I missed all of you! I promised this post in the afternoon, but it had to be pushed back by tonight, and tonight’s subject has made me a happy/not-so-broke-but-still-broke woman. I want to introduce all of my readers to a lovely site that has helped kick-start my freelancing gig.
As you may or may not know, (how can you not, I made all of the graphics on this site!), I’m a graphic designer and an illustrator. And when you jump into those fields, unless you already have a steady job, you’re gonna survive on a LOT of ramen. So, recently, I’ve been dying for something less ramen-y or even delivery… pizza-ish? I also have other bills coming in, so, here’s where Fiverr comes in.
As the tagline suggests, Fiverr is a marketplace where creatives and other fields offer services for as cheap as $5 bucks. Get it? For many people, it’s just a side gig, but if you really work at it, it can be a source of actual income. There are even people who have made over 30,000+ a year and have moved on to bigger and better things because of it.
I have tried Fiverr in the past, it never stuck. However, this time, I’ve actually started making some money. So my, argument is to go for it! You never know what’s gonna happen. 😉
I don’t think I have the right to say this is my ‘week two’ of blogging. I started off so strong on my first week, but for some reason, my enthusiasm fell off once the weekend started. I’ll be honest, whether it’s from a weird chemical imbalance in the brain (a.k.a, depression), or just plain ol’ lethargy… I know that it’s my fault. I don’t mean to leave any of my followers hanging, but sometimes you just don’t know what to write.
Or, in my case, things happen so fast that you can’t keep it. And I couldn’t keep up. I don’t want to get into my personal life too deeply, but it was pretty rough as far as personal stuff went. Now I’m back in writer and artist mode, trying to put the pieces together.
I know I’m not the only person who goes through this. Whether you work at home or at a regular 9 to 5, sometimes you just don’t know what to do. I feel it’s cliche to blame the modern world for stress. Since when has there not been a time that people have not stressed? I mean, yeah, we’re not cave people anymore. And the mortality rate has definitely lowered, overall. We don’t have to run from everything that wants to eat us on foot – unless you live in Australia. Sorry, Australia.
The source of the stress may be different, but the feelings are all the same.
I do want to apologize for not making this as pretty and organized as it should. And I especially want to apologize for ignoring my blogging duties, among other things. Don’t fret and don’t worry my friends – I haven’t abandoned you. I was in a bad place, and I knew I couldn’t write properly with tears in my eyes. The only advice I can give you as far as living a no boss life goes, is to don’t give up.
It’s not easy.
You’re going to encounter a lot of bullshxt, a lot of drama (from within and on the outside) and sometimes, it’s just gonna suck. But I’m begging you… please don’t quit. Hell, I don’t even want you to give up on a good, salaried job if you can’t help it. Just as long you’re doing what you want is what matters to me. But for me, I know I’m destined to be my own boss. My personality will never work in an office setting (unless it’s in the field I’m graduating in), and it’s definitely not a thing in the service industry (I can’t smile on cue and my hair is weird.. go figure!), so I’ve accepted this hard path.
But it’s path that’s lined with gold. And that’s worth something.
This is going be a short post. No affiliate links. I go through bouts of depression when I’m unstimulated. It’s not fun. It’s actually scary. Today felt like I was on autopilot. I wanted to blog, but I was too focused on surviving. Not thriving.
But it’s ok. I go through bouts and other weird things and I just have to remind myself that this is normal. I am okay.
And you are too.
For transparency’s sake, I always inform my readers that this blog is primarily funded by affiliate marketing with Amazon (and hopefully, as this blog goes on) and other programs. You are 100% not obligated to do so, but if you would like to use my links, please do. I receive a commission whenever you my links to shop on Amazon. Using my affiliate links and codes will help the author of this blog succeed towards their personal goal of having a no boss life. Thank you. – NoBossLife a.k.a Kdotjay.
As you can tell from the title of this post, the writer behind TheNoBossLife.Com has a very unfavorable view of them. Now, I’d like to open today’s post with a definition of a MLM a.k.a Multi-Level-Marketing a.k.a, your good ol’ fashioned pyramid scheme. Like everyone else on earth who would like to make some extra income, you’d want to find a sufficient and sure way to do so. Now, obviously, there are some MLM schemes that do turn out to be legitimate like AVON, which is a company I’m familiar with from my grandmother selling it back in the 90’s.
