“I hate my job!”
How many times have you said or thought that in the past month? If you’re like most people, it was one time too many – because if you say it even one time in earnest, that means that you are spending most of your life in a place you don’t want to be doing work you don’t want to do.
A lot of people who would say that “hate” is too strong of a word would still admit that they don’t get fulfillment from their job. Others have cranky (maybe even downright unethical) bosses, and/or have to deal with rude co-workers.
I think it’s safe to say, if you’re in either of those two groups of people, you feel trapped. Like you’re in prison.
Not free at all.
I know how you feel. I felt that way on my teaching job before I quit in order to stay at home with my son (contrary to popular belief, teaching in a school is not very fulfilling most of the time). My husband felt that way about his job probably 70% of the time before we got to a place where he could walk away from it.
We took the long way to work freedom. We scrimped and saved and sacrificed and invested for years.
There is a shorter way, and if you’re interested in never hearing your brain scream, “I hate my job!” ever again, read on.
You know what a business is. What is a micro business? The business experts say that it is a small business that consists of the owner, plus fewer than ten employees. For our purposes, it’s a business you own and run yourself.
Sound like a lot of work? It’s not. Thanks to the Internet, there are actually several major different types of micro-businesses that are bringing more and more people:
work freedom, which leads to
time freedom, and often
From here into eternity (okay, being melodramatic – until I change my mind), every Wednesday I am going to published a work-at-home post. And I’m not talking work-at-home jobs. While I will agree that a job that you can work out of your home is better than a job you have to drive to every day, a job is still a job. You still trade hours for dollars and don’t have very much flexibility in schedule.
I will be writing about work-at-home businesses. Micro-businesses, or businesses than you can run successfully completely by yourself, or with the help of one or two contractors (such as web designers or writers) that you hire as needed.
What kind of businesses?
The following list is going to be pitifully lacking.
Maybe. Maybe not. Because even though I’ll be omitting (by ignorance) a few micro-business models, I will make up for that by including the two most powerful ones. The three that I list first are the three that I actually have experience with, and they will be the three business models that I speak to most often in future work-at-home Wednesday posts.
Here is the first powerful micro-business model. I’ve been blogging off and on – mostly on – since 2009. I know blogging. I know Internet Marketing. I’ve seen the shiny bright side and the dark side. I’ve loved it, and I’ve been completely frustrated by it.
But many people make money with a blog (or several blogs) – and I mean full-time incomes. If you enjoy writing and are willing to learn the skills to become a successful blogger, this might be a great business model for you.
And if you stick with me over the long haul, I’ll give you some tips on how to avoid the frustrations I encountered.
2. Network marketing.
The second powerful business model. Network, or multi-level, marketing is a business model where a parent company pays commission to people who sign up as distributors and find customers and new distributors. Basically, instead of paying for traditional media advertising, the parent companies rewards distributors for word-of-mouth advertising.
This business model offers time and financial leverage like no other, because as you find more people to join the company, and they in turn find more people, your income grows even though you are not spending any more time on the business. The company pays you commission on the purchase of everyone in your organization (or downline), down to a certain level. And since commissions are only paid to distributors who are making a minimum monthly purchase, most people in your downline will be making that purchase every month.
If you can find a company that carries products you truly believe in so that it’s easy for you to talk about them with other people, this can become a very lucrative business. And it’s not just for extroverts or “born salesmen”. As a network marketer, you can blog your way to success without having to approach others about the product or business. People get to know, like, and trust you through your blog, and subsequently become customers or your team members.
Almost anyone who declares, “I hate my job!”, would at some point tell you that they’ve always wanted to write a book. There’s something in human nature that makes us, number one, not want to be dominated by other people, and number two, want to share our knowledge and experiences with the world.
Digital self-publishing has made that available for everyone – everyone, that is, who is willing to sit down for a few hours every day and type words on a screen. While it’s not nearly as easy to make money with Kindle as it was when Amazon first opened its store to self-published authors, many people make a good part-time to full-time income by writing and selling books, fiction or non-fiction.
4. Selling on eBay.
If you have space in your house for, and don’t mind keeping, inventory, you may choose eBay as your micro-business. While it does not offer the time leverage and income potential as any of the first three business models, it has helped many people to be able to quit their jobs and work from home.
If you are a talented writer, designer, or artist, you might consider creating a business around your talent by making it available to others. Freelancing can be done online, as when you design websites for small businesses, or offline, as when you submit article proposals to print magazines.
6. Virtual assistant.
If you’re good at administrative tasks, and/or have some specific business skills such as marketing and P.R., you might consider hanging out your shingle as a virtual assistant. V.A.’s generally help online business owners with tasks that the owners are not interested in doing themselves.
7. Coaching or consulting.
If you have extensive knowledge and experience in a particular area, and enjoy working with other people on a regular basis, consider becoming a coach or consultant in that area.
Nowadays, “that area” runs the gamut: business, marriage, life, health, wellness, even homeschooling! The difference between a consultant and a coach is that a consultant offers a solution to a problem he is given, and is finished with the project, whereas a coach works repeatedly with same clients, encouraging them to take steps to reach their goals.
I have found that owning and running a micro-business is a fun and fulfilling challenge. Get “I hate my job!” out of your vocabulary by looking deeper into the above micro-business models.
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