Every year I put together a mega post of 50, or maybe even 51, things that I have learnt during the year in business and in life. Here is the fifth year of this review and this time it is mostly business as there has been a particular business slant in the last twelve months, lots of work. Some of the things may be repeated from previous years, as yet I don’t know because when I am writing this I do […]
Here I am sitting having lunch and wondering if it is possible to be too busy? The last week has been a haze of doing stuff and all of it for a change is heading in the right direction but focus is totally impossible with all of these things requiring time and differing skillsets. So what is happening?
As you will know if you have been following the blog I am co-writing a book at the moment. Tentatively called “The Bootstrapping Book – How to start up a business from nothing” (Catchy title I know) it comprises ten chapters with various ideas for getting started in your own business without having to buy stock, rent a place to conduct your business or, in essence, put money down.
I have to say that it took me some time to realise that you could actually, and I hate this word, monetise the internet. For years I understood that you had to physically sell something on the internet to actually earn money. The reason was simple. I had an estate agency and the internet generated leads in the form of clients who came over and bought a house for sale in Spain. Simple really. However that is slightly removed from actually earning money on the internet. That is a real world business supported by a shop window of the internet presence.
Tim Ferriss called it a muse. Something that you set up and then it pays for you to actually enjoy your life and get you out of the 9-5 lifestyle. A business set up in this way takes time to create though. You cannot just set it up in a couple of days and then watch as you enjoy the fruits of your labors. It takes much longer. During the time you are setting it up you may need to work very long hours especially if you are planning to get out of your current job and are therefore setting it up at night and the weekends. However, you need to find your muse and set it up first of course so how do you do it?
If you are thinking of starting up a business and moving on in life then there are always certain books that will help you apart from the obvious ebooks. I have chosen five books that should be read and will be posting a why for each of them over the next few weeks. Some of them are rather obvious and a couple are a little more left field.