What Do I Do?

I used to hate being asked this question.

The reason was because I wasn’t proud of what I did. I didn’t want to hear them say “That sounds great” cause it wasn’t great at all to me.

My answer used to be that I work in the family restaurant business. It was my answer for about 10 years.

It wasn’t for me. I wasn’t proud of it. After year four or five I was ready to quit, but didn’t know what other kind of job I wanted to do.

Four years ago I had enough. I couldn’t take another day let alone another year. I made the decision to leave my job and go full time online before I was even financially prepared to do so.

It was tough at first, but turned out to be the best decision ever. My only regret was that I had done it sooner. 

Now if someone were to ask me what I did, I’d say I do e-commerce.

I love being able to say that. Mainly cause I’m proud of what I do.

Just a year ago today I would have said I sell t-shirts online which I loved doing at the time. It changed my life and gave me my first six figure a year online business in 2014.

Since then I’ve evolved my business. Last year I began selling other items like print on demand necklaces through Gearbubble. Turned out to be very lucrative so I focused all my resources on necklaces.

Then in September, I opened my first Shopify store and began dropshipping physical products. Meaning products that were not print on demand. I had an audience I was selling t-shirts and necklaces too and now I was selling physical products.

That soon turned into buying wholesale from China, shipping it to my house, then shipping out orders directly to my customers.

E-commerce is defined as “commercial transactions conducted electronically on the internet.” That certainly sums up what I do.

I’m proud of what I do. Not like before where I was ashamed because working at the restaurant just wasn’t for me.

The reason I’m proud of my answer is because it didn’t happen by accident or pure luck. I created it. I made tough choices along the way. I’ve put in the work. I’ve gone through highs and lows.

If you asked me follow up questions I may also mention that I have a blog and podcast as well. Those are my two other hobbies. I say hobbies cause they don’t generate any income, for now, but I enjoy doing it.

It’s good that I have a business that makes money so that I can do other things for pleasure.

So that’s my answer if you were to ask me what I do.

Does this mean I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life? Definitely not. Not because I don’t enjoy it, but I know I’ll want to find new creative challenges. I like to build things. I like to create. I like to make money too of course.

With the world changing quickly and technology changing even faster, there will be more great opportunities in the future that I may not have even thought about yet. So I’m always keeping my eyes open for something that interests me enough to want to pursue it.

I used to hate saying what I did, so I finally did something about it. I wanted to change my answer and actually feel proud of my answer. So I took control of my life, instead of waiting for a mircale to happen, and worked hard at it.

If you want to change your answer to the dreaded question of what do you do, you certainly can do the same that I did.

 

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