I never actually believed I’d be my own boss.
Sure, I’d vaguely thought about it from time to time. Like everybody else, I’m sure I’ve gotten swept up in some dully romantic daydream about one day calling the shots, perhaps wearing the cliché hard hat in some factory directing imaginary labor forces with my free hand, a coffee in my other while looking over blueprints. Clearly, I didn’t delve very deeply into that imaginary scenario.
No, it’s safe to say I always thought I’d be working for somebody else. Punching in, lunching out, and crunching heads all day.
What I didn’t realize back then was that one day I’d be working from home. That I’d have no employees. That my customers would live all over the world. That I’d make a decent living selling things I enjoyed dealing with. That I’d be making money at all hours of the day, even while I slept, even while I write this sentence. (I just sold two toys to a gentleman in France for $40 plus $34.68 shipping, no joke. Just happened).
Truthfully, I’m already bothered that this sounds like an infomercial pitch, something that’s too good to be true, so, with that in mind, I’ll do my best to keep this completely authentic and filled with real life examples; stories that you can easily absorb now and recall later when you’re in charge and need guidance. There may be some redundancies, but a lot of what lies ahead takes gut instinct, most of which you’re born with -- and I’ll help you tune in to that -- and the rest is just learning what you care about, what interests you’ve developed over the years and what talents you didn’t know you’d soon be using.
I am just a regular Jack who found a way to be in charge of my own paycheck. Along the way there are going to be many way ups and some pretty low downs, it’s not all sugar and spice. But here’s how I became my own boss. And now I’m going to help you do it too.