Be Free – Work for Yourself

It is no secret that I despise working for other people. Working as an employee just means that you are working to make someone else rich. If that was not the case then it would not make economic sense to hire you. In one way or another you are worth more to the company than you are paid, they are making a profit on you and your work. The only way out of this is to become an owner not an employee, which is much easier said than done.

Just because something is hard does not mean you shouldn’t try though. The way I look at it is this: I work for someone else to pay the bills while I work on finding a way to work for myself. Worst case I end up retiring at 65 with a good savings account and the ability to say that I at least tried. Best case I end up able to pay the bills by working for myself.

With entrepreneurship there seems to be a huge focus on striking it rich. I blame the big silicone valley success stories for this, everyone wants to become the next Mark Zukerberg or Elon Musk, I just want to be able to know that my labor is going directly to supporting my life, not helping my boss buy his third summer home.

Now I know that when you are self-employed you are still working for someone else (your clients) but you have a lot more freedom and a lot more choice. Of course there is also a lot more work and sacrifice to get there. A lot more risk and I know that eventually I will need to take the plunge and take the risk, but I think I am getting to the point where I am stable enough to commit to heading down that road.

Currently my employment is at a dead end and frankly I will never be happy or feel like a success until I manage to begin working for myself. Loosely, when I was younger, this idea was one of being an author. Writing books and living off the sales. As I got older and attempted this I realized that this was akin to dreaming of winning the lottery or making it as a rock star. This realization actually hit me pretty hard and led to a bit of a depression. I had been living a little bit of a fantasy for a long time and after writing five books and only selling a few copies I took a look at my life and felt pretty bad. I felt like a failure.

It was in that moment and after a lot of introspection that I realized that I needed to be a little more realistic and take a look at making a living on my own by creating and selling things that are feasible not banking on some distant hope of becoming an author.

There have been a lot of starts and stops down this path that I am walking again but I think I have found something that might be viable. It’s not glamorous and it’s not my dream of being an artist / novelist but it is possible and it will free me allowing me to work for myself and see a direct result from my labor.

At the end of the day I think life is too short to be miserable in how you make a living. Sure not every job will be amazing and there will be ups and downs in all lines of work but we should aim to have more ups than downs. For me I want to live a life where I can look back and see that I tried everything I wanted to try. I don’t want to regret any of it and I want to at least make a go of working for myself.

If you are happy being an employee there is nothing wrong with that. I’m just not wired that way I guess. So I am going to continue down the path of working for myself, now with more guidance and a clear direction. Now with a more solid plan and by making a serious go of it. No more half assing and no more excuses.

I’m not quitting my job, but I want to be in a position where I am at least making real money on the side. There is nothing safe about having all your eggs in one basket so I need to line up other income sources. I need to be free, I need to work for myself.

If you feel the same way make sure that you at least make a go of it, at least try and fail, because you never know and the chance of success is only zero if you never try.

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