7 Keys That Helped Me Leave the "Rat Race" for
Copyright Marty Foley, ProfitInfo.com
On Friday, Aug. 28th, 1998, I finally achieved what I had dreamed
about and worked toward for some time.
No, cashing that week's paycheck wasn't what I had been keenly
anticipating... Leaving a job I hated in order to work for myself
full-time in cyberspace was the dream goal I had finally achieved!
The goal of leaving the "rat race" and calling the shots in one's
own profitable business - online or off - is common to many people.
At times it even reaches the point of desperation. Some waste thousands
of dollars in an elusive attempt to reach it.
If running your own successful online business is a goal you'd
also like to reach, I empathize with your situation. I'll share
some tips in this article that helped me "leave the rat race" for
my own online business, which may also help you.
Even if you've already achieved self-employment, maybe some tips
I share can help increase the profitability of your existing business,
online or off.
Keys To Leaving The Rat Race
1) Being a doer, not just a dreamer.
One of my favorite sayings is: "When all is said than done, more
is said than done." It's easy to dream and talk about our goals,
but we won't get anywhere until we take decisive action.
Before I built a successful online business, I did more dreaming
and telling others about my goal than I took action toward reaching
it. Finally combining my dreams with action, however, was the only
thing that worked.
Caution: Don't confuse taking decisive action with making rash
decisions. Temper your willingness to act with sound reasoning and
knowledgeable decisions, based on sufficient research.
2) Effective time management.
Time certainly means money in the business world. The ability to
manage your time effectively is an asset that can repay you many
times over, in both your business and personal life.
Getting maximum productivity from your time is even more crucial
if you're working a full-time job at the same time you're building
your own business.
Back when I worked for an employer, workdays usually dragged by.
Now I find that working for myself, time just breezes by and I often
wonder where the time went!
At one point, I was making money in my own business while holding
down my full-time regular job, but not enough to live on. Moreover,
I needed more time than I had available in my spare hours to pursue
things I felt would increase profits.
I then decided to cut back on the hours at my regular job, which
my employer agreed to because he didn't want me to quit.
This allowed time to expand my business faster and made the transition
to going full-time in it easier. If you can't or don't want to quit
your job "cold turkey," consider a similar strategy.
3) Knowledge of your field.
You don't have to be an expert in your business field when first
starting out. You can grow as you go, but plan on keeping abreast
of developments in your field. Do so long enough and you'll become
an expert. You can also team up with others who have needed expertise
you may be lacking.
Despite the hype sometimes used to try to sell "instant, lazy-man's
way to riches" types of products, success in business rarely comes
easily or overnight. Fact is, it takes persistent effort and plain
old fashioned work. Be wary of promises to the contrary.
I empathize with those who must commute 5 or more days a week
to a job they dislike. However, that can be a plus. It was a strong
motivation for me to persist at my own business until I went full-time.
Whatever your own motivations to persist may be, they will prove
Tip: It will be much easier to persist if you select a field of
business that you like, as opposed to pursuing something just for
the money. Then your work can be fun, not drudgery.
5) Focus on presenting solutions, not just on selling products
I'm a believer in the business philosophy of "succeeding by helping
others succeed." Focusing on helping clients solve their problems
and achieve their goals through your products and services contributes
more toward long-term success than just focusing on "selling" them
products and services.
Now that my office is just a few steps away when I awake in the
morning, it's easy to sleep in. With no boss to "crack a whip" over
you as a self-employed entrepreneur, self-discipline is definitely
needed. Since likely no one will see that things get done but yourself,
you need to be a self-starter.
7) Marketing skills.
Regardless of what business you're in, marketing is the tool used
to present the solutions that your products or services offer to
the rest of the world. As the saying goes, in business "Everything
Marketing is a skill. And like any other skill, it can be developed
through knowledge and practice. Entrepreneurs can never learn too
much about successful marketing.
You Can Also Leave the "Rat Race"!
As more and more employees of large corporations have been discovering
to their dismay, neither seniority - nor years of company loyalty
- guarantee any real job security. In view of this, staking one's
claim in the digital Wild Wild Web seems even more attractive.
Of course, there's much more involved in leaving the rat race than
can be covered in this article, but I've shared seven important
keys to success.
No, leaving the rat race may not come instantly, but it's certainly
possible for the average person, and it can be well worth the effort.
If followed, these keys can help you leave the rat race, too.
More Helpful Resources...
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