The Self Employed Movement started just over 2 months ago. So far, so good. It’s really humbling to have people read my ideas and tell me that something that I wrote really resonates with them.
It’s been fun, frustrating, and every other emotion you can think of.
I started the blog when I was unemployed because I turned down a “lucrative internship” a couple days before I was supposed to start it. The plan was to be self employed by any means necessary; to start a business, any business, that would have me bringing in at least $1,000 a month in profit to help pay for our living expenses.
That plan changed when my worst self-employed nightmare came true; I was back working full-time at the job that I left just a couple of months earlier. Sure, it’s nice to have a paycheck again but not the longer commute and the same corporate bullshit. To put things nicely, it’s a dead end job but its income; its survival. It allows me to pay the bills and have a comfortable life. I’m damn good at my job but I’m not looking for a promotion and I would actually love to get out of the finance industry all together.
So here’s the new plan:
- Suck it up for as long as I can at my dead end corporate job even though each day is full of frustration and bullshit. There’s nothing more that I’d love to do than put in my 2-weeks’ notice tomorrow but my wife and I have about 4.5 more years to go on car loans that are almost as expensive as our mortgage payment. (Boo!)
- Pay off a car loan at a more rapid pace to get at least one paid off quicker because that means we can pay off the other car loan quicker and then we can move onto my student loans and then finally our mortgage.
- Continue to find ways to save money and cut back on unnecessary expenses such as cable and a super expensive wedding. The less we spend on shit we don’t need, the more aggressively we can pay off our debts, save for emergencies, or invest in various self-employment ideas. Things around the blog might start to look personal finance blog-like but that’s because if you can get your finances under control, it’ll be much easier to make the leap to being self-employed.
- Experiment more with various ideas for self-employment. The more I fail, the better my chances of finding success. I’ll be able to learn more and you’ll be able to learn from my failures too. It’s win-win.
- Continue to grow a following of this blog on a shoestring budget. If I can do it, I hope I can prove to you that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on your business idea to make it a reality; you just need to put in the work.
- Create a source or a couple of sources of income so I have something to turn to when I finally quit my corporate gig for good.
My hope continues to be that I inspire you to take action on your business idea. It won’t happen overnight; but a little work each day will eventually lead to you doing some cool shit like living your life on your own terms and spending time doing something you’re actually passionate about instead of just collecting a paycheck. I also hope that you can learn a thing or two from my self-employment journey that you can use in your life so that we can both stick it to the man someday.
Thanks for reading so far! I hope you continue to follow my progress.
But enough about me.
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- What can I improve on?
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