What is Freedom to You

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Most people dream of freedom.

But freedom means different things to different people. Like not living in fear and having enough money to buy food.

Even being able to make simple choices every day can be an important freedom.

What is freedom to you?

Below are a few of the main ones people often think of first.

Freedom from

Bosses

Some bosses are great and some are awful, with many stages in between. However nice a boss is though, many still yearn to be free. To work for themselves with profits from their efforts going into their own pockets rather than someone else’s. We are very often taught through schooling to get a job, to follow the crowd, rather than think outside the box. Taught that we shouldn’t take risks but rather get on the treadmill of work, eat, sleep, without thought of a better life.

With the rise of the internet more people understand that there is another way, that they don’t have to be chained to a J.O.B read more Here!

From Routine 

An everyday routine can become boring and stale and make you feel like a prisoner. If you have many commitments you probably dream of the day you will be free from them.What is Freedom to You 1 Adding a little variety to a routine can give a feeling of freedom. Even if you love your life, it can still seem stifling at times.

From having to budget. 

Financial freedom is the dream of so many. It gives you the freedom to travel wherever and whenever you like. To arrange working hours to suit yourself and to have work you enjoy. The sort of work that has you leaping out of bed in the morning because you love what you do. That has you working long hours because you want to.

What about Economic Freedom?

I always assumed it was the same as financial freedom but it’s not.

“The five principles of economic freedom: property rights, rule of law, free trade, a constitutionally limited government and sound money supply have a proven record of generating long-lasting economic growth, opportunity and prosperity.”

The there is the UK Human Rights Act of 1998. This details the basic rights we have to certain freedoms that we often take for granted, that many do not get in other areas of the word.  If we didn’t have these freedoms, then those above would not be considered important.

  • Article 3: Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
  • No person should have to suffer torture or degrading treatment in any shape or form, What is Freedom to You? A person in chainsyet it still goes on in so many places of the world.
  • In the western world we don’t like to think such things happen but they go on everywhere.
  • This happens even in so called civilised countries.
  • Mans inhumanity to man can be carried to unbelievable lengths.

 

  • Article 4: Freedom from slavery and forced labour
  • This one speaks for itself. Every person should have this right but even here in the UK there have been people found to be living in inhumane conditions and treated as slaves, even in this day and age. I find it very hard to understand how one human being can treat another in this way.
  • Article 9: Freedom of thought, belief and religion
  • Should not every person have this right? We like to think everyone does but the reality says otherwise. In some countries many are afraid to speak out, even afraid to think thoughts against an oppressive regime. There are many afraid to speak of beliefs they hold and even more not permitted to follow the religion of their choosing.
  • Article 10: Freedom of expression
  • “Right to express one’s ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other forms of communication but without deliberately causing harm to others’ character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements.

    How often have we heard of those who speak out in oppressive regimes being imprisoned. 

    Freedom of press is part of freedom of expression.”

  • Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association    
  • Here in the UK we can hold a protest march,What is Freedom to You 2 have a gathering or create a like minded group of people to discuss anything or protest about laws or anything we aren’t happy about. As long as the law isn’t broken and it remains peaceful, so as not to impact others, it is allowed. For others that struggle against oppression and speak out, they know their very lives could be at stake. They continue for the sake of their people risking imprisonment and death.

 

So…. what is freedom to you?

We often take certain freedoms for granted. Being able to move around wherever we like. Able to voice our opinions aloud without fear of retribution.  Able to believe in a religion if we choose. Having jobs and changing jobs.  Being able to make choices about your children’s schools, about where to go for holidays, to even have holidays. So many things we take for granted, means freedom to some, even just having the freedom of choice seems like an impossible dream to some people.

My freedom is working from home, able to work around time with my grandchildren and being able to work the hours I choose. It is also being able to travel and visit family often. I can do that because my work can go with me.

So tell me….. what is freedom to you?

If your freedom is starting your own business or you are thinking about it, have a read of one or two posts including this one. My review after 6 months. HERE!

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So you want to start a business

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But do you really want to start a business?

You dream of arranging your hours to suit you.

To have time for family and friends, hobbies etc. So you want to start a businessYou probably saw yourself, getting up, doing a bit of work, then swanning off out for the day to have fun or maybe go shopping or a day at the beach relaxing.

Or maybe having more time to go to the gym or go running. Get up later, have a leisurely breakfast then later pop out for coffee.

Anything there sound familiar? Is this your dream?  Yes?

So you want to start a business, really? What does that entail?

The next step…… 

is to do some research into the reality of running an online  business.

Life might become like that when it’s been up and running for a few years but probably not.

