Depending on how you interpret it of course, there is a lot of power contained in the quote which is perhaps even somewhat of a cliché – “If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs!” True enough, but making the transition from working for someone else to matching the level of income to sustain your current quality of life through the pursuit of your own endeavours is one of the greatest challenges posed to the modern day human being. In fact, we could say it’s almost impossible, simply because many have tried and many continue to fail.

Near-impossible is not all the way impossible though and without further ado, let’s get into how you can facilitate the transition by taking a closer look at the supply chain you’re operating professionally in, with the view of uncovering exactly where and how you can proceed to seize the means of production.

Start where you are, with what you have

Just so that we’re on the same page about the extent to which I totally understand the challenges facing someone whose professional work takes up all their time and energy, leaving just about nothing for the pursuit of their own business endeavours; I know exactly how it feels to put in shift after shift during a particularly busy time at work and then at the end of the month you realise that nothing about your remuneration has changed. You still get the same amount of money you’ve been getting all this time, despite the added input you have had to invest.

That’s why you have to start right where you are, with what you already have going in seeking opportunities to jump over the fence and gain control of the means of production. If you have an office job for example, how about doing some research to try and find a shock cord manufacturer that perhaps manufactures the thousands and thousands of round elastic cords for folders your employer uses? You can then seek to become the new supplier for your company, keeping the difference as your profit, of course.

Using yourself as an avatar

Scaling up your subsequent operation would then simply entail using yourself as an avatar. To expand on our example of the office worker turned shock cord supplier – this would simply entail trying to scale up your operation by collaborating with other office white collar workers who are in a similar situation to yours and then working out a deal to join forces with them and supply the same goods and others to their companies.

If you’re worried about the very real possibility of raising the eyebrows of your employers and perhaps planting a seed of doubt in their minds as to whether or not you’re still committed to your primary job, the operation can be formalised through a third-party. That third-party might very well be a newly formed company which you “bring to your boss’s” attention as a new supplier who can supply all the targeted goods used, at a better price.

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