However, there are those other products that either sound way too good to be true, or is just snake oil relabeled as health food.
These programs often pull apart at people’s insecurities and a desire to make lots of $$$. Often times, if a program tells you you’re gonna make $100,000 within a few months, it’s never a guarantee. Have you ever tried to sit through an hour long video of a guy showing off his obviously rented Lamborghini with some ham-fisted advice without ever telling you exactly what he was selling you to in order to be able to rent, I mean, BUY the lamborghini? You’ve seen a pyramid scheme sales pitch.
They’re often long. Usually make no sense, and by the end of it, you either: A.) Got bored five minutes and looked for something else to do or, B.) So worn down and drained, that you decided, why the heck not?
In these scenarios, nobody wins. Except for the dude with the rented Lambourghini.
Now, maybe you’re reading this and maybe you’ve succeeded in one of these programs. Good for you, you’re of those special cases that were able to outsmart those programs as well as make a little bit of money along the way. However, you have to question the morality of companies that would often target those with low to no income and basically brow beat them into recruiting other people who are in similar positions. Let’s not mention how expensive it is to host ‘parties’ and send over products to sometimes, unwilling friends and family.
Because I’m a bit awkward, and a college student with no car, programs like these are highly unappealing to me. And it should be to you, too. Whether you’re in the same demographic as me, or a parent or a grandparent/married couple that’s simply trying to make ends meet. Maybe you don’t have a family yet, and you want a secure future on you’re own without having to answer to anyone?
The thing gets me with these, ‘so-called’, work at home opportunities, is the fact that you still sorta have a ‘boss’. And that money you’ve raised with them? It’s not entirely yours, sometimes you’ll lose that entire paycheck after ordering inventory.
It’s just not fun. And I don’t want that. And you shouldn’t want that, either.
For transparency’s sake, I must let you know that I do have an affiliate link or two located within this post. Blogging, for me, is not a hobby, but a path to an actual career. Please support your local blogger and click through, if you can! – NoBossLife
It seemed that I was never made to work under anyone else but myself. I realized this after a conversation with my mom. We’re a lot alike. We like quirky food and bright colors. We like different types of music and tattoos. We’re artsy. And it’s no surprise that we both happen to be Aquarians (my brother is one, as well!). We’re also sometimes reserved, and prefer to keep to ourselves from time to time. We don’t like conformity, and sometimes we have a little TOO much fun.
But the one thing me and my mother seem to ultimately hate is… the work environment. You see, I had a conversation with my mother a few weeks ago and eventually, it came to how hard it was for me to find a job. Any job. And if I did get one, whether it was an interview or a couple of weeks at a restaurant – I was often fired/spoken over/dumped/mistreated/and insulted.
Now, I know that some people would say that all of this is a sign of fault from me (and some of it was). Clearly I was just a lousy employee, right? But, the thing is, that a lot of the fault came from the work environment and the people that I was working with. Not to mention the lack of proper training and how some of the bosses were just absolute nightmares (shudder). My mother, who has way more job experience than myself, has encountered the same problems in her own job history. Crappy bosses, with even crappier and unhappy employees who seemed to love to dump their own insecurities onto one or few people who dared to stick out by simply being new (or even just a little friendly or awkward).
This wasn’t the first time we’ve had this conversation. And every time we’d finish it, she’d ask, “Are you sure you have the personality where you can truly work with other people? That’s not to say you can’t, but do you truly want to?” I think it took me a long time to admit it, but it’s true. I like people. I like hearing about other people’s lives and interests. But I absolutely hate and I do mean hate working with them. I hate cash registers. I hate counting money. I hate sweating over fast food burgers (when I should be at home, cooking for myself!). I hate being mistreated by rude customers and equally awful bosses and co-workers. And the number one reason why I hate working with other people?
I don’t know what took me so long to take my power back. But I do know that I’m taking it back right now, at this very moment. Instead of being fired by all of my past bosses, I’m firing them. At this time, I am now my own boss and the ruler of my own fate.
I can’t wait to have this journey with you, and I hope that this blog will inspire many of you to take charge of your life. – No Boss Life