One year ago I left the Corporate world after 30 years of working long days, travelling around the world, managing thousands of staff and earning a nice big regular monthly pay-check.
I look back and I admit I loved my Corporate career. The majority of companies I worked for, I loved. The majority of bosses I worked for, I respected and built excellent relationships with. The majority of staff I managed were excellent team members.
I did work hard. I ended up being the Manager who could turn things around. If there was a ‘problem’ department I was asked to go in and turn it around. Get it back to providing a great service again.
Of course, I had a great team around me. It wasn’t just my efforts.
Leaving the Corporate world was always my plan b.
Over the years, I had seen people leave and go off and do their own thing.
I remember one guy started a skateboarding park. I understand he runs a bed & breakfast place now.
Another started property development.
Another opened a pub.
Another a tea shop.
I admired them so much. For having the courage to leave the Corporate world and start their own thing.
“I couldn’t do it”, I thought.
A really good work colleague used to say to me, “I don’t know how you do it. Working 12 hours a day for this place. You need to start your own thing”.
Of course, fear was holding me back.
I had a mortgage.
I had 2 young children.
I was good at my job and I felt ‘safe’ and I didn’t mind the hard work. I’ve always enjoyed my work.
I was earning really good money in return for my hard work. My wife and I invested wisely. We purchased several other properties and rented them out. That brought in extra income.
But there does come a time when money isn’t everything as I explained in my worst decision post.
While still working for the Corporate Company, I started my own Management Skills site and on-line business…then after 2 years of working weekends and evenings, I left the Corporate world, one year ago and started this blogging guide blog, as well.
This was my very first blogging guide post on WeBuildYourBlog:
No comments, no tweets on that one!
One year later, here are my current stats:
Blog posts: 232
Alexa Ranking: 52,753
PageRank: 3 (I think it should be higher but I just need to work harder, don’t I?)
Page one of Google for my 6 targeted keyword phrases
Twitter Following: 25k
Am I happy with my blogging results?
I am disappointed with my Google Page Rank. I did expect it to increase in the last update but I’m not losing sleep over it and I’m certainly not going to change my approach to blogging…as it now provides me with a decent income.
Most of my income does come from my own product sales
As I stated above I started off in the niche of ‘Management’ and in that area I have 3 products that I sell:
The First-Class Manager
Great Successful People
Mastering Public Speaking – Get Applause Now
By far, my best selling product in this area is the Mastering Public Speaking product. No matter which area you work, public speaking is crucial. Even blogging if you are making videos or on the seminar circuit.
And in the last year, I’ve created several blogging guide type products including these 2 with Anja Merret:
Article Writing Service
It’s a great success and hard work but it’s also been great fun creating the Blogging Guide course and helping others. That’s where the real fun and buzz comes from – when someone says we have made a difference to their blogging experience.
(By the way, we used Yaro Starak’s “build your own memberships course” to build our first membership course).
Have I had fun in my first year working for myself?
Of course, I’ve made a lot of mistakes (they will be detailed in another blog post soon) but that’s how you learn, isn’t it?
I love working from home. I love the freedom I have. I love building reciprocal relationships. I love building new products that help others improve their lives.
The last year has flown by and I’m glad I took the decision to work from home.
Are you having fun?
I recently came across this video entitled: “The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun”
How are you having fun while blogging? Share your views in the comments below.