I am not the type of person who goes around explaining my predicaments or woes to everyone I meet. I am a very secretive and even my closest friends are usually surprised by some of my most erratic decisions. Being the first born son in a family of seven, I acquired a strong sense of independence since I was very young, which is usually accompanied by a significant degree of hardheadedness.
As you can predict, my life has been dogged by controversy since I was young. As a result, I have learnt to ignore the incessant murmurs and accusations whenever I do something unpredictable. On a similar note, ten years ago I decided to quit my job, rather abruptly, from a top interior designer firm.
Despite the many conflagrations I fuelled during my schooldays, I managed to maintain my cool and qualify for the career of my dreams; interior design. I earned a degree in this profession and secured a job at a very prestigious firm. However, after working for about four years, I quit my job. As usual I did not offer any explanation on my part and many rumors abounded.
Anyway, I quit when I became frustrated after learning how much I gave to the company and how little the company gave back to me.
A lone wolf
After quitting my job, I decided to go at it alone. I am a very determined person and I decided to start my own practice and carry on with my career as an independent freelance interior designer. I had several contacts, former clients who had been pleased with my work at the former company and I decided to suggest referral to them.
I secured a few jobs from these contacts and from my colleagues and then the tap dried. There was no work and the bills were piling. I was a lone wolf in the job jungle with no client in sight.
After staying without work for about nine months, I swallowed my pride and approached one of my friends, who seemed to be doing very well in his freelance landscaping practice, for advice. That is when I was introduced to the world of technology and its solutions. My friend disclosed his business success formula using only one word; limitless. In other words, his business was limitless in terms of geographical reach, profits, and even opportunities.
He told me that all I needed was to create a website for my business and to incorporate an online payment system, just like he had done and then wait. He introduced me to the company which had created his website and after coordinating with my bank, an online payment system which supported electronic check processing was incorporated into my interior design site.
All a client had to do was to visit my website, view my previous job accomplishments, and then contact me either online or using my phone number. After discussing a project’s details, the client could opt to pay the down payment electronically using the electronic check processing system, by forwarding the image of the check to my bank. The check image could be captured using a smartphone or using a normal scanner, after which the transaction would be processed quickly.
I followed my friend’s instructions to the letter and I have since started enjoying unexpected success in my business. I have acquired new clients from many parts of the world due to my global reach via the internet. Additionally, the online payments system is attractive to clients because it is secure, convenient and reliable. Every day as I carry on with my career endeavors, I am always guided by my friend’s formula; limitless.