Make a living from a tiny business, and life gets much easier. If you have a dream to work from home or do something local that is your passion, then go to the experts who can help you. Most business advice is geared to those who expect you to go big and get rich, then get richer and employ others. Until you are a millionaire – and then likely die from a heart attack (or bad conscience, due to people you screwed over, to get to the top).
Be nice to people on the way up. Because you’ll meet them on the way down. Wilson Mizner
The problem is that if you spend your whole life trying to build a big business, then you just end up an unhappy show-off. Just look at Trump and Johnson: think they are happy? You could have all kinds of opinions about them, but happy they ain’t. They both got what they wanted: and both look exhausted, angry, bemused, confused, and broken.
A fisherman (apologies to vegetarians) has caught enough fish for the day to feed himself and his family, and is relaxing on the beach. A businessman approaches and asks ‘Why don’t you buy a bigger boat, to earn more money?’ The fisherman replies ‘Why would I do that?’ The businessman replies ‘You could employ staff, make more money and retire’. The fisherman asks ‘Then what I would do?’ The businessman says ‘You could lie on the beach all day’. The fisherman says ‘I am doing that now, without the stress!
- How to Create a Micro-Business that Matters is an e-book by minimalist blogger Courtney Carver, who runs a very successful little business of her own, despite having MS. She began her business not to become rich, famous or to travel – but to be able to earn a living being flexible, from home or working from the local cafe.
- The Magic of Tiny Business is a book on how to make a living, from a tiny business. You don’t have to go big, to earn an income. The author runs a successful reusable bag company in Canada, and yet makes a good living online, despite the whole world not knowing about her brand. Keeping tiny, enables you to keep your ethics in order, serve others and not sacrifice your values, in order to make a living.
When you were a kid and wanted to do something your parents or teachers didn’t like, you may have heard ‘If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?’ The idea is that it’s not good to do something stupid, even if everyone else does. It’s not bad advice, even if it’s sometimes used to exert control. Then you grow up. And people start expecting you to behave as they do. If you don’t conform, some get confused or irritated. It’s almost as if they ask ‘Hey, everyone else is jumping off the bridge. Why aren’t you?’