You can grow a fulfilling business making money face to face (as an introvert)
'Congratulations. You made a sale: Garfield the Movie.'
I've been obsessed with entrepreneurship ever since I sold dodgy DVDs on eBay when I was 18.
The idea that I could persuade a human being I'd never met on the other side of the planet to pay me money was insane to me.
It still is.
Until I was thirty, I did everything I could to make money with the least amount of human interaction possible.
I would live my life as an aloof, brooding satellite of a man.
I was terrified of speaking up in class at school.
I hated being on calls or in meetings later in life too.
My heart would pound, my face would go red, or I'd say something goofy.
So I avoided social interaction in business.
I stuck to making illustrations behind a screen for money.
It's what an introvert is supposed to do, right?
Then I got hit by a $8,170 tax bill.
I had underestimated the tax I'd be liable to pay following a good year running my design business.
I had to find the money in two weeks.
But I was only making about $5k per month.
My coach at the time suggested I coach people in design to create the money.
I could charge upfront rather than wait for companies to pay weeks after finishing the work.
My heart sank because that meant actually selling things to people face-to-face and being on video calls.
But the urgency of the situation meant I had to do it.
My first couple of calls were awkward, and I was twitchy like a squirrel in heat.
But I got better at it fast.
I made some sales, and I covered the tax.
Turns out that regularly helping people face to face is a tremendously fulfilling way to do entrepreneurship.
I decided to become a coach.
Now I write, create courses and coach people.
The business does well and allows me to live wherever I like.
I actually look forward to meeting and talking to people all over the world.
Who knew an introvert could enjoy getting on calls?
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