Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to build a long term business

People Thought I was Crazy – But I Have my Vision

Business Vision. I’ve been self employed for 18 months now and I love every minute of the independence it brings me.

Recently, I was contacted by a head hunter who was looking for someone to work for China’s ‘most used and largest internet service portal’ (at least, that’s what their website says).

When I told a couple of people, they were all ‘that’s great’, ‘that’s brilliant’ and so on.

Until I told them I’d declined.

They looked at me as if I was off my head.

‘Why’, I asked them, ‘would I want to go back into a corporate environment?’

I’d just escaped from one (well, 18 months ago) and I’d worked hard to build up the business I have.

Why would I throw all that away?

‘But the big company, the perks, the job security…’, they came back with.

I’m afraid not.

You see, the higher up you go in the corporate world the less certain your job security becomes.

A new CEO usually has their own ideas about who they want around them. And if it isn’t you, you’re out.

Plus, if you’re working for a big company they expect 100% focus. Understandably.

But that would have put me back to relying on a single source of income.

And, as anyone who is concerned with safety and resilience knows, having a single point of potential failure is not good.

Today I have 3 sources of income: Income from affiliate and internet marketing, income from website design and consultancy, and income from traditional management consultancy.

If one dries up I have two more to live off.

But if I’m fired from a single source of income I’m left with nothing.

And then there’s all the politics that big companies have, and the stress the politics cause.

No thank you.

I have a very clear vision for my future and it doesn’t involve going back into a big corporate environment.

But they still looked at me as if I had a screw loose.

I shouldn’t be surprised, really.

We’re taught from young that the right thing to do, the responsible thing, is to go to school, get qualified, go to university and get a good, stable job.

Then you can settle down with a nice house in the suburbs and live a comfortable middle class life.

Until the next financial crisis arrives and you’re down-sized.

I think lots of corporate employees look at entrepreneurs, or self employed small-business owners, and feel stabs of envy.Ā  I know I did.

And if they come across someone like that, they’d rather see them fall into line (get a corporate job) than break free themselves.

So they impart messages of disapproval (implied or otherwise) when they get the chance.

But I’ve worked hard on developing multiple sources of income and, therefore, a fall-back in case one of them fails.

And I wasn’t about to give that up.

And the point is..?

I cannot over-emphasise the benefit of defining a vision for your life, whatever that may be, and then working towards it. And the same applies to your business.

Doing that has hugely improved the quality of my life.

It’s not without its risks – but nothing worthwhile ever is.

(And I did tell the head hunter that Iā€™d be delighted to help them on a consultancy basis.)

Cheers,

Martin Malden

 

Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to build a long term business

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  • Will Rendle 7 March, 2011, 11:48 pm

    You have hit the nail on the head, I’ve been self employed for 5 years now, and although was the scariest thing I have ever done, making the jump has also been the best thing I have ever done.

    Congratulations on the past 18 months and here’s to another great 18 months.

    Best Regards

    Will

    • Martin 8 March, 2011, 7:30 am

      Thanks Will..!

      Cheers,

      Martin.

  • arindam 7 March, 2011, 11:51 pm

    I am still trying hard to get out of rat race. Thanks for inspiring email

    • Martin 8 March, 2011, 7:29 am

      You’re welcome, and yes – as Will said above, it’s scary, but it’s totally worthwhile.

      Just be sure you know what you’re going to do šŸ™‚

      Cheers,

      Martin.

  • zulpress 9 March, 2011, 11:25 am

    thanks for inspiring me..u make me cry..now i’ll set again my vision and go for it.

    regards,
    zulpress

    • Martin 9 March, 2011, 1:42 pm

      Hi Zulpress,

      You’re very welcome – and good luck with achieving your vision.

      As long as it’s a vision you’re wholly committed to you will get there – it’s human nature šŸ™‚

      Cheers,

      Martin.

  • Dorothy Ray 12 March, 2011, 4:48 am

    hurrah for you!

    • Dorothy Ray 12 March, 2011, 4:51 am

      On closer view, that looks a little like a snide remark. Meant it to be a huge compliment, you know.

      • Martin 13 March, 2011, 9:52 am

        Dorothy, hi,

        No worries – and thanks..!

        Cheers,

        Martin.

  • Lydia 2 April, 2011, 8:44 am

    Martin,

    Let me just say that I would have been one of those friends who would have applauded you in turning down the corporate offer! There is nothing sweeter than putting your own God given talents to work without having a corporate noose around your neck. Your hard work is evidently paying off and so is the joy that comes with it. This and, not to mention, the better mental and physical health that comes with (or can come with) self employment.

    Good for you!!

    • Martin 2 April, 2011, 3:15 pm

      Many thanks Lydia! šŸ™‚

  • Tara D. 13 May, 2011, 12:27 am

    Wow! very inspiring post. It really inspire me and I love reading and I am always searching for informative information like this! You are bookmarked!
    Thanks for sharing your success.

    • Martin 13 May, 2011, 6:43 am

      You’re welcome – glad it was useful šŸ™‚

      Cheers,

      Martin.