Would You Sell Your Business to be a Writer? ?

nothing isworth itIf your best friend told you they were quitting their job or selling their business to become writer I’m sure you’d wanna smack some sense into them. One of my best friends has decided he wants to be a writer. And he’s selling his eCommerce business. I mean, why would someone leave a profitable business to embark on the uncertain journey of becoming an author? I love my friend alot, but he’s a stubborn asshole. What if he doesn’t make it? What if nobody likes his work?

I’m sure every aspiring author asks themselves those same questions. He’s just decided that it was worth it to try! And I support him 100%. You see, I’ve seen many people try their hand at writing in their free time, along with their regular day job. This is very dangerous. Writing is an art that simply cannot be pigeon-holed into regular “working hours”. So while you may have the discipline to write in your off hours, alot of people burn out really quickly.

Many people are under the misconception that you should just write when you feel inspiration. While that is great, it is not a good foundation for a business. If you treat your writing as a hobby and not a profession, you probably won’t do very well! I’m sure that if you invest your time and your imagination into creating something, you will have a much better chance of doing well than if you’re also trying to write, while worrying about the stresses of your 9 to 5.

The fact is, life is too short not to do what you love! This is one of the reasons I moved out here in the first place only to be turned down. It’s also the reason I haven’t settled for anything just yet. If writing amazing stories is your passion, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t go for it. So many people are concerned about the status-quo, that they don’t even realise that their life is ticking by. They miserably drag themselves to work every-day, silently wishing they could do something, ANYTHING else. Who wants to live like that.

Lots of people’s reason for not quitting is “job security”. Think about that carefully. How is your job secure when it depends on the creativity and the whims of someone else. I am the prime example of that. I had my hopes set on a job that wasn’t guaranteed for me. Not to mention that businesses fail every day. Remember Enron? That was a pretty big company! I wonder how secure their employees’ jobs were. What about those in the digital camera industry? Thousands of people are being laid off every day from businesses in dying industries.

Are you passionate about your job? If you are, then you should definitely keep working there. If writing as a hobby makes you happy, then go for it!

If you’ve read Tim Ferris’ book “The Four Hour Work Week” (haven’t we all!) then you know all about “Escaping the 9-5 and joining the new rich”. So many people are enticed by this dream, but they follow Tim’s advice blindly. So even though they may have set up online businesses, they’ve become trapped in a job that’s more difficult and even more time consuming than their 9-5.

Being the owner of a business, both on and offline requires you to wear many hats. You have to conceptualise, market, manage, and follow through with every single detail of your business or risk going under. My friend was pretty much drawn into the dream of operating a business, but deep down he  just wanted to write!

If you currently hold an unfulfilling, mind-numbing job, then the thought of leaving may not be so crazy! If you are the owner of an online business, you can read this great guide about selling your business profitably with a website broker here.

This entire post was just to say, don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. My friend not only inspired me, but showed me that life is just way too short to do what you don’t love, no matter how much money is involved. And don’t feel bad if it isn’t your dream to run your own business and hop islands for the rest of your life. I enjoy working with teams of great people and I don’t mind not being in charge. That’s all folks! Till next time.

Rant

stressI had just arrived to Iowa City, got pulled over and fined $50 for not driving in bike lane. I wouldn’t have any problem with that if I was ABLE to drive on it. There was some kind of constructing being done which prevented me from following the line so I went on the road to avoid it, passing by a cop car. Naturally the bastard didn’t care and decided to punish me for not being able to drive through solid objects.

Police officer that stopped me should be educated in something called common sense. I don’t realize how someone who has sworn to protect and serve spends his time in car drinking coffee and pestering people.

After that I received a phone call that my new job position wasn’t available anymore, including apologies and excuses. What the hell I just bought a house and moved across the country for that job. Now I’ll end up with a huge house and no income. I have no idea how to deal with this situation. I guess I can pretty much spend every night on my way there applying for jobs. God I am so freaking upset, jobs are freaking hard to find these days. Lets hope lady luck will be on my side.

Looking into the future

houseAs I was driving today I kept thinking of all the things I will need to do with my new house as soon as I arrive.

Like cutting a huge amount of grass for example. Its kind of surprising but I’ve never cut grass in my entire life.  I hope there’s no way to screw it up, wouldn’t want to become the laughingstock of my new neighbors. Oh gosh I still didn’t really introduce myself to the new neighbors. I suppose it would be polite. Not to even mention moving in all the furniture and arranging everything.

