For example, working from home running your own business, rather than being at the beck and call of a corporate boss?
For many of us, this is a long-standing dream which will probably never come to fruition, but there are a few people who really manage to make the break and do something different.
I am one of those people!
I worked for thirty years in the financial services sector, focusing on IT and project management, team leadership and business strategy. I followed a pretty average path through school and academia, passing exams and then falling in to my first job in London in the same way as all of my friends seemed to do. I was happy, building up my skills and comfortable with my monthly pay check, and yet there always seemed to be something missing from my working life.
So, in between going to work and achieving my responsibilities, I decided to start doing something differently.
I set up a small company, doing blog set up and support for friends and family, charging nominal rates while I built up my experience.
At that time, blogging was a relatively new phenomenon and there was a lot to learn. I spent most of my spare time with my head in books or on the computer, giving myself some space to learn about something I had a real passion for.
To be honest, I could have chosen any passion to devote my energies to. If I had been a horse rider, I may have started looking into opportunities in that sector.
If I’d liked stocks and shares, I could have learned financial analysis or brokering.
It was much more about satisfying that nagging drive to achieve something different, than the actual subject I chose to learn about.
Over a couple of years, I began to realize that my hobby was becoming much more interesting and rewarding for me than my day to day job. I began to imagine that I could truly become one of those people I had always envied – someone who worked from home, for themselves, turning a profit out of the subject they loved.
All of a sudden, it hit me that I could be one of those people.
I turned my attentions to the logistics of running a home-based business. And then, feeling nervous but determined, I made the jump and became self-employed.
I am now lucky enough to have a thriving business that enables me to do what I love, in my own time. I don’t have to commute any more to a huge bland office, spending time in a working environment I don’t enjoy.
I’m happy, and finally that nagging voice which I carried with me for thirty years, that kept reminding me that there must be more to life, has become quiet.
Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of issues I had to face when I first started to work for myself.
It was difficult to get the discipline and dedication I needed to make my business thrive.
It was tough to find the right space to work from, in an environment I’d previously associated with domestic chores and having fun.
I had to make a great number of mistakes before I finally learned enough to succeed.
You Too Can Work From Home
I’ve written down all I have learned in a simple, easy to read and accessible book – The Pajama Tycoon
I wanted to explain some of the pitfalls of working from home and provide solid, real advice about how to avoid them.
The Pajama Tycoon does not tell you how to make an income from home or how to start a business from home. It assumes you already work from home and want to improve your personal productivity and happiness.
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