FOR LOVE OR FOR MONEY…

Which is the recurrent thread throughout a talk and workshop I attended recently.

It took me 5 or 6 years before I took the plunge to completely stop working for a monthly salary. Still remembered the first month, I earned RM500.00. Though it was a far cry from what I was earning, I was surprisingly exuberant coz its actual work of my hands that people actually paid money for and it was ok as I was a one man show with no rentals to commit to as I was working from home. Eventually the RM500 multiplied…

Subsequently I bit the bullet and found a small shoplot and renovated it at the barest minimum. I told myself if by 6 months it didnt work out and I cannot pay rent, then I would return to be a salaried man. I made enough that month to cover rentals, electricity and some left over money…

In 3 months I recovered my renovation costs. I did everything from A to Z but it got to a point i needed help and I hired my first workshop staff.

After a year, I moved into another space, much bigger and hired 2 more staff.

7 years passed and I had to move out(as the landlord sold off the building) into my present place. Moving is a painful thing for me..hehe but it had to be done. I have since settled in for 6 years now into the not so new place and presently I’ve collected a total of 6 staffs – staffs are the next painful thing next to moving tho these 6 that stayed have been a great help to me!

After a second year into the new shop, I opened my second shop which conveniently is just next door. I still remembered a remark someone made- she asked me – why did you open another shop and proceeded to answer it for me – was it greed? I wanted to cry there and then..

Money was never the motivation nor the focus of the business. Yet not enough of it can be disastrous.

Truly its God’s blessing I can do what I love and make enough to continue this journey till today! And thank you guys for all the support you have shown me in big and small ways for which I am humbled…

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