I am so, so lucky (but perhaps sometimes I take it for granted!).
Why am I so lucky?
I work from home. I have done for the past 2.5 years and it’s FAB!
I love it. I work when I want (well most of the time) and I have the freedom to do want I want (to a certain degree).
Of course, it’s not always a bed of roses…I do work hard but it is the freedom, the lifestyle I love. The fact that I can take a break WHEN I WANT TO IS PRICELESS.
Honestly, if someone had told me a few years ago that I would be sitting here in my home office on a sunny afternoon, running my own on-line business, I would have laughed in their face. And then probably stayed away from them, because they would have been clearly insane. And yet, here I am, working from home running my own on-line business, which over the years has become viable and lucrative.
But it has taken a long time to get to this stage and over the next few blog posts…I’m going to share with you exactly how I gave up the 9-5 (or was it more like the 8-8!) and now work from home.
Just a little about my corporate career:
I left colleague (well I gave up) when I was 19 and went straight to work…in the City of London. Close to the Bank of England. I worked for an Insurance company. I quickly moved departments and was lucky enough to join the IT department.
Many years later, after a few company moves I ended up being a senior IT manager of one of the largest UK Insurance companies.
With the job came an awesome salary, pension, health-care, company car and wonderful yearly bonuses.
In summary, I was rewarded well and I loved my job. I worked hard. I loved the hustle and bustle of an energized working environment. My job, my career was extremely important to me…and the income (of course!).
Why am I telling you all this?
I want you to know that I was working hard and in return was very well paid in a fairly secure role. There had been many mergers and acquisitions along the way and I had survived numerous staff cutbacks.
That was the worst part of the job…telling some of your work colleagues they were out of a job…no longer required. Very tough!
I knew my name could easily be on the next list of personnel no longer needed.
I needed a plan b.
I needed my own backup in case I was made redundant.
That was the easy decision…the fact I needed a plan b.
But what? What was my plan b going to be?
For 30 years, I had worked in the corporate world. That’s all I knew. I suppose I was experienced and could get another job but that wasn’t really a plan b. Get another job if made redundant is not a plan b
Well not the sort of plan b I wanted.
I wanted to be in control.
Over a beer one evening, I was discussing this situation with a good friend.
He said, “Have you thought about selling stuff on-line?”
“What like e-bay? Tried that. It’s not really my thing.”
“No…I mean sell your passions, knowledge, experience. Many people are doing it and making a fortune”
(Please note this was about 6 years ago).
“Yeah…you should investigate”
I finished my drink and thought I will investigate…I have nothing to lose.
Next day, I did some on-line investigation and I was shocked and excited at the same time.
I was reading so many product sales pages telling me I could earn a fortune by selling my knowledge on-line…within weeks.
Shocked that this sort of thing existed and excited because I thought I could do this.
But I knew very little about the internet. I didn’t know how to register a domain or build a website or know where to start.
But I was keen…I was eager to start and was happy to invest.
I needed an internet mentor!
In the next post in this series I’ll tell you how I found my internet mentor and what we did next.