No Limits How I Escaped the Clutches of Corporate America
This website was created to promote Sara Morgan's 2009 e book No Limits: How I Escaped the Clutches of Corporate America to Live the Self-employed Life of My Dreams. The content below is from the 2009 archived pages of the site as well as other outside sources.
I wandered around for about three years after college, taking part time jobs that certainly wouldn't be considered corporate in the least bit. And when I finally landed a job I really felt was the perfect fit, selling wholesale vapor products to medical marijuana clinics and vape stores along the west coast, I didn't feel like a corporate wage slave at all. My friends who were on the corporate grinding treadmill envied me. Here I was working either from home or traveling to clinics and stores to meet one on one with my customers to show them the newest vape accessories or the latest e-liquids. I love sitting down to discuss the differences between atomizer brands or why one particular starter kit is more popular than another. The vape marketplace is expanding so rapidly I am kept as busy as I want. But I started noticing some Google searches for vape terms a showing very bad results about lung problems and even deaths from vaping. Yikes! These are very harmful to our business and Google is providing the bad news through their search results. Until this started I hadn't realized the power of Google over businesses from a news point of view. Many of the stories are hyped up click bait, but enough seems to be true enough so that this is not going away. The longer this continues the more likely our industry is going to have to find a way to deal with bad Google results, or fold their businesses. But I'm hangin' there for now - I know that nothing lasts forever, so it's not a rock around my neck. Should my employer shut down, I'll just be on toward the next adventure - once you break free you'll never go back. Unlike some of my corporate-bound friends (you know who you are), I make sure to take time for myself to enjoy life during the weekdays as well as the weekend. I know that the self employed can get pretty obsessive with work if they don't watch it. I also am aware first hand that most self employed don't have Monday to Friday work weeks. I can't say I dread Mondays because my weeks aren't divided into Monday-Friday time and weekend time. I just flow one day into the next. I have recommended No Limits to several people who seemed very unhappy with what they were doing. But I also point out that being self employed can also be stressful. Sara Morgan does offer good advice. But being self employed has its own issues. I would say passion for what you are doing is important, but hard work and having some lucky breaks also makes a difference. Gotta run, my lunch break at a rest stop overlooking the Pacific coastline on Rt 1 is over and I am due in an hour at my next vape shop in Monteray.
My name is Sara Morgan and I know what it is like to have a good job that is just not the "right" job for you. I wasted too much time as a corporate wage slave, looking forward to each weekend, only to have my mood drop through the floor by Sunday night.
If you have found yourself at the end of your rope and you feel like your job is draining the life out of you, I urge you to read my book , join our community and become an entrepreneur.
There are so many opportunities right now. The bad economy has actually created an idea environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Stop spending your days "getting by" and start living your life to its fullest potential.
-- Sara Morgan,
Independent Web Developer and author of seven books, including No Limits: How I Escaped the Clutches of Corporate America to Live the Self-employed Life of My Dreams.
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No Limits How I escaped the clutches of Corporate America to live the self-employed life of my dreams
By Sara Morgan
Top 10 tips for successful self-employment
By Sara Morgan
I have been self-employed for the past four years, and in that time I have learned a few things about what to do and what not to do. The following are what I consider to be the top 10 tips for finding your way to successful self-employment.
#1 – Do something you are passionate about. Without passion, it will be very difficult for you to deal with the inevitable problems that will arise. Don’t pick a business just because it promises a lot of money. I think many small businesses fail because the person running the business did not really love what they were doing.
#2 – Don’t wait till the last minute to consider things like taxes. Schedule a consultation with a CPA if you need to, but don’t put it off until the end of the year unless you enjoy facing stiff penalties.
#3 – Use an accounting program to get organized—I recommend the online version of Quickbooks. It is very affordable and easy to use. Don’t make the mistake of trying to manage your finances with a pen and paper. You may quickly become overwhelmed.
#4 – Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others. This includes not only your family, but people in your community as well. You may be surprised to find out how helpful people really are.
#5 – Consider having multiple streams of income to ensure that you are able to survive financially, even in the event of a downturn or unforeseen circumstance. Just be careful not to take on too much. You do not want to compromise your primary business by putting too much on your plate.
#6 – Trust your instincts. Too many times we ignore our instincts, but research has shown that our instincts are typically correct.
#7 – Become a feedback machine. Get advice from everyone you can before starting out on your own and even after you are established. Don’t think of it as criticism, but rather a source of valuable information.
#8 – Schedule breaks and stick to them. It is very easy to let things get away from you when you own your own business. Resist the urge to over work yourself. You will not be doing your business or family any favors if you are stressed out from working too much.
#9 - Never give up. Most often people fail because they gave up too soon. Running your own business can be hard, but it can also be very rewarding. Hang in there, even during the tough times.
#10 –Don’t forget to have fun. Your business and life should be fun. If you’re not having fun, then it just ain’t worth it.
About Sara Morgan
Sara made the jump to self-employment in 2005 with the start-up of her consulting company, Custom Solutions, LLC - CustSolutions.net. She has always had a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and in 2005, her first book, Building Intelligent.NET Applications, was published. Her long term plans involve using proceeds from this book to fund a project aimed at providing intelligent robotic assistance for the elderly.
She has worked for companies spanning multiple industries, including Health Care, Finance, Retail, Government, and Information Technology. She has also co-authored several technical books used to prepare software developers taking the certification exams and even written product documentation for the Office Communications team. Sara is a Microsoft Certified Developer and recognized expert in the field of web development using Microsoft SQL Server. She has published six technical books, along with dozens of online and printed articles. In March of 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) award for her work with Microsoft Speech Server and Office Communications Server.
Sara is also available as a speaker and/or consultant. She is prepared to speak on the following topics:
How self-employment may be your key to a better and more fulfilling life
Ways that small businesses can establish a web presence
Why self-publishing is a better alternative for experienced and previously published authors
The vital role of women in Information Technology
Contact Sara at email@example.com for more information about having her speak to your group.
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Real World Questions and Answers about Building a Website
In this one-hour teleseminar, Sara Morgan will answer real world questions collected from small business owners like yourself about how to properly build their web presence.
Sara has worked for companies spanning multiple industries, including Health Care, Finance, Retail, Government, Robotics and Information Technology. She has also co-authored several technical books used to prepare software developers taking the certification exams and even written product documentation for the Office Communications team.
Sara is a Microsoft Certified Developer and recognized expert in the field of web development using Microsoft SQL Server. She has published six technical books, along with dozens of online and printed articles. In March of 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) award for her work with Microsoft Speech Server and Office Communications Server.
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What the small business owner should watch out for when designing a website
In this one hour teleseminar, Sara Morgan, professional web developer reviews the ten common mistakes small business owners make when building a website.
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11/02/09 Teleseminar Audio
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