I worked for 6 years at an architecture firm and have a degree for it. I hated office work and would always dream of being outside free of the cube farm. I could never go back. When I do businesses with people sitting behind desks in cubes I feel so much pity for them… But maybe they like it. It wasn’t for me.
I still do architecture work on the side. So if you can freelance for the kind of work you do, don’t entirely give it up.
My experience is you will have the ability to close deals others won’t because of your ingrained professionalism.
I fight the power. I have no tact and no professionalism. I am really good at what I do. So when they tell me to put on a tie I give them the finger and leave. Therefore my professionalism is lacking. But I have closed some really big deals in my flip flops, so maybe what I am doing is working… IDK…
I think there is a thread on here about this topic. It was very uplifting for me to read. I was very impressed when I read what other window cleaners were doing before they left it all behind. There is a freedom in doing what we are doing.
I earned a Bachelors in Environmental Science, realized I needed a master’s to do anything with it worth doing; ended up working at an auto plant in the Environmental Health and Safety and QA departments fresh out of school and despised it. Stuck it out for a year, and was so stoked my last day there I was in tears walking back to my truck. Moved to CA, and lived out of my truck for 8 years working odd jobs and living the outdoor mountain / ocean lifestyle traveling the world. I went back to school for my Master’s and got depressed in all corporate environments. I’m recalcitrant by nature, so anyone above me telling me what I think is wrong is going to get my honest opinion. This personality trait lead to multiple entrepreneurial ideas, but nothing came of fruition due to bad credit from being unable to pay off loans and credit cards. I was young and dumb. I feel old getting started in this, but I can make a living doing this anywhere.
I think a certain level of income whereby you’re not worried is important, but you don’t need millions to be happy. I enjoy what I do, and even days when I take it for granted and slack, it wasn’t someone else that put me in a position where I have to work harder tomorrow, it’s ME.
If you’re sociable and know how to talk to people, you can do well in this industry. I use the word ‘can’ because it’s what you make of it. I’m second year into business, and surviving my first winter. You’ll have ups and downs, and it’s not a consistent income. To be honest, I literally hung out and played guitar for a week plus because of heavy snow. Weather is scary. It would be less so if I were in CA. (in CO atm.)
The only marketing I’ve done is stopping into storefronts with a polo and landing residential from store and restaurant owners. As we work into spring, I’ve been concocting this stew of marketing ideas which will definitely give me a stronger foothold in this endeavor.
I’m bad at this, particularly in winter when it’s slow and have a bit of a nest egg, but think about how many hours you are actually productive working for a corporation. Say you’re on the clock, salaried or whatever, for 8 hours. How many hours did you actually work? 5 hours? Ok, now step up and actually work ON your business for 8 hours a day. You’ll be surprised what you can do.