After graduating college, I was completely unsure about what to do with my career. Growing up, I was never interested in pursuing a 9-5 job where I was expected diligently work and make my way up the corporate ladder. At the same time, I knew that I needed some kind of stable job that would pay the bills.
That’s how I ended up bored and somewhat disillusioned a few years into my first corporate job. I asked myself: how can I earn more money so that I can retire early? What other careers would allow me to achieve my goal of being my own boss?
I first got involved with making money outside of a traditional 9-5 job through Amazon Flex, which I have documented extensively on this website. In hindsight, it was a great way to make some extra cash, and I enjoyed the challenge of efficiently completing deliveries for customers. From the perspective of financial independence, however, I quickly realized it would not get me where I wanted to be as quickly as I had hoped.
I then re-shifted my focus and decided to become a small business owner running my own ecommerce business. I started my company at the beginning of 2018. This year (2021) is my third year of being my own boss, and yes – it already feels like it’s been much longer than that!
Throughout this time, I’ve experienced many ups and downs in my journey of launching an ecommerce store. There were definitely some tense/scary experiences but also many rewarding and amusing moments.
Knowing that there may be others out there who are (or thinking about) running their own ecommerce businesses, or have family members/spouses in a similar boat, I’ve decided to start documenting the learnings from my journey.
As you can imagine, I don’t have a ton of time to write about everything. My goal is to share the biggest lessons I’ve learned throughout my journey – in hopes that these takeaways will be of help to you.
Best of luck!