If you’re going to fly, you’ve got to have not just the wings to parse the air, but the fuel to get you there. Getting that fuel is expensive. Just consider avgas prices! Regional averages range from $4.52 to $6.79 a gallon. And you thought driving a car was expensive.
But there’s more to this analogy than meets the eye. If driving a car can be equated with working a conventional nine-to-five job, then flying an airplane equates to “going solo”, or “starting your own business”.
Granted, it’s more expensive to do so; but the abilities you obtain are every bit as different as those between vehicular ownership, and airplane ownership. Following these benefits will be explored.
With a car, your maximum range is going to be around 600 miles. Even if it’s greater, you have a speed cap as well. The fastest you can get there—legally—is 80 miles an hour; between 55 and 70 in most states.
Meanwhile, with an airplane, your distance expands from several hundred to a thousand or more miles, depending on tailwinds and how much your aircraft is loaded down with. The heavier your plane, the more fuel it uses. While some newer cars may have a similar range, none of them can get from point “A” to point “B” in the same amount of time.
Additionally, with an airplane you’ve got the ability to transgress international boundaries. Just avoid any military bases, and the world is your oyster. You can also cross vast bodies of water that vehicles have no way to cross, and boats have a more difficult time with. When you’re in the clouds, you can soar above the problems.
Likewise, working in a corporation will get you paid, and will get you there, just like a dependable old car. But it’s going to take longer, and be more grueling. Meanwhile, private enterprise of the self-directed variety—like running your own business—will get you “there” much faster. The only difference is the cost of operations—the “avgas”, if you will.
As well, with a business you run on your own, you have the ability to expand into territories that the corporate employee can only dream about. Like a plane over water, a business you run allows you to cross areas nine-to-fivers just can’t.
Getting The Resources To Launch
Some prefer to tread water in a nine-to-five until they’ve built up their nest egg such that they can hatch it and proceed from there without worrying about additional income. While this is a good way to proceed, it is going to take time, and the longer it takes, the less likely you’ll see your goals. As the old poetry verse reads, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
Modernity has brought us the “crowd fund” which allows you to reach out and secure funding from unexpected areas. Through crowd funding, you can have others foot the bill for your small business, and get in the air quicker. Think of it like this: you intend to fly your small business airplane to the Bahamas on a vacation trip; to get your funding, you’ve got to open the empty seats to passengers.
But passengers need not—and likely will not—be total strangers. According to Plumfund, a crowd sourcing facilitator, going the crowd source route “…allows friends and family to give and receive without fear or etiquette concerns.”
It can awkward to ask for money from friends and family, it can be awkward to give it, and it can be awkward to receive it. Crowdsourcing fixes all those problems, and allows you to get your small business aloft dependably, and soar above those who deign not to dream while helping solve some of the anxiety problems associated with funding worries.
There are countless ways to break free of the nine-to-five system; but you’ve got to be imaginative, creative, and willing to go the extra mile. Do these things, and you will fly.
Kevin Bennett, SEO Marketeer
Kevin is an SEO marketeer with OutreachMama and Youth Noise who designs value-rich content aimed at increasing clientele for expanding businesses. Networking, building partnerships, and providing quality products with shareable value make this possible. He’s an author (Amphibian and The Thief and the Sacrifice to his credit) whose professional writing follows business trends in technology, marketing, SEO application, and much more.