For 5 years, I worked on attempting to structure my “traditional” business so it would function as what you may know as a B quadrant business.
The traditional business was a used car dealership that had just shy of a 2 million pound turnover (NOT PROFIT), a handful of staff, lots of stock and of course what comes with all that… stress and responsibility.
I was very lucky to be in such a situation and I actually quite enjoyed the stress and responsibilities. However, something just wasn’t sitting right with me. The industry itself wasn’t a place I enjoyed, its an industry that needs a big shakeup! (which to be fair is now happening with the likes of CarWow and Buyacar). So I planned on diversifying this clunky old fashioned business into one that I could manage with a laptop from anywhere in the world. By building and implementing comprehensive systems, adopting the right technology and achieving a profit that would support the required staff… this was doable!
Unfortunately (fortunately), I pushed it too far! We grew very aggressively and from the start I was always either going smash it or fail hard! After liquidating the company I still had the desire to run a business from a laptop, but I needed to cool down, I needed some R&R.
Around the same time as all this was happening, my girlfriend an I was discussing the idea of driving around Europe in a van Full Story Here – everything just fell into place perfectly, this was the start of van life for us.
Van life was like a mini-retirement that organically turned into a whole new business of its own, a business that I can fully manage from a laptop 🙂 Oh yes, I came to realise that the ultimate dream of earning while traveling is 100% possible!
All this time I had just been mining the wrong mountain!
Now I earn 100% of my income online and this is exactly how!