The house was really clean when we were checking it out but I’m certain my better half will force me to clean every inch of the house before we put things inside. I guess it won’t be that much of a struggle since its pretty much just lots of empty space. I should purchase some speakers, listening music always makes cleaning easier in my opinion.

Lets not forget going to buy drapes and similar items. As a man best thing to do would be to stay quiet and hope she decides quickly. I wouldn’t want to end up like one of those men in stores that look like they’ve lost their will to live.

All in all lots of work, but I still have a long drive ahead of me, and several days before our things even begin their journey across the states. Hopefully I will arrive in time.

Progress

rosieI have reached Cleveland! Why Cleveland you might be asking. Well in short my grandmother lives here, and what kind of a person would I be if I didn’t stop by and spend some time with her, share some information of my glorious adventure. Especially since she was the one that pretty much raised me considering I’ve lost my parents at a very young age, and yet I’ve never became batman :(

My grandma is a strong sturdy woman. I was a mean little kid but she was meaner, always had something up her sleeve that would make me rethink my actions. What I am impressed the most by is that she never showed any sad emotions, like when our dog died. She had that dog longer then me back then. Spent time with it, played, slept, nearly even ate at the same table. And when he was gone there wasn’t really a big fuss about it, but you could feel something missing.

Recently when her husband died I figured she would be devastated, that I would see her cry for the first time. In her eulogy she said “He promised me he would stay by my side till the day I died, and that we would be reunited again in afterlife. I’m still here Harry, what the hell?!” Even in the most painful moments of her life she is strong, looks on the positive times, and makes everyone smile.

I hope my wife finds me half as strong as my grandma is. After all I cried like a baby during Bambi, not to mention Lion King.

Trustworthy Companion

bikeI have realized while driving today that I always seem to get into some kind of trouble while driving around, but shockingly I still didn’t have a problem with my bike! Since someone reading this blog might be interested which bike am I driving I figured I would write about that.

For about last 16 months I have Trek Madone 3.5 and this bike is just a beast. Driving is insanely smooth, and the handling is very stable. I am not very knowledgeable about bikes but comparing to all others I’ve had in my life this one is better by far. I also have several gadgets.

For a helmet I use ICEdot Crash sensor, mainly because I enjoy driving long distances and this handy helmet sends alerts and my GPS location in case I end up crashing. Its nice to know someone will be aware and help out if things go wrong.

Wireless Bicycle Turn Signal is a must have for me because I hate flopping my hands around when I want to make a turn. I was very happy when I found out this existed.

Siva Cycle Atom is another must have gadget for me. As I travel long distances I might not want to stop somewhere to charge my battery, and that is where this little portable generator shines. It can charge any device over USB port, how awesome is that.

Lets see what else, I’ve recently added bikeSpike. Having such a pricey bike and all kinds of gadgets on it makes me want to secure it as much as I can. All in all bikeSpike makes me feel a little bit safer.I think that’s it. My trusty steed that has guided me for hundreds and hundred of miles.

Difficult Start

rainTalk about great luck., right from first day I encounter heavy rain as I’m passing Jersey City. Thankfully I am well prepared but that doesn’t mean it was comfortable driving during the downpour. As I’ve reached Parsippany  I decided to stop and get some rest, driving all day during the rain isn’t very fun after all. I took a cheap room for rest of the day and the night, hoping weather would be great next day and I could be on my merry way. I stuffed myself with junk food and went for my beauty sleep.

Next morning was absolutely terrible. I woke up with a headache and had to puke, barely even reached the toilet. Perhaps driving in the rain and then stuffing myself with junk wasn’t one of the best ideas I’ve had in my life. Thankfully I was informed by the motel manger that apothecary wasn’t very far from here. I walked there, stumbling the whole way praying for this agonizing pain in my head would stop. I picked up all kinds of pills, went back to my room and just fell a sleep from exhaustion. As I was waking up couple of times during the day to get some nutrients and medicine I kept thinking how this trip isn’t as fun as I was hoping it would be.

The next day, which would be right now, I felt quite a bit better in the morning. I’m quite certain I will be resuming my ride tomorrow, there are still tons of things I have to do when I arrive so no point in lollygagging.