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Does Working Independently Have An Appeal?

Would You Like To Find Out More?  


Let me ask hypothetical question. If it took you three years from now to make serious money, wouldn’t it be worth that effort to live the life of your dreams? 

Forget the short term gratification. During those years you’ll learn more strategies and pick up more tips that will put your business through the roof.

 

This is for those of you who feel that something is missing from their career or are feeling the desire to work more independently, yet want help with the first steps.  Maybe the safety net of what we’re inviting you to try will be all that’s needed to get you started. 

Fewer people are attracted by the corporate employment model

The days of working for the big corporation are waning.  Today’s employees lack a sense of purpose; they want out.  Enterprising people are taking sabbaticals in order to learn new skills.  Others unfortunately reach their stress limits and suffer from work-related burnout or depression. 

Some years ago my friend Colin hadn’t been well and arranged to take a 6 month unpaid break from his banking job.  He took the opportunity to learn the basics of flying.  He never returned to the bank, instead switching careers to become a commercial airline pilot.  He now flies private jets for a living.

Opportunities for independent entrepreneurs are fast improving

Start-up enterprises are becoming easier and easier to get off the ground.  The growing power of the internet offers far-reaching opportunities for  entrepreneurs that would, in the past, have required funding from angel investors. Not so today as more and more entrepreneurs are converting their homes and garages into offices, bringing their raw ideas to life via the internet.  Look at who else started their companies from a garage - Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard and Maglite. Even Harley Davidson converted the garage of a friend into a machine shop. 

Sitting in a cafe in Ubud, Bali, I spoke with a young lady who had just closed a high five-figure deal in her native Switzerland, earning her 4% commission from both parties.  She was over-the-moon because the whole initiative was spawned from an idea she’d had that was conceived, developed and completed entirely online.  My new coffee-buddy didn’t think herself capable of such a transaction when she quit her insurance job in Bern some 18 months prior, but the feeling of adrenaline from her new-found independence gave her the wherewithal to make things happen.

On asking what motivated her she told me she’d found a reason to make her business a success that meant so much to her, that failure was not an option. And that reason was not money.  She acknowledged that tapping into the awesome power of the internet had been key to supporting her new-found laptop lifestyle.

People are going against the trends and becoming less and less attracted by brand name goods.  Ultimately they all become clutter.  In the face of fast food outlets, the growth of slow food is exploding. There are groups of people that meet in city parks across Europe for the sole purpose of walking their pet tortoise (it’s the tortoise that chooses the direction!).   It’s a stress buster. And guess what?  Enterprising people are now being paid USD10 per hour to “walk tortoises”.

Creative ideas are bursting from the minds of those who might otherwise be stuck in an unfulfilling job.

If you’re concerned that age may be against you, know that Nobel Prize winners make their discoveries at about 40; many of life’s greatest achievements have come at or after that age.  People really do get wiser as they get older.

People are preferring to collaborate than compete

The conditioning of competition begins at school and once established takes some effort to un-condition.  The instinct of most people, especially during crises is to help one another, especially those less fortunate.  Recent initiatives of sharing, collaboration and helping have created a bonding in business that was rarely considered before.

A few years ago a Spanish Wine and Tapas Bar opened in Adelaide, South Australia.  The owner was approached by the proprietor of a long-established Spanish restaurant directly across the road.  The proprietor was worried that his business would decline as the result of new competition.  To offset any potential loss both the Tapas Bar manager and the Spanish restaurant proprietor agreed to actively promote each others’ business.  Within 6 months, turnover in the Spanish restaurant had improved by 35% simply because of the proximity and mutual collaboration.

Entrepreneurs allocate their own time

People say that when you’re self-employed, you work harder than ever, although it’s all for your own benefit.  I’d tailor that slightly; yes you work harder (until you learn to work smarter) but the business is yours to allocate time for whatever activities you want during the day.  You’re no longer bound by the 9 to 5 timetable.  A businessman I know in Taiwan rises most mornings at 3am and works until midday.  After that he goes deep sea fishing.

Entrepreneurs can also take breaks and holidays when they want without having to ask permission for time off work.  Personally I’m up most mornings by 6:30am, sitting on my verandah doing some light exercises and writing down ideas as they come to me. Good ones; mediocre ones.  The morning stillness suits me and I purposely avoid looking at my laptop until 9am.  Once I’ve logged on I’m sucked into the vortex of answering emails, exploring any new ideas or writing chapters in my book.  I’m often surprised at how 3 or 4 hours can pass almost unnoticed.  It took me a while to create this early morning start but it gave me a structure, without which I would waste valuable time.

Stimulating Your Creativity

A young author once engaged me to help him overcome a case of writers ‘block’. He had hit the proverbial wall while writing his second book.  I asked how often he got out and about to do things that were radically different to his normal routine. 

The answer was rarely because of the writing demands he’d set himself.  So I reminded him of the Zen proverb:

                                   "You should sit in nature for 20 minutes every day.                                      Unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour."

I convinced him that if he took a few days off his writing and engaged in pursuits that were different, he would come up with ideas like never before. 

All I needed to do was stop him from writing until he knew he was ready to return. To distract his mind I took him to the local courts where he heard arguments and verdicts.  That nourished fresh ideas.  I made him rent a row boat on the local river and go cycling for at least 15 miles a day, both alone (no mobile phone, no interruptions from anything and great time for creativity and inspiration). I slowed down the pace of his eating so he could savour his food rather than consume it without much thought.  After only four days of this his head was brimming with new ideas.

Today’s Entrepreneurs

The successful business owners you see today started up when the internet offered them nothing like what it’s capable of today. They faced failures, discomfort and ridicule from friends & family but they stuck with it and emerged as the pioneers. 

They’re now living the life that others told them they couldn’t. Anyone choosing an independent and enterprising life today is building on something that has already been proven to work.

All you need to do is replicate and modify things to suit your own requirements.

I’ll ask that hypothetical question again. If it took you three years from now to make serious money, wouldn’t it be worth it to live the life of your dreams?

Click here to see how we’d like to help you get started and shortcut your learning curve massively.  It’s a 5 day free workshop. 

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