.
Anyway, I am not the kind of person to just quit my job, so in the meantime I am basically working two jobs. One is my “day job” – the reliable income position. My other is writing and blogging. I’m actually writing this post on Christmas Day, in between cooking Christmas dinner. Yes, I even work on Christmas! But I really do love what I do and so I don’t mind.
Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, and to tell you the truth I previously didn’t know if I had the fortitude or desire to do it. It means you spend most of your spare time working, and I even spend my commute time listening to entrepreneurship-type books on my Kindle.
One of my favorite entrepreneurs is Pat Flynn who writes at Smart Passion Income. He just seems so genuine and down to earth. He’s one of the reasons I finally decided to take the plunge with my first e-book. Another person who inspires me is Crystal Stemberger who blogs at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. I knew Crystal back when she was just starting out. It has been amazing to watch her business grow.
I’m planning to continue my journey to self-employment in 2014.
What are your goals for the coming year?