By David Wood
Can you be yourself at the office? Many people differentiate their work persona from who they really are. That’s because their work doesn’t have its foundation in their passions, interests, hobbies and experience. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
Imagine what it would be like to be yourself all the time — even at work — and create a revenue stream from what really interests you. That’s what I call inner freedom — the freedom to be yourself and to share what you know and love with the world.
You have a lot to offer. But you need to be able to leverage your knowledge in such a way that it frees you to be yourself while bringing in revenue. The Internet gives you limitless possibilities to do just that. Do you feel there is something holding you back? Here are some common excuses I hear that people give themselves for not starting an online business:
But I’m not an expert. Who will listen to me?
Doubting your qualifications, the value of your ideas, or level of your expertise is common — so common that it keeps thousands of people paralyzed in dead-end jobs. If you can move past this one obstacle, you’ll be far ahead of the pack in terms of what you can achieve.
I don’t have the money to start a business.
With millions of customers surfing the Internet and buying and downloading information at the click of a mouse, the landscape has changed. The Internet is a viable — and cheap — storefront. You need very little investment to get started.
I don’t have the time to start a business.
If you want to start a new business, you’ll need to invest time. At a minimum I suggest seven hours a week, or one hour a night. That won’t threaten your day job or require you to quit.
I need business and technical skills.
I’ll bet that you already have at least 50 percent of the computer skills you’ll need to run a successful Internet business — including the ability to start up and shut down a computer, send and receive email and attachments, and conduct searches using Google. There are many free and public resources that will help you beef up your computer expertise. And if it’s really not your scene, you can partner with someone who does have those skills.
Having an online business that utilizes your passion, hobby, skill or life experience will allow you to experience four freedoms: Inner Freedom — the freedom to be yourself, and to share what you know and love with the world; Location Freedom — the ability to live or travel anywhere in the world, including the simple joy of working from home; Time Freedom — being able to choose to work five days a week, or one; and Financial Freedom — not having to worry about money or constantly check prices when you buy things that bring joy to you and those you love.
Imagine sharing your experience with the world, and making money doing what you love most. You can do it — you just have to get out of your own way!
About the Author:
International speaker, standup comedian and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) David Wood is the author of Get Paid for Who You Are and co-author of the best-selling book Guerilla Marketing on the Front Lines. His tried and true methods for freeing oneself from the shackles of the timecard have been the inspiration for many people to gain a lifestyle of freedom and contribution. Learn more at: www.GetPaidLifestyle.com.