- Posted February 4, 2009 by
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Working seven days a week
I want to retire with Dignity
I'm a product of the 60's and now find myself rapidly approaching 60 years of age. In my earlier years I was quite carefree chasing dreams, trying to make a career in Hollywood, partying too much, and getting nowhere fast. Fortunately, after many wasted years I did get on the right track and am now living a responsible life. In fact, from the outside looking in, I and my wife appear to have a very good life, and we do. Except for one thing, we are heavily in debt and retirement is on the horizon. In a sentence I am quickly running out of financial runway to build a retirement nest egg.
So I am in the process of launching a business in addition to my day job to supplement our income and help eliminate our debt so we can one day retire in financial security. I've created a company, MyMapInfo.com and I optimize business listings on Google Maps for small businesses so that their business listings appear in the top ten Google Map search results. For a local business this is great because map listings are at the top of Google search results before the web listings. It's like taking a shortcut to the front of the line.
The business is taking off because it provides such a valuable service to small businesses and can really help them make more money.
However, to make this business work , it takes all of my time. I drive an hour to my day job, work 9 hours and then drive an hour home. When I get home I optimize business listings, work on an ebook to share this process with others, and spend time marketing the business. This keeps me busy every night except Friday during the week and I spend Saturday and Sunday working on the business as well.
I'm not complaining. I guess I spent my leisure years at the beginning of my career instead of at the end. I'm just looking forward to the day when one job and one income can meet my financial needs.