It will soon be two years since I became a solopreneur, and the ride has been rewarding in many ways. I have flexible work timings, and I can take time off whenever I need a break to recuperate. When I took the plunge, I was worried because I left a stable job without another one in hand, but my family and some close friends supported me to move on and assured me that better things would come my way.
In the last two years, I have built a steady stream of income from some valuable clients and got considerable work done both for clients and at a personal level. I invested in building new tools for my accessibility audits, SEO consulting, content marketing, and others. I hired a few virtual assistants to help me with various admin tasks, and finally, I got to the space where I wanted to be for a very long time.
I got a taste of entrepreneurship at the age of 19, and then I worked for a corporation for 12 years. During this time, I took only two full-time jobs. I did not switch jobs for money or any other perks because more than job things, I do outside my job gave me more satisfaction. I was fortunate to learn about the web and how to create things on it at a very early age. What I learned as a 19-year-old is paying off in my mid-thirties. All the skills compounded during the years, and being a generalist helped me learn new things much more quickly.
I heard the words “be patient, there is time for everything,” and many others during the years from family, friends, books, and articles I read. In my twenties, I was less patient; I wanted things to move fast, not in terms of wealth, but I craved something, and I never knew what it was until today – it is freedom.
Freedom where I am myself and not pretending every day to get things done and move on with life. I have heard this phrase a lot, “I do not like my job,” and I might have told my mother and dad multiple times. Now I can say this: any job becomes boring after a few months, and each day, the job will be the same. It is how you approach it.
I understood this a decade ago; that’s the reason I did not switch jobs because changing jobs is not going to give me anything new other than a few quids in the bank. If I can find myself and be free to think, express, ideate, innovate, be curious, and build the right relationships, then I win.