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Old 26th April 2009, 08:57 PM   #1

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Default I Want To Work For Myself


As I explained in the Introduction thread, Iím here because Iím getting really really tired working for other people. I want to work for myself.

This does not necessarily mean working from home. Neither doing something that let your money work for you, or something along that line. Maybe one day. But for now, I just want to work for myself. And that means, exchanging my time and skills/knowledge with income.

The part that I do need help thoughÖIím not sure what should I do.

Iíve been working in administrative/accounting & finance sectors my entire working career. Iím very detail oriented, tedious, and good with numbers. Iím quite analytical, problem solver, and proficient with office software like Excel, Spreadsheet, Word, etc. I know I have all skills that are needed to work for other people. I can run a whole office. Unfortunately so far it's always been other people's office.

However, Iím not good at selling. My social skill is shot. I canít convince people to do something, much less to buy something. Iím not a party goer. I have a few close friends, but in a crowd, Iím silent and prefer to go unnoticed.

Now Iím willing to go back to school to acquire new skills or certification. However, Iím yet to figure out what major should I study, that eventually will allow me to work independently/owning my own business.

Do you see where Iím going? For example, they said RN will always have a job. But I donít want to have another "job". I donít want to have another boss to cater to (customer yes, but individual that call themselves "boss"--no more). Iím tired of worrying to ask for a day off or coming in late or leaving early because I have something to do. Simple things like that.

I want to work for myself. Owning my own business.

Could you help me with some ideas? I.e. what major of schooling should I take?

And yes Iíve tried to blog or build a website. But itís really hard when I work with computer all day, after I get home I still need to sit in front of computer for hours. I guess writing is just not something I enjoy. After a few months the motivation just went dead and I got totally sick even just looking at computer. And thatís not good cause it did effect my performance at work, and I canít get fired, not yet.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 26th April 2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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Try reading 48 days to the work you love by dan miller for ideas.

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Old 28th April 2009, 07:17 AM   #3

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Originally Posted by GWTofTN View Post
Try reading 48 days to the work you love by dan miller for ideas.
Thanks, I will.

I also read somewhere a post by Logan, I guess I need to do some soul-searching. Do you really need that one "aha" moment though?

Or just a few "mmm...this-might-work" sort of thoughts?

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Old 14th May 2009, 01:47 PM   #4

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Have you thought about becoming a "virtual assistant" which is an online secretary? Try Googling that term and see what sites come up.

No matter what you decide to do, you will either need marketing skills or need funds to hire someone to do the marketing for you or else no one will even know you're in business.

All the best!

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Old 14th May 2009, 05:02 PM   #5

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Read "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss.

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Old 14th May 2009, 07:04 PM   #6
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I have a very similar background and personality. But, if I can do it - so can you. If you want to run your own business - you do have to put yourself out there. If you are sure that this is what you want to do - they you will do it knowing that it will pay off in the long-run.

I would suggest finding a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or SCORE (score.org) and start working with them on find the right business idea for you.

There is also a great article about finding the perfect business: http://businessmoneytoday.com/Articl...ness-Idea.html

You don't need the 'aha' moment - just the desire and willingness to do what it takes. Remember, that nothing lasts forever. When I was in college I profiled a business in the fitness industry. When this company started, they had their dorrs open from 7am to 11pm every day. Then, when the dorrs did close - the owner and his wife would go in and clean the bathrooms - something they hated to do but it had to be done. The owner now has 20 stores in the region and he does not clean anything anymore. The moral here is that do what you have too - but make it work so that as soon as poosible you can hire others to do what you don't want to.

All you have to do is set your mind to finding the right idea and doing what it takes to execute it.

In regards to education - think business admin or entrepreneurship.

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Old 26th June 2009, 07:39 AM   #7

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No matter what you decide to do, you will either need marketing skills or need funds to hire someone to do the marketing for you or else no one will even know you're in business.

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Old 26th June 2009, 03:52 PM   #8

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts and wonderings, Kylan. That was back in April - have you figured things out by now?
I'm a virtual assistant, and it does sound like you could do well in that industry. Check out the Virtual Assistant Forums, for all the info you'll ever need and more.
It is certainly true that you will have to market your business, but if you're doing something you're proud of, that won't be so hard.

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Old 19th May 2015, 09:20 AM   #9

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try online retailing.

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Old 21st May 2015, 03:40 AM   #10
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Make sure you’ve built your business in something complimentary to your day job. That way, it’s not a physical struggle to detach yourself from your day job and move into your side gig. You could work on a client email, and then in ten minutes you can work on your online gig. If it’s too different, it’s harder to shift gears.

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