Wherever there is a want, there is a need!

by Jon Robert Quinn

Most people hate their job. A lot of people love their job. And it’s those people who have done their homework and found something that works for them. If you're ready to get rid of your JOB and start a business, whether it’s working from home or opening a restaurant, then listen up.

You get up every morning and think “why do I go to work?” Well, it’s simple! You must eat. You must feed your family. You must live somewhere and you want nice things. So, you put up with it. Every single day. What if it could be different? You're probably thinking to yourself that you don't have time. Whether you're young or old, have a family or not, there is time to start a business or do something that YOU want to do.

You need to start with you. It’s called organization. You need to organize your life to increase your productivity, finance and health.

I remember when I was working at Office Max for minimum wage. I was working eight hours a day on my feet and literally taking home something like one thousand-two hundred dollars per month. It was crazy. I remember my boss telling me that she had never used a resume to get a job. Maybe that’s why she was in her mid-forties and working in customer service. I knew this wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to play music. I wanted to tour. I wanted to write records and become somebody. Years later, my focus changed and I wanted to build radio talk shows. So, I did. And within ten months of launching my first show, I was #1 FM Radio in Sacramento, California. Fast forward a few years and I would have over a dozen talk shows all over the country. I had talk shows popping up in Seattle, Denver, Miami and at one point had over a dozen radio talk shows in Sacramento. I was an instant success and it was because I put my mind to it and made something of myself. 

One day I came into work at my Office Max job, one of my co-workers said “hey, I saw you were showcased on Bearshare. I heard your music. Not bad.” That was a huge accomplishment for me. This was an international website that showcased musicians from around the world. I knew about being showcased on the site, but never thought in a million years that a co-worker of mine at Office Max would see me online, listen to my music and acknowledge me as a musician. I knew at that point what I needed to be doing.

Immediately, I started booking shows at every venue I could. It didn’t matter if it was local or out of town, for pay or for free. I knew I needed to be playing and producing and performing my music. I remember filling out so many time-off requests that the little box on my boss’ office door was over flowing with days I couldn’t work because I was playing shows somewhere and couldn’t work. She came up to me one day and said, “you’re going to have to decide whether you’re going to work here or play music. You can’t do both.” I chose music and never looked back.

This is a prime example of figuring out what you want to do and doing it. We all have something special inside of us. What are you passionate about? The biggest mistake people make when building a business is getting into business to make money. What they don’t understand is that money is nothing more than the exchange of value for value. If I provide you with value and am able to help you get what you need to get done, then you’ll give me what I need. If you get into business to chase money, you’ll never provide the value needed to make yourself successful.

When you’re ready to start your first business, look at yourself first. What are you passionate about? What is something that you absolutely love to do? Whatever that is, find a way to make it benefit other people and provide them with value. Wherever there is a want, there is a need for your product or service.