I remember the first time I took a real job back in 1999, a small boutique office located on the premises of a 5star hotel, serving as a travel agency and as a General Sales Agent for a reputed airline, it was boutique because it was a small red and white theme colored office, tucked in between the shades of luscious palm trees and murmurs of water fountains to greet passing travelers.
We were a 5 “sometimes 6″ employees operation. A manager was there, his assistant, me, the accountant (or the finance manager as believed frequently by himself) and particularly, an office-boy who is approximately 90+ years old. This office was located a minute of walk away from home, and so, that office quite often became a visiting spot to me as a child, while my father arranged for his travels. and so, I got to spend a lot of time watching the same travel agents servicing my father back then, becoming coworkers to me when I got tagged to adulthood later on.
Still watching the same office boy, with the same wrinkles (a couple of teeth less) while he frequently draw clueless smiles. I even remember his constant appeals to my father to bring some lemons from the tree we had back home, only to make some lemon tea for the office employees, and even as I grew older into that job, I kept on the legacy of lemon flow.
Aside from that, everything went as it should be, I started to learn how to interact with travelers more, I embraced a more professional attitude, answered some calls here and there, drank and served a lot of tea and coffee, and eventually made some sales. I even started to work for them without the need of a salary, and every now and then, the accountant (AKA. Finance Manager) would reach out and give me some money, and even though he gave it to me only to feed his egoistic bossy attitude, I was always appreciative to whatever I accomplished, no matter how small it was. A couple of fights later I quit my job for an attitude he threw at me, but we remained friends nevertheless. (he’s now serving time for embezzlement)
I realized the need for a mature management approach, something that would help me gain more skills, and be a little bit aggressive toward sales. The earlier job taught me how to be nice and shut up when my rights are abused, I now need someone who will at least pay to abuse those rights! only for me to discover a well seasoned travel mentor, who probably admired my tolerance, and tested it with smashing phones on walls, and broken chairs of frustration while popping pills to numb obsessive compulsive tendencies (Admitted and frequently announced and proved by himself) only for him to explode on the drums of my mistakes!!! (I quit that job before having a nervous breakdown)
Years go by, many suits and uniforms to wear and buy, the more I advance and grow the more I spent and the less I saved, but why is it when I raise, so does my expenses! Where are all those efficiency tactics?… in the meantime “Ah” I finally made it… My own company, an executive office, with all the latest technologies and protocols money could ever buy for any CEO to become even more successful. Spending 4 times the original budget, with a 2 year marathon path to obtain “Not one, or two…Not even three or four, but FIVE trading licenses” while searching for employees, training them for 6 months or was it 7…I wasn’t sure! it needed to take as much time as it needed for us to rebuild an office, redesign it again from scratch “Not once, but twice” and pay salaries for 20 individuals throughout the whole process, while freezing all operations until we are licensed to start. What do you get at the end…? spoiled Employees and Employers. And regardless of the many mistakes I have accomplished in those years. I realized …it was time for me to retire!
Its time to stop wasting my energy on people who do not want to learn, and start focusing on what I need to learn instead “because apparently, I know nothing” even with that corner office. Because only then I thought, after all those years of dealing with people, screening them, literally hunting or haunting them, training them, observing them, even sometimes try and nurture them, mentally, emotionally and financially, for what… for NOTHING.
now I am retired from my devilish advocates, what can I do; I don’t want to spend more money on lost causes, nor I even want to try. shall I search online…huh, I barely can trust people offline, and the though of searching for work or hiring people online makes me almost want to laugh! but apparently what I should’ve been doing is Cry! because the solution was right there in-front of me and I couldn’t even see it…
Countless, endless days fuzed with nights, a printed square on my lap, surfing and clicking on dreamy thoughts of a small ATM machine built into my laptop screen. and since I was already living a dream ‘retired at 30′ I thought to myself “it won’t hurt to dream once more”.
realizing that, in order for me to make this dream a reality, there are certain things I will need to establish before any new discovery, and so I started preparing a list of thoughts… maybe you should too!
1- I was not ready to engage in any other business ventures, but at the same time, I realized that I need to create a method to raise more money, and even-though I had the mindset of being retired ‘that of being with no bosses around to control my income’ I still needed to be realistic in terms of making money, so my first thought was, for me to find something I can do, learn or research.
2- I knew I had a set of skills, and so I listed everything down, not necessarily in details, but just enough to recognize and open potentials.
3- I started thinking out of the box, and trying to create instead of researching for something that has been already created, and thus I decided to try and find something to learn first, at least keep me focused on a goal, and with a little bit of willpower I can progress to something better. Positivity is KEY
4- I came to a realization that, since I do not want to engage in a new business venture for now, and I cannot find any Jobs that would match my credentials, and since I am practically on my retirement holiday, how about a new adventure!
5- I took my wife and traveled to a small island in the middle of nowhere, literally feeling far away from the world we know and feel everyday, and where the only thing we are able to do is to spend time on reflecting and relaxing, only to find myself starting to write, expressing different emotions, experiences, while realizing that writing is the best way for me to reflect and learn more from my mistakes (Finally there is a record to prove it
From that moment on, I truly felt free, and thanks to Google and some well invested time to research, surfing a new cyber of this world, leading me to a new identity, one that I could even trust, without the need to meet or fit with anyone or anything else.
But How does it work…
Many-times, I wished that I could have a non-bias mediator, between me and my employers, or me and my employees, which only meant the risk of more resources with no guaranteed results, but here is where the beauty of online technologies surface, creating a medium where employees are guaranteed payments upon accomplishing work, and employers paying work fees to employees only when the work is truly done. Not only that, but you get to apply for jobs as an employee by competing on bidding and relaying on quality of work, and employers get to offer jobs and receive best bids on them from both financial and quality aspects.
But that is not all, once I was able to go through their guidelines on how to develop my work and income, I was already starting to obtain new skills, especially through applying to tasks related to things I liked doing the most and not only related to my education or level of experience, while being away from routinized tasks, and increasing my multitasking abilities, aside from having many helpful tools for both employees and employers, such as the wide range of available online tests for employees as a proof to their efficiency, and an effective documentation to different skills that covers what any employer needs or employee wants. I found it to be the best application to be introduced to any individual or group of individuals who are willing to catch up with the train of the inevitable domination of the online world. Because the only sense you get to feel from singing up with this network is truly “changing how the world works”.
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The great thing about Odesk is the relatively easy use of the application. I have been through most online freelance networks and nothing offers the same flexibility, organization and potential that this network has, especially if you are new to the online world and want to change the potentials in the ways you want to make money now, or in the near future, but is still in general, a great tool for any online contractors looking for more variety of work and/or motivated skillful employees with results, history and most importantly “feedback’s” from employers on employees and vice versa.
I even enjoy engaging with their support and help system, either live through their application, or for a much more fun networking experience through their social media networks or Blogs and other links associated with this rich network, while having a powerful success element most businesses online or offline forget; a support team and management with attitudes that can only be described as a treat, while offering a structured and maintained platform for any individual to achieve goals based on effort, efficiency, organization and result, and if you’re wondering that you still need anything else, try contacting one of their “Happiness Engineers”.
To me that’s all what I really needed, to accomplish things; a holistic operational system that provides constant opportunities to me, as an Employee, contractor or Employer “it doesn’t matter anymore” because I finally have my manager, my accountant and employees, and I don’t even have a Desk.