_Last week I followed a link in an email which led me to a link which led me to another link. (Damn you, Internet, for being so distracting!) Eventually I ended up on someone’s page who was telling me that through this magical, mystical path (a formula, or a system, or a program, or whatever the term is that they were using), I would be able to easily quit my job and make tons of cash working from home.
I was angry. Because that’s a lie. No, it’s not a lie that you can make money working from home. And yes, it is possible to make tons of money. But it’s not easy. And not everyone is going to make a lot of money. At least not immediately. (And maybe not at all - such is the nature of business.)
I showed Frankie the web page. She was a bit miffed by it, too. And the rates this person was charging for services? UGH. Of course I could be a millionaire in a month if I was to start charging people $1000/hr or more for things that should only be $25/hr.
Our point here is a simple one. We hate these liars we see all over the internet touting how easy it is to become an independent, freelancing, money-making machine. And we don’t want you to get suckered into that hype.
It’s very simple. Let’s say you are an app developer working at some famous app company. You decide to go out on your own. So you start your own app company, and work from home. You’ve had years of app-making experience, so you turn out your first five apps quickly and you’re making cash, hand over fist immediately. Because you have a lot of experience, you have connections, and you know what you’re doing. So yes, it’s easy to make money.
Now let’s say that you’ve been a stay-at-home parent your whole life. You had a couple jobs working at your local market part time, but you haven’t really gotten any thorough experience. You have some skills and talents, but you’ve never had a chance to apply them anywhere. Now I want you to go out and start making fat wads of cash immediately. Go ahead. All sorts of people say you can do it. You see them post pictures of all the deposits they receive.
I’m waving the BS flag. Because it’s a big lie to get you to invest in things that make you believe you’ll be making $10,000 a month in the next 60 days. Can that happen? Sure. Of course it could happen. And you could win the lottery tomorrow. And some anonymous, generous person could leave a million dollar check in my mailbox today. Anything is possible.
But we don’t want you to believe that it just takes a couple of days and voila! You’re rich and independent. Because, if that was the case, we’d all be rich and independent, wouldn’t we? The fact is, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to strike out on your own, no matter what you want to do. Ever watch the show Bar Rescue? (Yeah, I’m a geek for shows like this.) So many of these people are “I just loved the idea of owning a bar!” But they didn’t know how to manage a bar, which is why they’re ending up on a TV show about how they're in debt and their bar is a wreck.
It takes time, effort, dedication, planning, and lots of work, some of which will be hard. But it’s rewarding work, because it’ll all be for you. If you want to know more about how we can (realistically) help you, check out our coaching page.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.