It’s funny how life turns out. Who would have thought that a one time gas engineer would go on to mentor others on how to start a business?
After all I had no particular experience of running a small business but what I had was a burning ambition to better my life and provide well for my family. I also had a good work ethic, (which certainly helped when I started my first business which resulted in my working 18 hour days seven days a week) and a determination to succeed. The hardest question for me to answer was:
“What business can I start?”
Online businesses did not exist when I started my first business so I decided to research brick and mortar businesses instead.
After carrying out some research including monitoring how many people were visiting the high street each day and questioning numerous people as to what sort of products they generally bought, I decided to open a chain of convenient stores. It was hard work at the beginning and provided many challenges, but I soldiered on and went on to win many awards including an all expenses paid trip to New York, courtesy of ‘Sir Richard Branson’.
I subsequently went on to start other successful brick and mortar businesses including a manufacturing company and a building company, all of which were successful.
Then like millions of others I was hit right between the eyes in the” downturn” that politicians refuse to call a recession.
Trust me, no industry has been hit harder than the building trade. In 2007 we were building new homes at a rate of knots but by 2008 it was all drying up. The banks stopped lending (and started hiking up their interest rates due to building companies now being classed as “high risk”) and people stopped splashing out.
I had to seriously re-think what I was doing
I quickly began to diversify the work that I did within my construction company. Instead of building houses we began to build extensions, loft conversions and other general building works. This kept us busy and paid the bills but fierce competition within this type of work meant having to offer low quotes in order to win the work which also meant lower profit margins which is bad news within this type of industry.
I needed to know how to make more money
I needed to find a way to earn extra money. Then something extraordinary happened. Here I was stuck in the middle of this recession, wondering where the next job was coming from, when other individuals started asking me… yes ME about the secrets of my success and how to make money.
At the time I thought that they must be insane to be asking me of all people. However it got me thinking and I started looking online for opportunities.
And then came the shock…
I quickly discovered that for years I had been working much harder than I had needed to. I’d made a good living but I had been doing it the fool’s way.
I had been working long hours, outlaying huge overheads and having the stress of employing staff, when all along there were people out there, younger than me, less experienced than me and making more money than me.
I decided to look into this “work from home” thing and looked at various business models. Some appealed to me and some didn’t and some seemed ethical when others didn’t. More importantly some worked and some didn’t.
Over the last few years I’ve singled out and now share with others, some of the best opportunities and easy to use systems that can make you money even when you sleep or are on holidays.
All of the opportunities provide a simple way of making an income at home. More importantly they have all been tried and tested and are totally ethical businesses that can help individuals to start an online business from home.
What kinds of internet businesses are there ?
The opportunities are varied to suit all needs and include;
The Best Affiliate Products to sell for those wanting to promote products or services that are already branded and established. The advantages of these types of opportunities are that you will have access to established products, websites and advice from companies that pay the best commissions in the business.
How To Make Money On E Bay instead of spending it.
How To Make Money By Helping Local Businesses.
How To Make A Lucrative Income By Retailing Licensed Products
There are also educational resources including books and DVDs that demonstrate further how to start a lucrative business.
Everyone will have their own reasons for wanting to earn extra money. What’s yours?
A dream house, fast car, luxury holidays.
Ditching your boss and daily commute to create more freedom of time.
Getting out of debt…Paying off loans, credit cards or mortgage.
Each person will have their own reasons. Mine was a combination of each of them and more.
Starting a business, whether an ‘online business’ from home or a ‘brick and mortar’ business, is not for everyone. Many individuals will always need the discipline and structure of working for someone else and let’s be honest; businesses would fail without these types of people as they essentially help the cogs of industry to go around.
However, for those individuals who yearn to start a business, I can vouch from personal experience that starting your own business provides a great living both from a financial point of view and more importantly from a personal one as It allows you to always be there for those important milestones in your children’s lives…First day at school, sports day, concerts etc, etc.
One thing to remember if you do decide to start a business is to make sure that you research the business thoroughly to ensure that it is an ethical business as there are a lot of rogue businesses out there…and trust me, I should know, as I have come across a few of them!