Humble Beginnings

Hi, I’m Arvin—a father, a husband, a nurse, a former virtual assistant, and an entrepreneur in the making. I’ll bootstrap my way to a profitable remote business empire.

This year marked the beginning of that journey.

Right now, I am working as a fast-food employee. In my short tenure in the business, I’ve already tried all of the shifts and positions. I’ve been a front counter attendant, graveyard drive-thru staff, and currently a baker-garbage guy.

I find it unhygienic, but yes, I collect all the garbages in and outside the store and throw it into the dumpster in between making donuts and other products.

I can’t emphasize it more, it’s not a glamorous job, but the bottom line is it pays the bills. Luckily, my wife has given me the green light to quit. I’ll stay with the company until next month.

How did I end up in the food service industry?

It’s been almost two years since we moved to another country. So far, it’s been the best decision of our lives. I was initially against it, but I can see it clearly now.

Living in a developed country sure has its perks—clean surroundings, free healthcare, free education, well-compensated jobs, countless benefits, better roads, better transportation, more stable government and economy, better opportunities, and the list goes on.

Saying that our quality of life has improved significantly is not an exaggeration. We are beyond grateful to call this land our new home.

If there was an easy way to get licensed as a nurse, I would have done it. However, it is not an easy feat. It will take me two years of studies, passing the board exam, and a whole lot of paperwork.

The bigger problem is I have no plans to get back to the health care field. It was never my passion, to begin with.

Bills are coming up, and expenses are growing, so I needed to make some money. The quickest way to land a job is to get a minimum wage employment. Sure enough, fast food chains are always hiring.

I’m not surprised since the employee turnover rate in this kind of business is quite high. One new staff that I trained quit the very next day.

It’s a common scenario because of poor management, unrealistic workload, tyrannical bosses, erratic work schedule, and non-existing employee benefits aside from the discount you get on the food.

When I was a counter attendant, I would often get 4-hour shifts on a 6-day workweek. After a month, they offered me a graveyard position which gave me a full-time workload.

I’m under the impression that it’s an easy job, that I’ll just wait for customers. It turns out that we’ll do all the cleaning and prepare for the store opening on top of serving customers.

I would often clean toilets but that’s not the worst part. 80% of customers at this unholy hour are just plain rude, and I would often get prank calls. Well, I survived a year but the night shift took a toll on my body. The one-dollar night differential is absolutely laughable.

What did I expect from a minimum wage job?

To say the least, it’s one heck of a stressful job. It’s going to drain all of your energy after the end of each shift. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I always feel like doing the work of two people.

Perhaps this is the cost of increasing the minimum wage. Workload remains constant but the number of staff decreased.

The next time you eat at your favorite fast food joint, please be nice. It won’t cost you anything to treat us with respect. Who knows, we might as well return the favor. Perhaps you’ll get a newly brewed coffee or a freshly baked donut.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, I’ve got a lot more to blog about. I’ll reserve it for another post.

My career as a food service crew is soon coming to an end. I am grateful for the opportunity, but I am more thankful to have a wife who’s willing to take this risk. We will be shifting our roles while I work on my ideas.

She will be the breadwinner, and I will be a stay at home dad. I can be her personal Uber to and from work. I can cook healthy meals for the family, do the laundry, etc.

I’ll just make sure to spend 10 hours a day (weekdays) on my projects. I will reserve weekends for family bonding.

Hopefully, I’ll turn things around in a year before we get our permanent resident status. Then, she’ll help me grow our digital properties and, perhaps, become the CEO of one of our businesses.

I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, but time is always against me. Putting food on the table and paying all the bills were always my priority.

Finally, this coming April, I will have all the time in the world. No more distractions. It’s just me and my goals.

Let’s see what 100% focus can do. I’ll publish a productivity report at the end of each month.

My business will revolve around building apps and websites. I want to create something useful, not just for the sake of making money. It’s nice to have a financial incentive. But, it’s even more fun if you’ll provide something positive to your end-users.

This blog will serve as my personal diary to keep a tab of my progress. So far, I find writing to be highly rewarding and therapeutic. I will publish posts regularly to stay accountable, keep myself motivated, and improve my productivity.

In the meantime, I have no plans to make money from this website. I’ll reconsider this option once I hit my first financial milestone. I’m still undecided when it comes to this blog.

I’m even thinking of shutting it down after achieving my ultimate goal—financial freedom.

I don’t need to be uber-wealthy to be all set for life. Based on my calculations, a mid-seven-figure in liquid assets can sustain my family’s lifestyle for good.

We value making memories rather than material possessions. Our only luxury is food and travel. Unless our priorities change, that figure is more than enough.

Well, that’s the dream!

Right now, I have to focus on one thing.

And that one thing is my very first authority site.

My initial target is to have a decent cash flow that would put food on the plate and fund my ideas. That would translate to $20K per month.

I’ll keep half of it, and reinvest the remaining half. It’s always a good idea to pay yourself first before putting your money back into the business.

Let’s call this website NAS.com, short for Nutrition Authority Site. Sorry, I won’t reveal the exact domain. My life depends on this web property, so I’m not taking any chances.

Currently, it is earning $150 to $200 per month thru Amazon Associates without any marketing. I’m positive that I could get it to $500 to $1000 a month by setting up a few links and writing more articles. I will provide more details about this website on a separate post.

That’s just one of my ideas. The time I get the cash flow going, I’ll grow my digital portfolio one asset at a time. To speed things up without taking any outside funding, I’m going to flip some of my websites.

Half of the flipping profits will flow through my financial freedom fund. The remaining half will be used to build new ventures and fuel the growth of existing digital properties.

A few of my ideas are worth keeping. I can say they are decent startup ideas that that could be worth 7 figures or more. It’s where I’m going to focus most of my energy.

Final Thoughts

I might set the bar too high, but I don’t think my goal is impossible. I might even surpass it. I’ve seen income reports doing better than $20K/month.

Besides, there are plenty of ways I can make money from the niche I’m in. I’ve already reviewed a hundred products, but there are still thousands more waiting for my verdict. Eventually, I’m going to sell my own products for higher margins and as well as do some advertising.

All that’s left is for me to put in the hard work.

And speaking of hard work, I don’t have any budget right now, so I guess I’ll be a one-man team for the time being. I’ll do everything on my own—from setting up the site, writing the articles, SEO, social media marketing, and all it takes to grow my earnings to $20K/month.

Getting to that magic number will give me the ability to leverage my time onto more important matters. It will provide me with the resources to outsource repetitive tasks like writing articles and day do day administrative work.

As Michael E. Gerber said on his book E-Myth:

Most entrepreneurs are merely technicians with an entrepreneurial seizure. Most entrepreneurs fail because you are working IN your business rather than ON your business.

This journey might take me more than a year, so let’s get started.

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