Can Men Succeed Working From Home?
He used to be an out of work, drowning in debt, actor. Who was so broke he passed out chocolates as a job in New York Times Square. Now, he is a financially fit husband and dad living a kick ass life of travel and fun, and will never have to punch a time clock again. Delivering only the best business tips to the pros. Buckle your chin strap, you just stepped into training camp with Coach Jimmy.
Jimmy: Okay, on this episode of Training Camp I usually sit down with somebody, a home business professional, and we talk about one topic. It’s very professional and it’s very corporate, but today we’re not doing that. I’m here with all these yokels, actually they’re very successful guys in the home business industry, but we happen to be playing a little bit today so I wanted to open up a bit of a round table when it comes to home business and men, kind of some hot button topics.
Jimmy: So I’m just going to open it up and what do you find is the biggest challenge looking for guys that want to start a home business?
Adam: You want to take this one?
Chris: Yeah, I think that guys are more inclined for a traditional job, an 8-5 job, or that’s not how you really make money you know is talking to people on Facebook or posting on Instagram. That’s not how guys make money. You know covering the hurdle of how that’s how anybody makes money is something that’s getting a little bit easier as things progress, but you know, just making people see or understand, making guys see and understand, that this is legit is a struggle, but I take some enjoyment out of that struggle because really if I can do it, anybody can and that’s what I tell anybody, you know?
And so, but for guys in particular, it’s a struggle because they congregate or associate a little bit different than ladies. But, if you do this, if you decide to run a business from home, really whatever it is, just do it and do it consistently and don’t listen to the haters, and say, “You know what? It’s up to me whether or not I succeed,” and choose to succeed. That’s what happens in business, you choose to succeed or you let yourself fail. So, it’s really up to you whatever your business is, but that was what attracted me to it.
Jimmy: Adam, why do you feel like guys, I think that if they’re just open-minded, it’s the same work ethic as any other job, right? It’s still you show up, you bust your ass, you provide for your family. What is it about getting them to open up their mind that this is something that’s a little un-traditional, I guess?
Adam: I think that the most important thing that I’ve learned and I worked I wouldn’t say a 9-5 job, but I worked 10 months out of the year in the military is that time is money. That is the most valuable asset you have is time. So me being able to, as an entrepreneur, realize that however much time I put into my business is what I’m going to get back and that’s also people within my own leadership. The time I put into them is what I’ll get back.
So there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that I can create my own hours and schedule. Like right now, I’m out by the pool having a nice time, but I know that there’s work that needs to be done too it’s just that it’s done on your time. You’re not answering to anybody. You’re not being micromanaged. A lot of guys I know, if you’re a Type A personality I’m speaking to you, you don’t like to be micromanaged. I don’t like to be micromanaged. I’m a grown man. I think that’s an important thing, it’s very empowering for guys to be able to create their own schedule.
Jimmy: And I think Chris touched on it too, you know getting paid to talk on Instagram or goof around on Facebook, it is being willing to embrace this technology shift and how it can be used to our advantage to really go do the things we want to do more. More of the stuff of hanging out with the buddies or taking those ski trips or whatever the things we’ve all done together before and embracing that instead of that traditional, “I have to go off to a job and punch a clock.”
Adam: Yeah, you know at these events I’ve been on snowboarding and ski trips with these guys. The last event that I went to we were skydiving. We were renting race cars. This isn’t us singing Kumbaya and saying “Good job guys.” These are the same things that I do with my friends outside of this work so the fact that I’m able to find that common ground, it kind of strengthens and helps you form bonds and networks with people that comes from all walks of life. There’s something to be said about that.
Chris: Right. You know it’s funny. The thing about not just guys really, but anybody in general is that every excuse I get when it comes to this business that we’re in in particular, every excuse that I get that people give as to why they are struggling or why they already that they won’t succeed is exactly why they should be succeeding. “I don’t have time to do this. I work too much.” Well then you should have a side business. You should have a home based business.
Jimmy: What’s the solution for that? How’s that going to change?
Chris: “I need to spend time with my kids. I don’t have time to work a side business.” Well, then you should work a side business maybe after the kids go to sleep, maybe before they wake up, maybe while they’re at school, but that’s why. I had every excuse in the book, I worked 60 hours a week on midnights and kids and events and ju jitsu, and boy scouts and soccer and because I did this, I get to spend time with my kids and travel with my kids and show my kids that they would have never been able to see before.
Every excuse, if you just think about it, would this make that better? People love noble excuses. They love to be like, “My excuse, you got nothing for this. This is how busy I am.” Well, you know what? If you had a successful home based business, you wouldn’t be that busy. You wouldn’t have to go somewhere else and do these things. It does take a mind shift, a mindset shift, for people to realize that and some people you know it’s just, “Well, I really don’t want to try because then I might fail.” So it’s just easier for them to be like this is what you’re supposed to do in America. You know, you’re supposed to work until you’re 65 and that hope you don’t die before you run out of money.
Jimmy: Or hope that the pension plan pays off. Cool. Thanks guys.