Do You REALLY Want to Run an Online Business?

Really Want Biz

A lot of people say ‘Oh I could never do that’ when I tell them what I do. What they really mean is ‘I would never want to do that.’ Sure, they like the idea of it: being free to choose how they spend their time, where they spend it and when. The obvious appeal of not being told what to do any more. Stuff like that.

But do they really want the lifestyle, and everything else that comes with it? Things like:

  • Forcing themselves to do work when nobody’s breathing down their neck. When they don’t really have to do it.
  • Having their fingers in ALL the pies. Being in charge of making sure everything gets done.
  • Not leaving their work behind when they walk out the door. Thinking about their work ALWAYS.

I’ve talked before about how this lifestyle isn’t perfect.

But here’s the thing: if you WANT to do it, you can. That’s pretty much the only criteria for this. You don’t need qualifications, you don’t need permission, you don’t need a huge amount of savings in the bank.

You just have to want it enough. You have to be willing to make certain sacrifices, and to work hard to get where you want to be.

Looking back, I never thought I would be the kinda gal who could run her own business.

At school, I always turned my homework in late (if I did so at all) full of bullshit excuses. I took pride in being late. I thought it made me look cool, but mostly I just didn’t give a shit. I never revised for anything, not a single test. I once wrote an essay about Brazil during an exam, despite the fact that we’d been asked to write about somewhere in Europe. TRUE STORY. And spontaneity has been my downfall on many an occasion. Ask me to hang out when I’ve got shit to do? I’m THERE.

So no, nobody ever looked at me and said, ‘Now there’s a girl who’s going to run her own business one day.’ I didn’t even think it of myself.

But things changed over time. When I realised that ‘I’ll start my career just as soon as I’ve been to Alaska’ was a lie. And that I was never going to be okay with being told what to do. Or with being tied down to one location.

As soon as I figured out I could bypass all that by start an online business, I was on it. I knew I was willing to make sacrifices to make this happen. It was an easy decision. Easy.

Not easy to meet rush deadlines without breaking a sweat, or easy to sit down and actually do the work every day. Not easy to find clients or say something worth saying. Or to figure out taxes or book-keeping or invoicing. It wasn’t even easy to get started, if you recall: it took me ten months from inception to execution.

But it became easy to deal with all the shit that came my way. Because actually doing what you want to do, and living the life you want to lead — that is easy.

So don’t ask yourself if you’re good enough to do this. (You are.) Don’t ask yourself if it’s really a ‘wise decision’. (You won’t know until you try.) Just ask yourself this: do you really want it?

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    4 Comments

    1. Some nice things in here I resonate with much. I also was the lazy fucker in school. Because I could. I felt entitled and lessons were boring. I passed, so why after all should I give a fuck. Maybe not wise, but in hindsight very clever. I used my youth for being the child I often am today and missed nothing of huge value for my future plans.

      For me it was a easy decision as well. After, like you, I figured out the how. And I always let me friends happen that it´s easy to found a business. With the right tactics and system there is no way to fail. Like I-never-ever-will-make-it fail. Most don´t get it and reduce businesses solely down to luck.

      Although laziness was a big part of me I have no problems to overcome that right now. Thanks to my routine. I have the most troubles with feeling good enough about me and my work. But entrepreneurship will get rid of that soon enough.

      Many things aren´t easy the first time I do them. Like you said, taxes, legal shit and stuff. But once they´re figured out it gets easy again, till you hit the next mark.

      Yeah, so cool article :D

      1. I think laziness is inherent in most people, Sebastian — preserving energy for when we really need it and all that! And yeah, you’re right — a routine can be SO useful, along with building some solid habits. Which is basically the same thing.

    2. Thank you for writing this, Karen. I am a seventh grade English/language arts teacher, and I am constantly wondering if I am a “lifer”, that I can teach for 30+ years in the same place, same school, year after year. There are many great aspects about my job, but it can feel like teaching boxes you in and promotes stagnancy. You’re rewarded for staying in the same place but not for venturing out and trying new things and going to new places. Teaching is a wonderful, but giving and exhausting lifestyle. I am lucky that I have the amount of time off, but I hate having to answer to someone in the school year and then waiting tables in the summer just to get by. I would rather be exhausted because I am the boss of myself, and I am the one pushing me to get my work done. I have been dragging my feet about joining your class, but you’re right, it is a sacrifice. Nothing will change in my life unless I take control of it myself. I will never know until I try. So, thank you for keeping up with your good shit!

      1. Glad to help, Kelly! And a big old HELL YES to this: “Nothing will change in my life unless I take control of it myself.”

        I like to take responsibility for everything that happens in my life, even if I’m not the one who directly caused something to happen.

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