Welcome to the StartupHere Club. In a nutshell, the purpose of this club is to be a resource for those looking to start their first business, those who just have, and even those that have been in the game for a while. A place for like-minded individuals to meet and discuss who ultimately have the same goal in mind: making their own money.
What’s the difference between making money and making your own money?
Well, making money is something anyone can do. Flipping burgers, washing cars, mowing lawns. Let me be clear, there’s honor to be found in any work; the problem is that most employers of such typical day jobs don’t respect their workers, consider them expendable, and pay them as little as possible.
Making your own money on the other hand is the decision to take control of your life, to start working smart and to stop working yourself ragged just to make other people money.
Really, all you have to do is just decide? Then why don’t more people just up and quit their day jobs?
While I don’t think it’s extremely difficult by any means, I do think it’s very uncommon. I think there are two main things that have to happen to a person in their life in order to give them the mental tools required for successful self-employment:
1. Having the Epiphany
Having the epiphany that there’s no right or wrong way to do any one thing, that there are in fact endless ways to accomplish the same task. Having the epiphany that most things in our world were simply made-up. From our very language to planes in the sky, there was a need or a want and someone came up with a solution. And not all needs or wants are inherent. Sometimes you create a need or want and then create the job title and do the job that solves the problem.
2. Having the Determination
Determination, above all else, above having a college degree, above having money, above knowing the right people, is the most important fuel for success. I haven’t had a day job and have made my own money for over a decade now and I’m still learning. If you ever stop learning then there’s a defect in your character or your surroundings and it’s time for a change because the idea that you know it all about any subject is simply a false notion.
Not only will you need to have internal determination to keep pushing for your goals, you’ll need to have enough to overcome negative external factors. Every self-employed or creative person will have to overcome a lot of ignorance, nay saying, and criticism. From the people that want to see you fail and even the people that love you most, be prepared to hear a lot of:
“It’ll never work.”
“You can never do that.”
Going back to item #1, most people will never have that epiphany or learn how to think critically. Their minds are shackled to the mental prison that is “being told their narrative”, by society, by the media, by their teachers, bosses, friends, and family. Every human being on our planet has the right to create his or her own narrative.
I think what’s really going on when people tell you that you can’t do something is that they’re projecting. In other words, they tell you that you can’t start your own business because they don’t believe that they could start their own business, and certainly they’re smarter than you.
Which brings me to another devastating misconception perpetuated in society: the idea that you can’t do anything outside of a minimum wage job if you don’t have a college degree. The truth is that it makes almost no difference whatsoever. You’ve probably heard it before, almost a cliché at this point, that some of the most successful entrepreneurs were high school dropouts. Well, the story with Trent and I is no different, we too, are high school dropouts. Yet we managed to go on to pull in over a million dollars in revenue with one of our last companies over a span of 4-5 years and exited the company all at once for six figures.
Another tip that I would give to the would-be professional/business owner/entrepreneur is to always keep as many irons in the fire as possible. Some things work and some things don’t so don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. StartupHere Club itself is just one of our many irons, an experiment really.
Will you be getting rich by joining the club? That is highly unlikely. Will you learn something new, a different way of thinking about what it is to make a living, and come away with tools and knowledge to better organize your efforts? I think so. I hope we can offer up some useful information and advice and I hope we learn something new along the way too.