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INTRO Am I too old for the Fastlane?

HabilKan

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Hi, I live in Jönköping, Sweden. I started my first company when I was 30 and had it for seven years. For the past five years I've been working as an employee and am doing fairly well as a project manager at an IT company. I have been married for 17 years and have three kids.

The past two years I did a masters in IT/BA on my spare time and now I'm itching to start building a new business. During the summer I've been reading a few books about entrepreneurship and making money, but havent read Unscripted or TMF yet. I REALLY dont like working 8 to 5 every day and using my skills, time and energy making money for someone else. I been programming since 2000 and have done SEO, internet marketing and data analytics since 2006 (on and off) so I know how to start and grow a business, but I have a responsibility towards my family. All rely on me to care of things.

I dont mind doing work on my spare time, but it is going to be difficult to run a B2C business and answer the phone while working at the IT company. Even a B2B business requires day time communication. Should I build some software and hope there will be buyers?

I know what I want to do, but the question is, is it too late for me to try moving over to the Fastlane?
 

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No. Now stop making excuses and get to work :D

Also, welcome to the forum.

Nothing you've described is a show stopper. You just need to put on your problem solving hat and come up with something that works.
 

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Joe: I have cancer. If I don't find a cure, I'll die in less than a year.

Guy: I have the cure for sale for $100, do you want to buy it?

Joe: Meh, aren't you 47 years old? You're too old to sell me the cure, I'd rather die.

When you confront your bullshit, you discover it's exactly that, bullshit.
 

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I don't think you want to look back when your 5 years older and ask this same question again....so do you really have a choice :)?
 

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If you think you are too old now you're going to feel even older in a couple of years if you don't do anything about it now.

This forum is a great resource and is great for the mindset too. :) Welcome.
 

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Ray Croc started Mc Donalds in his late 50 s . Coronel Sanders started Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC in his mid sixties . Your just making excuses to your self . Get serious about it and you can succeed .
 

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Even a B2B business requires day time communication.
I'm on my personal phone at least a few times a day for random stuff - call from the wife, scheduling cable/doctor/etc., making a quick purchase.

Unless you're worried about an avalanche of business, then you can probably sneak away for a call, no? Just make sure you work the same net hours for your company - don't side-hustle while they're paying you (i.e., shorten your lunch, work later).

Is that possible?

Edit: Would it be weird if you had an iPad on your desk? An iPad with cellular service plus a Bluetooth keyboard would allow for some quick e-mails like "Hey, got your inquiry - call you at noon!".
 

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Should I build some software and hope there will be buyers?
"Build and hope" is never a good business plan. You should start by reading TMF.

The market doesn't care how old you are, if you have a college degree, have found your passion, or anything else about you. The market only cares about how well you serve the market.
 
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HabilKan

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I'm on my personal phone at least a few times a day for random stuff - call from the wife, scheduling cable/doctor/etc., making a quick purchase.

Unless you're worried about an avalanche of business, then you can probably sneak away for a call, no? Just make sure you work the same net hours for your company - don't side-hustle while they're paying you (i.e., shorten your lunch, work later).

Is that possible?

Edit: Would it be weird if you had an iPad on your desk? An iPad with cellular service plus a Bluetooth keyboard would allow for some quick e-mails like "Hey, got your inquiry - call you at noon!".
That is absolutely doable!
:thumbsup:
 

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. . . . . . . During the summer I've been reading a few books about entrepreneurship and making money, but havent read Unscripted or TMF yet. I REALLY dont like working 8 to 5 every day and using my skills, time and energy making money for someone else.
First of all, welcome the the forum. Secondly, you need to read TMF and Unscripted. You say you don't like working 8 to 5 and you haven't read either books. Sounds like any oxymoron putting these two sentences together :smile2:.

Reading TMF and Unscripted will also keep you up to speed when talking on the forum.
 

craig1928

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That time will pass in anyways, might as well do something with it.
 

Aunt Clyde

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Hi, I live in Jönköping, Sweden. I started my first company when I was 30 and had it for seven years. For the past five years I've been working as an employee and am doing fairly well as a project manager at an IT company. I have been married for 17 years and have three kids.

The past two years I did a masters in IT/BA on my spare time and now I'm itching to start building a new business. During the summer I've been reading a few books about entrepreneurship and making money, but havent read Unscripted or TMF yet. I REALLY dont like working 8 to 5 every day and using my skills, time and energy making money for someone else. I been programming since 2000 and have done SEO, internet marketing and data analytics since 2006 (on and off) so I know how to start and grow a business, but I have a responsibility towards my family. All rely on me to care of things.

I dont mind doing work on my spare time, but it is going to be difficult to run a B2C business and answer the phone while working at the IT company. Even a B2B business requires day time communication. Should I build some software and hope there will be buyers?

I know what I want to do, but the question is, is it too late for me to try moving over to the Fastlane?
I feel the driveway as you sometimes about being "too old." From what I can tell so far I'm probably old enough to be people's mother here. But on the other hand I agree with what the members wrote to you. Perhaps you can think of your age as a positive factor in terms of your life experiences and wisdom gained. Good luck.
 

Aunt Clyde

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I feel the driveway as you sometimes about being "too old." From what I can tell so far I'm probably old enough to be people's mother here. But on the other hand I agree with what the members wrote to you. Perhaps you can think of your age as a positive factor in terms of your life experiences and wisdom gained. Good luck.
Sorry. I meant to write that I feel the same way sometimes.
 

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