I've been my own boss for almost close to a year now and I must say it was the wisest decision I ever made in my entire lifetime. But at that time I wasn't really too sure of my decision to come out on my own.
I've been working for people for almost my entire life and while I can say it was okay, in the end it didn't really justify, remuneration wise, for the amount of effort and dedication I put into my work. I've always been one to give my all for any establishment I work for. Wifey would say that sometimes I give way too much, much more than is expected of me.
There came a time in my life when I was constantly thinking of going out on my own, starting up my own business, being my own boss. I am afterall a person not without the expertise and skills needed for my profession. I have my network of contacts and I'd be doing exactly what I've been doing all along with the exception that everything I earned would go to me.
But I didn't have the courage to do it. I do have a family and kids to support and going out on your own can be very dicey. What if I don't succeed? What if I screw things up? What if I can't collect payments? I couldn't handle that kind of uncertainty and responsibility. Yes, working for someone is oftentimes unfulfilling but at least at the end of the month, you'd be certain of a paycheck.
So it went on like that for years, with the thoughts of being my own boss never far off from my mind. Then came a day when things in the last place I worked in didn't turn out well and I left to look for another job. But at my age and even with my experience, jobs were not easy to come by. I can't even remember the amount of rèsumès I sent out with only two calling even calling me back for an interview, which was pretty unsuccessful I must admit. Though I had the experience they said age wasn't on my side.
That was when, with the complete trust and support for wifey, I decided to venture out on my own. Both of us knew it was a risk to start my own business cos we had two perpetually hungry boys to feed and if things didn't work out, we'd be in deep trouble. But we got a company registered and I initially ran my business from home.
With gods help and a heck of a lot of hard work, things started picking up. I obtained three clients, made more money than I ever did working for people but most importantly I was happy. Now at least I knew everything I threw into the company would be worthwhile and appreciated. I mean if I didn't appreciate my own effort, who else would ... LOL!
Then a little over three months later, I went even further and joined into a business partnership with an friend. Suffice to say it's been 7 months now and business wise we're doing pretty decent. The work keeps on coming in daily and while it's nothing but hard work, it is fulfilling for both of us knowing that whatever we put in to the company comes back to us in full.
But it really is hard to believe that I (albeit with a partner) now have my own business premise, my own staff (we've finally solved our recent staffing problems) and our own printing machines. In fact business has been pretty decent that we've just got ourselves an additional printing machine to cope with the never ending work that we're getting, which is a good sign really :D
To me, it's all still like a dream. I've always wanted to have my own business with my own staff and now finally achieving it is still really unbelievable. I'm so afraid I'll wake up suddenly and this will all be just a dream or something. But it is good to know that while I still do work pretty hard and sometimes late hours, I'm not slogging it out for some unappreciative boss who will at the end of the day just pay me my meager wage. What I do now is entirely for me and my family and most importantly I am happy with what I'm doing.
My partner and me has this dream that one day we will grow so successful that we can afford to hire more people to do our work and we can finally sit back, let the company run on its own and just enjoy life. I for one intend to make that dream come true, the sooner the better :D
Now before I go and do some looking around for blomus mailboxes, stainless steel mailboxes and modern mailboxes, being the shameless person that I am (LOL!) I simply cannot end this post without a little bit of advertising for my company. If you ever have the need for any ink-jet printing work for buntings, banners, posters, backdrops, vehicle wraps, stickers or even t-shirts using heat transfer technology, in fact anything at all that can be printed, then do drop me an email I'll be more than happy to accommodate you :D