I guess I’m different from most folks. You see, when most people think about starting their own business it involves customers, a physical store, with physical products. The problem with that is that it also requires their physical presence – if they aren’t there running the store, there’s no money to be made. To me, that sounds just as bad as the corporate cubicle life I’m trying to escape from!
I crave freedom. I want to be able to earning income no matter what I’m doing, where I’m at, or what time of day it is. Most importantly, I don’t want to be a slave to it! That’s why I knew right from the beginning that any project or business that I build must be able to run independently of my input once I complete the work of setting it up. My $1000/mo Shopify store is a perfect example of a passive income source which doesn’t require much of my time.
I don’t mind putting in the long hours to get a business built up. But after it’s established and running, I must be able to walk away and let it run itself. If it can’t do that, then I’m not interested in setting it up.
It may sound like I’m really stubborn and picky (and perhaps not realistic), but the reality is that there are plenty of opportunities to achieve this kind of professional life. Web development is a subject that I’ve always been interested in, so I guess it was kind of easy for me to latch onto that and identify it as my path to freedom.
As I get older, I’m understanding more and more that quality of life is more important than anything else and it’s a waste to spend time doing things that I’m not interested in. For me, working long hours in a corporate job was not giving me the satisfaction I needed in life. As a matter of fact, it was making me downright miserable!
I don’t mind working hard. But I do mind working my fingers to the bone for someone else on meaningless projects that don’t benefit my long term goals.