1. Income for dummies.
Finding a job and exchanging your time for money probably seems like a good idea. There’s just one minor problem with it: It’s STUPID! It’s the dumbest way you can think of to create an income. Trading your time for dollars is truly an income for dummies.
Now, just why is getting a job so dumb? Well, you only get paid when you’re working. Is it just me? Or do you see a problem with that too. Have you been tricked into thinking that the only reasonable and intelligent way to earn income is when you’re actually working? Let me plant a seed for you.
What if you could get paid even when you’re NOT working? Who was it that taught and told you that you could only earn an income while you’re working? Probably some other brainwashed 9-to-5’er; that’s who.
How about if you could get paid while you were sleeping or playing or eating? How about if you could get paid while you’re taking the kids to the beach? Why not get paid 24/7? Get paid whether you’re “working” or not. Take a look at the plants in your house. Don’t they continue to grow even when you’re not actively tending to them? Well, shouldn’t your bank account do the same thing?
Face it. Who cares how many hours you work? Only a small portion of folks on this whole planet give a damn how many hours you work and how much time you spend at “the office”. Most folks won’t even notice if you spend 5 hours a week in your cubby hole or 50.
But if you have something of perceived value to provide that matters to people, then any number of people will be happy to open up their billfolds and pay you for it. For example, do you have any idea of how long it’s taken me to write this series of articles? Probably not. But if it took 4 hours, would you pay me twice as much if it took 8?
People that have a good grasp of reality often start out on the traditional path of income and work. Don’t feel bad if you’re starting to feel as if you’ve been suckered. People who can think-outside-the-box eventually come to the realization that trading their time for dollars is extremely dumb and that there is a much better way. And of course there is a better way. The key is finally realizing that you have more value as a person than jut your time. Once you unhook your value from the time you invest, then you’re well on your way.
Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own freelance position. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems. Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money? If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead. If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free. As long as your system continues delivering value to others, you’ll keep getting paid whether you’re working or not.
Stop by the bookstore sometime. Their shelves are filled with books containing workable ideas that other folks have already tested, tried and implemented. I haven’t met anyone yet who is born with the knowledge of working for themselves. It can easily be learned though. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to learn it. Time is going to keep on regardless. You might as well use it to figure out how to change your life and emerge as your own boss as a freelancer, owning your own business. And the good news? This isn’t an all or nothing proposition. Even if your freelance gigs only pay you a few hundred dollars a month, that’s a pretty good step in the right direction.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.