When I was in primary 5, there was a small duration where I sold chewing gum for some side income. I would buy the chewing gum- which each packet contained 5 strips for 20 cents. And I would sell by the strips of 5 cents each. For each packet of chewing gum sold (5 strips), I would make 5 cents. As the chewing gum came in various flavours- banana, orange, strawberry and grapes, my classmates would prefer to mix and match different varients.
As I saw the candies being sold by the wholesaler, I reminded me of those days:
During that time, most of us or our parents do not have any contact with wholesalers. I was not the only one. My other classmates also had their ‘part-time business’ selling stickers and 5-stones.
5 stones (lima batu) was what we used to play during school- as during my time we did not have technology gadgets and carrying mobile phones to school was unheard of. Some of my friends made quite good business selling 5 stones, often made by themselves or their mom. Discarded or unwanted cloth are being used where green or red beans are put inside and it is sewn tight. The best ones to play with are the pyramid shaped ones. The picture above showed the 5 stones sold by wholesaler- in which the quality differs so much from what we used to make ourselves.
Kids today are very different- they would start blogs at a very young age and earn a substantial amount of money out of their blogs by monetizing it. Some even offer SEO services.
Well, the adventurous spirit of experimenting and earning side income along the way- as the child or teenager start to practice- by the time they turned 21 years old, they would have enough experience for them to try something bigger. As I read the success story of Ganesh Kumar Bangah who made his first million when he was 23- he started his own business at the age of 20. He was fixing computers for his teachers for a fee when he was 15.
Whereas for me, blogging became a part-time passion- the income from blogging is not much but there is a lot of satisfaction of able to put certain skills into writing and at the same time earning some income from it. In a full time job, we pretty much have to adhere to certain rules and protocol and often have limited scope in what we can or cannot do.
But for blogging, we more or less have a full vein. We decide on the design and layout, and can write whatever we want to write (but those with a full time job please refraint from openly writing bad things about your company as it can come back and haunt you later). Many people who cannot earn a living pursuing their interest- for example, enjoying shopping but cannot afford the price, carving jewelry out of precious stones, building houses….. instead of starting the brick and mortar business, they can blog about it instead. Write about what others do, how to get supplies, show case work of others, etc. There is equal satisfaction which came with much lower risks.
And what’s more- consistently churning up posts would definitely improve one’s writing flair and style. Ability to write well is an undeniable asset in many jobs.
It’s a way of living your dreams, minus all the inventory and set up costs. Why not give it a try….. 🙂