To start your own business takes determination, perseverance and long hours of hard work. There will be times when you think it’s pointless and a waste of time. If you are starting alongside a full or part time job, you will get tired and find it hard going at times. After a while your family and friends may push you to give up saying it’s a waste of time, they never see you, you spend too much time online, it’s pointless you won’t earn money.

There is a lot to learn, especially with an online business. You can’t just set up a website and wait for money to come rolling in. You thought you could?

Yep me too when I started out 10 years ago. Except it was a shop on a big site. Luckily for me there were forums and loads of helpful people to answer questions. The more you learn, the more you realise how much there is to learn.

If you are looking for a way to earn fast money you are in the wrong place!

You may have seen videos about earning thousands of pounds a day/week/month. Sound plausible don’t they? Or may have signed up for one or more only to find it’s not what you thought. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The only route to riches/wealth is hard work!

Still want to have an online business?

Then next you need to decide WHY!

What is your motivation?

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This is important as it will be the reason you keep going when everything and everyone is telling you to give up.

I always said it was for my family, which it is partly. A better lifestyle,  better time management etc. But that’s not enough to keep you going regardless, especially when that same family says you are spending too much time online, time you could be spending with them.

Think hard about the WHY. Then write it down, be very clear about it, because it will keep you motivated and will make you persevere when you want to give up.

What is MY motivation? The challenge and the love of learning something new. When I’m told I can’t do something then I have to prove I can. A problem might make me want to tear my hair out and throw the computer out of the window but I don’t. I stop and walk away. I will keep going back until I solve it. I will ask and keep asking until I have an answer.

Yes I do want a better lifestyle/more money but once I reach that point I will continue on to greater challenges because I  can and because someone is bound to say, You can’t.

You have worked out the Why and written it down.

What’s next? More Research?

This time research, into the sort of work you want to do.So you want to start a business 4

Have you been looking?  There are a variety of things you can do by freelancing but you are here because you want your own business. You can create a product yourself as a crafter. Knitting/crochet/ceramics/jewellery/artist and many more. To do this you can set up a website and or a shop on a large site. You will need to learn about SEO, social media, writing copy, photography and more.

Blogging is another route but that takes time to build up a following, plus you need much the same sort of knowledge.

Dropshipping is another area. You need to find a good company and get accepted by them. Decide what products you wish to sell. Learn how it works and then set up your website. Its also a good idea to blog about the products to encourage sales.

Then you have the fast growing area of Affiliate Marketing. There is a lot on the internet about this, various ‘systems’  that supposedly help. It is a good idea to read blogs on what is available as part of your research. Many bloggers do reviews on the various company’s out there. It’s how I found the one I am with after watching endless videos promising the earth.

Wealthy Affiliate is the one that I am with and was the only one I found that offered free joining and basic training to start. It gave you the chance to check out what was on offer before deciding whether or not to go further. It has a lot of easy to follow training that meant I was building a wordpress website in no time.

All of this can be overwhelming at first, so much to learn and do and obstacles to overcome and that is just to get started.

The next step!

Now you think the dream will come alive, that soon you will be living that lifestyle you saw in so many videos.

The reality?

Long hours, very long, the pay is less, if any, at first. That time off for yourself becomes a distant dream as you plod along, always something more to learn. Other commitments eat away at your time, maybe a full time or part time job, plus other responsibilities. The more you learn, the more you realise how much you don’t know.

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Many months or a year or more into your dream, you become aware if how hard it is alongside everything else. Doing your taxes shows you that there is more going out the coming in.

Now what do you do?

Plod on for another year hoping it will get better? Only to find there is still more going out than coming in. Less than before, the gap is closing and you wonder……. Is it worth it? Really?

This is the point, or maybe sooner that decides the future! You either give it up as being too hard, or.

OR, you grit your teeth and decide you will work longer and harder because you WILL make it!

Others are mocking your efforts, telling you it’s not worth your time and effort, constantly trying to lure you away.

BUT you are building for the future. For your own future and (maybe) your family’s future.

Those that are destined to become a success, however big or small, don’t give up at this point. They keep going, sheer stubbornness/determination makes them go on fighting.

So you want to start a business 6Then comes the day the books show you broke even.

Then …………………

you actually have to PAY tax!!!!

The first time you will jump for joy, I did. It was amazing.

From then on you keep up the pressure and grow. Earning a living wage is a success. You can give up the 9-5 working for someone else. YOU are finally your own boss, working for yourself!!!

You have YOUR own BUSINESS!! There is no better feeling.


Learn and Earn online

I recommend Wealthy Affiliate if you are keen to learn about starting a business or even improving the one you have. Perhaps you want to branch out and diversify like I did.

Want to see what I do?  Read my 6 month review HERE!

Starting a business? Read HERE!


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