Perhaps the greatest decision you will make in your life is what you do to earn a living. Most of your time on earth will be spent at work. Your spouse, children and grandchildren will all have far less time with you; unless you make the decision about what your vocation will be accurately.
The first questions you need to ask yourself are: ‘Do I want to work for someone else?’ Or ‘Do I want to be my own boss?’ The vast majority of people will choose to be an employee, instead of an employer. They do not want the responsibility of being in charge. Most people are more comfortable to just commit themselves to 8 hours a day and a check at the end of each month.
If you are not a follower of the masses, then you will probably enjoy being in charge of your own destiny. You decide when to work, where, and how much you earn each month. But how do you start a business when you are living pay check by pay check?
I am listed as 100% physically disabled, and I am still affected by PTSD. I started my first business in 1970, when I was 20 yrs. old, and a high school drop-out. I was married, had a daughter, and was earning $1.25 an hour as a janitor. We were so poor that rent, and food were constantly a worry. And I was working a dead-end job. My future was not going to get any better. And the constant anxiety I experienced was not helping my PTSD either.
I needed to do something radically different with my life, unless I was willing to be miserably poor. I decided to start my own business. I had no money, so my options were limited. But there is one thing that the US military teaches everyone: How to keep everything in their responsibility ‘military clean,’ and ready for inspection. And since I was already doing that as a janitor, I chose to start an office cleaning business.
I had a vacuum, broom, trash can, spray bottles, and towels at home. That was enough to get me started. I called in sick for a week. I spent that time walking door to door in my area, introducing myself to business owners. Everyday that I went out looking for offices to clean regularly I acquired one. By the end of the week I had 5 accounts! They would earn me $2500 a month. My paycheck for being a janitor at the V.A. earned me $750 a month. Needless to say, I quit my job and have ever since earned my living as a business owner.
In a few more months I had 37 offices to clean every night. I had 4 US Marines working for me in the evenings. I no longer was doing any cleaning myself. I was grossing over $20,000 a month. Salaries and expenses cost me $8000 a month. I netted over $12,000 a month! – I was so happy that I had made the decision to become a business owner.
For the last 5 years, I have been showing US veterans how to do what I did. Several have done far better than I ever did! It has been my joy to see their lives and their families’ change for the better. If this path interests you, give me a call.
Join our team. You can make a great living! The US veterans who have started before and I will teach you how.
Mark Baird/ 760-847-2561/ 760-730-3734/ firstname.lastname@example.org