Starting a Small Business: What Lifestyle Do You Really Want?

Starting a Business

I was happier creating businesses' than simply making cash in a business that I hated. I could have made money in the pizza shop bit it gave me no freedom, I hated it. Do something you love if you can. Online is great because of the leverage it gives me and I don't need to see people face to face. I love that. I can answer e-mails later, I don't get overwhelmed.

This lifestyle I now have I cannot change for me. I'm used to it and I love it... I cannot work for anyone because I will lose my creativity, my freedom, my being, the spring in my step, the way I live, the people I meet, the rewards it gives me.

My lecturer never told me that I would love business this much. He taught me to be an employee, not a dreamer, not a visionary, not attention deficit disorder, not a creator. You don't want to be held down. You want to be free, to go after the impossible, to stay away from negative people, to not be told when to go on a holiday, I crave this and that is why no matter how hard business gets, I will not change the lifestyle I have created for myself.

Going to work each day, I enjoy it but when I talk about business to other business owners my passion explodes. My voice rises. That's why I wrote a book. I love business. I love the game. I cannot get enough and I love teaching people. It comes so naturally. I don't need to think, it just happens.

I cannot write a handbook; I want to tell my experiences to the whole world because this is what actually happened. I have read so many books and took a few things from there but I wanted a book that you can take lots of things from there because you know all the hopes and fears that a business owner or start-ups have.

Being positive all day is tiring, you don't need to be. Be disciplined. Stay on track. I almost fall asleep sometimes, it's normal. Don't think you need to be superman, this is a myth. You just need to be focused, know where you are heading and what needs to be done each day.

Millionaire? Not what you think. No slicked back hair and Armani suits. They invest and learn, create businesses. You don't need 20 houses, you need freedom. The best thing I ever heard in a seminar was "what is wealth?" The speaker asked," How many weeks can you stop working and pay for your lifestyle." Most people said 1 week to 6 months because they were living pay check to pay check. This is no way to live.

Why have all this debt just to have this lifestyle? Live within your means. I would rather have less houses and Ferrari's and not have to work instead of working like a madmen and having the big house and luxury cars and a massive debt. Wealth is your ability to create income when you are not there, not being a billionaire.

Anthony Khoury

at The Small Business Doctor

Aspiring entrepreneur and marketer. Loves building start ups and small business in general. Just released a book called The Beach Bum Millionaire: How to build a Million Dollar Business The Lazy Way

Comments (1)
Phil Khor

Phil Khor, Founder at

Awesome article! I agree, it is about freedom, and the right mindset and sheer determination to create a 'buffer' to get out of the rat race. Some of the wealthiest people I know are incredibly modest and down to earth. It's easy to fall into the trap of what the society perceived as wealth generally (nice cars, etc), but as business owners, if we consciously driven only by what others think of us, we risk not being fair to ourselves, our goals and arguably, even our loved ones. Thanks Anthony. Good food for thought.