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.
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. Stock trading and web development are two subjects that I’ve always been interested in, so I guess it was kind of easy for me to latch onto those two things and identify them as my paths to freedom.
As I get older and progress through my career, 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 is not giving me the satisfaction I need in life. As a matter of fact, it’s 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.