Since I resigned 4 months ago, I have been doing business online full-time. The thing is, I have started selling online for 2 years before I take the plunge to go full-time. And since then, many friends and colleagues are envious that I am now my own boss… well, literally… hehe….
I tried to tell these same friends and colleagues of mine that being your own boss is NOT a bed of roses. No need to feel envious. They would like to have the freedom I enjoy too. So, I did offer to some of them to teach them to sell online. They reassure me that they are really interested and ask me all kinds of questions on how to get started, how to get payments, what to sell etc etc… And so, I answered them again and again but till now… none of them every got started….
Are you surprised? I think now, the question would be, are you suitable to work at home? Are you suitable to be your own boss?
These friends of mine ask me to teach them how to sell online. But, when it comes to starting it off, everyone got their own reasons. It ranges from, I need to attend a cousin’s wedding, my kids are not feeling well, I do not know what to sell, I want to sell this but I do not know how to start, I am not computer savvy like you, I do not have transport, my hubby took the car, my kids will disturb me when you are teaching, I need to sleep at latest 10pm every night, I need to accompany hubby on this trip to the shopping complex….. ok, you get the idea.
People are actually paying for courses to learn how to sell online. And yet, here I am offering to teach for free… All I can say is these friends of mine are not ready to become their own boss.
Let’s say, if their job requires them to come back that day itself to complete some things, otherwise they risk being fired. Do you think they will still come up with these excuses? Then, why do they come up with these excuses when it comes to their own business?
The problem with most of us is that we think that since it is our business, we should have more free time and flexibility with our time. This is true… up to a certain extent. There is no free lunch in this world. You have to be ready to sacrifice in order to start your own business.
When I started, I made lots of mistakes. Also, during the initial stage, I did not have anyone to guide me. I wasted lots of time and some money just to try things out. Until I met someone online in the ebay forum who is really friendly and helpful who pointed me in the right direction. Even so, I had to find out things for myself. In your own business, you can’t expect to be spoonfed. When you receive a piece of information, you need to act on it. Think about it. Do more research yourself and see how this piece of information affects you. Not just blindly follow or keep pestering and asking what should you do next (In a job, you could still consult your boss).
You need to allocate time to work on your business. It is definitely possible to start things off on a part time basis. But you need to manage your time wisely. I had many late nights. Mostly sleeping at about 1-2am in the morning, maybe 5 days a week. After getting the kids off to bed about 10am, that is when I start doing things related to my business.
You need to prioritize…. For me, when I need to make a decision between my job, business or family…. it is quite easy for me. First priority for me is always family. If my hubby can help me out on that, then it is great. If not then family is still my first priority. Second priority is my business. Last comes my job. So, let’s say I have this seminar I need to attend for my business and at the same time I have this function to attend in my job. Which should I go? For me, it is simple to make this decision… I will attend the seminar for my business. But I realise for some people, it is actually very difficult to make a decision as they have and always put their job as the first priority! Yes, even before their family.
So, if you think you are really suitable to work at home and be your own boss, answer the questions below honestly….
1) Am I committed to setting time aside EVERYDAY for my business? No slacking off….
2) Am I committed to grab any chance there is in order for my business to success?
3) Am I always making excuses?
4) If this is my job and I need to do it, will I still make this excuse? Or will I somehow arrange things so that I am able to achieve it?
Don’t feel inadequate if you are not the type to work at home and be your own boss. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round….