Hello, and Happy Memorial Day to those of you who live in the USA such as myself. I hope you are enjoying your 3-day weekend (at least the majority of you) and that’s you have so far spent a good time with family and friends chatting and eating delicious food.
It’s still Monday morning where I am located and the day is still fairly young. Between barbecues and festivities of this weekend, if you haven’t already, I recommend that you take a few minutes to think about the people who have died for our country in defense of our freedom to live, to have families at whatever size we want, to have free enterprise, and to worship how we choose. It’s a brave and heroic thing for men and women to put their lives on the line in defense of our country and today we remember those who have died fighting for our right to be free. My Grandfather fought in World War 2, and even though he passed away 5 years ago and survived during World War 2, his legacy of sacrifice for his time spent serving will be remembered in my family for generations too.
Of course, with this being a business blog, I will be talking about one of the core freedoms we have because of those who have died for us, and that is the free enterprise system we have in the USA. This is a freedom very few people take advantage of, and I believe more people need to take advantage of this freedom. So many people have talents that could make them millionaires if they would just tap into those talents and use them to serve as many people as possible.
Almost everybody not just in the USA, but worldwide choose to take the easier path of trading their time for money and most have only enough money to pay the bills. I believe that is a tragedy and we are not taking advantage of the gift we have been given; free enterprise.
Don’t get me wrong, we need employees who work for people and who work for companies, but there needs to be a balance. Right now, there are too many employees vs businesses, that is why there are unemployment problems that still exist in certain parts of our country and certain parts of the world.
So, if you have a small spark inside of an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to seriously think about what you can do to start a small free enterprise company outside of your day job, where you can start making some money in your spare time. If you really put a lot of energy into learning some skills, growing your business, and learning from your mistakes, you may be able to make enough money some day that you will be able to leave your full time job if you so choose.
Free Enterprise Worldwide
I realize that a large portion of my audience is outside the USA and this blog post applies to you just as much. The USA is not the only free enterprise country. In fact, the USA is not even the best free enterprise country in the world. In today’s world, fortunately there are many countries that are free enterprise zones where people can choose to make money how they wish and to make as much as they wish.
According to a 2012 study, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland are among the best of the free enterprise economy countries. Now my point here is not to compare which country is better than the other when it comes to free enterprise. My point here is that there are many places around the world that are free enterprise zones, and that benefits everybody. It especially benefits those who run an online worldwide business versus those who a have a local brick and mortar business.
The ideal business for today’s world is a world-wide business:
You can start a business from scratch, hire employees, grow your business, branch out across your state/region, then branch out across your country, and then branch out across the world.
You can start an online business, you can expand it across the world right away, you don’t have to hire employees if you don’t want, and you can usually grow it much more quickly and cheaply than you can a standard brick and mortar business.
Obviously you need skills to be able to do either of the above directly.
First, if you haven’t already, I would read a couple of books that can teach you how to think like an entrepreneur. The first two books I recommend before any others are Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant (read them in that order).
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The bottom line, is a lot of us have the gift of Free Enterprise in our countries, and we should remember those who came before us that made Free Enterprise a possibility where ever we live in this world. We also need to take advantage of this free gift.
There are so many tools out there that can teach us how to not only start our own business, but that can teach us how to be rich. I hate to say it, but it’s true, highly paid entrepreneurs have more freedom than employees (including highly paid employees). At this point it comes down to you and what you want to do. You have the freedom to choose. Choose wisely.