Have you ever thought about going it alone? Usually, on a Monday morning, after a way-too-short weekend? Or, maybe after the boss just tore you a new one in front of your co-workers? Recently, I read an article denouncing Multi-Level Marketing and other such companies as scams. While that may be true in some cases, I have always found that you get what you put into any opportunity. Often, it comes down to being in the right place at the right time. That said, my experience with MLM and Entrepreneurship has been very hit or miss over the years. The biggest lures are time and money. Having more of each is something everyone dreams of. But is this the best way to get it?
Over the years, I have tried many businesses, from Government Auctions to Life Insurance. I wish I could say that each one was a success, but that would be a blatant lie. Most of the time, breaking even was cause for celebration. However, my motto has always been, “A dollar you earn working for yourself is worth a hundred dollars working for someone else!” I believed that, and I still do. However, it’s a tough road alone. These days, there are opportunities to “Partner” with existing businesses that can benefit you both. Keep an eye out for these, and you too might become a Partner-preneur.
There’s a lot to be said for taking on a business associate, physical as well as virtual. During my stint with Government Auctions, I did all the transportation of inventory on my own. It’s a miracle I didn’t wind up flattened under a desk or filing cabinet. Having a beefy college kid to help me out might have been a smart move. Although, I have found you need to be careful who you partner with.
Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Shipt offer you the enticement of earning money on your own. However, the low pay and extra miles on your vehicle might derail your plans for financial independence. The one thing those companies do offer is the ability to set your own hours. That checks the time box mentioned earlier, however, the money factor is still lacking. Oh well, keep your eyes open and the right opportunity might find you. Stranger things have happened.
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