Hi! This blog is about me and my journey to occupational freedom. Doing whatever, however, and whenever I want. In other words, becoming an entrepreneur.
For almost twenty years of my professional life, I have been employed in one sort of a technical role on another, as an engineer – a software engineer. I did have a short break in my engineering life to finish my Ph.D. in Computer Science, but that never materialized into an academic career. At the time it seemed quite unfortunate, but today I believe that was quite lucky. Lucky, because it allows me to move on to job independence and creative freedom, at least that’s the goal.
Oh, and money. Not targeting something crazy, just comfortable.
Why doing it?
As an employee, the compensation usually starts to plateau around the mid-career stage. Yes, it would increase now and then, but so does inflation, expenses, wants, and needs. Moreover, it is not increasing at the same pace as at the beginning, although this makes sense, it can still be viewed as quite depressing.
Climbing up the corporate ladder although might seem lucrative but is still quite restricted in terms of creative freedom, and there is too much politics to make it happen (what a politically correct way to put it). Besides, it would take too long if it does happen.
How will it happen?
That’s the (enter your financial goal amount here) dollar question. Slowly but surely would be one possible answer. Joking aside, I plan to create as many ventures as possible, from micro e-commerce to start-up(s). The more projects I would have, the more chances of success and experience gained, which in turn will boost up future ventures.
Having the software know-how would help. And I am also doing my MBA right now, which will help on the business side of things.
When will it happen?
The sooner the better. Practically speaking, the transition would probably take 2-3 years in the best-case scenario, or closer to 4-6 in the worst case. Hopefully. There is no guarantee of success, however, risk is inherent to any business undertaking, so this is something I would need to get used to.
The purpose of this blog is to serve as a journal of my journey and provide inspiration, tips, and references to others experiencing a similar path. The posts would vary from personal “rants” to entrepreneurship related topics.
Thanks for reading and see you in future posts!